Wednesday's Champions League betting cheat sheet

Sep 30, 2013 |
Champions League Group Stage action continues with the struggling Manchester United traveling to the Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk. Meanwhile, the 'other' Manchester club plays host to European super power Bayern Munich.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Manchester United (+150, +240, +200)

Why bet Shakhtar: The Ukranian club is always a worthy side in European football. The club is coming off an impressive away win in Spain as it dispatched Real Sociedad 2-0 behind a pair of goals from playmaker Alex Teixeira in the group stage opener. United's troubles are well documented and things will not be easy for David Moyes and the Red Devils in Ukraine.

Why bet Manchester United:
Moyes and the side will be desperate for a positive result of any kind. Winger Nani will be available for Moyes and should provide some creativity and flair out wide. The Red Devils did win their Group Stage opener against a tough Bayer Leverkusen side behind a pair of goals from Wayne Rooney.

Key betting note: Shakhtar have beaten the three previous visitors from England in Champions League. They defeated Chelsea 2-1 last year and defeated Arsenal twice (3-0 in 2000-01 and 2-1 in 2010-11).

Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich
(+250, +240, +125)

Why bet City: It has been a wildly inconsistent start to the season for the Citizens. But when the side is on, they are a handful for anyone. City boasts firepower all over the pitch and easily dispatched Viktoria Plzen 3-0 in the opener. They are a tough out in Manchester as they're unbeaten at home in the previous 20 matches in European football.

Why bet Bayern: The Bavarians continue their quest to be the first Champions League repeat winners since AC Milan back in 1990. Bayern is banged up with Mario Gotze, Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez all hurt, but the side is deep and have six wins in its first seven matches in the Bundesliga.

Key betting note:
Munich has kept a clean sheet in five of its previous six matches in Champions League.

Wednesday's other matches with odds:

CSKA Moscow v Viktoria Plzen (-138, +275, +450)
Anderlecht v Olympiakos (+150, +240, +200)
Bayer Leverkusen v Real Sociedad (-133, +275, +425)
Juventus v Galatasaray (-333, +450, +1200)
PSG v Benfica (-120, +260, +400)
Real Madrid v FC Copenhagen (-1200, +1200, +3300)

Odds courtesy of Bet365.

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