As we enter the second half of this year’s group phase, all four English clubs face plenty of work ahead as they look to seal their respective places in the Champions League knockouts.
Matchday four looks particularly challenging for Manchester City and Arsenal. The Premier League’s top two head to Spain and Germany respectively, each knowing that the pressure is well and truly on.
Let’s hope they can both pull through.
Sevilla V Manchester City
Tuesday 3rd November. 7:45PM. BT Sport 2
Manuel Pellegrini’s might be sitting second in the group D standings, but the Premier League leaders make the trip to Sevilla knowing that they must at least try to avoid defeat against last year’s Europa League winners.
Kevin De Bruyne’s late winner in the reverse clash has put City back in pole position to join Juventus in the round of 16, and they will be confident after winning six of their last seven competitive fixtures. However, no trip to the Estadion Pizjuain is easy, and the visitors also have to contend with the continued absence of key players David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Meanwhile, the Spanish hosts have won each of their past three home otuings, including a 2-1 Liga win over Barcelona. If Unai Emery’s men can unleash Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Llorente in the attacking third, the Rojiblancos will certainly fancy their chances.
Whatever happens, it should be a cracking spectacle.
Sevilla V Manchester City Betting
Despite conceding home advantage, it’s Manchester City who enter this contest as the slight favourites at 6/4 with Bet365. However, odds of 7/4 highlight that Sevilla have got every chance of upsetting the Premier League leaders. Meanwhile, the draw can be backed at 23/10.
Even without Aguero, City do have enough firepower to cause Sevilla problems. However, Pellegrini’s men have really struggled at the back in Europe. This has been an issue for several seasons and could quite easily be their downfall once more.
Forget the result, Sevilla were the better side at the Etihad. If they perform like that again, the Spaniards should be in for a productive evening.
Sevilla to score over 1.5 goals @ 23/18 with 888sport
Bayern Munich V Arsenal
Wednesday 4th November. 7:45PM. BT Sport Europe
After a disastrous opening to their Champions League campaign, Arsenal kept their slim hopes of reaching the last 16 alive with a stunning win over Bayern Munich two weeks ago. However, the Gunners head to the Allianz Arena knowing that they’ll have to produce something even more spectacular to get their Group F campaign well and truly back on track.
Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger’s men, injuries to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, and Aaron Ramsey will make it even more difficult in Germany. Meanwhile, pep Guardiola’s men have won each of their last 11 competitive fixtures in Munich.
Moreover, start striker Robert Lewandowski has been incredible form this season and the Polish international will certainly fancy his chances here. A star-studded team is bound to cause Arsenal problems and the Gunners will need to be at their very best to secure a positive result.
It’s not beyond them, and they will give it their all. In truth, though, even a draw would signal a great result for the Gunners.
Bayern Munich V Arsenal Betting
Quite predictably, Bayern Munich enter this clash as the odds-on favourites at 4/11 with Bet365. The Gunners are priced 13/2 while the draw can be backed at 4s.
The situation dictates that Arsenal have got to go for it, but the recent run of injuries will make it even more difficult for Wenger’s men to prevail. Quite frankly, if Bayern take the lead, then it will be a long way back for the Londoners.
Bayern will be eager to cement their place in the Group F driving seat, especially after dropping points at the weekend. Guardiola’s men should start strong, which is the reason we’ve selected this bet.
HT/FT: Bayern Munich/Bayern Munich @ 17/16 with 888sport