With only two rounds remaining in Europe’s elite football competition the grip is tightening both for the 32 clubs and betting fans alike. Round 5 of the Champions League is set to host another spectacular batch of games; below we’ve covered some of the best clashes and best betting odds you can expect.
Tuesday (November 21)
Dortmund v Tottenham – H 6/5 (2.20) D 27/10 (3.70) A 16/7 (3.29)
After serving a 3-1 blow to defending champions Real Madrid at Wembley three weeks ago, Tottenham find themselves top of Group H with 10 points. With this victory they’ve secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, while Dortmund on the other hand sit in third spot with merely 2 points to their name.
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Despite having limited chances of further progression in the competition, the Germans will be keeping an eye open on securing their third place in the group. Finishing above fourth placed APOEL would ensure they continue their European adventure next year in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Although a victory for Dortmund doesn’t seem likely – having lost 2 and drawn another 2 so far – they could actually pull off a win, considering Tottenham’s secure positions.
Sevilla v Liverpool – H 9/5 (2.79) D 13/5 (3.60) A 17/11 (2.54)
Jurgen Klopp’s men have started their 2017/18 European campaign in shaky fashion, recording two draws, which included a 2-2 tie with Sevilla at Anfield at the very start of the season. However, in their last two games Liverpool have scored a total of 10 goals against Slovenian side Maribor with 0 conceded, which puts them on top of Group E with 8 points – 1 more than their Spanish counterparts.
In four games, Sevilla have played twice in front of their home supporters and they’ve clinched wins both times. Will their luck continue against The Reds? We reckon it will, especially since Liverpool seems to put on a lackluster performance when playing away from home this season. Victory for Sevilla seems like the best bet, but just in case you’re unsure throw in a combination of win/draw for the home side with online sportbook sites in UK.
Wednesday (November 22)
Juventus v Barcelona – H 2/1 (3.00) D 12/5 (3.39) A 3/2 (2.50)
The winners of Group D have virtually been settled, following Barcelona’s 0-0 stalemate against Olympiakos in round 4. This saw the Catalans clinch 10 points, thus ensuring their place in the last 16 of Europe’s prime tournament. Last season they were one of the three main favourites to win the prestigious competition, but suffered an early exit in the quarter-finals at the hands of none other than Juventus.
In the opening game of the group stage this season, the Catalans had their revenge on the Turin side with a comfortable 3-0 win at the Nou Camp. But we’re pretty sure things won’t be so easy for Lionel Messi and co. this time around when they play in front of the Juventus faithful. Besides playing in front of the home fans, Massimilliano Allegri’s men will be motivated to add 3 more points, having clinched only 7 points until this stage in the group phase. Since Barcelona already enjoy a comfortable lead with 10 points, we’re confident Juvenuts could secure a victory against them at the newly named Allianz Arena.
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Atletico Madrid v AS Roma – H 10/11 (1.95) D 5/2 (3.50) A 10/3 (4.33)
Atletico Madrid have been misfiring since the start of the season; after 4 rounds they only have 3 points to their name. Diego Simeone’s men are yet to record a victory, and judging by the way they’ve been playing both at home and away, we don’t see them rising to the occasion when they face AS Roma at home on Wednesday.
The Italians on the other hand need another win to ensure they advance to the next round having claimed 7 precious points so far, especially since Chelsea are lurking right behind them with only a point less. But considering the first encounter with Atletico Madrid ended with a 0-0 stalemate, we’d place our bets on another draw, with a victory for the Italians also a possibility.