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

The best bet from each of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League fixtures not involved the British sides, including picks from Bayern Munich v Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona v Sporting Lisbon.

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

Chelsea go into their final group game having already clinched a place in the last-16 of the Champions League. The Blues bounced back from the October defeat to Roma by thrashing Qarabag 4-0 on Matchday 5, and that means they have opened up an unassailable four-point lead over the third-place Atletico Madrid – but that does not mean this is a dead rubber. Madrid’s group campaign has been hugely disappointing. They have only lost one match so far – conceding a last-gasp goal in a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea in September – but they have also managed just one victory, with a string of draws being the big reason they are on the brink of making a swift exit from the competition. Last month’s massive 2-0 win over Roma means they are two points behind the Italian club going into this week’s games, so they simply have to win this match and hope that they get a massive favour from a Qarabag side that held them to a draw twice. So can Atletico scrape through? I do not fancy their chances – Roma should get the better of the Azerbaijani champions – but I do believe Diego Simeone’s men will take something from this trip to Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow 

Manchester United supporters are probably hoping they never have to visit Basel again, because the Swiss side have become the Red Devils’ bogey team in European competition. United’s perfect run in Group A was brought to a shuddering halt as they were beaten by Basel a fortnight ago, and as a result of that loss they still have some work to do as they look to book their place in the last-16 of the Champions League. United are sitting atop Group A heading into Matchday Six, but with just three points separating them from Basel and CSKA Moscow they know that a defeat on Tuesday night could see them crash out of the competition and drop into the Europa League. Providing the opposition are one of the teams chasing them, CSKA Moscow, and the Russians find themselves in a tricky position. A defeat will send them into the Europe League, but they will advance into the last 16 of the Champions League if they better Basel’s result against Benfica. So who will get the result they need on Tuesday night? I am going with Manchester United to return to winning ways against a team they thrashed 4-1 earlier in the group stage.

Celtic v Anderlecht

When Celtic were drawn in a Champions League group with Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht the aim was always going to be to qualify for the Europa League, rather than make it to the knock-out stages ahead of one of the two European heavyweights. In that regard, Brendan Rodgers has almost achieved his goal, with a 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Belgium meaning that Celtic, despite losing home and away to both Bayern and PSG, need only avoid a heavy defeat against the Belgians at home on Tuesday in order to finish third in the group and make it into the Europa League. Those who watched Celtic lose 7-1 to PSG a fortnight ago may claim that a heavy defeat is not out of the question at Parkhead, where the Hoops were also beaten 5-0 by the French side. That is, however, to ignore the massive gulf in class between PSG and Anderlecht. The Belgians were also thumped by Unai Emery's men, losing 4-0 in Brussels and 5-0 in Paris. It was immediately after Celtic's 5-0 home loss to PSG that they went to Brussels and beat Anderlecht 3-0 and the hope for the Scottish side is that they show a similar reaction on Tuesday night. If they do then they should beat Anderlecht, who are a poor side, and odds of almost even money seem more than fair on the hosts. Celtic have a strong record at home in Europe and the passionate 60,000 crowd will spur the side on in a match which they will feel that they should win.

Roma v Qarabag

Roma may have lost to Atletico Madrid two weeks ago but their Champions League progress is very much in their own hands with a win over FK Karabakh in the Stadio Olimpico putting the Italians into the knockout stage of the competition. That should be no problem for the Giallorossi as Qarabag are arguably the worst team in the Champions League this season. The Kazakhs drew twice with Atletico Madrid but were beaten an aggregate of 10-0 by Chelsea and Roma won the reverse fixture, in unfavourable weather conditions, 2-1. They'll be more suited to the temperatures in Italy and warmed up for the match with an easy victory over ten-man SPAL on Friday night. Expect a similar, exhibition style, performance on Tuesday night and a win by more than three goals from the hosts.

Benfica v Basel

Manchester United face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night and Basel will be hoping that the English side can do them a favour by beating the Russians, thus ensuring that the Swiss progress to the last 16 regardless of their result against Benfica. They may not need United's help though as the Portuguese have been awful and have failed to pick up a point from their five matches in Group A. One of their defeats was a 5-0 loss to Basel in Switzerland and so it really would be pretty spectacular if they could turn things around and cause an upset on Tuesday. Basel beat Manchester United last time out and so will be hugely confident of a victory in Lisbon. They won in Moscow against CSKA and there's no reason to suggest that this will be a trickier assignment.

Bayern Munich v Paris Saint-Germain

Bayern Munich were beaten 3-0 by Paris-Saint Germain in a match that spelled the end of Carlo Ancelotti's spell as manager in Bavaria but his replacement, Jupp Heynckes, hasn't done that much better with FC Hollywood. Sure, Bayern will win the Bundesliga but they're not doing it with any real style and there's certainly not a feeling that they are gaining ground on either Real Madrid or Barcelona. In fact, the PSG match illustrated that Bayern are slipping and the French side are now the third force in European football and that could be emphasised again on Tuesday night in the Allianz Arena. The odds on PSG winning are, however, a little slim at just 13/8, especially as anything other than a 4-0 defeat will seem top Group B. Instead, look to the goals market where PSG's Edinson Cavani can be backed at a very generous even money with Ladbrokes. The Uruguayan not only netted in the reverse fixture but has scored in four of PSG's five in the Champions League this season, netting six goals in total in the competition. He has also fired in 17 in Ligue 1 in what looks like it could be a record-breaking season for the 30-year-old. Cavani will be the main goal threat for PSG on Tuesday and will get chances from a Bayern defence that has conceded in all but one of their last six matches in all competitions. None of the opponents were anything like as strong as PSG, who may net a couple in Bavaria. If they do then Cavani will almost certainly be amongst the scorers.

Barcelona v Sporting Lisbon

Barcelona have been going through a poor patch of late with just one win (over Segunda B side Real Murcia) in their last four matches. The defence has lacked stability and there are certainly question marks over all of the defensive options currently available to Ernesto Valverde, particularly as Jordi Alba is being employed as more of a winger than a full-back and so it often stranded up the pitch. Celta Vigo looked capable of scoring every time they countered on Saturday afternoon and were good value for their 2-2 draw, even if Barcelona did dominate for large periods of the game. It may be a similar pattern on Tuesday night with Barcelona almost certain to take the game to Sporting Lisbon but likely to once again leave gaps at the back when doing so. Sporting would need to beat Barcelona in order to have a chance of qualifying for the last 16 and so they'll go for it in the Nou Camp. The Portuguese side are certainly used to scoring goals as well after netting 27 in just 13 league matches. Barca, however, should still be able to win as Valverde will have a full strength side out on Tuesday in order to secure his side's passage as group winners. It might be a bit of a shoot-out though and 9/5 on the home side winning and both teams finding the net looks very generous.

Olympiakos v Juventus

The other match in Group D sees Juventus needing a win over Olympiakos to guarantee that they will qualify for the last 16 and so there is unlikely to be any big changes made by Max Allegri to the side that claimed a huge win over Napoli on Friday night. Gonzalo Higuain popped up with the winner against his former club and the Argentina international will fancy his chances of adding a few more against an Olympiakos side that has conceded 11 goals in five Champions League matches this campaign. That total should be even greater as Barcelona were definitely good value for at least a few when drawing 0-0 in Greece. The Spaniards had 19 shots but couldn't find a way past Silvio Proto in the Olympiakos goal. Proto is unlikely to have that kind of game again and this could be a bit of a statement win from Juve, who are starting to find their best form after a slow start to the season. Back them to win by at least three at a massive 11/5.

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

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