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Champions League GS1: Groups C&D

Wayne Rooney is expected to return for Man Utd for the 'Battle of Britain' as Rangers aim for an historic win at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney



Group C: Man Utd (Bettorlogic Rank 2) v Rangers (75) (Tues, 19:45)

Man Utd have a poor first-half record in the Champions League. The Red Devils have led at the break in just four of their last 16 home group stage matches and they have been behind in three of their last four. United are the only English team to have faced a Scottish side in this competition and they have won four of their six games with a 100% record at Old Trafford. Rangers have a dreadful record on the road in the Champions League – W3-D7-L14 in group stage matches – but they have been at least level at half-time in 14 of the games.

Recommendation: Lay Man Utd HT Win 1.51, Betfair


Group C: Bursaspor (121) v Valencia (13) (Tues, 19:45)

Bursapsor’s predecessors – Fenerbahce in 2008/09 and Besiktas last season – picked up just one point from their six home group stage matches over the last two campaigns, however both had much tougher groups than this one. Teams ranked outside the top-50 have won just 5/39 home matches against teams ranked 11-25 over the last five seasons with 23 defeats. Valencia are making their first Champions League appearance since 2007/08, but they have won 11/27 away group stage matches since 1999/00. 16 of the games have seen fewer than three goals while 11 have featured at most one.

Recommendation: No bet


Group D: Barcelona (1) v Panathinaikos (34) (Tues, 19:45)

Barcelona have won 7/9 home group stage matches against teams with a Bettorlogic rank of 11-25, however just one of the victories were by three clear goals. The Spanish champions have won their opening such games in all of their last nine Champions League campaigns. Panathinaikos have lost just 5/9 away group stage matches since 2004/05, but four of the defeats were by at least three goals.

Recommendation: No bet


Group D: FC Copenhagen (82) v Rubin Kazan (38) (Tues, 19:45)

Copenhagen have only played in the Champions League once before; in 2006/07 when they, impressively, beat both Man Utd and Celtic and drew with Benfica. Unfortunately, the Danish champions lost all three away fixtures that term and failed to progress to the knockout stages. Rubin Kazan made their Champions League debut and managed to avoid defeat in four of their six group games which included gaining an incredible three points at the Nou Camp! Generally, Russian teams have a fantastic record against lower-rated sides with six wins from 10 trips to teams ranked outside the top-50. Four of the victories were W/W doubles.

Recommendation: Rubin DNB 2.00, Various

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