Champions League Betting: Atleti's Mission Impossible

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A box office game in Munich, Atleti's Mission Impossible and the Italians Champions League play-offs are all things to look out for this week, as James Horncastle explains...

Tactical adjustments made by Diego Simeone have had the effect of reinvigorating the France international.

Atleti staying alive

The size of the task awaiting Atletico is daunting. They have got to win at Stamford Bridge and cross their fingers Qarabag do them a favour and draw or claim an improbable victory in Rome. The odds are against them. Just look at the Exchange. Atleti are trading @ [7.0] to qualify.

Fail to accomplish their 'Mission Impossible' and the Rojiblancos will drop into the Europa League. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Things have started to click for Atleti since they beat Roma a fortnight ago. All of a sudden Antoine Griezmann is scoring again.

Tactical adjustments made by Diego Simeone have had the effect of reinvigorating the France international. Partnering Griezmann with another striker brings out the best in him and since El Cholo started pairing him with Kevin Gameiro or Fernando Torres, he has scored four goals in three games.

The 26-year-old is [3.15] to find the back of the net on Tuesday. You can find Atleti @ [3.8] to win.

Can PSG do the Bayern double?

Who would have thought the first team to beat PSG this season would be Strasbourg?

Unai Emery cut a frustrated figure on Saturday night. Principally because it is no secret PSG wished to go unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season. To lose to a promoted side for the first time since 2013 was embarrassing and raised questions about Emery's rotation policy.

Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa, Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani were all left out of the starting XI at the Stade de la Meinau. Even so, PSG should have had more than enough to polish off Strasbourg. Too passive without the ball, they were deservedly punished.

Did PSG take their opponents too lightly? How much were their minds on Tuesday's trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League?

Even though both teams have already qualified, this game promises to be box office for obvious reasons. PSG have already broken the record for goals scored in the group stage and can become one of only six teams in Champions League history to reach the Round of 16 with a perfect record.

On head-to-head, they are Bayern's bogey team, winning five of their last seven meetings. Carlo Ancelotti got the sack after losing 3-0 at the Parc des Princes back in September. Results have picked up under Juup Heynckes. Bayern moved six points clear at the top of the Bundesliga at the weekend, taking advantage of RB Leipzig's 4-0 defeat to Hoffenheim with a win against Hannover.

It was a welcome return to form after the underwhelming display away to Anderlecht and then the upset they suffered in Monchengladbach. Kingsley Coman, the former PSG winger, is beginning to look like the player he promised to be under Pep Guardiola. More importantly Thomas Muller is back after two months out with a muscle injury.

Beating Bayern at the Allianz Arena is no easy feat. The last team to do it in the Champions League was Man City in 2013, a dead rubber for the Germans who'd already booked their place in the next round.

On their night, though, PSG look irresistible and with Manuel Neuer still absent Neymar, Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will be confident of doing damage. PSG are [2.88] to win.

A Sporting chance

Juventus fans can be forgiven for feeling a little nervous ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Athens. Memories of their visit here three years ago, a 1-0 defeat, are bubbling to the surface. The Old Lady is a more mature side than she was then. She's also beginning to come good in Serie A too.

What's making her nervous are events in Catalonia. There is a scenario where Juventus will qualify even if they lose in Piraeus. For that to happen, Barcelona must also beat Sporting. The trouble is, Barca are wobbling a little. They've drawn three of their last four games in all competitions and with qualification already in the bag, might choose to rest players ahead of the weekend's trip to Villarreal.

The news Samuel Umtiti is out for two months will serve as extra encouragement for Sporting that they can maybe get something at the Camp Nou.

Jorge Jesus and his team need to win and hope Juventus slip up. Booking a place in the Round of 16 still looks improbable. But Sporting are worth a look on Double Chance @ [3.05].

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