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Champions League GS3: Groups C&D

Man Utd must forget all talk of Wayne Rooney's reluctance to sign a new contract and focus on the football as they host Turkish Bursaspor on Wednesday.

Man Utd's Wayne Rooney



Group C: Man Utd (Bettorlogic ranking 4) v Bursaspor (109) (Weds, 19:45)

Man Utd have failed to impress, both domestically and in this competition, so far this season. The Red Devils undeservedly scraped a 1-0 victory at Valencia last time out which put them joint-top of Group C with Rangers. United have, surprisingly, won just two of their seven home group stage matches since 2008/09 and they have led at the break in only four of their 16 such games since 2005/06. Newcomers Bursaspor have struggled with the jump in standard thus far in this competition. The visitors have seen L/Ls and defeats to nil in both of their games and they have continued the record of Turkish team’s poor performances on the road in the Champions League. Such teams have won just 1/16 games since 2005/06, although ironically the sole victory came when Besiktas secured a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford. Turkish sides have trailed at half-time in 11/16 matches.

Recommendation: No bet


Group C: Rangers (54) v Valencia (9) (Weds, 19:45)

Rangers’ vital 1-0 win over Bursaspor was their first in 12 Champions League fixtures. Since 2005/06, Rangers have won 3/10 home group stage matches but they have been tied at the interval on six occasions. Valencia have also been level at the break in 6/8 of their matches in this competition since 2007/08. Teams ranked 41-70 have drawn the first half of 13/25 home matches against sides ranked 6-15 since 2005/06.

Recommendation: HT draw 2.10, Various


Group D: Barcelona (1) v FC Copenhagen (45) (Weds, 19:45)

Barcelona have won 12/16 home group stage matches since 2005/06 and they have won both halves in eight of the matches. Furthermore, they have increased a half-time advantage in two of their last four games hosting sides ranked 31-60. FC Copenhagen have won both of their openers and currently top Group D on six points. The Danes are making just their second appearance in the Champions League and in their 2006/07 campaign they suffered L/Ls in all of their away fixtures which included losing both halves in their trip to Old Trafford.

Recommendation: Barcelona to win both halves 2.25, Bwin


Group D: Panathinaikos (44) v Rubin Kazan (41) (Weds, 19:45)

Panathinaikos have conceded exactly two goals in four of their last five home group stage matches. The hosts have won just 4/13 such fixtures since 2003/04, although three of the victories were W/W doubles. Rubin continued to be Barcelona’s Champions League nemesis by gaining a 1-1 draw at home to the La Liga champions. The Russian side have played just eight matches in this competition but three of them have been against Barca in which they have picked up an impressive five points. In fact, their 2-1 win at the Nou Camp last season was the only time they have avoided defeat on the road as they lost at both Dynamo Kiev and Inter last season and Copenhagen this term.

Recommendation: No bet


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