Soccer Picks Rundown for Tuesday's Champions League Group Stage Matches

Nikki Adams

Monday, December 7, 2015 8:51 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 8:51 PM GMT

The ultimate round of Champions League group action features on the soccer betting menu. Join us as we rundown through all eight games for your soccer betting thrills and serve up soccer picks.

Match Day 6 Preview
There’s still a lot to play for in the last round of Champions League as clubs vie for final positions in the table. Here’s a game-by-game preview of all the action on Tuesday, complete with soccer picks.

 

Benfica vs. Atletico Madrid
Benfica are through to the knockouts, but they need a win or a draw to finish in top spot. Atletico are also through to the knockouts and a win will ensure them top spot. As it is, Atletico have the advantage in the table with a better goal differential. Both these teams are tied on ten points and have everything to play for yet. Benfica have home advantage but Atleti are a tough nut to crack having conceded just two goals in the competition all while shipping nine goals. Benfica have scored nine and conceded six.

UCL Soccer Pick: Atletico +133 at 5Dimes

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Galatasaray vs. FC Astana
The battle for third place features in this clash of Group C contenders. Galatasaray have the home edge and the point edge in the table over Astana. What’s more, Astana are winless in the competition having gone 0-3-2 through five rounds. The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 2-2 stalemate and given the stakes on hand it’s quite possible it will be a low-scoring and gritty contest again.

UCL Soccer Pick: Draw +350 at Pinnacle

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Man City vs. Borussia M’gladbach
Man City are sat second in group D, two points behind Juventus. A win over Borussia M’gladbach coupled with a loss by Juve would see Man City into first place in the section. That said they are through to the knockouts regardless, which takes the pressure off of them a bit. Borussia M’gladbach, meanwhile, are looking to wrap up third place. A loss to Man City coupled with a win by Sevilla over Juventus would render them out of Europe entirely.  For the most part, Man City have played well in this competition with losses to just Juventus at home and on the road. It’s a big order for the Germans to descend on the Etihad and leave with all three points.

UCL Soccer Pick: Man City -143 at BetOnline

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PSG vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
PSG are assured a second place finish in group A, which leaves them with nothing to play for in the final lap around Europe’s top flight competition. By the soccer odds, they should win this game handily, but seeing as they haven’t got much to play for it’s reasonable to assume they won’t risk too much here. It’s also a big mistake to underestimate the Ukrainians despite their disappointing campaign this season. They are ahead of Malmo FF in the table. A third place finish and a spot in Europa League competition is within reach so long as they suffer a better fate than Malmo. This game could serve up a surprise with the Ukrainians punching above their perceived weight class as they attempt to determine their European fate. A small wager, therefore, on Ukraine to mastermind the upset at +650 isn’t outrageous, but the better move is to hedge your bets with a draw or win by Shakhtar at +180 soccer odds. Just don’t go betting the farm on it.

UCL Soccer Pick: Shakhtar +180

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PSV vs. CSKA Moscow
A lot is at stake in this game when PSV host CSKA Moskva. PSV are through to the knockouts with a win or with a draw if Man United lose to Wolfsburg on the same day. If PSV win and Wolfsburg and Man United draw, then group B will feature a split in top spot between PSV and Wolfsburg on overall goal difference. CSKA Moskva are bottom of group B with four points. They are practically out of European competition, without hope even for a Europa League spot. All they can do is play a hand in determining the table. Will they spoil the Dutch bid for a knockout spot in Champions League by masterminding the upset on the road, thereby relegating them to Europe’s second tier competition and sending Man United and Wolfsburg through? It’s quite possible. The Russians did beat PSV 3-2 at home and while they may not have much to play for the role of party poopers can have its own charm.

UCL Soccer Pick: CSKA Moscow +375 

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Real Madrid vs. Malmo FF
Real Madrid have won group A. It’s going to be a challenge for Rafa Benitez to get his Los Blancos fired up for a game that is essentially meaningless. That said, Real have bounced back from a blip a few weeks ago and are riding a four-game winning streak across all competitions. It would be a right shocker if they slip up in this game, even in a half-hearted attempt. Malmo simply haven’t measured up to European standards and have struggled to strike an audible chord in this tournament. They’ve been outclassed and outplayed by their counterparts and although they have a slim shot at third place, it couldn’t come against a tougher side.

UCL Soccer Pick: Real Madrid to Win
Best bet: Real to win both halves -333

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Sevilla vs. Juventus
Sevilla are fighting for a third place finish in the competition and an ensuing spot in Europa League, while Juventus are looking to clinch top spot. The only way Juventus don’t finish first is if Sevilla win and City win their clash with Borussia M’gladbach. As it is, Sevilla are bottom of the group with just a 1-0-4 mark, a rather disappointing account by the two-time Europa League champions by all accounts. They are two points adrift of Borussia in the table, faced with a must-win game if they hope to return to Europe’s second flight competition and have a chance of defending their title. Juventus are a tough nut to crack. They are undefeated in the competition with a 3-2-0 mark and 11 points, which includes a 1-1-0 mark on the road after a 2-1 win over Man City and a 1-1 draw with Borussia.

The way this clash sets up on the soccer odds board is somewhat interesting. Odds makers are slightly favoring Sevilla over Juventus with the hosts trading at +150 soccer odds and Juventus trading at +200 soccer odds. When push comes to shove, Sevilla have been known to raise the level. Most recently, they beat Real Madrid 3-2 at home, which underscores their value as upset merchants. But in the last lap they were overwhelmed by the Germans in a 4-2 loss, prompting us to consider that Sevilla’s heroic comebacks may have reached their course. As it is, Juve at +200 soccer odds is simply too good of a soccer pick to ignore.

UCL Soccer Pick: Juventus +200 at Bet365

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Wolfsburg vs. Man United
The clash between Wolfsburg and Manchester United practically leaps off the page as one of the most riveting on Tuesday. The premium on the win couldn’t be any higher: Wolfsburg will win the group and advance with a win. Similarly, Man United will win the group and advance with a win. If United lose, it doesn’t bear thinking about if you’re a Red Devils fan. Their fate would then rest on the outcome of the PSV vs. CSKA Moskva match. Man United did win the first fixture 2-1 at Old Trafford between this pair, but their road record in the competition leaves something to be desired behind a 1-1 draw in Moscow and a loss to PSV. Wolfsburg, by comparison, are a solid side at home and tough to beat – they’ve won both their home games without conceding a goal. Man United’s backs are really up against the wall here, hence they are the +230 underdogs to win outright. Wolfsburg appear to be the better bet at home for your soccer picks at +130 to win outright, but Man United could prove the savvy soccer pick to win or draw at -163 soccer odds.

UCL Soccer Pick: Man United to win or draw -163

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