Christian Crowther combs over some of Tuesday's Champions League fixtures and expects Braga's hitman Alan to have more success at CFR Cluj...
Spartak Moscow v Barcelona, Tuesday 17:00, Sky Sports 2, Match Odds: Spartak Moscow 11.010/1, Barcelona 1.341/3, The Draw 5.95/1
Tito Vilanova's side have bounced back well in La Liga after suffering only their second defeat of the season against Celtic in the Champions League. Barcelona won their next two, racking up seven goals in the process as normal service has quickly resumed for the Catalans. Spartak Moscow will still harbour fading hopes of qualification after defeat to Benfica left them bottom of the group on three points. The Russians are just off the pace domestically but have goals in them - particularly at home where they fired two past both Celtic and Benfica - so should deliver another high-scoring defeat to match the 2-3 at the Camp Nou.
Recommended Bet: Back Over 3.5 goals @ 2.962/1
BATE Borisov v Lille, Tuesday 17:00, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: BATE Borisov 2.111/10, Lille 3.9n/a, The Draw 3.65n/a
Aside from the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired Paris St-Germain, the other French sides have struggled in the Champions League and none more so than Lille. Stripped of their best players after Ligue 1 success two seasons ago, Lille have capitulated in this year's competition and are one of only two sides yet to register a point. An average of three goals a game conceded tells its own unhappy tale of defensive inadequacies as they just haven't arrived to the party. Contrastingly, BATE have surprised many and are still in with a great chance of qualification. The Belarusians have beaten Bayern at home already and should polish off their confidence-drained visitors.
Recommended Bet: Back BATE Borisov to beat Lille @ 2.111/10
Nordsjaelland v Shakhtar, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Nordsjaelland 11.5n/a, Shakhtar 1.341/3, The Draw 5.69/2
Shakhtar will rightly feel aggrieved over the nature of their last-gasp defeat to Chelsea on an awful night for their goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov. Shakhtar were the better team against the European champions and if it hadn't been for some terrible marking for Victor Moses' winner and various moments of questionable goalkeeping, the Ukrainians could easily have won. Nordsjaelland's draw at home to Juventus appears to have been a one off as they went on to get stuffed 4-0 in Turin and it's difficult to envisage them containing the visitor's incisive attack. Shakhtar's Brazilian flavoured line-up is full of attacking talent such as Alex Teixera, who has scored first in two Group E matches.
Recommended Bet: Back Teixera to score first and Shakhtar to win @ 8.415/2
CFR Cluj v Braga, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: CFR Cluj 3.185/40, Braga 2.466/4, The Draw 3.613/5
As in their previous three European campaigns, CFR Cluj have started by winning their opening game only to fail to register another group victory since. This can partly be attributed to a poor continental home record; the Romanians have won just two and lost seven of their last 11 games in Europe, excluding qualification matches. Braga have also struggled in a group where the only constant has been Manchester United's domination, as all the other sides have beaten each other. CFR Cluj won the opening exchange in Portugal but since then Braga have grown in stature - running United close on two occasions - and in forward Alan they have a man in top form with four goals in his last three Champions League games.
Recommended Bet: Back Alan to score @ 4.216/5