Tuesday and Wednesday see the end of the Champions League Group stages and with them the end of a number of teams participation in this competition. Half of the sides leaving the Champions League will.
<p></p><p class="x_MsoNormal">Tuesday and Wednesday see the end of the Champions League Group stages and with them, the end of a number of teams participation in this competition. Half of the sides leaving the Champions League will get a chance to fight for the Europa League title, others will just drop out of all European competitions completely. Some would argue that’s the way it should be and others still would say the clubs would prefer to be out of Europe altogether, rather than continue on in the Europa.</p> https://youtu.be/Ktj1keDdr5Y <p class="x_MsoNormal">There are still some games that matter and those appear to be the ones that bring us some value. Tuesday has more than Wednesday in my book but that could still change as the markets evolve.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">One game that won’t matter for most is the match between Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. The top are sorted out and the only thing to win in this game is a little pride. That’s if both sides play and I’m not convinced will happen. Instead, I’m expecting to see fringe players given the chance to impress and that could not only give us a look at some potential stars of the future but also liven the game up as those players do their best to impress their managers.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">I’ve not decided which game I’ll be sitting down to watch just yet but if there are some interesting team selections then this one becomes more likely. As does the chances of goals. I’m betting on that happening and placing a bet on Both Team To Score (Yes) at odds of <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4829&book=William Hill">1.95 with William Hill</a>.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span class="contextualExtensionHighlight ms-font-color-themePrimary ms-border-color-themePrimary ident_1505_1641" tabindex="0">I’m also expecting goals in the Barcelona v Borussia Mönchengladbach game but at <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4810&book=Bet365">1.7 with Bet365</a> the odds aren’t fully there yet for me.</span> I’ll be keeping an eye on that market to see if it gains interest for me.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span class="contextualExtensionHighlight ms-font-color-themePrimary ms-border-color-themePrimary ident_1717_1942" tabindex="0">Two more matches catch my eye on Tuesday and they’re both in Group B. Benfica and Napoli face off against each other in a game that could end with both sides qualifying for the next round or one side or the other going home.</span> The only way they can guarantee progress is to go out and win the game. That should make it quite an interesting match and I’m backing Napoli to go out and do just that. The odds are excellent for that possibility <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4825&book=Pinnacle">with Pinnacle offering 2.97</a> for a Napoli win.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">The other game in that group is the Dynamo Kiev v Besiktas game and if Besiktas win, they go through in at least second place. That’s a hell of an incentive for both the club and it’s players whose annual bonus will be determined by qualification, or not. Pinnacle are offering 2.38 for the away side to come out victorious in this one so there is good money on offer everywhere it seems.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">Wednesday’s games hold less interest for me regards to betting as I can see less value. Group F has a decider in it with Real Madrid playing for top spot in the group against Borussia Dortmund (who currently hold that position). Neither side can fail to qualify but top spot does tend to mean an easier game in the next round so the odds of 1.96 (Pinnacle) for a home win does catch my attention.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">Finally, there is the game between Porto and Leicester. On paper this shouldn’t be much of a contest and the bookies are certainly seeing it that way. Porto certainly needs the points much more than Leicester and they have the European experience to make that happen. At odds of 11.07 though there is value in taking the chance that Leicester will want to finish the job properly. Leicester may be struggling domestically but in Europe, they’ve shown no respect for reputations and done the business on a regular occasion. One more time unto the breach?</p><p></p>