Champions League Group F Round-Up – 07/12/16
Champions League Group F Round-Up – 07/12/16
In our Champions League Group F Round-Up we look at the best possible betting tips for these fixtures.
Legia Warsaw v Sporting Lisbon
Sporting Lisbon travel to the Polish capital to take on Legia Warsaw on Wednesday, with a third place finish up for grabs.
The Poles come into this one bottom of Group F, but with just two points separating themselves and Sporting they know that a victory would see them finish third and claim a place in the Europa League. That is much more difficult than it sounds however, especially considering they haven’t won a Champions League group match since October 1995. Legia have lost four of their five Champions League matches in this seasons group, but did manage a superb result in their last home outing. They held Spanish giants Real Madrid to a 3-3 draw at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego and will be hoping for another performance of that standard here.
Sporting have also lost four out of five matches in Group F, but sit above Legia having beaten them 2-0 on match day two. Goals from Bryan Ruiz and Bas Dost secured victory that day and they will hope for a similar performance to claim another victory against the Poles. The Portuguese outfit have been fairly unlucky in this seasons competition and each match they have lost to Dortmund and Real Madrid have been by a single goal. Both matches against Real Madrid saw them concede late on, at the Bernabeu they were 1-0 up with two minutes to go before losing 2-1 whilst last time out they conceded in the 87th minute to lose again by the same scoreline.
One thing that looks guaranteed from this one is goals, given it involved Legia Warsaw. Their five group matches so far have produced 32 goals which works out at an average 6.4 goals per game. 24 of those goals have gone against the Poles, so it is difficult to see Sporting not finding the net here.
Sporting Lisbon to win & BTTS (Best priced at 12/5 with William Hill) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 7/10 with BetVictor) – BET HERE
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid welcome German outfit Borussia Dortmund to the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, looking to leapfrog their opponents. Both of these two sides have already secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League but this match will decide who finishes top of Group F.
Home side Madrid know that only a victory will see them finish as group winners. The Spaniards beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 last time out, but prior to that they were held to a disappointing 3-3 draw with Legia Warsaw which allowed Dortmund to leapfrog them. They will be without Gareth Bale for this one who is a long-term absentee with injury, so once again Cristiano Ronaldo will be the man they look too for goals. The Portuguese star has failed to score in his last three European outings but his last goal did come against Dortmund. He is often the man for the big occasion so it would be no surprise to see him bag here.
As ever, Real will be confident of getting a victory on home soil, especially considering their current form. Los Blancos are unbeaten in 33 matches in all competitions, a run dating all the way back to April 6th. Incidentally that defeat was to a German club in Wolfsburg. That unbeaten run was almost ended on Saturday as they trailed Barcelona until the 90th minute, but a late Sergio Ramos goal maintained their unblemished record for the season.
Dortmund come into this one as group leaders and as long as they avoid defeat they will remain there and go through as winners. The Germans were involved in a frankly ridiculous match in their last Champions League outing, beating Legia Warsaw 8-4 with the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Marco Reus on the scoresheet. Their recent form is good with five victories in their last six in all competitions, the last of which was a 4-1 success over Monchengaldbach at the weekend.
Their form on the road has been a little rocky however, they have lost two of their last five away from the Westfalenstadion including a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in their last away outing. They have had major defensive issues on their travels having shipped 10 in their last five, they can ill afford to be as lax in this one against Ronaldo and co.
Real Madrid to win (Best priced at 10/11 with BetBright) – BET HERE
Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime (Best priced at 3/4 with William Hill) – BET HERE
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Watch the highlights from Dortmund’s 8-4 win over Legia Warsaw here: