In the next two days, the group stage of the Champions League will conclude, and we will only get to spend time with the best teams of Europe in this competition just before the spring of next year. The odds were valid at the time the ticket was made.
Union Berlin – Real Madrid -gg&ov 2.5 @ 1.90 at Mozzartbet
The problems, or rather the catastrophe of Union, started after the match in Madrid which they lost with a goal in injury time. They had already suffered two defeats before that, but then they went on to tie 12 consecutive failures and eventually parted ways with their coaching legend Urs Fischer. The change of coach brought improvement, and on Saturday, Berliners defeated Mönchengladbach, marking their first victory, counting all competitions, since August 26. It must be acknowledged that Nenad Bjelica has stabilized the team; Union has lost only once in the last six matches, and in the Champions League, they managed to earn a point each in their visits to Napoli and Braga. In case of a victory over Real, they could even reach the 3rd place, if Braga loses in Napoli, but at this moment, it’s much more important to get out of the danger zone in the Bundesliga. Real is definitely first in the group, maybe Ancelotti will rotate the team and save some players for the weekend match against Villarreal, especially after the draw with Betis on Saturday. Goals seem likely, and we expect at least three, with both nets shaking.
Salzburg – Benfica – x2&un 3.5 @ 2.05 at Mozzartbet
It so happened that Salzburg played their best match this autumn, not just in the Champions League, right in Lisbon in the first round. They beat Benfica then with a 2:0 score, and that has been their only victory in these five rounds, with just one more point taken in the remaining four matches and only one more goal scored. And such a performance is at this moment enough for the third place. Inter and Real Sociedad are fighting for the first position while the Bulls and the Eagles are competing for the third place and continuation in the Europa League. The host is at an advantage as even a draw suits them, but also a minimal loss, considering that Benfica has only one point to their name. The Portuguese have played really poorly in the elite competition, but they got a chance with a draw against Inter in the last round when they failed to maintain even a three-goal lead at their own La Luz. In Salzburg’s matches, few goals are scored, with a total of 8 in five matches, which was not the case before, but this club has sold a plethora of incredible attackers in just a few previous years. Here too, the host will try with a strong defense to protect their ground, and even if they fail, then to lose by less than two goals difference. Benfica is a more quality team and should finally show it. Our suggestion is a double chance on the visitors with a low number of goals.
Sunderland – Leeds – 2&ov 1.5 @ 2.42 at Mozzartbet
The Yorkshire team might have reached their working temperature a bit later, but all is not lost yet when it comes to securing one of the top two spots in the Championship and returning to the Premier League. In the last 11 rounds, Leeds has lost only once and drawn once, winning all other matches. This has brought them to 3rd place in the table, but still with a solid deficit of 7 points behind Ipswich and 8 behind the leader Leicester. However, they have shown that they can compete with anyone, having managed to take all three points from King Power a little over a month ago. On Saturday, Leeds brought points from another tough visit, celebrating a 2:0 victory in Blackburn against the Rovers. No easier task awaits them in Sunderland against the Black Cats, who on Saturday toppled the excellent West Brom, thus doing a favor not only for themselves but also for other top-table teams. Sunderland is in a high 6th place and will strive to at least maintain that position until the end of the season to play in the playoffs, as we doubt they are capable of getting involved in the battle for the top two positions. Leeds must continue to win and keep up with the leading duo. Along with the away win, we advise two goals for the visitors.