In this post betting tips and previews of the fourth round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups E and F: Barcelona-BATE, Roma-Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich-Arsenal and
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BARCELONA - BATE BORISOV
- Luis Enrique will be without Rafinha, Lionel Messi and Douglas for the reception of BATE Borisov.
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen has lost his place in the team for league competition but is likely to remain in goal in the Champions League.
- Sergi Roberto had an excellent game in midfield at the weekend and could retain his place here, with Munir or Sandro likely to partner Neymar and Luis Suarez in attack.
- Javier Mascherano is also likely to return to first-team action having missed their league clash at the weekend through suspension.
- Nemanja Milunović is a booking away from a ban.
- The visitors will also be without Aliaksandr Hleb, Vitali Rodinov and Maksim Zhavnerchik due to their respective injuries.
Barcelona have won 12 of their last 14 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers). Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against BATE in all competitions. Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers). Barcelona have won their last 3 matches against BATE in all competitions. BATE have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers). Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against BATE in all competitions.
Barcelona are looking to edge closer to booking their place in the latter stages of the competition with a double over group minnows BATE Borisov. They triumphed 2-0 in the reverse fixture courtesy of a brace from Ivan Rakitic.
BATE celebrated their 10 successive league title at the weekend and come into this fixture unbeaten in 28 away league matches. They, however, have lost their last six away matches in the Champions League.
Mikhail Gordeychuk ended a drought of 12 games without a goal at the weekend, but he isn't likely to kickstart a goalscoring run here,
HOME WIN + OVER 2.5 (1.32 Matchbook)
ROMA - BAYER LEVERKUSEN
- Kevin Strootman, Seydou Keita and Elio Capradossi are all sidelined for the Italian side.
- Club icon Francesco Totti will also miss out with the forward in a race to be fit for the derby against Lazio at the weekend.
- Daniele De Rossi is also a major doubt for the reception of Leverkusen. William Vainqueur could come into the starting XI in De Rossi's absence.
- Miralem Pjanic was sent off at the weekend but his suspension will not impede his Champions League involvement.
- Charles Aranguiz and Roberto Hilbert are both sidelined for the Bundesliga outfit. They are also sweating on the fitness of Lars Bender and Kevin Kampl for the trip to Rome.
Roma have drawn their last 3 matches against Leverkusen in all competitions. Roma have been drawing at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Leverkusen in all competitions. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Leverkusen's last 4 games in the Champions League (including qualifiers). Roma have failed to win their last 8 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
The reverse fixture saw these two sides battle out an incredible 4-4 draw. It's unlikely that there will be a repeat scoreline here but this match is very much up for the taking with neither side managing to put together a run of truly convincing performances.
Roma's 1-0 defeat to Serie A rivals Inter at the weekend was their first defeat since the end of September in all competitions. Bayer Leverkusen also come into this match off the back of a defeat, although their recent record reads three draws, two wins and a defeat in their last six outings in all competitions.
The winner of this clash will be favourite to claim second place in the group behind Barcelona, which could make this a cagey affair.
HOME WIN (2.15, Sporting Bet)
OVER 1.5 (1.25, Sporting Bet)
BAYERN MUNICH - ARSENAL
- Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze and Sebastian Rode will all miss the welcome of Arsenal on Wednesday night due to injury.
- Holger Badstuber and Juan Bernat are both doubts, though it remains to be seen whether both will be available for Pep Guardiola.
- Javi Martinez may start at centre-back after an impressive outing at Frankfurt on Friday night, though Mehdi Benatia is another option.
- Arsene Wenger has a lengthy injury list to contend with, with no fewer than nine players sidelined for Arsenal.
- Olivier Giroud will spearhead the attack for the Gunners in Munich, while Joel Campbell could ba handed another start following his impressive showing in Swansea at the weekend.
- Hector Bellerin has not travelled with the squad because of a groin injury, which means Mathieu Debuchy will be tasked with marking Douglas Costa.
- All in all, Wenger could name the same XI from the one that beat Swansea 3-0.
Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
Bayern have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
Bayern will be keen to bounce back in the Champions League after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal when the two teams meet at the Emirates last month. The German side, though, have won their last seven Champions League games at home, conceding just three goals in the process.
Arsenal have lost only one of their last six competitive fixtures, conceding four goals in the process. After a comprehensive 3-0 win at Swansea, they will be confident of securing back-to-back European wins over Bayern, especially at the Allianz.
However, the hosts have the strength and power in all positions needed to win here.
HOME WIN (1.40, PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.55, PaddyPower)
OLYMPIAKOS - DINAMO ZAGREB
- Alejandro Dominguez and Giannis Maniatis are both sidelined due to injury for Olympiakos here.
- Andreas Bouchalakis and Esteban Cambiasso are doubts, though the latter could feature alongside Pajtim Kasami in the middle of the park.
- Brown Ideye should lead the attack for the Greek side here.
- Ivo Pinto is sidelined, which should see Alexandru Matel start at right-back for Dinamo Zagreb here.
- Leonardo Sigali and Domagoj Pavicic are both doubts for the Croatian side, though the former may start alongside Jeremy Taravel at the heart of the backline.
- Armin Hodzic could come into the side due to Soudani's injury.
Olympiakos currently sit level on points with Bayern Munich in Group F, with their two wins in the competition coming away from home. After a 1-0 win in Zagreb last month, they will be looking to do the double over their Croatian counterparts.
Dinamo Zagreb's only win came over Arsenal in gameweek 1 and they need to secure a positive result here if they are to harbour any real hopes of progressing to the next stage of the Champions League. A 5-0 thumping at the hands of Bayern on their last match away from home certainly doesn't bode well.
On home turf, this should be a comfortable win for Olympiakos.
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