The UEFA Champions League group stage continues Tuesday with the third round of fixtures. Groups E, F, G and H are all in action, headlined by Borussia Dortmund traveling to London to face Group F leaders Arsenal.
Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund (+130, +260, +220)Why bet Arsenal:
Is there a better team in Europe right now? The Gunners are tops in the Barclays Premier League and are tops in this season's Group of Death with six points from two matches. In their last Champions League match, the Gunners made a very good Napoli side look incredibly pedestrian en route to a 2-0 victory. From the holding mids forward, the Gunners have capable goal scorers all over the pitch, including Aaron Ramsey, who has five goals (and three assists!) during his sensational Premier League campaign.Key players out/doubtful:
Mathieu Flamini, Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainWhy bet Borussia Dortmund: Die Schwarzgelben
got off to a slow start in group play with a loss at Napoli but the German side bounced back nicely, however, with a 3-0 victory at home versus Marseille. The club is currently second in the Bundesliga, just one point back of Bayern Munich. Newcomers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have fit in nicely with the side, posting five and three goals respectively in the Bundesliga.
Key players out/doubtful:
Sebastian Kehl, Ilkay Gündogan, Lukasz PiszczekKey betting note:
Arsenal prevailed 2-1 over Dortmund the last time the two clubs met at the Emirates (2011).
AC Milan v Barcelona (+550, +320, -175)Why bet Milan:
It has been a solid, if unspectacular, start to the Champions League campaign for Milan with a win versus Celtic in its first match, but a draw in Amsterdam against Ajax last time out. It's been a rough go of things domestically for the Rossoneri
, as they sit eighth in Serie A. Star-striker Mario Balotelli could miss out on this match, however, as the fiery goalscorer picked up an injury before Milan's Serie A fixture with Udinese at the weekend.Key players out/doubtful:
Daniele Bonera, Giampaolo Pazzini, Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy, Mattia De Sciglio, M'Baye NiangWhy bet Barcelona:
Because it's Barca and they've essentially owned Milan in recent meetings. The Catalans are unbeaten in nine of the previous 10 matchups with the Italian giants in all competitions. They are coming off a peculiar 0-0 draw in La Liga against minnows Osasuna, but will look to rebound nicely in this Champions League tilt and extend their lead in Group H.Key players out/doubtful:
Ibrahim Afellay, Jordi AlbaKey betting note:
Milan and Barca have played over the 2.5 goal total in four of the last six meetings between the two clubs.Tuesday's other matches with odds:
Celtic v Ajax (+155, +250, +190)
FC Porto v Zenit St. Petersburg (-163, +310, +500)
FK Austria Vienna v Atletico Madrid (+1000, +400, -275)
Marseille v Napoli (+225, +230, +140)
Schalke v Chelsea (+240, +240, +130)
Steaua Bucharest v Basel (+180, +250, +160)
All odds courtesy of Bet365