October 22, 2013

Champions League Betting Tips

Champions League BettingBy Mark Rawlinson

After three weeks off, the Champions League returns as Matchday 3 gets underway on Tuesday night.

In terms of British interest, an in-form Arsenal side face another stern test against Borussia Dortmund whilst Chelsea travel to Germany to face Schalke and Celtic host Ajax.

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund

When the draw was first made for Arsenal’s Champions League group, many people though they’d have it tough but they’ve carried their excellent domestic form into Europe, recording back-to-back wins over Marseille and Napoli.

Tonight they face Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund, who secured their first win of Group F last time out against Marseille.

Mathieu Flamini will be absent from Arsene Wenger’s team selection as the midfielder was ruled out after suffering concussion against Norwich on Saturday. Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby are all also unavailable.

The Gunners have not lost a match in any competition since August 17th, a run spanning an impressive 12 games. Bet Victor offer the best odds on them continuing that run at 11/8 whilst the best odds available for a Dortmund win come from Betfred at 9/4.

You can watch this game live from 7:45pm on ITV1.

Schalke 04 v Chelsea

After opening day defeat at home to Basel, Chelsea restored some pride last time out with a 4-0 demolition at Steaua Bucharest.

Tonight, they play a so far resilient Schalke side who are yet to concede in their two matches, and go into this game top of the group with two wins.

Chelsea have travelled to Germany without Ashley Cole who has still not recovered from a rib injury. Andre Schurrle is a doubt with a leg injury but has made the trip.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan are two notable absentees from the Scalke squad but Kevin-Prince Boateng is due to return following a knee setback.

Chelsea are slight favourites ahead of the match with Bet Victor providing the best odds of 7/5. Schalke will be a tough side to beat though and Bet 365 offer the best odds on the hosts winning, at 12/5.

This game will be live on Sky Sports 2 from 7:45pm.

Ajax v Celtic

Despite brave performances against AC Milan and Barcelona, Celtic go into this game at the bottom of Group H with zero points.

Goals conceded in the last 15 minutes against those sides have ultimately cost them but this evening’s match presents they with the best opportunity to secure their first win of their European campaign.

Neil Lennon will be without playmaker Kris Commons who picked up a hamstring injury at the weekend whilst Derk Boerrigter, Adam Matthews and Steve Moyoukolo all remain out. Scott Brown is suspended following his red card against Barcelona.

Celtic are slight favourites with the bookies to win in Holland, with Bet 365 providing the best odds of 31/20. Bet Victor provide the best odds on an Ajax win at 5/2.

This match is live on Sky Sports 3 from 7:45pm.

Elsewhere in Group H, AC Milan host Barcelona in a tasty looking tie. This match is live on Sky Sports 4. The four remaining matches are all available via the red button on Sky Sports and you can check out the latest betting comparison odds with BritBets by clicking HERE.

You can also claim free bets with Bet Victor by clicking HERE.

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