Champions League Tips: Lay Real Madrid at FC Copenhagen

Carlo Ancelotti may experiment with Real Madrid's progress assured

Strike a lay on Real Madrid to beat FC Copenhagen, says Lewis Jones, as he tips up three bets for Tuesday's Champions League games...

"FC Copenhagen are dynamite at home in the Champions League, losing just one of their last nine (excluding qualifiers), beating Man United in 2006 and drawing 1-1 with Barcelona in 2010."
Best Bet: Lay Real Madrid to beat FC Copenhagen @ 1.454/9

Real Sociedad v Bayer Leverkusen, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Real Sociedad 4.67/2, Bayer Leverkusen 1.8910/11, The Draw 3.8514/5

Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia will be sweating buckets. This really isn't the time to rely on Man United to win a game at home. The Germans will have one eye on Old Trafford as they know a positive result in Spain will see them through if Shakhtar Donetsk are defeated by the Red Devils. However, the Ukrainians will advance as group winners with a victory, causing Leverkusen to tumble out no matter what they do against Sociedad, who are guaranteed fourth place.

There are worries regarding Leverkusen's ability to justify odds-on quotes though as they have not won outside Germany in the Champions League in their last 15 matches and have conceded 10 goals in their five Group A games.

Despite taking to the Champions League like a brick to water, the Spanish side have won five of their last seven matches in La Liga. They look decent value to get a result.

Recommended Bet: Lay Bayer Leverkusen to beat Real Sociedad @ 1.910/11


FC Copenhagen v Real Madrid, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: FC Copenhagen 8.615/2, Real Madrid 1.444/9, The Draw 5.24/1

The Copenhagen club, who need a positive result to have any hope of beating Galatasaray to third place in the group, look up against it on first viewing with the Galacticos in town. But look a little closer and there every reason to strike a lay on Real at short prices. Los Blancos have already sealed Group B's top spot and boss Carlo Ancelotti is likely to rest a few of the big names.

Youngster Diego Llorente is tipped to make his first start at centre-half and Alvaro Morata should play in place of Karim Benzema. The hosts are dynamite at home in the Champions League, losing just one of their last nine (excluding qualifiers), beating Man United in 2006 and drawing 1-1 with Barcelona in 2010.

Best Bet: Lay Real Madrid to beat FC Copenhagen @ 1.454/9

Olympiakos v Anderlecht, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports Interactive, Match Odds: Olympiakos 1.364/11, Anderlecht 11.521/2, The Draw 5.59/2

When the pressure is on, the Greeks near enough always deliver when playing at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the final batch of Champions League group matches. They have won five of their last six final group stage fixtures at home, including three wins over Arsenal and one over Real Madrid.

Olympiakos take on basement boys Anderlecht knowing that victory will assure them of a place in the knockout rounds for the first time since 2009/10 and confidence should be high within punting circles of them achieving the feat having won eight of their last 11 home group games. The 1.351/3 isn't really a working man's price though, so chance the Greeks to win to nil at 2.35/4 against a side that have been beaten without scoring in three of their five Group C games.

Recommended Bet: Back Olympiakos to win to nil @ 2.35/4

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