CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 6th ROUND - GROUPS A AND B

In this post betting tips and previews of the sixth round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups A and B:  PSG - Shakhtar, Real Madrid - Malmo, Wolfsburg - Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven - CSKA Moscow.

In this post betting tips and previews of the sixth round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups A and B:

PSG - Shakhtar, Real Madrid - Malmo, Wolfsburg - Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven - CSKA Moscow.



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PARIS SAINT GERMAIN - SHAKHTAR DONETSK

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Paris Saint Germain

  • David Luiz returns from suspension and is available for Laurent Blanc. He could partner Marquinhos in defence, with the PSG head coach perhaps rotating here.
  • Javier Pastore misses out through injury, while Gregory Van der Wiel and Marco Verratti are both doubts for the Parisian side.
  • Lucas Moura, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Benjamin Stambouli could feature.
Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Shakhtar head coach Mircea Lucescu can welcome Darijo Srna and Olexandr Kucher back from suspension here and both are expected to come back into the side.
  • Bernard is set to get the nod ahead of Taison to feature on the left wing.
  • Maksym Malyshev is a doubt for Lucescu, though he is the manager's only injury concern.

 

 


PREDICTION

 

  • PSG are guaranteed a place in the next round of the Champions League and have no chance of finishing top spot given their inferior head to head record with Real Madrid. However, they will be looking to end the group stage of the competition on a high with a win.
  • Shakhtar need a positive result and to hope Malmo slip up in order to secure third place in Group A. The Ukrainian side have underwhelmed in Europe's elite competition this term and have just one win to their name.
  • While PSG may take this opportunity to rest key players, the hosts should still come out on top here.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.48 Matchbook)

OVER 2.5 (1.53 Matchbook)

 

 

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REAL MADRID - MALMO

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Real Madrid

  • Rafa Benitez is without injured quartet Abner, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane for this one.
  • Marcelo is a doubt and may not be risked, with Alvaro Arbeloa set to deputise at left-back.
  • Rafa Benitez could rest key players here, with Isco, Jese, Kiko Casilla, Lucas Vazquez and Mateo Kovacic likely to feature.
Malmo FF

  • Rasmus Bengtsson is suspended for the trip to Madrid, with Kari Arnason expected to come into the starting XI after serving a ban of his own.
  • The Swedish side are without Zlatan Azinovic and Guillermo Molins through injury, while Johan Wiland is a doubt for the visitors.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Malmo currently foot Group A and need a win in this one if they are harbour any hopes of securing a place in the next round of the Champions League. The Swedish side lost just 2-0 in Paris in the first meeting between these two in the group.
  • PSG need only to avoid defeat in this one and to hope Shakhtar slip up against Real Madrid for them to progress to the last-16 stages of the competition. However, Laurent Blanc will be keen to oversee a win in their quest to progress as group winners.
  • The French side battled to a 2-1 win at the weekend and they may have to do similar here.

 

 

 

HOME WIN + OVER 2.5 (1.30, Sporting Bet)

HOME WIN HALF TIME / HOME WIN FULL TIME (1.40, Sporting Bet)

 

 

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WOLFSBURG - MANCHESTER UNITED

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Wolfsburg

  • Wolfsburg will be able to recall upon the services of Dante after he missed their 2-1 defeat to Dortmund at the weekend through suspension. However, they could still be without Luiz Gustavo.
  • Bas Dost started the weekend's defeat as a substitute, so he could be recalled to the starting XI here.
  • Naldo and Daniel Caligiuri are a booking away from a ban.
Manchester United

  • Manchester United won't have had any time to prepare for this fixture and have been dealt a further blow after Morgan Schneiderlin failed to recover from a hip injury sustained in their 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday to make the trip to Germany.
  • Paddy McNair, however, is part of the travelling squad. He too was forced off against the Hammers, but has recovered enough to make the flight.
  • Michael Carrick could partner Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield, with Marouane Fellaini also likely to retain his spot behind the striker with Wayne Rooney out injured.

 

 


PREDICTION

 

  • Manchester United have really struggled in front of goal this season and have drawn five of their last nine competitive matches 0-0. Louis van Gaal's side have to win to guarentee their progression to the next phase of the competition but haven't looked convincing at any stage during the groups. They will have to perform much better than they have done in recent weeks to secure all three points.
  • Wolfsburg come into this match as group leaders and know that a point could be good enough to secure their place in the top two. The German outfit will know United have to go for it and could look to soak up pressure and steal a goal late on, on the counter. They will be looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the group and could sneak it here.

 

 

 

HOME WIN (2.30, PaddyPower)

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PSV EINDHOVEN - CSKA MOSCOW

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

PSV Eindhoven

  • PSV will be without Jetro Willems and Luciano Narsingh for the reception of CSKA on Tuesday night. Phillip Cocu will also have to do without Santiago Arias, who is suspended for reaching the limit for yellow cards.
  • Maxime Lestienne has reportedly returned from compassionate leave and could feature, although he wasn't in the squad that beat Vitesse.
CSKA Moscow

  • Leonid Slutsky can recall on the services of Pontus Wenbloom after he missed their defeat to Amkar through suspension at the weekend.
  • The Russian side will be without Roman Eremenko, however, while the likes of Vassili Berezutski and Georgy Schennikov are doubts.

 


PREDICTION

 

  • PSV are looking to progress to the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2006/07. They are also looking to secure their third home win in a row for the first since since 2005/06, having already beaten Manchester United and Wolfsburg on home soil.
  • CSKA Moscow's strong start to the season is well and truely over. They come into this fixture bottom of the group and having lost six of their last seven matches in all competition. They can, however, sneak third place if they beat PSV here. While that is unlikely, their only win of the group stages did come against the Dutch outfit in the reverse fixture.
  • Igor Akinfeev hasn't kept a clean sheet in the Champions League since November 2006, which is a run of 36 matches.

 

 

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