Champions League Tips: Atletico to beat Porto to nil

Atletico Madrid have been little short of fantastic this season

Lewis Jones is jumping on the Atletico Madrid win to nil train, which has stopped at money-making junction in seven of their last 10 games...

"Porto are woefully short in attack and have scored just four in their five games."
Best Bet: Back Atletico Madrid to beat Porto to nil @ 3.7511/4

Schalke v Basel, Wednesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Schalke 1.738/11, Basel 5.39/2, The Draw 4.1

With Chelsea already qualified on nine points, Schalke must overcome Basel to pip the Swiss side to second place. All the visitors need to do is avoid defeat and qualification to the knockout stages will be theirs.

After beating Basel 1-0 and Steaua Bucharest 3-0 in their opening two Group E matches, the Germans have picked up just one point from their last three Champions League games, failing to score a single goal in the process. Additionally, they've only won one of their last five games in all competitions, losing the last two, including their latest home game 3-1 to Hoffenheim.

This isn't exactly an ideal record for anyone looking to plunge cash down on the 1.738/11. However, the visitors can't be relied on to take advantage of Schalke's wobbliness. A better angle to exploit are the goal markets. This game has a cagey element to it and when you throw in the fact that Basel's last four Champions League games have gone under 2.5 goals, that looks the shrewd punter's play.

Recommended Bet: Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.3411/8

Atletico Madrid v Porto, Wednesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Atletico Madrid 2.1411/10, Porto 3.814/5, The Draw 3.613/5

The permutations are easy for Porto to understand: they must win and hope that Zenit St Petersburg don't. It sounds simple, until the Porto players look across at the coin toss and realise they're facing a team that have taken 13 points from their five games and have won 3-1 and 4-0 in their Group G home games.

This Porto side are far from a vintage crop and have won just one of their last five Champions League away matches and three of the last ten. Although Atletico have already qualified, the odds-against price for a home victory looks very tasty. Porto are woefully short in attack and have scored just four in their five games. Therefore, backing the hosts to win to nil at 3.7511/4 looks equally appealing.

Best Bet: Back Atletico Madrid to win to nil @ 3.7511/4

Austria Vienna v Zenit, Wednesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Austria Vienna 6.05/1, Zenit 1.674/6, The Draw 4.1

Zenit know what they have to do and any hopes Porto have of them slipping up are misplaced. The Austrians have scored just one goal in this season's Champions League - the worst attack in the competition after five games alongside Real Sociedad - and only mustered 10 shots on target in those fixtures.

Recommended Bet: Back Zenit to beat Austria Vienna @ 1.674/6

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