Greetings sportans another midweek to look forward to in the champions league.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

2nd November
19:45
Wembley Stadium

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BAYER LEVERKUSEN

Tottenham Hotspur’s winless streak extended to five games on Saturday when they could only manage a 1-1 draw against a Leicester side who had lost all of their away days in the Premier League this season. This followed on from their League Cup defeat in midweek and three consecutive draws against West Brom, Bayer Leverkusen, and Bournemouth.

Their failures have been down to a simple lack of goals since Harry Kane’s ankle injury, but the star striker is nearing a return to action now. He’s likely to be limited for time on Tuesday, but that could still prove the difference for them. I still don’t think it’s wise to back him to score though, simply due to the fact that he’s not likely to play the full 90 minutes if he returns to action at all.

Spurs’ draw with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany kept them in 2nd position in their Champions League group, with a home loss to Monaco and a win at CSKA Moscow giving them four points. They have only scored twice in their three Champions League games though, and considering they have only netted two in their last four in all competitions as well, I think we could be in for a low scoring affair on Tuesday.

Bayer Leverkusen are suffering from a dry period themselves. They managed a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday, but prior to that they had failed to win any of their last four games in all competitions. Away from home they have won two, drawn two, and lost three of their last seven in all competitions, leaving them in a disappointing 10th position in the Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen are in better scoring form than Spurs at the moment, but Mauricio Pocchettino is well known for his organisation at the back and I think, away from home in the Champions League, that the Germans will struggle to break Spurs down. Six of Tottenham’s last seven outings in all competitions have seen fewer than three goals scored as well, so backing Under 2.5 Goals at 1/1 looks a good option here. I’m going for a 1-0 win for Tottenham Hotspur at 7/1 as well.

RAZAK PREDICTS: SPURS WIN 2-1.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

2nd November
19:45
Signal-Iduna-Park

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SPORTING LISBON

Borussia Dortmund are really struggling at the moment, but their Champions League campaign is the one shining light in an otherwise disappointing spell of results. Their goalless draw with Schalke on Saturday made it three consecutive draws since their 2-1 win over Sporting CP in October, and that is their only victory in their last seven games in all competitions.

This puts them in a disappointing 5th position in the Bundesliga, with their already slim chances of snatching the title from Bayern Munich’s hands already all but extinguished. The Champions League will be their main priority at the moment.

In this competition they have managed seven points from their opening three games, beating Legia Warsaw and Sporting and drawing at home to Real Madrid to leave them top of the group.

Dortmund may have lacked goals at the weekend, but you can’t rule out their attacking players. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ten goals in all competitions this season, with half of them coming on home turf and three coming in the Champions League. He has netted in each of his group games so far, so backing him to find the net is a good choice even at such short odds of 8/13.

Sporting CP’s attackers are a little less prolific than those of Dortmund, but they still carry a threat. Bas Dost has netted five times in his nine appearances so far this season as he looks to replace the injured Lukas Spalvis. He’s doing a fairly good job it has to be said, although he hasn’t scored in any of his last five matches. Odds of 12/5 for him to find the net still offer some value though.

The visitors are in a bit of a poor patch of form at the moment as well. They only managed a goalless draw at Nacional on Friday to make it three games without a win. They have only won three of their last nine in all competitions, and away from home they have won just two of their six in all competitions this season.

They have managed to score in five of these matches though, and they’re facing a Dortmund side who have only kept two clean sheets in their seven home games this term. Sporting CP should definitely be able to find the back of the net, but I expect Borussia Dortmund to return to their high scoring ways here and get the win. I’m going for a Borussia Dortmund Win and Both Teams to Score at 7/4 along with a 3-1 correct score prediction at 10/1.

RAZAK PREDICTS: DORTMUND TO WIN 3-1.

MONACO

2nd November
19:45
Stade Louis II

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CSKA MOSCOW

Monaco’s frustratingly inconsistent season continued on Saturday when they drew 1-1 away to Saint-Etienne, with that draw following on from a 6-2 thrashing of Montpellier. They have won three, drawn three, and lost two of their last eight outings in all competitions.

When they perform they look unstoppable, as a 7-0 win over Metz and their 6-2 win at home to Montpellier illustrated. When they don’t it’s a car crash though, with their defeats being a 4-0 loss to Nice and a 3-1 loss to Toulouse.

Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has been Monaco’s main threat so far this season. The 23 year old has netted six goals in all competitions, whilst Bernardo Silva has five along with Valere Germain. Fabinho hasn’t found the net since the start of October though, so I’d suggest backing the in form Valere Germain to score at 7/4, considering he has netted in two of their last four games.

Whilst Monaco fans may be frustrated at their sides inconsistencies, CSKA Moscow fans will be furious at their teams’ efforts this season. Their 3-1 loss to Spartak Moscow on Saturday made it five defeats, two draws, and just one win in their last eight outings in all competitions. This leaves them seven points adrift of Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League table and bottom of their Champions League group.

Away from home they have lost four matches on the trot now, and they’re facing a Monaco side who have won six and drawn two of their eight competitive home games in all competitions this season.

Six of these eight home games have seen at least three goals scored in them, thanks to their scintillating attack and sub-par defence. CSKA Moscow have seen high scoring games in four of their last six on the road as well, so we could be in for some goals here.

Monaco should definitely be able to get the win at home though, so backing a Monaco Win and Over 2.5 Goals at 2/1 looks a very good option. I’m going for a 3-1 correct score prediction at 14/1 as well.

RAZAK PREDICTS: MONACO TO WIN 3-1.

PORTO

2nd November
19:45
Estádio Do Dragão

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CLUB BRUGGE

Porto’s winning streak came to an end on Saturday as they only managed a goalless draw at Vitoria Setubal. This followed on from four consecutive victories which had revitalised their season after a very low key start. Prior to that winning streak they have won two, drawn two, and lost two of their previous six matches.

Their Champions League campaign could have gone better so far, but they are still in with a good chance of qualifying from the group. Leicester lead the way with their perfect record, but Porto are only behind Copenhagen on goal difference, after a draw with the Danish champions and a win at Club Brugge.

Any success that Porto do have can largely be thanks to Andre Silva. The 20 year old striker has netted nine times in all competitions this season, including two in the Champions League. Six of these have come on home turf, and one of the away goals was against Club Brugge last month. He has scored four in his last two home matches as well, so backing him to score on Wednesday at 10/11 looks a very good option indeed.

Club Brugge aren’t doing so well on the goal-scoring front. They have netted just once in the Champions League this season and their top scorer in all competitions this term is Jelle Vossen with four to his name. A number of other players have three goals, but Vossen is the only one to have found the net in their disappointing Champions League campaign.

The Belgians did suffer a very disappointing start to the campaign as they lost four of their opening seven matches in the First Division, and this record is still haunting them. They sit in an unfamiliar 4th position in the table and find themselves bottom of their Champions League group, despite a recent turnaround in fortunes.

Away from home there has been no such turnaround in fortunes though. They have lost five and won just one of their last seven trips away, including a 4-0 hammering at Copenhagen in September. Porto have won four and drawn two of their six home games this season as well, with three of their last four seeing them score at least three goals.

RAZAK PREDICTS: PORTO TO WIN 2-0.

LEGIA WARSAW

2nd November
19:45
Pepsi Arena

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REAL MADRID

Legia Warsaw couldn’t have dreamed of a worse start to their season. They come into this game sitting down in 6th position in the Poland Ekstraklasa and remain bottom of their Champions League group after defeats in all three of their group matches.

They have started to pick up a bit recently, with their 4-2 win at Korona Kielce giving them back to back league victories for the first time this season and ending a run of eight matches in which they only won once. Six of these eight games ended in defeat as well.

The Champions League group stages have seen them well and truly outclassed. Legia Warsaw opened with a 6-0 hammering at home to Borussia Dortmund and then lost 2-0 at Sporting CP. Real Madrid beat them 5-1 at the Bernebeu last month, so it’s not looking overly promising for them.

The visitors are on absolute fire at the moment as well. They beat Deportivo Alaves 4-1 away from home on Saturday, to make it five victories on the bounce and to extend their unbeaten start to the season to 14 matches.

Real Madrid’s last five matches have seen them score a sensational 24 goals, although they have conceded in every one of these games as well. In fact, Real Madrid haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine outings in all competitions, so there is hope for Legia Warsaw to find the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo got back on the score-sheet on Saturday as well. He had gone three games without scoring, but managed an emphatic hat trick to get him back on track. He remains the top scorer for Real Madrid despite his injury problems early on in the season, so he’s a surefire favourite for the anytime goalscorer market. Alvaro Morata has been in form as well recently though and has scored five goals in all competitions, so he could be an alternative option at a much better price of 8/13 compared to Ronaldo’s 1/3.

