Champions League Wednesday Accumulator: Red Devils’ Spanish Delight
The final round of fixtures in the Champions League group stage sees some tense games taking place. Whilst some clubs have already qualified for the knockout rounds, now it is about who can top their group and get the most favourable draw.
There are some intriguing teams taking to the field on Wednesday evening, including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Lyon.
All of the best accumulator tips are rounded up here starting off with Real welcoming CSKA Moscow to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow
Real Madrid might have had a tumultuous season so far, but have put together a run of performances in recent weeks to restore some confidence.
Even without Zinedine Zidane at the helm, Los Blancos are still one of the favourites to win the Champions League given their expertise in battling through the European competition. They have already qualified in first place due to beating Roma home and away earlier in the season so any ounce of pressure is firmly off Santiago Solari’s shoulders.
Even with a whole host of changes that are likely to take place at the Santiago Bernabéu, Real are expected to carve open CSKA’s vulnerable defence. The Moscow-based club have lost their last three matches in the Champions League as well as having seen over 2.5 goals in five of their last six fixtures.
This game is expected to bring goals, with Real having scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight European games.
Valencia vs. Manchester United
Marcelino’s Valencia have endured a troubled spell this season, sitting as low as 15th in La Liga and crumbling emphatically in the Champions League.
Los Che are guaranteed third place, which means dropping down into the Europa League and so will likely award some youth graduates the opportunity to play at the Mestalla Stadium against the Red Devils.
José Mourinho alleviated some pressure with a win against Fulham, but fans will be expecting a performance to remember down in southern Spain. With top spot still up for grabs after United beat Juventus in Turin, the Portuguese manager will be inclined to field a strong team to take the three points.
Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira are likely to start in midfield, which should give United the creativity that they have been craving in recent weeks. It will be Juan Mata, a former player of Valencia, that will be itching to start at the Mestalla once more.
The Red Devils have kept a clean sheet in their last three away matches in Valencia as well as being undefeated in their last nine against the Spanish side in all competitions. With Marcelino’s men bereft of any confidence, United should return to Manchester with all three points.
Ajax vs. Bayern Munich
Both of these teams are guaranteed a top two finish in Group E, but it will be the outcome of this fixture that will determine who enters the knockout phase in first or second place.
Ajax, who currently sit two points behind Bayern, are undefeated in their last 13 matches in Europe’s top tier competition, staking their claim as one of the rising teams on the continent. They might be a team full of young potential, but players such as Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have been at the forefront of their success so far.
Both Bayern and Ajax have scored in every fixture this season, with the Dutch club going to Munich and recording a 1–1 draw. Niko Kovac has seen his players score at least two goals in five of their last six European matches, which was highlighted in Bayern’s 5–1 thumping of Benfica last time out.
Bayern are a team that you can never write off and, although they are going through a difficult period domestically, will feel confident that they can travel to the Amsterdam Arena and cause trouble for Ajax’s defence.
Kovac’s players have scored 12 goals while Erik ten Hag has witnessed his Ajax side score eight goals in their five games. Both teams are littered with creative imagination and ruthless finishers, which is why there are bound to be goals.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Lyon
In the final game of this year’s Champions League group stage, Lyon need either a draw or a win to progress into the knockout rounds in 2019.
Shakhtar Donetsk are no easy pickings, however, having secured a win against Hoffenheim away from home and drawing with Lyon at the Groupama Stadium.
Paulo Fonseca’s side are tenacious and have Brazilian flair running through their team, which can cause problems even for the best of teams. Lyon, however, have shown their quality at times across their five games, with a statement win against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Both teams have struggled to keep a lid on things in defence and have seen goals fly in at an alarming rate. Shakhtar have conceded at least two goals in their last five matches in Europe, while Lyon have allowed the same amount to sail in their net in their last four.
This game promises goals, with a number of Lyon players getting on the scoresheet in the Champions League. The Ligue 1 outfit have not only scored at least two goals in their last five matches, but have also seen over 2.5 goals throughout the competition.
Back Over 3.5 Goals in Real Madrid vs. CSKA Moscow @ 20/21
Back Man Utd @ 15/8
Back Both Teams to Score in Bayern vs. Ajax @ 1/2
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Lyon @ 8/15
Total ACCA Odds: 11.67/1
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