Ronaldo-Led Juventus One Of Solid Picks In Champions League Action

Martin Green

Sunday, November 25, 2018 3:49 PM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 3:49 PM UTC

The Champions League returns this week and teams such as Juventus, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund have good value, while the PSG-Liverpool game promises to be a thriller.

AEK Athens vs. AjaxTuesday, 12:55 p.m. ET

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Ajax has been superb in the Champions League so far and they remain unbeaten after four games. They secured a 3-0 victory over Greek side AEK Athens in their opener and they have since taken four points off Benfica and picked up an impressive away draw against Bayern Munich. Victory in this game would guarantee them a place in the knockout stage of the tournament and it is hard to see AEK Athens offering much in the way of resistance. They have lost all four group games so far and they have no chance of progression. Ajax is blessed with a strong blend of youth and experience and they look well priced at -133 with Pinnacle to win this one.

Juventus vs. ValenciaTuesday, 3 p.m. ET

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Cristiano Ronaldo fired in his 10th goal for Juventus as they beat Spal 2-0 and tightened their grip on Serie A at the weekend. The Portuguese superstar is in magnificent form and he should relish the chance to take on a team he vanquished on many occasions during his stay in Spain.

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A win would send Juventus through and they should be far too strong for Valencia in this one, as they are better in every department. The Juventus defense is rock solid, Miralem Pjanic is dictating the play in midfield and Ronaldo is on fire up front. Juventus is -225 at various sportsbooks to win this one and that looks like a good option. Juventus and "under" 4.5 goals is -133 with Ladbrokes and a couple of others, which looks a good option for more value, while William Hill has -125 on Ronaldo to score at any time.

Lyon vs. Manchester CityTuesday, 3 p.m. ET

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Premiership champion Man City has annihilated pretty much every team they have faced this season. Their 4-0 drubbing of West Ham on Saturday extended their winning streak to eight games in all competitions and their attacking football has been positively awe-inspiring at times. That makes the home defeat they suffered at the hands of Lyon on September 19 look all the more incongruous. It is the only time they have tasted defeat in any competition this season, and they really were not at the races on the day. Now they have a great opportunity to head to France and gain revenge. Lyon is in good form, but Man City is playing football from another planet at the moment and they look good at -225 to win it. That would make a nice double with Juventus. For more value on this game, Man City halftime/fulltime is -105 with Bet365.

Atletico Madrid vs. MonacoWednesday, 12:55 p.m. ET

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This hapless Monaco side finally picked up a first win under Thierry Henry as they beat Caen 1-0 at the weekend. Yet they remain 19th in the Ligue 1 table and desperately battling relegation, so they are liable to be ripped apart by Diego Simeone’s well-drilled troops. Atletico Madrid was disappointed not to beat Barcelona at the weekend, but the creditable 1-1 draw leaves them a point behind the La Liga leaders. At home they are all but invincible, and -108 on Atletico -2 Asian handicap looks tempting with Bet365. They beat Monaco 2-1 away in their opening group game, but they are a lot stronger at home.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Club BruggeWednesday, 3 p.m. ET

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Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund is in sensational form and they could go in a treble with Juventus and Man City this week. They are just -333 to win it, but that reflects their vastly superior quality compared to a struggling Club Brugge. Ivan Leko’s men slumped to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of the unheralded Zulte-Waregem last time out, so their chances of getting a result in Germany are slim to none. Dortmund is blessed with an outrageously talented midfield and they cannot stop winning at present, so giving them a -1.5 Asian handicap at -105 with Bet365 looks tempting.

Paris Saint-Germain vs. LiverpoolWednesday, 3 p.m. ET

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This game will pit two of the most feared attacking triumvirates in world football up against one another. It will be thrilling to see Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani go head-to-head with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in such an important game. Liverpool prevailed 3-2 in the reverse fixture, but subsequent defeats against Napoli and Red Star Belgrade have left their chances of reaching the last 16 teetering on a knife-edge. PSG is also in danger of missing out after back-to-back draws with group leader Napoli, so this is an enormous six-pointer. "Both teams to score" and "over" 2.5 goals looks the way to go at -137 with various books.

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