Champions League Predictions and Tips – 12th December 2018

Picks for the final action of Match Day Six

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Champions League Tips – 12th December 2018

This is the final night of Champions League group stage action for the season. Manchester United make a trip to Valencia with qualification already secured, while Manchester City just need to avoid defeat at home against Hoffenheim to ensure that they win their group. So really most of the big things are settled for Wednesday’s action.

Champions League Match Day Six Tips Overview - 12th December 2018

Match Tip Odd Bookmaker
Plzen v Roma Draw 13/5* Bet365
Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow Real Madrid 11/10* Bet365
Ajax v Bayern Munich Bayern & BTTS 12/5* Bet365
Benfica v AEK Athens Benfica 11/10* Bet365
Shakhtar Donetsk v Lyon Draw 14/5* Bet365
Young Boys v Juventus Juventus 11/8 Bet365

(betting odds taken from bet365 on December 10th, 2018 at 6.00 pm)

But still here are our predictions and tips for Champions League action on December 12th, 2019 and these are 8.00 pm kick off unless otherwise stated.

Plzen v Roma – 5.55 pm

Plzen are pretty much on target to land third place in this group. They just have to ensure that they match whatever CSKA Moscow do on the night against Real Madrid. So that’s all that they have to concern themselves about. Roma are in second place but have no shot at beating Real Madrid to top spot now so there’s actually nothing at stake for them in this away game.

It is hard to see Roma getting up a head of steam so the draw in the match outright is good enough at 13/5 to have a poke at* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 10th, 2018 at 6.00 pm)

Bet Draw 13/5* at Bet365

Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow – 5.55 pm

After some sticky moments along the way, Real Madrid have done enough already to have won the group. So they will get a chance to rest some players on match day six at least and take things easy. Their opponents do have something to play for as they have to pick up more points on the night than Plzen do in order to get a third-place finish in the group. That’s not going to be an easy task for the Russians though, even if Real are uninterested.

We have to roll with Real Madrid to get the win on the board in the game even under these circumstances. CSKA frankly have been really poor. Home win to nil at 11/10 odds looks a good fit* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 10th, 2018 at 6.00 pm)

Bet Real Madrid 11/10* at Bet365

Ajax v Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have already completed their job of booking a qualification palace, but they have still to push for the group win. They only need to get a draw out of this trip to Amsterdam to achieve that goal. The Germans have looked better and better the longer the group has gone on. This is actually a showdown for top spot because Ajax will earn top spot ahead of Bayern Munich if they were to upset the odds and get the win.

Ajax have given a good account of themselves, but we still see Bayern getting through. But a Bayern to win & both teams to score is at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 10th, 2018 at 6.00 pm)

Bet Bayern & BTTS 12/5* at Bet365

Benfica v AEK Athens

There’s absolutely nothing at stake in this one so it’s not likely to be a highly competitive thriller by any stretch. Benfica have already locked in third place and will be going over to the Europa League. This is in the same group as Bayern Munich and Ajax and therefore that means that AEK are rock bottom and going nowhere. They haven’t earned a single point yet, so this is about them trying to finish on something of a high.

We just can’t see a below-strength Benfica failing to win this one at all. AEK Athens have been out of their depth and the home win at 11/10 to win nil is worth a look* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 10th, 2018 at 6.00 pm)

Bet Benfica 11/10* at Bet365

Shakhtar Donetsk v Lyon

Lyon have impressed greatly in the group thanks to their four points collected from their two games against Manchester City. The French side have to hope that they win and City lose against Hoffenheim on Wednesday because that’s the only way Lyon get top spot (head-to-head record). It’s not likely to happen and Lyon only need a point to confirm qualification to the next round. Shakhtar have to come up with a win in the game to beat Leon into second place. So this should be a good contest. There was a 2-2 draw between them in France back on match day two.

We are going to punch for the draw in this one. That’s enough for Lyon to squeeze their way through in what is a difficult finish for them. The draw is at 14/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 10th, 2018 at 6.00 pm)

Bet Draw 14/5* at Bet365

Young Boys v Juventus

Young Boys against the Old Lady. Things aren’t totally settled in Group H. Juventus have already qualified and will guarantee the top spot if they get the win in this game. They will be top if Manchester United fail to win at Valencia. Young Boys are finishing fourth as there’s nowhere to go for them. Juventus have to put some focus into the game and don’t totally get to relax for the evening. That just adds extra weight to them winning.

Juventus should pick up three points in the game and they probably aren’t going to be too troubled at the back. Juventus to win to nil has to be worth a look at 11/8* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 10th, 2018 at 6.00 pm)

Bet Juventus 11/8* at Bet365

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