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

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 10:17 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 10:17 PM UTC

Wednesday marks the final round of group matches in the 2015-2016 Champions League. Check out this rundown of all the games, complete with soccer odds and soccer picks.

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Barcelona
Barcelona have already won the group with a commanding edge over the rest of the field. They are sat atop the table with a 4-1-0 mark and 13 points, a cool eight points clear of the joint tandem of AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen, matched on 5 points with identical 1-2-2 records. Clearly, this game holds more meaning for the hosts than it does for the visitors. It’s a must-win game if they hope to give the Italians a run for their money for second place in Group E. Predictably, Bayer Leverkusen are at the disadvantage on the Champions League odds board, trading at +260 large to win outright while the draw is matched on +280 soccer odds.

Here’s the interesting bit: odds makers aren’t exactly cornering this game in Barca’s camp with convincing soccer odds. The Catalan giants are matched as the +105 favourite to win outright. That’s quite the bargain soccer pick for a side that is widely held to be one of the best teams in the world, if not the best. What’s more, Cristiano Ronaldo just deposited a clinic against Malmo, scoring four goals. Not to be outdone, Karim Benzema added three goals to the whopping 8-0 win by Real Madrid. Granted Bayer Leverkusen is expected to put up more of a fight than the Swedes did in the Spanish capital. What with them enjoying home field advantage. However, you have to think Messi and Company were playing close attention to the goings on in Madrid and they’ll be eager to put in a similar display of force. Anything you can do, I can do better….isn’t that at the crux of the competition between Messi and Ronaldo as they vie for all the soccer plaudits available to individual players?

UCL Soccer Pick: Barcelona +105 at bet365

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Chelsea vs. FC Porto
Chelsea’s woes seem never ending this season. A loss to AFC Bournemouth at the weekend was yet another horrific setback to a forgettable Premier League title defence campaign. Fortunately, their campaign in European competition is alive and well. Better even as they have a shot to win Group G, so long as they win this clash against FC Porto at Stamford Bridge. A draw would see them through to the knockouts in second place. It’s not all good news for the Blues though. FC Porto will be looking to win the group as well, which they could accomplish by a win or a draw (head-to-head advantage in the latter scenario) Another possible scenario though could see them Blues out of the competition entirely: a loss to FC Porto combined with a win by Dynamo Kyiv in the section’s other game. After the loss to promoted Bournemouth at the weekend, it’ll be an all mighty roar if the Blues lose to FC Porto on Wednesday. The pressure is on Jose Mourinho and his lads to put up or shut up in this match and deny the Portuguese side a historical first win on English soil. Given how poorly Chelsea have accounted over the last few weeks, they are just the +105 soccer pick to win at home. FC Porto, meanwhile, are trading on large +300 soccer odds to mastermind the upset at Stamford Bridge while the draw is on offers of +250. Undoubtedly, Chelsea should win this game. But FC Porto could hand them a blow.

UCL Soccer Pick: FC Porto to win or draw at -125 at BetOnline

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Dinamo Zagreb vs. Bayern Munich
Dinamo Zagreb have a big ask against Bayern Munich, another team that is widely accepted as one of the best teams in the world, if not the best. Bayern Munich have won the group so they’ll not be entirely invested in the result. However, Pep Guardiola wants to keep the momentum going as his side establishes itself as one of the main contenders for the Champions League title. Dinamo Zagreb meanwhile are already eliminated so they’ve nothing but pride to play for in this game/

UCL Soccer Pick: Bayern -300 at Pinnacle

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Dynamo Kiev vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv
Maccabi Tel Aviv are eliminated from the competition, but a positive result here could determine how group G stacks up when all is said and done. FC Porto and Chelsea are vying for top spot in their clash, but Dynamo Kiev can leapfrog into first place with a win over Maccabi Tel Aviv coupled with a draw at Stamford Bridge – they would be level on points with the leading pair but with the head-to-head advantage they would finish first.

UCL Soccer Pick: Dynamo Kiev -600 at 5Dimes

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Gent vs. Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit St. Petersburg will look to cap their group campaign with a perfect 6-0-0 record when they take on Gent on match day 6. Zenit have won the group but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to play for all three points. If Zenit win, they stand to win the group by a competition-record equalling 11-point margin. That’s a statistic any team would be privileged to be a part of, surely. Gent, however, are looking to wrap up second place in Group H. They’ll advance with a win of course or if Valencia fail to win their clash with Lyon. The way the Russians have been playing, it’s a tall order for Gent to mastermind the upset in Champions League action. Or is it? As it so happens, the soccer odds are in favour of the hosts with Gent trading at +138 to Zenit’s +210 soccer odds. Sure, makes perfect sense. Not!

UCL Soccer Pick: Zenit +210

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Olympiakos vs. Arsenal
Arsenal not only must win out to advance into the knockouts but they must win by at least a 3-2 score to knock Olympiakos off of their second place perch. It’s a tall order for the Gunners on the road in a competition that they’ve left all to do in the last two rounds. Of course, it’s a compelling storyline: a heroic comeback from the brink and advancing into the knockouts. It’s not impossible in theory. Arsenal advanced their cause by winning on match day 5. Plus, odds makers seem to be suggesting there is reasonable probability for such a happenstance – why else would Arsenal be priced at +100 to Olympiakos at +275 to win outright. Ideally, it would have been better if the game was priced the other way around, with the Greeks as the home favourites. The way it is makes us hesitate somewhat to buy into this sentimental soccer betting outlook. Then again, we’re feeling sentimental after all.

UCL Soccer Pick: Arsenal +100

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Roma vs. BATE Borisov
AS Roma need a win to advance into the knockouts. They are tied with Bayer Leverkusen on five points in the table and ahead on goal differential and head-to-head. More importantly, they have the easier matchup with a date with BATE Borisov. Bayer Leverkusen have the tougher task to overcome Barcelona. So long as Roma don’t muck it up – you never know with them – they should win this game handily.

UCL Soccer Pick: Roma -300

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Valencia vs. Lyon
Valencia can leapfrog into second place with a win over Lyon coupled by a Gent loss to Zenit St. Petersburg. Lyon are done and done in the competition, with nothing but pride left to play for in their last lap around the competition. Valencia have home advantage and an easy matchup to capitalise on here. There’s only one way to go with our soccer picks.

UCL Soccer Pick: Valencia -225

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