It's another big night of Champions League action and we've picked out bets from all the matches.
Astana v Atletico Madrid
Astana have won five in a row domestically but this is a different level and they were soundly beaten a fortnight ago in the Spanish capital. The last Spanish side to visit here was Villarreal last season and they left with a 3-0 win. Atletico slipped up at the weekend but they have won four of their six away matches this season, with all the wins by more than one goal and to nil, and they should record another comfy win here.
Benfica v Galatasaray
Both teams warmed up with 4-0 wins at the weekend and after Galatasaray won the reverse fixture this game could decide who claims the second qualifying spot in this group. All of Benfica’s last six matches have had at least three goals, as have five of Galatasaray’s last seven (7/7 at least two goals). Galatasaray have not kept a clean sheet in their last 17 away matches in Europe and nine of the last 12 have had at least three goals so if they chase the win they need we can expect chances at both ends.
Monchengladbach v Juventus
Monchengladbach keep on winning under interim boss Andre Schubert and have been doing it while finding the net with ease. Juventus, in contrast, are struggling for goals but a last minute winner at the weekend did give them the spoils in the Turin derby and a point here will put them in an excellent position to reach the next round. Since 2003/04, when the current format for the Champions League was settled on and the fourth match in the groups was the reverse of the third, there have been 33 group stage matches in week four where the meeting in week three had finished as a draw (these two had a 0-0 two weeks ago) and just five have seen a second draw and with only six level at half-time.
PSV v Wolfsburg
PSV have scored 12 goals in the past week and given they are bottom of Group B they will have to find some more here against a Wolfsburg side that tend to struggle on the road. PSV have lost five of their last six European matches but since the start of the nineties there have been 11 Champions League ties where Dutch teams have hosted German sides and the home team has never failed to score, with both teams netting in nine and at least four goals on five occasions. Six of Wolfsburg’s seven European away matches since the start of last season have seen at least three goals so we could be on for a high scoring affair.
Real Madrid v PSG
Real Madrid had their first European nil-nil in eight years when these teams met a fortnight ago but you have to go back to a quarter-final with Man Utd in 2000 to find the last time they had a nil-nil at the Bernabeu. They were the better team in the game in Paris and have won 22 of their last 25 home games in the group stage while scoring 74 times so are deserved favourites. Javier Pastore remains out for PSG and he is a big loss, and with James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale missing for Real this game may lack some creativity. Both teams have scored in just five of PSG’s 15 games this season and with Rafa Benitez in charge of Real they are a far less open side than in the past couple of years.
Shakhtar v Malmo
Malmo caused a huge upset when they beat Shaktar a couple of weeks ago but the Ukrainian side has scored 11 goals in two games since and they will surely not allow a repeat back on home turf. They’ve won seven of 10 home games this season with all those wins coming to nil and by more than one goal. Since 2011/12 Malmo have played seven away games in the group stage of the Europa or Champions League and have lost the lot by at least two clear goals.