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Wednesday night Champions League ties

The Champions League action has returned this week, with goals galore and some pulsating play in Tuesday night’s fixtures. Tough games for Chelsea & Man United.

By on Oct 18, 2017   582 views   0 comments
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The games on Wednesday promise to be equally riveting, with some top teams set to be tested during the remainder of the round.

English giants Manchester United and Chelsea will need to be at their best to get positive results on matchday three, with games against Benfica and Roma respectively.

The Red Devils have looked in ominous form this season under Jose Mourinho, who has added menace in attack through the signing of Romelu Lukaku and steel in midfield through Nemanja Matic.

Still unbeaten both domestically and on the continent in 2017-18, United face arguably their toughest game of Group A on Wednesday night with an away day at Benfica.

Back-to-back wins over Basel and Spartak Moscow has put the Old Trafford outfit in the driving seat in the pool and the bookmakers fancy the English side to triumph in Portugal at odds of 4/5 for those using their bonus code 2018.

However, Benfica represent a tricky proposition, despite the fact that they have lost both of their opening Champions League games this term.

As such, the Estadio da Luz outfit will know that anything other than victory on Wednesday will all-but end their hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds.

Benfica’s main attacking weapon is 33-year-old Brazilian striker Jonas, who has netted nine league goals in eight outings this season.

The bookmakers rate the South American as the home team’s major threat and give odds of 6/1 for him to score the first goal.

Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Consecutive games against Roma will shape the Blues’ chances of progression but Antonio Conte’s men are in excellent shape after an impressive 2-1 win against Atletico Madrid in Spain last time out.

However, with Alvaro Morata injured and Michy Batshuayi out of form, Chelsea need star man Eden Hazard to step up and provide the required inspiration against Roma.

The Belgium international has recently returned to the fold after injury and if the Blues are to challenge for major silverware this term, the flying winger will have to get back to his best.

The bookies think there is a great chance Hazard will score against Roma, with odds of 6/4 of the former Lille man netting at any time during the contest.

United and Chelsea wins would complete an excellent round for English clubs in the Champions League, with all five Premier League teams in good shape to progress through to the knockout stages.

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