UEFA Champions League Preview and Betting Prediction: Matchday 5

01 December 2020
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Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool vs. Ajax

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 - 05:55 PM Kick-Off at Anfield

Fearless Travellers

Ajax has undoubtedly made their mistakes during this year's Champions League campaign, but very few mishaps were caused on the road. They are now undefeated across their previous eleven UCL away fixtures; this includes English Premier League clubs as their last five trips to England have seen four wins and one draw.

Liverpool's form has been under scrutiny, with injuries and a heavy schedule – Jurgen Klopp looks to have his hands full this December.

Form, Mentality, Champions League Odds & Trends

  • Liverpool has failed to win across their previous three fixtures.
  • Ajax is undefeated in all their previous eleven UCL matches.
  • Ajax has won four and drawn one in their previous five visits to England.

Final Thoughts| UEFA Champions League Betting Picks

Liverpool has failed to secure their place in the next round, and with just two games remaining the pressure is on at Anfield. With that said, one more point secured and Liverpool is through to the next round. A drawn fixture this week would assist both teams.

The available odds favour the home side, but when paying attention to the reverse fixture, it was a tightly fought battle that Liverpool barely managed to secure.

Score Prediction: Liverpool 1 – Ajax 1

Betting Prediction: Ajax double chance (win or draw) 2.28 [+128] at Unibet

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Madrid

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 - 08:00 PM Kick-Off at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex

Easy Pickings for Madrid

A win for Real Madrid this week guarantees their UCL qualification and given that Shakhtar is the opposition Real fans should not have much to worry about.

Yes, the reverse fixture saw a shock defeat for Real, but Shakhtar has not won a UCL fixture since. They also failed to score since that first game and have been plagued with injuries.

Final Thoughts| UEFA Champions League Betting Picks

The Spanish giants will make history and break competition records if they take three points in Ukraine, as a win against Shakhtar would become Real Madrid's 24th consecutive qualification into the UCL finals.

The available odds are giving us little to no value, and I am not surprised. The chances of Madrid losing to Shakhtar in back to back games are improbable.

Score Prediction: Shakhtar 0 – Real Madrid 3

Betting Prediction: Real Madrid HT/FT 1.87 [-115] @ Unibet

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Inter Milan

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 - 08:00 PM Kick-Off at Borussia-Park

Unfortunate Playing Grounds for Inter

Inter Milan are fighting for UCL survival this week. Unfortunately, they are travelling to Germany where they have not been successful since 2011.

Inter Milan is struggling with their defensive structure, allowing goals in all but one of their UCL fixtures this term. Faced with the second-highest scoring team in the competition, the worry for Inter will be present on matchday five.

Form, Mentality, Champions League Odds & Trends

  • Borussia Monchengladbach is the 2nd highest-scoring team in the UCL competition this season.
  • Inter Milan have conceded 2+ goals in three of their four games.

Final Thoughts| UEFA Champions League Betting Picks

The current form of Borussia Monchengladbach is undeniable. With another four goals in the Bundesliga this weekend, the German outfit keeps confirming it's not playing around this year.

The available UCL odds are not showing confidence either side, but we can expect goals to be on the card this week. Combine Inters defensive issues with Monchengladbach's impressive goal-scoring form – I anticipate goals, goals, and more goals.

Score Prediction: Gladbach 3 – Inter Milan 2

Betting Prediction: Both teams to score and over two goals 1.83 [-120] at Bet365 (visit our Bet365 Review)

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