Roma and Leverkusen produced a UEFA Champions League classic when they met in Germany two weeks ago and one is picking their Group E rematch to be another entertaining affair.
A fortnight back Roma and Leverkusen played out a 4-4 draw in which the former trailed 0-2 then led 4-2 only for the latter to score twice in the last 10 minutes to earn a UEFA Champions League Group E point. Neither Roma nor Leverkusen appears capable of keeping a clean sheet against a talented opponent and so odds of -169 about both teams scoring on Wednesday is the best UEFA Champions League bet.
Anything less than three UEFA Champions League Group E home points and one would be inclined to write off Roma’s chance of reaching the knockout stage. Therefore, one is confident that Roma, which would leapfrog Leverkusen on the UEFA Champions League Group E ladder with a victory, will adopt positive tactics and the Factory Team’s style is all about applying mass pressure so the game should be wide open.
Roma has kept just one clean sheet in its 14 matches across all competitions this term. Frosinone is the only team that Roma has shut out and both sides have scored in 12 of those 14 games, which is quite some record. Leverkusen has managed to register seven clean sheets in its 18 matches across all competitions but two of them came versus teams not playing in the top tier so its raw numbers are a bit misleading.
Olympiacos defeated Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 in their first UEFA Champions League Group F clash a fortnight ago. Wednesday sees Olympiacos enjoy home advantage following its strong win on the road over Dinamo Zagreb and one cannot ignore odds of -222 with Bet365 about the favourite.
Each of the UEFA Champions League Group F collateral form references concerning Arsenal and Bayern Munchen favour Olympiacos over Dinamo Zagreb and, while there was little between the Greek and Croatian sides two weeks ago, the former did post the highest number of attempts on target, which is a fair achievement in any UEFA away game.
As with Roma, one would think that anything less than three points is likely to spell the death of Dinamo Zagreb’s UEFA Champions League chance so one is expecting that the visitor will throw caution to the wind, which may end in tears given its relatively poor road record. Dinamo Zagreb has won just one of its last five away matches across all competitions, whereas Olympiacos boasts formidable home numbers and is running away with the Greek Super League this season.
Finally, soothe the pain of watching Louis van Gaal’s boring Manchester United team by backing under two and a half goals in its UEFA Champions League Group B game against CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on Tuesday, an option that is available at the generous odds of +104 with Marathonbet.
The UEFA Champions League Group B bash between Manchester United and CSKA Moskva in Russia was not the most exciting of matches, with the Red Devils dominating possession – 62 per cent to 38 – but creating very little and forcing only one corner kick. One would not be surprised to see a very similar set of statistics in England this week and perhaps the biggest knock on siding with under two and a half goals is the fact that CSKA Moskva custodian Igor Akinfeev has not kept a clean sheet in any of his last 34 UEFA Champions League games. Surely Akinfeev is due one very soon. Also, keep out an eye for corner-kicks markets because Manchester United and CSKA Moskva are skewing well under the usual line of 10 and a half corners this term, both at home and abroad.
Roma v Leverkusen BTTS
4th November 19:45 GMT
Olympiacos to beat Dinamo Zagreb
4th November 19:45 GMT
Man Utd v CSKA Moskva – Under 2.50 goals
3rd November 19:45 GMT