In this post betting tips and previews of the fourth round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups G and H: Maccabi-Porto, Chelsea-Dynamo Kyiv, Gent-Valencia and Lyon-Zenit
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MACCABI TEL AVIV - PORTO
Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Slavisa Jokanovic will not have Eli Dasa, Dejan Radonjic and Nosa available for the reception of group leaders Porto.
- Tal Ben Haim II is one booking away from a suspension.
- Maccabi have to go for it in this match if they are to achieve anything in this group stage.
- Yacine Brahimi is still sidelined with a hamstring injury and Andre Silva is short of match fitness.
A win for Porto would give them a real advantage in the race to top the group with Chelsea currently floundering.
Maccabi are rock bottom having lost all of their three games without scoring. Defeat hear would almost certainly rule them out of progressing from the group or finishing in third place.
Porto should avoid an upset here to win with ease.
AWAY WIN (1.50 Matchbook)
CHELSEA - DYNAMO KYIV
- Jose Mourinho will be without Thibaut Courtois and Radamel Falcao for their crucial Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday.
- Branislav Ivanovic and Pedro has returned to training ahead of the game, but this might come too soon for them to both to start.
- Nemanja Matic will be available for selection having missed the defeat to Liverpool through suspension at the weekend.
- Relationships are reportedly strained between Mourinho and a lot of the first team players, so the starting XI could cause some surprises despite his precarious position as manager.
- Serhiy Rebrov has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from.
- Oleksandr Shovkovskiy has emerged as the No.1 goalkeeper in European competition have done well in the absence of Oleksandr Rybka. Both are fit, but the former is expected to retain his spot between the sticks.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Dynamo Kyiv's last 6 games in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
Chelsea are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
Chelsea have lost eight of their 16 matches in all competitions including their last three competitive outings. Time appears to be running out for Jose Mourinho and he will be desperately hoping for a better performance from the one that saw them slip to a 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on Saturday.
The Blues are currently third in Group G, one point behind Dynamo Kyiv and a three behind group leaders Porto. This reverse fixture was a 0-0 draw and Chelsea, who have struggled for goals this season, could find it tough to break down Kyiv's incredible defence. The away side have kept 14 clean sheets in 19 matches in all competitions this season.
DRAW (3.80, Sporting Bet)
CHELSEA DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.60, Sporting Bet)
OLYMPIQUE LYON - ZENIT ST
- Nabil Fekir, Clement Grenier and Aldo Kalulu are all sidelined for Lyon here.
- Steed Malbranque and Milan Bisevac will both face late fitness tests.
- Claudio Beauvue will partner Alexandre Lacazette in attack for the hosts.
Zenit St. Petersburg
- Viktor Faizulin will miss out for Zenit here due to a knee injury.
- Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Hulk is fit to feature, but Ezequiel Garay misses out.
- Luis Neto is therefore likely to partner Nicolas Lombaerts at the heart of the defence.
Lyon picked up just one point from a possible nine in the Champions League so far and need to win at Zenit's expense if they are to progress to the next round. Back-to-back league wins will boost confidence ahead of Wednesday's must-win game.
Zenit, on the other hand, have three wins to their name from the opening three games and are unbeaten in their last 10 games. Victory here will guarantee them a place in the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition.
LYON DOUBLE CHANCE (1.32, PaddyPower)
GENT - VALENCIA
- Gent boss Hein Vanhaezebrouck is sweating on the fitness of no fewer than five players, with key striker Laurent Depoitre a doubt for the Belgian side.
- However, better news sees Brecht Dejaegere available after he served a suspension in the last round.
- Vanhaezebrouck is not expected to make wholesale changes to his side here.
- Valencia are without goalkeeper Mat Ryan through injury and with Diego Alves still recovering from a knee problem, Jaume should keep his place in goal.
- Aymen Abdennour and Rodrigo both miss out for Valencia in this one.
- Paco Alcacer should be given the nod to lead the attack, though Alvaro Negredo is available.
Gent currently sit bottom of Group H having gained just one point so far. Their only point, though, came at home, so the fans will be looking to spur the team on ahead of the welcome of Valencia.
The Spanish side have six points to their name after losing their opening group game at home to Zenit. They come into this fixture as favourites to put another three points on the board after securing a comfortable 3-0 win over city rivals Levante over the weekend.
This should be a closely fought affair, but Valencia could edge it here.
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