FOUR teams have already qualified for the knockout rounds as we step into the penultimate round of UEFA Champions League group games.
Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich cannot be caught in Group B, while Premier League giants Manchester City have made light work of a talented pool in Group F.
The biggest surprise comes in Group H, where Tottenham Hotspur ensured a top-two finish with their 3-1 victory over Real Madrid last time out.
What twists and turns will the fifth round of group fixtures throw up?
Top odds for this week’s Champions League accumulator tips come courtesy of William Hill – one of our top-ranked bookies for soccer betting.
Champions League multi tips
- Napoli to defeat Shakhtar Donetsk – -227.27
- Atletico Madrid to draw with Roma – +230
- Man United to defeat Basel – +100
- Barcelona to defeat Juventus – +145
Napoli vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Tuesday, November 21 – 8:45pm local time – Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Napoli – -227.27
Draw – +400
Shakhtar – +550
This is a must-win for Napoli, whose pair of defeats to Man City leave them languishing third in the group on three points. Table-topping form in Serie A suggests they should have the quality to see off a capable Shakhtar side that is missing suspended skipper Darijo Srna.
Atletico Madrid vs. Roma
Wednesday, November 22 – 8:45pm local time – Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid
Atletico – -105.26
Draw – +230
Roma – +325
Atleti are finding it hard to secure decisive results, having drawn five of their last six games in all competitions. That run includes both fixtures against group minnows Qarabag. Roma are in excellent touch and need only a point to go through, so a stalemate could be the go.
Basel vs. Manchester United
Wednesday, November 22 – 8:45pm local time – St Jakob-Park, Basel
Basel – +300
Draw – +240
Man United – +100
With two wins and a draw from five European encounters, Basel boast a surprisingly good head-to-head record against Man United. The knockout rounds beckon if the Swiss side can add to that tally. Paul Pogba made a dazzling return for the Red Devils at the weekend, however, so it is very much United’s game to lose.
Juventus vs. Barcelona
Wednesday, November 22 – 8:45pm local time – Juventus Stadium, Turin
Juventus – +200
Draw – +230
Barcelona – +145
Juve might be third in Serie A, but that division is in the midst of its most competitive title race in over a decade. Neither they nor Barca have lost a game in league play this season, and both are odds-on to reach the last 16. This is an absolute doozy to pick, but it is impossible to ignore the Blaugrana’s world-famous strikeforce.