EUROPE’s best are back in action this week for the fourth round of UEFA Champions League group games.
The British teams have their work cut out, while minnows APOEL and Maribor are on giant-slaying missions.
Best odds for matchweek three come courtesy of William Hill, where customers can get money back up to $50 for Champions League multi bets that miss by one leg.
Champions League multi bet
- Man City to win – -188.68
- Real Madrid to win – -227.27
- Chelsea to win – -163.93
- Benfica to win – +350
Manchester City vs. Napoli
Tuesday, October 17 – 7:45pm GMT – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Man City – -188.68
Draw – +350
Napoli – +450
The Citizens were absolutely electric against Stoke City at the weekend, smashing home seven goals as Kevin de Bruyne put on one of the all-time great playmaking performances. Napoli are in very fine form themselves, having lost only once – away to Shakhtar Donetsk – all season. Even so, anything but a City win would be a surprise.
Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Tuesday, October 17 – 7:45pm GMT – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Madrid – -227.27
Draw – +350
Spurs – +600
While the Galacticos have hardly set the world alight this season, they had no problems with APOEL or Borussia Dortmund in their first two group games. Now they tackle a rising Spurs side that has a big point to prove on the European stage. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are no mugs, but Madrid’s battle-hardened superstars should have a big edge at the Bernabeu.
Benfica vs. Manchester United
Wednesday, October 18 – 7:45pm GMT – Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
Benfica – +350
Draw – +260
Man United – -125
At first glance, it seems ridiculous to put money on a team that lost 5-0 in the last round of group fixtures. However, Benfica have taken points from Man United in three out of six Champions League meetings since 2005, and in only one of those clashes did the Portuguese giants fail to score. The injury-hit Red Devils were very poor against Liverpool last time out, so an upset could well be on the cards.
Chelsea vs. Roma
Wednesday, October 18 – 7:45pm GMT – Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea – -163.93
Draw – +280
Roma – +450
Both these sides head into Wednesday’s clash off the back of league defeats. Roma can be forgiven for falling 1-0 to Serie A leaders Napoli, but Chelsea should be livid at their shock loss to the previously winless Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The Blues missed Alvaro Morata in that clash, but the Spanish striker is back in full training and is expected lead the line on Wednesday.