Champions League Tips: No chill for Barcelona and Bayern Munich

Luis Suarez has scored in a positively Jamie Vardy-esque eight successive Barcelona appearances
Luis Suarez has scored in a positively Jamie Vardy-esque eight successive Barcelona appearances

Barcelona and Bayern Munich will resist complacency, says Michael Lintorn, who also expects Gary Neville to win on his Valencia debut...


"Barcelona won their final group tie in five of the last six seasons. In fact, they have an even better record in their closing away trip, winning it in six of the past seven campaigns."

Recommended Bet: Back Barcelona to win at Bayern Munich @ 2.166/5

All of these matches kick-off on Wednesday at 19:45


Bayer Leverkusen 3.55/2 v Barcelona 2.166/5; The Draw 3.9
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Barcelona are the anti-Arsenal when it comes to their approach to Champions League week six. Whereas the Gunners regularly disappoint, it is exceptionally uncommon for the holders to allow their standards to slip, regardless of whether or not qualification has already been assured.

The Catalan club won their final group tie in five of the last six seasons. But is that just because they finish at home quite a lot? Not at all; in fact, they have an even better record in their closing away trip, winning it in six of the past seven campaigns, so snap up the rare opportunity to back them at 2.166/5.

Bayer Leverkusen haven't prevailed in Europe since their Group E opener against BATE Borisov in Germany, giving up eight goals across their most recent three outings. They have mustered only one victory in seven in all competitions too, losing four in that sequence, and one in five as hosts as well, when they needed to score four to edge past lowly Stuttgart.

Recommended Bet: Back Barcelona to win @ 2.166/5


Dinamo Zagreb 11.521/2 v Bayern Munich 1.341/3; The Draw 5.85/1
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Bayern Munich are closer to Arsenal than Barcelona when it comes to the matter of end-of-group complacency, yet the gulf in quality between them and Dinamo Zagreb is substantial enough that it shouldn't prove their undoing in the Croatian capital.

Pep Guardiola's men have won three of their five Group F encounters without being breached, triumphing in eight Bundesliga matches in the same manner and bossing the reverse fixture 5-0.

The bottom side by contrast have lost four in a row in Europe and failed to fire in three of those contests, so Bayern should make it to four group-stage wins to nil for the second year running.

Recommended Bet: Back Bayern Munich to win to nil @ 2.265/4


Valencia 1.444/9 v Lyon 8.88/1; The Draw 5.14/1
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Gary Neville has the chance to emerge as an English Roberto Di Matteo this term, taking charge of a team heading out of the Champions League and transforming them into kings of the continent for the first time, though winner odds of 160.0159/1 emphasise May is a hell of a long way away for Los Che.

To progress, they must defeat Lyon and hope that Gent don't do likewise to faultless Group H table-toppers Zenit St Petersburg. They should be capable of the former at least given that they have been beaten just once at the Mestalla in the past 12 months and Lyon are pointless in four group games.

Three of the French guests' four reverses saw them trailing at the interval, as did each of their three Ligue 1 losses in four over the last month.

Recommended Bet: Back Valencia to lead at half time and full time @ 2.226/5


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