Can Cristiano Ronaldo vanquish Man Utd in Champions League clash?

Martin Green

Sunday, November 4, 2018 11:51 AM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 11:51 AM UTC

The Champions League returns this week and there are some huge clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday, where you can find great value on the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.

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Barca head into this game in magnificent form after stringing together five consecutive victories. It began with a 4-2 triumph over Sevilla and then they beat Inter 2-0 at Camp Nou to seize the initiative in this Champions League group. The best was yet to come as they thumped Real Madrid 5-1 in El Clasico, leading to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. Since then they have brushed Cultural Leonesa aside in the cup and beaten Rayo Vallecano on the road to open up a four-point lead at the top of the league table. It is an impressive run, but it is made all the more so by the absence of star player Lionel Messi. Luis Suarez has stepped up in his absence, banging in five goals in four games, while Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been excellent. Inter bounced back from that defeat at Camp Nou to record consecutive stylish victories over Lazio and Genoa, but they may be unable to live with the quality of Suarez and Coutinho. William Hill has +110 on an away win and that looks tempting.

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Porto v Lokomotiv Moscow

Portuguese champions Porto picked up a strong 3-1 win away in Moscow when these sides met a fortnight ago, and they should be able to pull off a similar feat in this game. They beat Maritimo 2-0 last time out to cement their place at the top of the Primeira Liga table, and they look solid defensively and dangerous going forwards. Lokomotiv Moscow are in fine form in their domestic league, but they have lost all three Champions League games and sit bottom of the group. It makes an absolute mockery of the decision to put them in Pot 1 for the group stage draw, while Borussia Dortmund and Man Utd were in Pot 2 and Liverpool were in Pot 3. It always looked ridiculous, and their limitations have been exposed in brutal fashion. Meanwhile, Porto have taken seven points from a possible nine and sit top of the group, so this looks like a mismatch and Porto are just -333 to win it. Bet Stars has +100 on Porto to win it half-time / full-time.

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Juventus v Man Utd

Juventus delivered a defensive masterclass to beat Man Utd 1-0 at Old Trafford two weeks ago, with Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in exceptional form. They are six points clear of Inter and Napoli at the top of Serie A and they have won all three Champions League games to sit five points clear of Man Utd at the top of Group H. Victory here would sew up top spot in the group and Juventus boast the firepower to achieve that, with former Man Utd forward Cristiano Ronaldo lining up alongside the dangerous Paulo Dybala. Jose Mourinho’s men have enjoyed a resurgence in the Premier League, but it will be difficult for them to get a away result against an organised, disciplined Juventus side. Juventus to win and under 4.5 goals is -120 with Bet Stars and -118 with Ladbrokes, and that looks like a good option.

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Victoria Plzen v Real Madrid

Champions League holders Real Madrid began life after Lopetegui with a routine 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid at the weekend. They beat Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen 2-1 at the Bernebeu under Lopetegui a couple of weeks ago, and they should be confident of a slightly bigger victory now that the beleaguered coach has been made to walk the plank. Real Madrid are still blessed with an exceptional array of world-class talent. This team has won the Champions League for the last three seasons. They have lost Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, but there is plenty of quality in the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Isco and Vinicius Junior. Plzen are bottom of this group and Real Madrid are just -400 to win this game. Real Madrid -1.75 Asian handicap is -112 with Bet365 and -107 with Bet Victor.

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