BOTH Manchester clubs flopped in the Champions League on Tuesday and the London clubs will be hoping to do better on Wednesday.

All eyes will be on struggling Chelsea as they entertain Maccabi Tel Aviv while Arsenal face a testing trip to Dinamo Zagreb.

There is no option for Jose Mourinho – he must guide his side to victory with the title almost out of sight.

The Blues trail Man City by 11 points and with spirits low they’re lucky it’s not one of the big guns visiting Stamford Bridge.

I can’t back the Blues at 2-11 with Ladbrokes so I’m taking a chance on skipper John Terry to step up to the plate.

While Diego Costa still awaits his first Champions League strike for the club Terry netted twice in Europe last season.

I’m backing him at 7-1 with Paddy Power to score and he is 22-1 to break the deadlock.

Maccabi might fancy their chances and are 5-1 at 888sport not to lose. Chelsea’s defence is the worst in the Premier League this season and the Israelis are 5-4 with William Hill just to score.

Arsenal on the other hand have started well and their away form should lead them to three points in Croatia.

The Gunners are a best 1-2 at Ladbrokes and William Hill and it looks short against a side unbeaten in 41 games – including the whole of last season’s league campaign.

Best bet could be over 2.5 goals at 4-5 with bet365 as Zagreb are a confident bunch who score plenty.

Elsewhere Barcelona should win away to a Roma side who lost 7-1 to Bayern in Italy last season.

Back Barca at 4-6 with William Hill and add potential tournament winners Bayern at Olympiakos for a 6-4 double. For Bayern the dangerman could be Thomas Muller who is 9-2 with Coral to score first.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick to take his tally to eight in two games – Lionel Messi will be looking to make his mark and is 7-2 at Paddy Power to score first.

In Group H Valencia should edge out a Zenit side who didn’t travel well in the groups last season even losing in Cyprus. Boss Andre Vilas-Boas has announced he will quit at the end of the season and star man Alex Witsel says he’ll be off in January.

Valencia are generally strong at home and I like them at 5-6 with bet365 while I’ll be looking at Paco Alcacer to score first at 9-2 with bet365.

Lyon v Gent is tougher to call but I’m siding with the more experienced Frenchman against the Champions League rookies. Lyon are attractive at 13-10 with bet365 and the man to break the deadlock could be Alexandre Lacazette at 9-2 with Paddy Power and McBookie.

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  1. Jack 2 years ago

    For anyone interested it seems that Falcao has a knock so surely Remy will start. Baba Rahman is expected to start and Oscar will play some part though I’m unsure it what capacity. Courtois is still out.

    Chelsea -2 @ 13/10
    Chelsea to win both halves @ 17/20
    Chelsea -1, Valencia DNB @ 10/11

  2. spidermouth 2 years ago

    Fancy Chelsea -1 and Barca -1 double.

    Chelsea will be revved up and should win by at least 2 goals against an average side.

    Barca are a cut above Roma, Roma grind out results and i just feel Barca will win by at least 2 clear goals. the talent on offer is just too tempting to not play the -1 handicap

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