RAZAK PREDICTS: MADRID TO WIN 2-0.

SEVILLA

2nd November
19:45
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

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DINAMO ZAGREB

Sevilla’s winning streak ended on Saturday as Sporting Gijon held them to a surprise 1-1 draw at home, putting an end to six consecutive victories for the in form Spanish side. This includes victories over Atletico Madrid, Lyon, and Dinamo Zagreb, so it’s certainly not been plain sailing in terms of fixtures for them.

Young striker Luciano Vietto, along with their extremely solid defence at the other end of the pitch, has been one of the main driving forces behind their success. He has netted four in La Liga, including one at the weekend, and got two assists to go along with it. He has yet to find the net in the Champions League, but I certainly think he remains the main attacking threat for Sevilla and he looks a good option for the anytime goalscorer market at odds of 8/11.

In terms of their Champions League performance it’s been rather impressive from Sevilla. They opened the group stages with a hard fought goalless draw at Juventus and then beat Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 each. This means they are yet to concede a goal in the Champions League this season, and it places them in a very promising position to qualify for the knockout stages.

Dinamo Zagreb are in a much less promising position. They have lost all three of their group matches, conceding eight goals and scoring none as they started their season Celta de Vigo.

They lost their first home league match in an extraordinarily long time back in September, and a loss to Lyon and a 5-2 thrashing at Rijeka ended their managers short reign in charge of Croatia’s most successful club. Ivaylo Petev, the new boss, has been much more successful.

They have won six and drawn one of their domestic games since that 5-2 defeat at Rijeka, but they remain well below par in the Champions League. This isn’t the fault of the manager, as Dinamo Zagreb’s squad is simply not strong enough to compete with their counterparts in the group.

RAZAK PREDICTS: A DRAW 2-2.

COPENHAGEN

2nd November
19:45
Telia Parken

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LEICESTER

Copenhagen couldn’t have really hoped for a much more successful season so far. They have only lost once all campaign in any competitions and they find themselves well clear at the top of the Danish Superliga and still in the running for qualification from their Champions League group at the halfway point.

Their only loss of the season did come away to Leicester though, although the 1-0 scoreline was far from a comfortable win for the Premier League champions. Since then Copenhagen have won three matches on the bounce, scoring 12 goals and conceding twice.

Prior to their defeat at Leicester, Copenhagen had managed a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of Club Brugge and a 1-1 draw at Porto, leaving them 2nd in the group. They are some five points adrift of leaders Leicester, who maintain a perfect record in their first ever European campaign.

In terms of goalscorers, there is one in particular that stands out for Copenhagen. 23 year old Danish striker Andreas Cornelius has five league goals and six in the Champions League, so he is the main threat for Leicester to watch out for and could prove a profitable option for an anytime goalscorer at odds of 7/4.

The visitors’ defence of their Premier League title may not be going to plan, but they are certainly making the most of their stay in Europe’s elite competition. As previously mentioned they sit top of their group, and a win on Wednesday could potentially wrap up the top spot for them at this early stage. That relies on Porto failing to beat Club Brugge, but a win would definitely see them secure qualification from the group.

Leicester come into this match in high spirits as well after earning their first away point of the Premier League season at Spurs on Saturday. This made it three games unbeaten in all competitions and sparked some life back into the under performing stars of last season.

Riyad Mahrez has been all but absent from their Premier League performances, but in the Champions League he has scored three times, including twice away from home. He is obviously massively motivated for this competition, and his skill and talent make him a constant threat to any opposition. He comes in at excellent odds of 3/1 to score anytime as well, so considering his good European form that option could be worth a backing.

RAZAK PREDICTS: LEICESTER TO WIN 2-1.

JUVENTUS

2nd November
19:45
Juventus Stadium

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LYON

It’s been business as usual for Juventus so far this season. They are dominating Serie A with nine wins from their opening 11 matches seeing them build up a four point lead on 2nd placed Roma.

