Barcelona vs Benfica: Predictions, odds & betting tips

class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Neither side have been in convincing defensive form and, with plenty riding on the clash at Camp Nou, both teams should be backed to score

Barcelona welcome Benfica to Camp Nou on Tuesday night on matchday five in Group E of the Champions League with a place in the last 16 at stake.

With Bayern Munich having already wrapped up top spot in the group, a win for Barca against their Portuguese opponents would secure second place, yet a victory for Benfica would put them in the driving seat heading into the final round of fixtures.

Barcelona vs Benfica latest odds

Benfica ran out 3-0 winners in Lisbon against the Blaugrana on matchday two and Jorge Jesus’ side can be backed at 4/1 (5.00) with bet365 to claim another victory.

Barcelona, meanwhile, can be backed at 3/5 (1.60) in what will be their first European game under new manager Xavi Hernandez, with the draw at 10/3 (4.33).

Barcelona vs Benfica first goalscorer

Memphis Depay scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in Barcelona’s derby win over Espanyol on Saturday night and the Dutchman is priced at 15/4 (4.75) to break the deadlock on Tuesday.

Luuk de Jong, meanwhile, is available at 9/2 (5.50) while Philippe Coutinho can be backed at 11/2 (6.50).

For the visitors, Darwin Nunez has eight goals in all competitions including three in the Champions League and can be backed at 7/1 (8.00) to open the scoring as he did against Barcelona at the Estadio da Luz.

Barcelona vs Benfica preview

A new era with Xavi at the helm got off to a winning start at the weekend, yet Barca were extremely fortunate to have claimed a victory.

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There were positive aspects to the Blaugrana’s performance, but the defensive fragility which has dogged them all season remains, with Espanyol hitting the woodwork twice, as well as spurning two further glorious opportunities to score.

There is every chance that Barca could struggle once more to keep out a side who are in strong scoring form and against whom they conceded three times less than two months ago.

Backing goals at both ends therefore should appeal and, while Benfica have plenty of firepower up front, defensively they have been shipping goals, keeping just one clean sheet in the nine competitive matches they have played since their last meeting with the Catalans.

Barcelona vs Benfica tips & predictions

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is priced at 20/21 (1.98) and looks like a selection well worthy of consideration for Tuesday’s game.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid: Predictions, odds & betting tips

class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>After suffering a historic defeat to the Moldovan champions on matchday two, the side from La Liga should be backed to get among the goals

Real Madrid head to Transnistria on matchday five of the Champions League to face Sheriff Tiraspol with Carlo Ancelotti’s men looking for the win which would secure qualification for the knockout rounds from Group D.

Los Blancos will also be out for revenge after suffering one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition when Sheriff beat them 2-1 at the Bernabeu on matchday two.

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid latest odds

The Moldovan champions have lost both matches in the group since their historic triumph in the Spanish capital and bet365 offer Sheriff at 11/1 (12.00) to pull off another massive upset.

Real Madrid, for their part, are offered at 2/9 (1.28) with the draw at 11/2 (6.50).

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid first goalscorer

Karim Benzema is one of the most prolific strikers in Champions League history and the Frenchman is available at 12/5 (3.40) to break the deadlock on Wednesday night ahead of Vinicius Junior at 5/1 (6.00).

The young Brazilian is enjoying his best scoring season in a Real Madrid shirt and Sunday saw him net his eighth league goal of the season.

Vinicius’ compatriot Rodrygo Goes could start on the right wing and is available at 6/1 (7.00) to open the scoring as he did on matchday one at Inter, while the shortest priced player for the hosts is Nadrey Dago at 11/1 (12.00).

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid preview

Since their momentous win in Madrid, Sheriff have lost home and away to Inter by the same 3-1 scoreline and, while qualifying for the knockout stages looks a tall order for the Moldovans, finishing third looks almost guaranteed.

Madrid, meanwhile, have had some excellent attacking performances since losing to Sheriff and, while they sometimes struggle to find a way through, when their forward players click, Los Blancos are very difficult to stop.

Ancelotti’s men ran riot in Ukraine in beating Shakhtar 5-0 in their last away game in the competition and backing them to get among the goals once again should appeal.

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid tips & predictions

The visitors can be backed at 8/11 (1.73) to score in both halves, a selection which has paid out in five of their last seven matches in all competitions.

Also of interest could be the price of 5/6 (1.83) for Madrid to score over 2.5 goals.

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Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Europa League betting tips

class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>GOAL has picked out four selections from the matchday five action in the Europa League on Thursday

Real Betis vs Ferencvaros – Real Betis to score in both halves at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365

After three consecutive matches drawing blanks, Betis regained their scoring touch at the weekend with an impressive 3-0 win at Elche in La Liga.

Only two sides have scored more goals than Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the Spanish top flight and, in Europe, they have been in decent scoring form.

Backing them to net in both halves against Ferencvaros, as they did in Hungary when they met on matchday two, should prove a profitable selection.

Monaco vs Real Sociedad – Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365

Both teams have been keeping things tight in the Europa League this season with both sides seeing three of their four matches going under 2.5 goals.

Their meeting in the Basque Country earlier in the competition finished 1-1 and Real Sociedad have been extremely difficult to break down, with 10 of their last 11 games in all competitions seeing less than three goals.

Olympiacos vs Fenerbahce – Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365

The Greek side recorded an impressive 3-0 victory when they visited Istanbul earlier in the group, with that being the only match in the competition where Fenerbahce have failed to score.

Indeed, Vitor Pereira’s side have been finding the back of the net with ease in recent weeks and will be confident of doing so once more in the Greek capital , where ‘both teams to score’ has paid out in both of Olympiacos’ home Europa League matches this season.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Celtic – Bayer Leverkusen to win and score over 1.5 goals at 4/6 (1.65) with bet365

Leverkusen are the third top scorers in the Bundesliga and recorded a 4-0 win in Glasgow when they faced Celtic earlier in the competition.

The Germans’ last home game in the Europa League saw them beat Real Betis by the same scoreline and Gerado Seoane’s men should be able to record another comfortable home victory.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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