Champions League Group H Round-Up – 07/12/16
Champions League Group H Round-Up – 07/12/16
In our Champions League Group H Round-Up we look at the best possible betting tips for these fixtures.
Juventus v Dynamo Zagreb
On Wednesday evening in the final round of fixtures for Group H we see Ivaylo Petev take his Dinamo Zagreb side on the trip to the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy to face Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus.
These two sides met in the reverse fixture in the second round of matches when Juventus made the journey to Stadion Maksimir in Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb. As expected this was a one sided contest which saw the visiting Italian’s run away with a comfortable victory. They took the lead after 24 minutes thanks to Miralem Pjanic who ran onto a through ball and poked it past the onrushing keeper. Their lead was doubled not long after when star striker Gonzalo Higuain brought the ball down on his chest and finished with ease. Their third came just before the hour mark curtesy of Paulo Dybala who hit a thunderbolt from all of 30 yards out. The win was rounded off with a fourth goal late on when Dani Alves’ free kick took a huge deflection and found its way in.
The home side Juventus head into the visit of Dynamo Zagreb knowing that regardless of what happens here on Wednesday evening, they are though to the next stage of the Champions League. However Sevilla are only on point behind them therefore they will need to win here to ensure that they go through in top spot. They currently find themselves in first place and have yet to lose a group match, winning three and drawing two from their five fixtures. After easily beating their opponents in Croatia they will be confident of another convincing win in front of their home fans. The Bianconeri are on a 19-match (W10 D9) unbeaten home run in UEFA competition, dating back to a 2-0 loss to FC Bayern Munich in April 2013.
The away side Dynamo Zagreb go into the trip to Juventus knowing that it doesn’t matter to them what happens here on Wednesday evening, they will be finishing at the foot of the group in fourth. They are playing for pride in Turin and will just be hoping to pick up their first point of the campaign in order to leave the competition with a little bit of respect. They are yet to even score a single goal in their five group matches and realistically could be in for a real pasting here. They have now failed to progress through a group stage In fact, in all 13 UEFA club competition group stages – including seven in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League – they have yet to make it through to the next phase.
Juventus -3 handicap (Best Priced on PaddyPower at 12/5) – BET HERE
Juventus to win to nil (Best Priced on PaddyPower at 4/7) – BET HERE
Olympique Lyonnais v Sevilla
On Wednesday evening in the final round of fixtures for Group H we see Jorge Sampaoli take his Sevilla side on the trip to Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France to face Bruno Génésio’s Lyon side.
These two sides met in the reverse fixture in the second round of matches when Lyon made the journey to Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain to face Sevilla. This was an extremely tight match throughout which could’ve gone either way, but luckily for the Spaniards, they managed to nick the only goal of the game. In the 53rd minute when a cross into the back post was headed back across goal where Ben Yedder ran onto it to bundle it over the line. On another day the result would’ve gone the other way with Lyon hitting the woodwork twice through Fekir and Tolisso, but it wasn’t to be and Sevilla picked up their first win of the group stage. On the other hand the hosts did miss a penalty in the 69th minute when Vietto failed to kill off the tie when he blasted it over from the spot.
The home side Lyon head into the visit of Sevilla knowing that they must overcome Sevilla by two goals or more to grab second place ahead of the Spaniards. Sevilla won 1-0 at home so they must better that victory in order to overtake their opponents. One-nil would not be enough for Lyon as Sevilla would have the superior goal difference in all matches. Any other Lyon win by a one-goal margin and Sevilla go through on head-to-head away goals. They sit in third place at the moment after winning two, drawing one and losing two from their five matches on seven points, three points behind their opponents. They will have to come out all guns blazing in this one which may leave them susceptible to the counter attack.
The away side Sevilla go into the trip to knowing that as long as they do not lose here in France on Wednesday evening then they will be going through to the next stage of the Champions League. However they do still have the chance of finishing top spot. If they win and Juventus fail to beat Dynamo Zagreb then the Spaniards will go through in first place. It would take something seriously special for Juve not to beat the Croatian outfit at home, but stranger things have happened. They find themselves sat in second place, one point behind Juve but even if they finish level on points, the Italian’s would go through on head to head basis. Last year they finished in third place and went on to lift the Europa League for the third year on the bounce and the fifth time in eleven seasons.
Over 2.5 goals (Best Priced on BetWay at 21/20) – BET HERE
A goal in both halves (Best Priced on Coral at 17/20) – BET HERE
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Watch the highlights from Juventus’ 4-0 win over Dynamo Zagreb here: