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Champions League previews: Can Arsenal & City make it a clean sweep?

by Sean Goff | October 3, 2012
Lukas Podolski

GUNNER GET PAST YOU: Lukas Podolski will want to get on the scoresheet tonight (Getty Images)

By Lee Dover | Champions League betting previews

After wins for Manchester United, Chelsea and Celtic in the Champions League last night it’s up to Manchester City and Arsenal to keep the party going for British clubs in Wednesday night’s games.

Zenit St Petersburg v AC Milan (5:00pm, Live, Sky Sports 4)

Zenit St Petersburg are up first against AC Milan in the early kick off and the Italian heavyweights stumbled into their 2012/13 Champions League campaign by drawing 0-0 at home against Anderlecht. St Petersburg were left licking their wounds after a 3-0 stuffing at Spanish moneybags Malaga.

The betting is tight for this one. Zenit are priced at 5/4 to get three much-needed points on the board, while AC Milan are 23/10 to snatch a win in Russia.

Arsenal v Olympiacos (7:45pm, Live, Sky Sports 4)

 Arsenal wasted little time in showing their intent in the Champions League beating Montpellier 2-1 away in their opening game.

The London club now step into familiar territory when they host Olympiacos in a repeat of last season’s matchday two. Arsenal won that fixture 2-1 and are 7/1 to do so again tonight.

Man City v Borussia Dortmund (7:45pm, Sky Sports 2)

The Sky Blues were left speechless at the Bernabeu last time when they lost against Real Madrid after conceding two goals in the last five minutes.

However, the club carry an impressive 17-match unbeaten run at home in European competition and are a tasty 5/6 to make it 18 against Borussia Dortmund.

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Ajax v Real Madrid (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

Ajax will be praying for a switch in fortune when they welcome Real Madrid tonight – they have been beaten 4-0 and 3-0 against the La Liga champions in the last two seasons.

The Dutch club’s coach Frank de Boer believes now is a “good time” to play Jose Mourinho’s side and Ajax are 13/2 to grab the home win if you agree.

Real Madrid are a slim 4/9 to power to another victory at the Amsterdam Arena.

Anderlecht v Malaga (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

Both sides are riding a mighty wave of momentum after their impressive performances in the opening games.

There’s 2/1 about Anderlecht recording their first UEFA Champions League group-stage victory in Brussels in nine years while Malaga are 7/5 to nab an away win.

Dynamo Kiev v Dinamo Zagreb (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

It’s the battle of who can spell their first part of each club’s title correctly.

Dynamo have the advantage on paper, thrashing Dinamo 5-1 on aggregate in a third qualifying round match of the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League in what was their last meeting.

Kiev are 4/9 to take home all three points, while Dinamo are priced at 13/2 to finally gain revenge against the Ukrainian outfit.

Porto v PSG (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

PSG play Porto for the first time since November 2004 in Champions League action. That fixture ended in a 0-0 stalemate and its 15/2 that history repeats itself tonight.

For those who yawn at the prospect of a goalless draw, Porto are 11/8 to record their second win of the 2012/13 Champions League campaign, with PSG a respectable 21/10 for the away win.

Schalke 04 v Montpellier (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

The form points to Schalke 04 in this fixture as they’ve won three of their home group games the last time they played Champions League football. They’ve also won all three   home ties against French opposition.

It’s unsurprising then that Schalke are a slender 8/13 to make it four wins against a French side tonight. Montpellier are new to the Champions League though and despite being beaten by Arsenal in their opening game cannot be dismissed out of hand.

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