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Champions League GS4: Groups C&D

In Group C, Man Utd travel to Turkish champions Bursaspor and Valencia host Rangers while Copenhagen take on heavyweights Barca in Group D.

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Group C: Bursaspor (Bettorlogic ranking 102) v Man Utd (5) (Tues, 19:45)

Bursaspor are another of the Champions League debutants still searching for their first point. Furthermore, the hosts have failed to score in each of their three games and they have trailed at half-time in all of the games. Man Utd are unbeaten in 10 away group games since 2007/08 and they have kept a clean sheet in four of the matches. The visitors have won 11/16 away matches against sides with a Bettorlogic rank of 51+ since 1996/97 and they have won-to-nil in two of their previous three trips to Turkish opposition.

Recommendation: Man Utd Win to Nil 2.75, Ladbrokes


Group C: Valencia (10) v Rangers (48) (Tues, 19:45)

A win for either side in this match will put them in a very strong position to qualify for the knockout stage. Valencia have picked up just one point from their last four home group stage matches in which they have scored only once. Over a longer period, they have been tied at half-time in 15/27 home group stage matches since 1999/00. Rangers remain unbeaten in both the Champions League and the SPL this season. The Scottish champions are a tough team to conquer in this competition. Since 2005/06, they have lost only 4/11 away group stage matches and they have been tied at the break in five of them.

Recommendation: Rangers Win +1 2.40, Paddy Power


Group D: Rubin Kazan (36) v Panathinaikos (44) (Tues, 17:30)

Rubin Kazan are midway through their second successive Champions League campaign, but they have still won only one of their nine games. It should also be noted that they have been beaten on just three occasions and their victory did come at the Nou Camp. Seven of the nine have seen fewer than three goals which has included all of their four home matches – they have also tied all four home matches. Panathinaikos have lost 5/7 away group stage matches since 2005/06 and in each of their defeats they have been trailing at the break and they have conceded at least three goals – neither of which are likely to happen at Rubin. This is the first instance of a Greek team travelling to a Russian one in the Champions League.

Recommendation: No bet


Group D: FC Copenhagen (41) v Barcelona (1) (Tues, 19:45)

Copenhagen recorded impressive victories over Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos in their two openers before losing 2-0 at the Nou Camp last time out. No matter what happens here, they will remain in pole position to qualify for the knockout stage alongside Barcelona. The hosts have won 3/4 unbeaten home matches in the Champions League – their only other appearance was in 2006/07 when they beat Celtic and Man Utd – and they have seen goalless first halves on three occasions. Barcelona have lost only 1/16 away group stage matches since 2005/06, but they have shared the points on seven occasions. It is also surprising that they have been tied at the interval in nine of the games, seven of which were 0-0 after 45 minutes. Barca will expect to triumph here, but they were held to a draw at Rubin earlier in the competition and the Danish champions may be resolute enough to shut-out the Catalans until half-time.

Recommendation: HT 0-0 3.50, Unibet


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