The weekend saw them beat Napoli 2-1 at home, with the disgraced ex-Napoli striker bagging a goal against his former club to further increase his goals tally and further increase the hatred of him in Naples. This takes his goals tally to eight for the season, with five of those coming on home turf. Considering fellow Argentine forward Paulo Dybala is expected to be sidelined for this one I think the big money summer signing is by far the best option for a Juventus anytime goalscorer bet even at odds of 8/15.

Juventus’ win over Napoli on Saturday made it eight wins from their last nine matches in all competitions, with their only failures this season being away defeats to both Milan clubs and a goalless draw at home to Sevilla in the opening Champions League group game. At home they have won six and drawn one of their seven games this season, scoring 19 goals and conceding just five.

Lyon’s season isn’t going quite to plan. They were once again expected to be challenging for the runners up spot in Ligue 1, but when PSG started to falter, their hopes of regaining the Ligue 1 title were reignited. They were quickly extinguished again though thanks to a run of awful form.

They did manage a win at Toulouse on Saturday, but they have still lost five of their last seven games in all competitions and find themselves all the way down in 8th in Ligue 1 and outside the qualification positions in their Champions League group after defeats to Sevilla and Juventus.

Away from home Lyon have been tragically bad for the most part this season. They have lost four, drawn one, and won two of their seven away days in all competitions, failing to score in four matches and conceding nine at the other end. Alexandre Lacazette has been absurdly good once again though, with nine Ligue 1 goals in just six starts. Six of these have come on the road too, so he still provides a threat for Juventus to deal with.

Lyon may have been poor in front of goal away from home this season, but this is largely down to Lacazette’s injury problems. He has only started in three of Lyon’s away matches this season and has found the net in all of them. In all four of the matches he was out injured, Lyon have failed to score and fortunately for them he is fit to play on Wednesday. He scored both goals against Toulouse as well, so the French striker will still be high on confidence heading into this game. He’s at 5/2 to score anytime as well, which seems a huge price considering his form this term.

RAZAK PREDICTS: JUVENTUS TO WIN 3-1.

BESIKTAS

Today
17:45
Vodafone Arena

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NAPOLI

Besiktas’ unbeaten record since the beginning of the season continued on Friday although,in all honesty, they will have been hoping for more than a 1-1 draw at Genclerbirligi . They remain top of the Turkish Super Lig table at the moment though, and they haven’t been beaten in normal time since a 2-1 loss to Konyaspor at the back end of last season.

So far this term they have won nine and drawn five of their 14 games in all competitions, with the major failure being a penalty loss to Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Cup. In the Champions League they have managed a point against both Benfica and Dynamo Kiev and then got a stunning 3-2 win over Napoli in Italy.

Two of their three goals came courtesy of Vincent Aboubakar, but that’s been far too much of a rarity this season. He only has three goals to his name in all competitions. The likes of Talisca and Cenk Tosun are the more dangerous players Napoli will have to deal with. Both of these have five goals in all competitions, but Talisca is sidelined at the moment to backing Cenk Tosun to score at 11/5 could prove a good move.

Napoli have some genuine threats of their own, even without the injured Arkadiusz Milik. Dries Mertens netted in their previous game against Besiktas and scored again last week, bringing his total to six goals in all competitions. Jose Callejon is the biggest threat though. The Spaniard has scored seven times this season and in two of his last three outings. He also comes in at 11/5 to score anytime.

The Naples side are coming into this game on the back of a tough contest with Juventus on Saturday night though. They lost the game 2-1 thanks to a 70th minute goal from their disgraced ex-striker Gonzalo Higuain, with that defeat making it four losses and two wins in their last six outings in all competitions.

They remain top of their Champions League group thanks to wins over Dynamo Kiev and Benfica, but they have had a day less rest than their in form Turkish counterparts and lost to them last month as well.

RAZAK PREDICTS: NAPOLI AWAY WIN 2-1.

BENFICA

Today
19:45
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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DYNAMO KIEV

Benfica have been dominant in the Portuguese Primeira Liga so far this season, with their 3-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira on Friday putting them five points clear of Porto in 2nd place. However, they still have a lot of work to do in the Champions League.

They beat Tuesday’s opponents Dynamo Kiev 2-0 away from home in their last group stage match, but a draw at home to Besiktas and a 4-2 defeat at Napoli leaves them 3rd in the table with a two point disadvantage on leaders Napoli. Dynamo Kiev sit bottom with just one point, but this has proven to be a very open Champions League group so far.

Benfica will take heart from their recent performances though. They have markedly improved from a rather inconsistent start to the season, with each of their last five competitive games ending in a win and four of them seeing them keep a clean sheet as well.

In the absence of Jonas, Kostas Mitroglou has stepped up to the plate domestically with four Primeira Liga goals in seven appearances, whilst Eduardo Salvio has four as well, with two of them being in the Champions League. Mitroglou is likely to be the main threat going forward for Benfica though, so he’s a good choice for the anytime goalscorer market at 11/10 with bet365

Dynamo Kiev do have some dangerous players in their ranks, but they haven’t really stepped up to the plate in the Champions League yet. Moraes has six goals in the Ukrainian Premier League but none in the Champions League, whilst Andriy Yarmolenko has only netted twice in what has been a very disappointing opening spell of the season.

The visitors have only won four of their last 13 matches in all competitions, with four defeats and five draws making up the rest of the results and putting them eight points adrift of Shakhtar Donetsk in the league and bottom of their Champions League group.

Away from home they are unbeaten this season, but they have drawn four of their last five matches. Benfica, on the other hand, have won their last three home matches and scored ten goals in the process.

Despite Dynamo Kiev’s rather poor start to the season, they have managed to find the net in all of their away games this season. At home they are much less consistent, with three of their last eight outings seeing them fail to score. This makes their chances of scoring on Tuesday quite high, despite their 2-0 loss to Benfica at home, especially since Benfica have conceded in half of their home games this term as well.

RAZAK PREDICTS: A DRAW 1-1.

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH

Today
19:45
Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK

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CELTIC

Borussia Monchengladbach’s injury troubles are hitting them hard at the moment. They have a number of key players sidelined, including three main attackers in Josip Drmic, Raffael, and Thorgan Hazard. These injury problems have caused a decrease in their scoring ability for obvious reasons, and the usually high scoring Monchengladbach have only managed four goals in their last six outings in all competitions.

Despite this, the Germans still managed a 2-0 victory over Celtic away from home a few weeks ago, with Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn teaming up well up front to grab a goal and assist apiece. This makes them the top scorers available for Monchengladbach with three apiece in all competitions, with Hahn having two in the Champions League. With him leading the line and Celtic struggling at the back in Europe, backing Hahn to get on the scoresheet could prove a good move at odds of 6/4.

Borussia Monchengladbach are low on confidence at the moment though. Their goalless draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday made it just one win from their last four home games in all competitions and they sit all the way down in 11th position in the Bundesliga. Defensively they have proved solid at home though, with four clean sheets in their last five, and they managed to limit Barcelona to a 2-1 win over them in September.

Celtic have dramatically improved at the back recently as well. They began the season with a flurry of goals at both ends of the pitch, but recently Brendan Rodgers has increased defensive organisation. Their 1-0 win at Aberdeen was a typical result from this new found efficient Celtic side, and it made it five wins from their last six games in all competitions.

All five of these victories have seen them keep a clean sheet, but their single failure to do so was in that home defeat to Monchengladbach. They failed to score in that match as well, so confidence won’t be particularly high going forward on Tuesday. Celtic have failed to score in five of their last six away days in the Champions League, including against part-timers Lincoln Red Imps at the start of this season.

Considering both sides are struggling going forward at the moment, it seems ludicrous that this is predicted to be a high scoring match by the bookies. Four of Monchengladbach’s last five home games have seen fewer than three goals, as have five of Celtic’s last six home and away. The hosts know that a top two finish is all but unattainable considering they will have to outpoint Barcelona or Manchester City, and as such they would be happy just staying ahead of Celtic to finish 3rd in the group.

RAZAK PREDICTS: GLADBACH TO WIN 2-1.

MANCHESTER CITY

Today
19:45
Etihad Stadium

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BARCELONA

Manchester City finally got back to winning ways on Saturday as they hammered West Brom 4-0 at the Hawthorns, with star striker Sergio Aguero bagging two alongside Ikay Gundogan.

This ended Pep Guardiola’s worst ever managerial run of form after six games without a win, and it was the worst winless run Manchester City had suffered since 2008 as the players struggled to cope with the demands of Guardiola’s playing style.

One of these six winless matches was their 4-0 hammering at the Camp Nou in October, with Lionel Messi bagging a hat trick and Neymar adding a 4th late on as both sides finished with ten men. This was a humbling experience for the struggling Mancunians, and it took Messi’s goals tally to six in the Champions League and 13 when added to his La Liga total. Four of these 13 have come away from home as well, so backing him to score on Tuesday could prove a good move, especially with odds as good as 1/1 with bet365!

I wouldn’t rule out Manchester City’s attack though. Sergio Aguero got back on the score-sheet on Saturday to take his own league and Champions League tally to 13, with him having the same seven league goals and six Champions League goals as Messi does. Aguero didn’t start the match in Barcelona, but after that tactical risk flopped I would assume Guardiola has learned his lesson. He comes in at 11/10 to score anytime, so I think he’s worth a few quid too.

Barcelona aren’t doing overly well themselves though. They only managed a tight 1-0 win over the out of form Granada at the weekend, despite Messi, Neymar, and Suarez all starting the game. This made it six wins and two defeats in their last eight outings in all competitions, with losses coming at home to rivals Espanyol and away to the plucky Celta de Vigo.

The Catalan giants do tend to step up their game for the Champions League though. They hammered Celtic 7-0 in their group opener and beat Borussia Monchengladbach away from home as well before their victory at Manchester City.

The visitors aren’t the best at the back away from home though. They have conceded eight in their last five trips away and kept just one clean sheet, whilst Manchester City have scored in every home game this season. Barcelona haven’t failed to score away from home yet this season though, whilst Manchester City have kept just one clean sheet in nine matches.

RAZAK PREDICTS: BARCA TO WIN AWAY 2-1.

LUDOGORETS

Today
19:45
Stadion Vasil Levski

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ARSENAL

Ludogorets were humbled in October when they visited the Emirates. The Bulgarians actually put up a decent fight in their 3-1 loss at home to PSG at the end of September, but in London there wasn’t really any contest as the Gunners hammered them 6-0.

In fairness to Ludogorets they haven’t been dwelling on that hammering, bouncing back with three straight domestic victories which have seen them score 13 goals and concede three. This makes it five wins and two defeats in their last seven matches in all competitions, with both of their defeats being in the Champions League.

This does leave Ludogorets out of the qualification zone in the group stages, but that was expected at the start in such a tough group. They are tied on one point with Basel.

The hosts do have some threatening players at their disposal, with Wanderson and Jonathan Cafu having 17 goals between them in the Champions League and Bulgarian First League. Claudiu Keseru has only netted twice in the Champions League, but he has scored ten league goals already this season. On the balance of things I expect Wanderson to be the main threat for Ludogorets, and backing him to add to his four Champions League goals this season might not be such a bad idea at huge odds of 4/1.

Arsenal aren’t exactly devoid of talent going forward though. Alexis Sanchez bagged two at the weekend to take his tally to eight for the season, two of which have come in the Champions League. Six of these eight goals have been on away turf as well, with one of the remaining two being against Ludogorets in that 6-0 battering. With the Chilean attacker in such fine form I think backing him to score anytime at 8/13 is a very good choice.

Sanchez’ two goals at the weekend helped them to a 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light, with that victory sending them top of the Premier League and extending their unbeaten streak to 14 matches in all competitions. 11 of these 14 have been victories as well.

Away from home the Gunners have won four in a row and are unbeaten since their Champions League defeat to Barcelona in March. Five of their seven games on the road this season have ended in victory, with them scoring an impressive 17 goals and conceding four.

RAZAK PREDICTS: ARSENAL WIN 3-0.

BASEL

Today
19:45
St. Jakob-Park

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PSG

Basel’s hope of qualifying from their Champions League group are looking pretty grim at the moment. They sit rock bottom of the table after defeats to Arsenal and PSG, with a draw against Ludogorets giving them their only point so far. 3rd place is pretty much the best they can hope for now.

Domestically it’s a completely different story though. They are once again dominating the Swiss Super League, with them opening up a 12 point gap over 2nd placed Sion after just 12 matches. They are unbeaten domestically and have only failed to win twice so far this season, and at home they are unbeaten in all competitions. However, their only Champions League match at home was their draw with Ludogorets, so I wouldn’t read too much into that.

