UEFA Champions League Tips | Best Bets & Predictions

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UEFA Champions League Tips

Expert UEFA Champions League tips as the 2020/21 competition continues in the Group Stage this week.

Matchday 6 of UEFA Champions League Group Stage matches takes place this week – read on below as we provide tips, predictions and best bets for our favourite games of the week.

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Ajax vs Atalanta UEFA Champions League Tips

? Date: Thursday December 10
 Time: 4.55am AEDT
? Stadium: Johan Cruijff Arena

A spot in the Champions League knockout stages is on the line when Ajax host Atlanta in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.

Atalanta have the slight advantage as they lead Ajax by one point in Group D, meaning a point will be enough for the Italians to qualify, while the Dutch side need all three points in order to reach the last 16.

Both of these teams play free-flowing attacking football, and with Ajax needing a win, we can expect plenty of goals in this encounter.

Furthermore, these two teams have kept just two clean sheets between them in the Champions League this season, and with so much on the line, we can’t see them shutting up shop now.

An average of four goals have been scored in Amsterdam this season, and with the home ground advantage, we’re going to lean with Ajax in another high-scoring game.

Key Points

  • Ajax’s home games have averaged four goals in all competitions this season
  • These two teams have only kept two clean sheets between them in the Champions League this season
  • Ajax and Atalanta drew 2-2 in Italy earlier in the group stage


Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach UEFA Champions League Tips

? Date: Thursday December 10
 Time: 7.00am AEDT
? Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano

It’s a must-win game for Real Madrid if they want to avoid making history for all the wrong reasons when they come up against a tough Borussia Monchengladbach side on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos have it all to do in the final group game after winning just two of their first five matches. The Spanish giants are third in Group b as a result and require all three points in order to confirm their passage through to the knockout stages.

Real Madrid have never been knocked out at this stage of the Champions League, and while they have clearly struggled this season, we think they will rise to the challenge here.

Madrid staged a miraculous comeback to draw 2-2 with Gladbach in Germany earlier in the group stage and they can avoid needing to overcome such a deficit at home.

Key Points

  • Real Madrid have never been eliminated this early in the Champions League
  • Gladbach are winless in their last seven matches in Spain
  • Madrid’s last nine matches vs German sides have seen both teams score


Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk

? Date: Thursday December 10
 Time: 7.00am AEDT
? Stadium: San Siro

While Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach battle it out simultaneously in Spain, Inter and Shakhtar both also have the chance to qualify from Group B.

A draw will be enough for Shakhtar to advance if Gladbach beat Madrid, while Inter need all three points to have a chance at reaching the knockout stages.

Shakhtar have experienced a wild Champions League campaign – they are currently in second spot courtesy of a shock home-and-away double over Madrid, but those are the only two matches they’ve won and they have a -7 points differential.

Inter meanwhile only have one win from their five games and don’t have destiny in their own hands as a result.

Regardless, we can’t see the Italians slipping up at home here. Shakhtar’s inconsistency and erratic form should be exposed in a do-or-die clash and we’re backing a comfortable win for Inter – but whether that sees them through remains to be seen…

Key Points

  • Only two sides in Champions League history have advanced from the group with a negative goal difference
  • Inter have won their last three matches and scored exactly three goals in each
  • Inter beat Shakhtar 5-0 at home in the Europa League earlier this year


Red Bull Salzburg vs Atletico Madrid

? Date: Thursday December 10
 Time: 7.00am AEDT
? Stadium: Red Bull Arena Salzburg

Another mouth-watering showdown as Salzburg and Atletico battle it out for the right to join Bayern Munich in advancing from Group A.

These two teams squared off in Spain earlier in the group stage with Atletico prevailing in a 3-2 thriller and we can expect a similar sort of clash in Austria.

Salzburg have conceded the second-most goals out of any side in the Champions League this season and it will take a massive effort from the home side to hold out an Atletico side who need a result themselves to qualify.

Salzburg are a great team to watch, but they concede far too many goals, and that style of play isn’t going to be reliable in a do-or-die clash such as this one.

Atletico are masters at grinding out results they need and we expect the Spanish side to get the job done once again here.

Key Points

  • Salzburg’s Champions League group games are averaging five goals this season
  • Salzburg have conceded 15 goals so far
  • Atletico won 3-2 earlier in the group stage


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