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Leverkusen trounced BATE in the first set of UEFA Champions League group games and one rates the Bayer-owned team as the best bet on this week’s program when it travels to Belarus.
The UEFA Champions League Group E match between Leverkusen and BATE in Germany was one of this stage’s most one-sided games. BATE wiped out Leverkusen’s opening goal inside the opening 13 minutes but the away side’s equaliser was against the run of play. BATE managed just two attempts in the match compared to Leverkusen’s 21, nine of which were on target. Leverkusen left the pitch as the 4-1 winner and it would be fair to say that the Factory Team’s victory was emphatic.
Realistically, Leverkusen must overtake Roma before the last batch of UEFA Champions League Group E matches take place to have a good chance of reaching the knockout stage. Nothing less than a Leverkusen triumph in Belarus will make that a possibility because the Factory Team’s head-to-head record versus Roma favours the Wolves. So Leverkusen must approach Tuesday’s game positively and, if it performs as it did in the reverse fixture two months ago, it should be successful.
BATE is one of the UEFA Champions League’s real lightweights as it required the assistance of the away-goals rule to put pay to Partizan in the preliminaries and, had it not been for a crazy 30-minute spell at home to Roma, it would be anchored to foot of Group E with zero points. Leverkusen will not deserve to reach the last 16 if it does not beat BATE in Belarus, something that Barcelona did with ease.
Coral is offering odds of -133 that Leverkusen, which will be without suspended duo Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Omer Toprak, accrues three UEFA Champions League Group E points against BATE. Neither Papadopoulos nor Toprak has been one of Leverkusen’s star players this season so their absences are insufficient to deter one from backing the Factory Team.
Usually one likes quite a few options on a UEFA Champions League coupon but this week’s card is a long way from the most appealing. Rounding out one’s UEFA Champions League wagers are home hotties Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal must beat Dinamo Zagreb to keep alive its chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage and one thinks that the Gunners are worth including in multiple bets at their odds of -455 with William Hill.
One win in five matches across all competitions is Arsenal’s raw form but the Gunners did not try hard versus Sheffield Wednesday and they did not just their just reward against West Bromwich. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could not believe what he was watching at The Hawthorns on Saturday as the Gunners bossed West Bromwich for all bar the five minutes during which time the Baggies scored their two goals. A result of, say, 3-1 to Arsenal would have been a fair reflection of that English Premier League game but the Gunners left the Black Country with a 1-2 defeat.
Arsenal lost 1-2 at Dinamo Zagreb in the first round of UEFA Champions League Group F matches but the Gunners had Oliver Giroud sent off in the first half so one is inclined to put a pen through that result. Arsenal’s latest UEFA Champions League home game ended in a 2-0 win over Bayern Munchen and that form is simply too good to ignore versus a Dinamo Zagreb side that needed away goals to eliminate Molde.
Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Group C match between Atletico Madrid and Galatasaray sets up well for the warm favourite because it’s guest must throw caution to the wind given the state of the pool – Cim Bom Bom has to win in Spain, otherwise Atleti will join Benfica in the last 16.
Atletico Madrid’s control of its first UEFA Champions League Group C game against Galatasaray was such that Cim Bom Bom coach Hamza Hamzaoglu made a tactical substitution in the 32nd minute, replacing midfielder Emre Colak with forward Umut Bulut. Hamzaoglu’s switch improved Galatasaray but still Atletico threatened to score on counter attacks.
Bet365 are listing Atletico Madrid at odds of -303 to complete a UEFA Champions League Group C double over Galatasaray and book its spot in the knockout stage with a round to spare.
Leverkusen to beat BATE
24th November 17:00 GMT
Arsenal to beat Dinamo Zagreb
24th November 19:45 GMT
Atletico Madrid to beat Galatasaray
25th November 19:45 GMT
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