Champions League Wednesday Preview

Manchester United and Chelsea are both looking to book their places in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, whilst Celtic can secure a Europa League spot.

United travel to Basel looking to seal top-spot in Group A, and the go to Switzerland knowing a draw will be enough, indeed they will be through no matter what, if CSKA Moscow do not win.

Red Devils chief Jose Mourinho is not too happy with the St Jakob pitch which suffered major damage during the recent World Cup play-off with Northern Ireland – but he is happy with the effort being made.

“I gave it a look but honestly I don’t know. I want to see after 20 minutes. At this moment it looks okay but let’s see after 20 minutes,” said Mourinho.

“But at least I respect the effort of trying to make a positive pitch after it being so bad in the play-offs in the national team.”

In Group C, Chelsea are in Azerbaijan with the knockout phase on their mind, they know a win over Qarabag will see them through whilst a draw would be enough if Atletico Madrid do not beat Roma.

Antonio Conte has his mind firmly focused on progression and said: “I think this will be the most important game of the season because we have the possibility, with a win, to go through to the next round in the Champions League, so to start our path in this way was very positive.”

Celtic already know they can’t finish in the top-two but they will seal third if they win at the Parc Des Princes against Paris Saint Germain and Anderlecht don’t. A draw for Celtic will be enough, if Anderlecht lose.

Bhoys chief Brendan Rodgers is looking for a good performance in the French capital.

“Our away performance in Anderlecht was very good. Our last performance against Bayern Munich I thought was excellent,” he said.

“If you don’t get the result, for us it’s about taking pride in the performance, really, so that’s something that we hope that we can achieve.”

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from leading agent Barry Silkman and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey together with everything you need to know from the bookies – with BoyleSports’s Leon Blanche.

Football INDEX is a stockmarket game where players, known as Traders, take a position on the “future success” of footballers with real money – CLICK HERE to play and start winning, and take advantage of your £20 cashback only with TheGamblingTimes.

Basel 19:45 Manchester United
St Jakob Park

TEAM NEWS: Phil JonesEric Bailly and Michael Carrick are all sidelined for United. Basel have Taulant Xhaka suspended, whilst Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Germano Vailati are suspended.
KEY FACT: Basel through if they win and CSKA lose
MATCH ODDS: Basel 10/3 Draw 5/2 Man Utd 10/11
ANDY SAYS: I see United winning this, don’t think they will be troubled too much…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: United are far too good for Basel and they should win this…1-2
SILKY SAYS: Not an easy trip for United…1-1
BOYLESPORTS PICK: United win at @10/11
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Paul Pogba is back in the line-up and available at £4.57 on the INDEX

Paris Saint Germain 19:45 Celtic
Parc Des Princes

TEAM NEWS: Thiago Motta is out for PSG, whilst Tony Ralston remains sidelined for Celtic 
KEY FACT: Paris clinch top spot if they better Bayern’s result
MATCH ODDS: PSG 1/10 Draw 17/2 Celtic 20/1
ANDY SAYS: PSG will win here, they will have far too much for Celtic…4-0
GRAEME SAYS: Celtic perform well on big nights but they can’t win here…3-1
SILKY SAYS: I think this is a comfortable PSG win…5-0
BOYLESPORTS PICK: PSG win Both Teams To Score @6/5
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Neymar is currently third on the INDEX and is available at just over £7

Qarabag 17:00 Chelsea
Baku Olympic Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Victor MosesKenedy and Michy Batshuayi are all out for Chelsea. For Qarabag, Pedro Henrique is suspended whilst Badavi Huseynov is sidelined.
KEY FACT: Qarabag must win to stay in contention
MATCH ODDS: Qarabag 12/1 Draw 4/1 Chelsea 3/10
Easy away win here for me, I don’t see Chelsea being troubled…0-3
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see this being a walk in the park, but I do think Chelsea will win…0-1
SILKY SAYS: A tough game for Chelsea but one which I feel they will come through…0-2
Chelsea -1 @10/11 
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: 
Just in the top-ten, Eden Hazard looks amazing value at just over £4

Related Posts

This website is strictly for over 18’s. If you do have any concerns about gambling please contact GambleAware
© 2023 The Gambling Times. All rights reserved.