Their domestic form is largely thanks to their excellent attacking partnership of Matias Delgado and Seydou Doumbia. The two have seven league goals apiece this season, whilst veteran Austrian Marc Janko has four as well. They will be facing a much different test against the PSG defence though.

PSG have had a very dodgy start to the season, with their perfect start halted early on by Monaco and back to back draws following that defeat. They briefly returned to form before being beaten by Toulouse, although since then they have returned to something resembling their form last season.

Their tight 1-0 win at Lille on Friday made it five wins and one draw from their last six games in all competitions, including their 3-0 win over Basel. They have kept a clean sheet in four of these matches as well, so Basel might not get many opportunities in front of goal on Tuesday.

Predictably, now that Edinson Cavani is playing through the middle he has rediscovered his scoring boots. The Uruguayan striker has been overshadowed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in recent seasons, but now he has netted ten Ligue 1 goals and another four in the Champions League. This includes one on Friday night and one against Basel a couple of weeks ago, so he is a definite favourite for the anytime goalscorer market. at odds of 4/5 with bet365.

RAZAK PREDICTS: PSG WIN 2-1.

PSV

Today
19:45
Philips Stadion

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BAYERN MUNICH

PSV managed to get a crucial win at the weekend ahead of this big European game. They beat Vitesse 2-0 away from home to claim just their second win in the last seven matches in all competitions. This includes a draw with Rostov in the Champions League and a 4-1 thrashing at Bayern Munich.

Winger Gaston Pereiro netted both goals in this game to take his tally to five for the season in all competitions, although none of them have come in the Champions League. Bayern Munich’s defence isn’t as solid as you would expect though, so backing him to find the net might not be such a bad idea with odds of 4/1 with bet365.

Bayern Munich’s defence might not be at it’s best, but their attacking players certainly are. They beat Augsburg 3-1 away from home on Saturday to make it four wins on the bounce, with them scoring a total of 12 goals in these four matches.

As previously mentioned, their defensive form isn’t up to scratch though. They have conceded in six of their last seven matches in all competitions, including one against PSV at the Allianz Arena. The hosts will feel fairly confident about getting on the score-sheet, especially since they have found the net in each of their last nine matches.

One of Bayern Munich’s standout players this season has been young midfielder Joshua Kimmich. The 21 year old has netted seven goals in all competitions and is their top scorer in the Champions League. He has scored in five of the last six matches he has started in and has ten goals in 11 outings so far this season. He netted against PSV at the Allianz Arena and has scored three goals in his four away appearances. He was also rested on Saturday, indicating that he could be in line to start again on Tuesday, so backing him to find the net is a very good option considering his price of 3/1.

RAZAK PREDICTS: BAYERN WIN 3-2.

ATLETICO MADRID

Today
19:45
Estadio Vicente Calderón

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ROSTOV

Atletico Madrid managed to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Sevilla on Saturday when they beat Malaga 4-2, although the demanding manager Diego Simeone will be questioning why his usually defensively sound side conceded two at home.

Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro bagged two apiece in this game to take their La Liga tallies to five each for the season, with Belgian winger Carrasco also having two in the Champions League to make him the top scorer in all competitions for Atletico Madrid. Antoine Griezmann isn’t far behind with six goals, but Carrasco is the in form man. The youngster has scored six goals in his last four matches, including the winner against Rostov in October, so backing him to score anytime at 6/4 could prove a good move.

Atletico Madrid’s defeat to Sevilla last weekend ended their unbeaten start to the season, but at least they managed to bounce back with a win. Overall they are in very good form, with six wins from their last seven games in all competitions. At home they have won five of their six games, scoring 19 goals and conceding just three.

This doesn’t bode well for Rostov, as they come into this match in pretty awful form. Their 1-0 loss to Amkar Perm on Saturday made it three defeats and one draw in their last four matches, and they have only won two of their last ten outings in all competitions.

The Russians have failed to score in each of their last four matches and in six of their last ten, including at home to Atletico Madrid. This certainly doesn’t look good as they come up against probably the best defensive unit in world football.

Away from home it’s even worse for Rostov. They have lost seven and drawn two of their last nine away days, failing to score in five of them and conceding 19 at the other end. The majority of these were against teams far weaker than Atletico Madrid as well, and the hosts have been a lot more attack minded going forward at the Vicente Calderon.

RAZAK PREDICTS: ATLETICO MADRID WIN 2-1.