Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match between Wolfsburg and Manchester United will go a long way to determining Group B but, as fascinating as it promises to be, one would not be at all surprised if it was a game low on goalmouth action.
The home team, Wolfsburg, does not need to win the match to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage because one point will guarantee that it finishes in Group B’s top two. This season’s Wolfsburg is a different side that last season’s version and no longer can one rely upon the Wolves to both score and concede in most of their games. Wolfsburg has little to gain from being the early aggressor at home to Manchester United on Tuesday so one is expecting the Wolves to sit back and force the Red Devils to break down them. The Alex Ferguson-managed Manchester United teams of yesteryear would relish the task facing the current Red Devils side but Louis van Gaal’s outfit is far cry from the outfits that scored goals for fun under their long-serving boss.
Marathonbet is offering what one rates as the generous odds of 2.06 that Wolfsburg and/or Manchester United keeps a clean sheet in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Group B match. None of nine UEFA Champions League Group B games featuring either Wolfsburg or Manchester United have had more than three goals and six of them have seen one or both teams fail to score. One’s headline-grabbing wager would have paid out in eight of Wolfsburg’s 15 German Bundesliga matches and 10 of Manchester United’s 15 English Premier League games. Surely Marathon is incorrect to be quoting an odds-against price.
Dynamo Kyiv is one of the hottest favourite in the final set of UEFA Champions League group matches. Dynamo will qualify for the UEFA Champions League last 16 if it defeats Maccabi Tel-Aviv, with any other result seeing Chelsea and Porto progress at its expense. Maccabi’s involvement in UEFA tournaments is over and each of its UEFA Champions League Group G games have seen it on the wrong end of double results – the Yellows have lost all five of their matches having gone into the break behind on the scoreboard.
Coral are offering odds of -161 about Dynamo Kyiv leading Maccabi Tel-Aviv at both half time and full time of their UEFA Champions League Group G game on Wednesday, which seems to be a good way to get with the side that won the reverse fixture 2-0 and has won each of its last five matches. Maccabi was fortunate to make the UEFA Champions League group stage at the expense of Basel and the Yellows have been out of their depth against Chelsea, Dynamo and Porto.
Finally, one could not construct sufficiently strong cases for either Arsenal (away to Olympiakos) or Sevilla (home to Juventus) completing one’s UEFA Champions League punting portfolio so that honours goes to Roma, which is available at odds of 1.33 with BetVictor to do the business versus BATE.
Yes, Roma has gone four games without a win but it had not lost at home this term until going down 0-2 to Atalanta just over a week ago and this is a date with BATE about which one is writing. BATE has drawn four and lost 10 of its last 14 UEFA Champions League road matches, with its best result on its travels in the last three years arguably being a 1-1 draw at Slovan Bratislava. Odds of -303 equate to a 75.19 per cent chance and one refuses to accept that Roma would not beat BATE at least eight times out of 10, particularly with the Wolves needing a home victory to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage along with Barcelona.
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