In this post betting tips and previews of the fourth round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups C and D: Astana-Atletico Madrid, Benfica-Galatasaray, Borussia
Monchengladbach-Juventus and Sevilla-Manchester City.
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GALATASARAY - BENFICA
- Astana will still be without Patrick Twumasi, who will serve the final ban of his four-match suspension here.
- Luciano Vietto is the only injury concern for Diego Simeone as travel to Astana.
- Little changes are expected from their usual line up. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco could retain his spot on the right wing with Fernando Torres pushing for a start alongside Antoine Griezmann.
- Torres is still one goal shy of 100 goals for Atletico Madrid.
FC Astana have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
The home side shouldn't be short on confidence having won their last five league matches coming into one of the biggest matches in the club's history. They will, however, have the 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture fresh in their memory and Atletico Madrid should canter to a similar winning margin here.
Diego Simeone's side could go top of Group C for the first time with a win here and the Atletico manager will be guarding against complacency here.
AWAY WIN (1.33 Matchbook)
BENFICA - GALATASARAY
- Rui Vitoria will still be without Eduardo Salvio for the reception of Galatasaray. Lubomir Fejsa is an injury doubt.
- Jardel and Jardel are one booking away from a ban, whereas Andreas Samaris will be absent after reaching the limit for bookings.
- Anderson Talisca should replace Samaris at the heart of their midfield.
- Hamit Altintop has finally resumed light training after knee surgery at the start of August, but this fixture will come too soon for him.
- Lional Carole and Jose Rodriguez are also likely to be unavailable, with Olcan Adin expected to retain his starting berth at left-back from the weekend.
- Wesley Sneijder will also come back into the side having been suspended from their thumping 4-0 win over Eskisehirspor at the weekend.
- Selçuk Inan and Burak Yilmaz are a booking away from a ban.
Galatasaray won their first match in Europe in 11 matches in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago. Alternatively, the defeat was the first for Benfica in the Champions League group stage this season, ruining their 100 per cent record.
Benfica saw their 55-match unbeaten run in the league come to an end at the end of last month and Galatasarary will have to be at their best to get anything from the Estádio da Luz, with Group C still in the balance.
DRAW (4.33, Sporting Bet)
UNDER 2.5 (2.08, Sporting Bet)
SEVILLA - MANCHESTER CITY
- Sevilla are sweating on the fitness of Ever Banega after he missed their league defeat at the weekend through injury. They will also be without Nico Pareja, Daniel Carrico and Beto for the reception of Manchester City.
- Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy are back in full training, but this fixture may come too soon for the pair. David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero are also expected to miss out.
- Raheem Sterling should return to the starting XI have been dropped to the bench in their 2-1 win over Norwich at the weekend.
- Wilfried Bony may also retain his spot up front, despite missing several chances at the weekend.
- This fixture will be special for Jesus Navas, who is returning to his boyhood club for the first time since leaving for Manchester in 2013.
Sevilla have lost 5 of their last 6 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City's last 3 games in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
Sevilla will be out looking for pay-back after they were cruelly denied any points when Kevin de Bruyne scored in stoppage time in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago. The Spanish outfit have been in poor form this season and slipped to their fourth defeat in 10 league games at the weekend. They have, however, won their last 10 European matches at home and should be confident against a City side that will be without Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
City can qualify for the next stage of the competition with two games in hand should they beat Sevilla and Juventus beat Gladbach in the group's other fixture. However, they've kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 matches and will need to be better at the back if they are to prevail without Aguero and Silva here.
CITY DOUBLE CHANCE (1.40, PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.70, PaddyPower)
BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH -
- The home side are without a number of players for the reception of last season's Champions League finalists, but this shouldn't effect the starting XI.
- Lars Stindl and Alvaro Domínguez are a booking away from a suspension.
- Stephan Lichtsteiner is included in the travelling squad after heart surgery, but is unlikely to be thrown in at the deep end here.
- Roberto Pereyra and Kwadwo Asamoah will be missing, however.
- Sami Khedira is also among those not travelling to Germany after the midfielder suffered a thigh injury at the weekend.
- Juventus will have Giorgio Chiellini available after he missed their derby win over Torino through suspension at the weekend.
Juventus are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
Having lost all of their opening five league games, Gladbach have now strung together six successive league wins under caretaker manager André Schubert and come up against a Juventus side that are struggling for consistency this season.
However, Juan Cuadrado's last minute winner in the derby win over Torino at the weekend would have given Juventus a huge confidence boost ahead of this fixture. Domestic form hasn't seemed to effect their performances in Europe, either. The Old Lady are top of Group D having taken seven points from their opening two games.
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