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AEK Athens v Ajax Betting Tips
A win here would guarantee Ajax a place in the knockout rounds and at the very least keep Bayern within swinging distance, with the Bundesliga giants set to visit the Johan Cruijff Arena on matchday six. Erik ten Hag’s side have been in great form with nine wins from 11 unbeaten games across all competitions prior to facing NAC Breda at the weekend, with the two stalemates coming on the road at group rivals Bayern and Benfica. They kept clean sheets in eight of these victories, though there’s been no shortage of goals as they won by at least two clear strikes in eight of them as well, netting an average of 3.3 per game across this spell.
AEK Athens remain pointless and out of their depth at this level, while they’re well off the pace in the Greek Super League as they’re down in 5th before their trip to Panaitolikos on Saturday – nine points adrift of leaders PAOK after just 10 games. Even on home turf they’re just W2-D1-L3 over their last six in all competitions, with the two victories against teams currently outside the top six domestically. With that in mind, Ajax should have far too much for this sorry outfit, even in the absence of star player Hakim Ziyech.
Lyon v Manchester City Betting Tips
Man City lost their opening encounter in this seasons’ Champions League against their opponents here, but that’s just one of two defeats they’ve suffered in 10 group stage matches since the start of last term. The other came away against Shakhtar on matchday six last December, after already securing first place in their group with ease, and you can tell they didn’t exactly bring their A-game that day as they’ve beaten the Ukrainians by an aggregate score of 9-0 in this seasons’ edition. City won’t be as poor as when these two met back in September, especially as they’ve since won 11 of 12 unbeaten games prior to facing West Ham this weekend. That includes 6-1, 6-0 and 3-1 victories over Southampton, Shakhtar and Man Utd respectively across their last three matches as their attack has gone into overdrive.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola must fancy his sides’ chances of registering a few goals in this clash, as prior to travelling to face St-Etienne on Friday evening, both teams have scored in 10 of the hosts’ last 13 matches. In fact, they shipped at least two goals in seven of these including a 5-0 defeat to PSG. The reigning French Champions are the only side to outscore them since the beginning of last season in Ligue 1, but City’s attack should produce a similar effect on a fragile backline. Indeed, since these two last met, City have won their subsequent three Champions League games by a combined score of 11-1, while they’ll take this game seriously knowing a defeat would see them drop to second place owing to head-to-head-results, despite their superior goal difference.
Roma v Real Madrid Betting Tips
Roma aren’t enjoying the best of seasons domestically, but while they’ve kept pace with Real Madrid in the Champions League, they’ve done so courtesy of winning their games against much weaker outfits Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow. Los Blancos have since recovered well under Santiago Solari and look something akin to their old selves, netting 15 times across four matches since the Argentine took over from Julen Lopetegui. They even kept three clean sheets despite a number of injury concerns at the back, with Madrid-based newspaper Marca hailing the new coach with the headline “The month of Solari” in their latest edition on Friday morning. Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, this squad contains plenty of Champions League experience and pedigree having won four of the last five titles.
The gulf in class between these two sides was demonstrated in the reverse fixture as Real ran out 3-0 winners, while the visitors have won nine of their last 12 on their travels in this tournament. The exceptions came against CSKA Moscow when they were in poor form earlier this season, a Spurs side that excelled in the group stages last term, as well as a Madrid derby where it’s worth remembering how consistent Diego Simeone’s team have been on home turf. Real Madrid did however also beat the likes of Napoli, Dortmund, PSG, Juve and Bayern over this spell, so it’s no surprise that they start at odds-on favourites. Indeed, they won 2-0 in both legs of the last 16 clash between these two in 2015/16, as well as all three trips to face Italian sides over that period as they also downed Napoli and Juve 3-1 and 3-0 respectively.
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