In this post betting tips and previews of the sixth round of Champions League group stage matches. Groups C and D:
Galatasaray - Astana, Benfica - Atletico Madrid, Manchester City - Borussia Monchengladbach and Sevilla - Juventus.
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GALATASARAY - ASTANA
- Burak Yilmaz and Selcuk Inan are both suspended for the Turkish side.
- Hamit Altintop and Lionel Carole both miss out through injury, with Olcan Adin expected to feature at left-back once more.
- Mustafa Denizli was appointed head coach this week, but will not take charge for this one.
- Baurzhan Dzolchiev returns from suspension and should come back into the side on the right wing.
- Manager Stanimir Stoilov has a fully fit squad to select from ahead of the Tuesday's meeting with Galatasaray.
- Galatasaray need only to avoid defeat to secure third place in Group C. The Turkish side can't progress to the next round of the Champions League as they sit six points behind Benfica and Atletico Madrid.
- FC Astana have failed to win any of their five Champions League games, securing three draws so far. They must win in Turkey if they are to qualify for the Europa League, though have lost their two games away from home in the competition.
- Galatasaray have what it takes to win this one.
HOME WIN (1.53 Matchbook)
BENFICA - ATLETICO MADRID
- Nicolas Gaitain returns from suspension and is expected to return to the starting XI on the left flank.
- Luisao misses out through injury once more, with Lisandro Lopez set to partner Jardel at the back.
- Jackson Martinez misses out through injury for Atletico here and is joined on the sidelines by Tiago.
- Saul Niguez could partner Gabi in the middle of the park as a result of the latter's injury.
- Other than that, wholesale changes aren't expected from Diego Simeone.
- First place is yet to be determined in Group C, with Benfica currently top of the table heading into the final game. A positive result would see them progress as group winners on account of their superior head to head record with Atletico Madrid.
- Atletico lost to Benfica upon their welcome of the Portuguese side to Madrid and will hope to exact some sort of revenge on Tuesday. Both teams have already progressed, but are keen on topping the group.
- The hosts should have what it takes to shut out Atletico it what promises be a tightly-contested affair.
ATLETICO DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 4.5 (1.40, Sporting Bet)
MANCHESTER CITY - BORUSSIA
- Manchester City will be without Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta and Eliaquim Mangala for the reception of Gladbach, and there are still concerns over Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Fernando and Yaya Toure.
- André Schubert is likely to be without a host of players for the trip to Manchester, although this hasn't stopped them securing incredible results of late.
- City will have to stop Fabian Johnson, who has scored four goals in his last three competitive matches.
- Lars Stindl and Álvaro Domínguez are a booking away from a suspension.
- Manchester City will have to regroup quickly after their incredible 2-0 defeat to Stoke at the weekend. City are already guarenteed to reach the next phase of the competition, but are still in with a shout to qualify as group leaders, although they will need to better Juventus' result against Sevilla to do so.
- This fixture is no easy win for City, however. Andre Schubert has done an incredible job since taking on the reigns midway through the season and they come into this fixture having becoming the first team to beat Bayern Munich in the league this season. In fact, City are the only team to have beaten Gladbach in Shubert's 16 competitive matches in charge.
- Gladbach are in pole to finish third in the group, but must win to guarentee Europa League football. If City can get the likes of Aguero, Toure and Kompany on the pitch, it could swing the balance of the match in their favour.
DRAW (4.33, PaddyPower)
BOTH TEAMS TSCORE (1.50, PaddyPower)
SEVILLA - JUVENTUS
- Sevilla will be missing Beto, Gael Kakuta, Daniel Carrico, Marco Andreolli and Nico Pareja, while Benoit Tremoulinas could be absent for the second game in succession.
- Tremoulinas' absence could mean Mariano retains his spot at left-back and Ever Banega could come back into the squad after missing their 1-1 draw at the weekend. Fernando Llorente is also vying for a start.
- Juventus can recall upon the services of Paul Pogba, who missed their win over Lazio at the weekend through suspension.
- The momentum is with the Serie A champions so Massimiliano Allegri may keep things the same, which will mean Juan Cuadrado, Alvaro Morata and Patrice Evra have to settle for a place on the bench once again.
- Juventus have lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competition.
- Juventus are in pole position to finish as group winners and must match Manchester City's result on Tuesday to ensure they have the favourable fixture in the first round of the knockout phase. They are slowly returning to the level that got them to the Champions League final last season and are clear favourites heading into this match up against a Sevilla side that have been poor this season.
- Sevilla come into this match unbeaten in their last three competitive matches, but before that they had lost six of eight matches in all competitions. The Spanish outfit haven't picked up any points since the opening matchday and despite the fact they've beaten Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia at home in recent times, Juventus should maintain their unbeaten run here, with Paulo Dybala expected to play another key role.
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