UEFA Champions League Tips and Predictions - Best bets for Wednesday's Champions League Matchday 6 matches

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UEFA Champions League predictions for the Matchday Six group games on Wednesday night as the last places in the knockout stages are decided. 

Will Napoli keep their Champions League dream alive and can Borussia Dortmund ensure they drop into the Europa League? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips for Wednesday.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City


Manchester City’s sensational win streak reached 20 games this past weekend as they came from behind to beat West Ham United. Not for the first time in the past few weeks, Pep Guardiola’s side were made to work for the three points, but once again they were up for the challenge as the came from behind to beat the Hammers 2-1, showing this is a team that combines considerable talent with a battling spirit. City will aim to make it 21 wins on the bounce when they wrap up their Champions League group campaign, and given their form you would immediately fancy their chances of leaving Ukraine with three more points and another victory. However, there is more to this match that means an away win is far from certain. First of all, this is a dead rubber for the Premier League leaders. They have already secured a place in the last-16 of the Champions League and they already know that they will advance as winners of Group F, so there is very little riding on this. And of course, these is the small matter of the Manchester derby this weekend – if City claim all three points at Old Trafford they will go 11 points clear of Manchester United, and possibly Chelsea, at the top of the Premier League. So on the eve of a huge domestic match, the last thing City need is a long-haul trip to the Ukraine for a match that does not matter. Guardiola would love nothing more than to see his side extend their win streak, but I find it unfathomable that he will take a massive risk with his star names for this meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk. If he does, Shakhtar – who have already beaten Napoli at home – are more than good enough to capitalise. Therefore I recommend backing a home win for Wednesday night, with Shakhar following City into the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow 


This would have been a dead rubber for Liverpool had it not been for a second-half collapse in Sevilla a fortnight ago. The Reds needed just two minutes to take the lead at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and by the half-an-hour mark they were three goals up and cruising, but Sevilla responded in emphatic fashion after the break with a couple of goals inside the first 15 minutes, and their fantastic fightback was completed when Guido Pizzarro struck three minutes into added time. It was an embarrassing night for a Liverpool team that had looked a cut above the Spanish side during the first 45 minutes, and it means they must now take something from their Matchday Six clash with Spartak Moscow to stay in the Champions League. They do appear more than capable of doing that though. The Reds have bounced back from that disappointing result in Spain by following up a draw against Chelsea with convincing wins at Stoke City and Brighton, and they should now make it three wins on the bounce when they entertain Spartak.

Tottenham v APOEL Nicosia 


The group stage could not have gone much better for Tottenham. Having been drawn alongside Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Group H, Mauricio Pochettino’s side came into the group stage knowing that they would have to be at their best to progress to the last-16 – but they have been at their best through five games and that means they have already wrapped up a place in the knockout stage of the competition. Spurs boast an unbeaten record into Matchday Six, having won both of their games against Dortmund while following up a draw in Madrid with a fantastic home win over Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real team-mates. That means they do have the luxury of taking their foot off the pedal for their last outing, against an APOEL Nicosia side they have already beaten 3-0, but this is not the time for Tottenham to go through the motions because they are in serious need of a victory. Tottenham have managed to win just one of their last five games in all competitions and they have not managed a home victory since they scraped past rock-bottom Crystal Palace a month ago. This disappointing form has seen them lose ground on the top four in the Premier League and with the crucial festive period coming up, they really need to stop the rot and rediscover that winning feeling, and this meeting with APOEL is the perfect opportunity for them to do just that.

RB Leipzig v Besiktas


Besiktas have already been confirmed as surprise winners of Group G, so as far as they are concerned there is very little riding on their final group game. The same cannot be said for a RB Leipzig though. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are currently third in the group, behind Porto on goal difference, and that means they must better the Portuguese side’s result on Wednesday night to snatch a place in the last-16. But can they do it? RB Leipzig did suffer a 4-0 thrashing at Hoffenheim this past weekend, but they have lost just one competitive home game all season – a penalty shootout loss to Bayern Munich in the German Cup – and their recent form has been decent enough with three wins coming from their last five games. The stakes are high for them here and that should give them an edge over a Besiktas team that already have their eyes on the last-16 draw.

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund


A 6-0 rout of APOEL Nicosia last month saw Real Madrid wrap up a place in the next round of the Champions League, so they can go into Matchday Six knowing that there is nothing riding on the outcome of their match against Borussia Dortmund. The visitors, however, do not enjoy such luxury because they are fighting just to stay in Europe this season. Dortmund’s group campaign has been a miserable one – their only points have come against minnows APOEL Nicosia and they hardly came in impressive fashion because both meetings have ended in a draw. They must now better the Cypriot side’s Matchday Six result in order to drop into the Europa League and I do believe they can take a point from this meeting with a Real side that will be simply going through the motions having already clinched a spot in the knockout stage.

Feyenoord v Napoli


A September loss at Shakhtar Donetsk and back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester City have left Napoli in a must-win situation heading into Matchday Six. They must beat Feyenoord on Wednesday night and hope that Manchester City do them a favour by beating Shakhtar Donetsk in order to snatch second place from under the noses of the Ukrainian side. So can they pull it off? I certainly like Napoli’s chances of doing their half of the deal. Feyenoord have lost all five of their matches so far – including a 3-1 loss to Napoli in Naples – and they have managed just three home wins in all competitions since a 5-0 rout of Willem II in late August. Napoli, meanwhile, arrive in good form despite the weekend defeat to Juventus and they have been strong on their travels so far this season. Therefore I am backing Napoli to get the win they need.

Maribor v Sevilla


Sevilla’s sensational second-half fightback against Liverpool has put them on the brink of the last-16 of the Champions League, but with just two points separating them and third-placed Spartak Moscow there is still some work to be done on Matchday Six. The good news for Sevilla is that they are facing rock-bottom Maribor on the final night of the group stage. The home side have managed just two goals in the group campaign so far and were soundly beaten 3-0 when they visited Spain back in late September. A similar result is likely here, with Sevilla extending their fine recent form with a victory that propels them into the least-16.

Porto v Monaco


A draw in Turkey was hardly an outstanding result for Porto, but it was enough to keep them ahead of RB Leipzig in the race to claim the second qualifying spot in Group G behind Besiktas, and they go into Wednesday night’s home match against Monaco knowing that they will reach the last-16 if they match or better Leipzig’s Matchday Six result. But will they do that? Porto’s most impressive result of the campaign so far came when they visited Monaco back in late September. The Portuguese giants ran out 3-0 winners at Stade Louis II and since that date they have suffered just one competitive defeat. At home Porto have tasted just one defeat since the start of the 2017/18 season got underway, and the goals have been flowing at the Estadio Do Dragao, so I am backing Porto to win this match in fairly comfortable fashion to book a last-16 berth.


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