Group B is where the action is at for Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures. All four of the teams involved can still qualify. Wouldn’t it be great if all groups finished like this? Hold on to your hats and we’ll explain what’ll happen depending on the results.
Inter Milan are at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, only a win will do for Inter who are on five points to Shakhtar’s seven. The Ukrainians could qualify with a draw but they’ll need Real Madrid to lose or draw. Shakhtar are ahead of Real on account of beating them twice.
Real are home to Borussia Monchengladbach and both sides need the win really. If Real win, they’ll qualify with top 10 points to Gladbach’s eight. If ‘Gladbach win they’ll qualify with 11 points. If Inter win and Real win, Real and Inter will qualify, as Inter will be level with ‘Gladbach but go through thanks to their head to head.
If Inter or Shakhtar win and Real lose then ‘Gladbach and the other winner will qualify. If all matches end all square Gladbach and Shaktar will qualify. Got it?
Aside from that carnage, we’ll also be taking a look at RB Salzburg vs Atletico Madrid as a win for the home side would mean they’ll qualify at the expense of Atletico, a draw though will be enough for the away side.
We don’t need to reiterate the complexities once again. Football is a simple game, the team who scores the most goals wins. Both teams need to win here and they’re going to have to go for it. Inter have now gone five matches without a draw and they’ve scored in all but one of them. Shakhtar have a similar record with only one of their last four matches ending in a draw, while they’ve also scored in four out of their last five.
There’s not really any point in Shakhtar playing for a draw here as they’ll need ‘Gladbach to beat Real away from home for that to pay off, so both teams need the win. There’s been plenty of goals over recent fixtures for the pair too. Four out of the last five home Inter matches have seen Over 3.5 goals occurring while Over 2.5 goals has landed in four out of five previous away matches for the Ukrainian side. There’s plenty of goals in both sides and with all to play for we’re unlikely to see a draw at full time. We’re going with BTTS No Draw meaning both teams will score and the match won’t end in a draw.
Both sides are in decent form but nothing special of late. Real have won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five while ‘Gladbach have won two, drawn two and lost one. At home Madrid have won just two of their last five, losing the other three. ‘Gladbach have won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five away matches.
Both of these teams have plenty of goals in them, though. Real have nine over their five Champions League matches so far, the German side have 16. In their leagues Real have 17 over their 11 matches, while ‘Gladbach have 19 over their 10. We’ve seen Over 3.5 goals in six out of seven of Real’s most recent home European matches and we’ve also seen it land in both of ‘Gladbach’s away matches in the competition this campaign. With those respective records and with what’s on the line here we’re going for goals.
A draw will do for Atletico here while Salzburg have to go for the win. The Austrian have 10 goals over their five Champions League matches so far while Atletico have just five. The Austrians though don’t seem to care much for defending and have conceded 15 while Atletico have been uncharacteristically generous this season to their opponents, conceding eight over their five games.
An upset could be on the cards here, with Salzburg bagging 17 goals over their five most recent home matches. Atletico have a great defensive reputation but against a side scoring so many it’s going to be a tough task to keep them scoreless here.
Add to this that Atletico have conceded eight so far, as already mentioned, and have shipped six over their five most recent away matches. Salzburg have scored at least two goals in 10 out of their last 11 matches and there’s good value to be had here.
Nothing less than a win will do for the home side and while Atletico have the better team on paper we’re just looking for two Salzburg goals here which they’re more than capable of doing on the night.
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