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Wednesday’s Champions League betting preview

by Josh Powell | November 7, 2012

Champions League Matchday Four betting previews

Bayern Munich v Lille (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

Group F is the tightest table in this year’s Champions League campaign – well, unless you happen to don the colours of Lille. Three games in, Bayern Munich, Valencia and BATE Borisov are all on six points and are all in with a shot of qualifying for the tournament’s knockout stages.

Bayern are a slim 1/5 to ease past Lille tonight and try to gain a bit of an advantage over their European rivals, though we feel there is more value in the price of 7/1 for the German giants to sneak the tie with a 1-0 win – just like how the reverse fixture ended last month.

Valencia v BATE Borisov (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

In the other Group F tie, Valencia will be hoping they can prevent becoming the latest shock victim of gritty underdogs BATE Borisov. The Belarusians have already recorded huge wins over Bayern Munich and Lille to show they are not a team to dismiss.

Despite the upsets, Valencia are priced at just 2/7 to take victory in this tie – they do have home advantage mind – while odds of 9/1 for a BATE win could prove a very rich investment.

TAKE THE BATE: Valencia won 3-0 in this fixture two weeks ago. Pic:Getty

Benfica v Spartak Moscow (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

When you have Barcelona in your Champions League group stage, it is best to go into the competition with a mindset of fighting for second place and taking anything else as a bonus.

This is likely to be the strategies for Benfica and Spartak Moscow heading into their crunch game tonight. The Russian heavyweights are 9/2 to take home three points and possibly leapfrog Celtic in Group F, with Benfica an eye-catching 3/5 to bag their first win of the competition.

CFR Cluj v Galatasaray (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

There was nothing to separate these two teams in the reverse fixture at the end of last month, though the fact that Galatasaray have not taken three points on their travels in the Champions League for a decade is an interesting side note.

With this in mind, the price of 6/4 for a CFR Cluj win suddenly appears like the best bet of the night. Of course, every cloud has a silver lining and there has to be some consideration for a Galatasaray victory when the odds are as wide as 9/5.

Juventus v FC Nordsjaelland (7:45pm, Sky Sports 4)

Well this is an easy conclusion – a Juventus victory at a price as thin as 1/6 is the obvious bet in this tie. Done and dusted.

But hold on just a minute, FC Nordsjaelland managed to hold the Italian giants to a 1-1 stalemate only a couple of weeks ago and cannot be totally ruled out from causing another upset. Paddy Power has a draw available at 6/1 and, hey, much stranger things have happened in football recently.

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