CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 3rd ROUND - GROUPS G AND H

In this post betting tips and previews of the third round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups G and H: Porto-Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dynamo Kyiv-Chelsea, Zenit-Lyon and Valencia-Gent.

In this post betting tips and previews of the third round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups G and H: Porto-Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dynamo Kyiv-Chelsea, Zenit-Lyon and Valencia-Gent.


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PORTO - MACCABI TEL AVIV

 

After the win in the last round of national cup vs Varzim, Porto is ready to face Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Israelian team is last in the group with 0 points after the defeats vs Chelsea (4-0) and Dynamo Kyiv (0-2).

Portuguese team is on a good shape: 5 wins and 2 draws in the first 7 rounds of portuguese league and shouldn't encounter problems in beating Maccabi Tel Aviv since Porto has skilled players and surely much more international experience than the opponents.

 

 

NO BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.47 Matchbook)

HOME WIN  HALF/FULL TIME (1.54 Matchbook)


 

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DYNAMO KYIV - CHELSEA

 

The champions of Ukraine vs the champions of England.

Dynamo has collected 4 points after the first two rounds and is currently leading the group followed by Chelsea 1 point below.


Ukrainian team is very tough to face in its stadium and Chelsea is still not brilliant expecially in the defensive phase but the win obtained on Sunday vs Aston Villa hase brought the right motivations for the next clash.

 

Serhiy Rybalka is a doubt for the Ukrainian side here, though is expected to be fit to start for the hosts.


Other than that, Serhiy Rebrov has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from.


Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic are Chelsea's only injury concerns ahead of the tough trip to Kyiv.


Eden Hazard may come into the side in place of Pedro having been benched in the weekend 2-0 win over Aston Villa.


Nemanja Matic and Oscar could start at the expense of Ramires and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.


We choose DRAW here.

 

 

DRAW (3.25, Sporting Bet)

UNDER 3.5 (1.27, Sporting Bet)

 

 

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ZENIT - LYON


This is the best start of Champions League group stage that Zenit has ever had.

Beating Valencia in Spain and Gent in Russia, Zenit has the chance to secure the qualification in the 3rd round vs Lyon.

French team only has 1 point after 2 matches played and the injury occurred to Fekir is really heavy since Lacazette is not in the best condition.

Zenit has a good home trend not only in general but also with french teams (2 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses).

We like the HOME WIN.


 

HOME WIN (1.90, PaddyPower)

 


 

VALENCIA - GENT


After the home loss vs Zenit in the first round, Valencia has then obtained 3 points in Lyon and now occupies the 2nd position in the group.

Gent has collected 1 point in its first Champions League experience.


Belgian champions Gent are again leading the Pro League having won six and drawn five of their opening 11 games in the division.


Valencia coach Nuno has urged his side to maintain their good form in front of goal when they take on Gent in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Nuno's men made it three wins in their last four games from all competitions by beating Malaga 3-0 in La Liga on Saturday.


Gent will be without midfielder Brecht Dejaegere because of a suspension, but defender Erik Johansson made his return from a knee injury in the win over Mouscron.

For Valencia Enzo Perez is back in full training following a calf muscle strain that has kept him out of action since the win at Lyon on September 29.

Gomes appears to have shook off the thigh problems that have plagued his season so far, and defender Jose Gaya made his return against Malaga after struggling with a similar issue.


In our opinion Valencia will probably have the best, because is stronger, has much more experience than opponents and lately has finally started to play a decent football obtaining good results.


 

HOME WIN (1.46, Betfair)

 

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