Tuesday's Champions League betting cheat sheet

Nov 25, 2013 |
Groups E, F, G and H are in action as UEFA Champions League resumes Tuesday. Chelsea and Basel will meet up in Switzerland and Dortmund host Napoli in what could prove to be the most important matches of the day.

Borussia Dortmund v Napoli (-163, +333, +475)

Why bet Dortmund: A loss and Dortmund is all but out of the competition, which would be unacceptable for Jürgen Klopp and his men. Dortmund has been uncharacteristically poor of late, coming off a very disappointing 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in Bundesliga play. They will be thin at the back, however, as CB's Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic will miss out through injury.

Key players out/doubtful: Ilkay Gündogan, Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic   

Why bet Napoli: Even without star-playmaker Marek Hamsik, Napoli will be confident due to a 2-1 home win against Dortmund earlier in Champions League. A full three points here essentially sees the Serie A club through to the knockout stages of the competition. Despite having knocked off Dortmund previously, the Serie A club is enduring a poor run of form domestically, having dropped back-to-back efforts against Juventus and Parma.

Key players out/doubtful: Juan Zuñiga, Giandomenico Mesto, Marek Hamsik

Previous matchup result: Napoli 2, Dortmund 1

Key betting note: Five of Napoli's last six matches in Champions League have resulted in scorelines over the 2.5-goal total.

Basel v Chelsea (+375, +260, -118)

Why bet Basel: The Swiss side will be fighting for the European life because a loss, paired with a Schalke win over Bucharest, would knock them out. Basel posted a shock victory at Stamford Bridge in the first meeting between the two clubs and will look for the same end result Tuesday.

Key players out/doubtful: Marcelo Diaz, Behrang Safari

Why bet Chelsea: Revenge would be one reason. Getting back to enjoying consistent, winning form would be another. The Blues dropped big points to Newcastle in the Premier League on Nov. 2 and have a pair of wins and a draw in three matches since. A win in Switzerland and the Blues punch their ticket to the next round.

Key players out/doubtful: Marco van Ginkel, Fernando Torres, Michael Essien

Previous matchup result:
Chelsea 1, Basel 2

Key betting note:
Chelsea has scored at least three goals in their previous three Champions League matches.

Tuesday's other matches with odds:

Zenit v Atletico Madrid (+100, +260, +300)
Ajax v Barcelona (+550, +333, -182)
Arsenal v Marseille (-450, +600, +1400)
Celtic v AC Milan (+210, +230, +150)
FC Porto v FK Austria Vienna (-700, +800, +2200)
Steaua Bucharest v Schalke (+300, +250, +105)

All odds courtesy of Bet365.

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