THERE are another eight big Champions League matches on Tuesday and I’ll add to his preview tonight and in the morning.
My Daily Record column focuses on Man United and Man City and I’m on a win for Louis van Gaal’s men but believe City will do well to avoid defeat away to Sevilla.
United are on their worst winless run under Louis van Gaal with four draws in a row – including three 0-0s. Fans reckon the Dutch manager’s team is dull with a capital D and it’s not what they’re used to.
CSKA have lost two of their last 23 outings and both were away Champions League ties against Sporting and Wolfsburg. Eight of their 10 CL road trips have ended in defeat but they did win at Man City last season.
Van Gaal’s home matches have produced wins against Bruges and Wolfsburg so I’m backing the home at 8-13 with Coral. Anthony Martial netted in the 1-1 draw in Russia and I’m on the youngster at 11-8 with bet365 to score.
The other game in Group B sees PSV entertain Wolfsburg. PSV have netted 15 in three games since losing 2-0 in Germany so will be confident of notching a result.
Goals could be a better bet. Try over 2.5 at 8-11 with 888sport and take Luuk de Jong, who netted in all of those three big wins, at 19-10 at 888sport to score.
In Group D Man City head to Sevilla after mugging the Spanish 2-1 at the Etihad. Both sides are without key strikers as Sevilla miss Kevin Gameiro and City are still without Sergio Aguero.
City were poor against Norwich but Manuel Pellegrini has lost just one in seven away CL ties. Sevilla though have triumphed in their last 10 Euro ties at home so draw is possible at 27-10 at McBookie.
Without Aguero and Silva I can’t back City and best bet could be Sevilla draw no bet at 1-1 with Ladbrokes.
The other tie in the group is tough to call with Borussia M’gladbach entertaining Juventus. The Germans are on a good run and there are still question marks over the Turin giants so both to score at 17-20 with McBookie and Ladbrokes could be the way to go.
PSG and Real Madrid drew 0-0 a few weeks ago and while it was a surprise to many Rafael Benitez’s men don’t concede many these days. They remain unbeaten in all competitions but are without Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edison Cavani were rested by PSG at the weekend and will return at the Bernabeu. With the players on show you’d expect goals but I’m not so sure. Real can edge this and book their spot in the last 16 but it promises to be tight again and under 2.5 goals at 23-20 at McBookie.
Shakhtar are short-priced favourites to beat Malmo at home and end a disastrous run in the group. So far it’s three defeats, no goals scored and eight conceded. They should beat the Swedes, who won the reverse fixture 1-0, but the Ukranians look a bit short.
Atletico Madrid thumped Astana 4-0 at home and while they’ll get it tougher in Kazakhstan bookies have written off the home men. The Spaniards are no bigger than 1-3 at William Hill and star striker Antoine Griezmann is odds on to score. I’ll look at this again to see if I can find value but Atletico -1 at 10-11 with Ladbrokes and bet365 should come up.
De Jong (PSV) to score
Atletico Madrid -1
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