Spartak Moscow v Rangers: Double Chance Rangers and Draw – 4/6
Steven Gerrard’s men sit on top of their group after collecting five points through the first three games, including a terrific turn up of the form in their 2-2 draw away at Villarreal.
Spartak have endured a torrid campaign domestically, and fired their coach just prior to their 0-0 draw at Ibrox last month. That was their second draw of the European campaign, though the Glasgow side will feel they could’ve nabbed all three points.
Kyle Lafferty and Ryan Kent are significant losses for the ‘Gers, but their 11 match unbeaten run in Europe this season shows how difficult they’ve made it home and away for opponents, and they can extend that run to 12 this evening at 4/6.
BATE Borisov v Chelsea: Handicap Chelsea -1 – Evens
The Blues have been in bruising form this season and already have three wins under their belt in this group. They handled the Belarussians comfortably last time out at Stamford Bridge with Ruben Loftus-Cheek hitting a hat-trick as they ran out 3-1 winners, and it could’ve been more.
They’re second in the Premier League and have been scoring at a fair pace under Maurizio Sarri’s aggressive attacking system. He’s played strong teams in their previous games, so there’s no reason to think they’ll take this lightly.
In the alphabet soup of BATE versus PAOK, the home side shipped a 4-1 spanking at the hands of the Greeks the last time they played at home in the group, and if Chelsea are up for this, there’s no reason they can’t do a similar number on them here. Chelsea -1 at even money appeals a lot.
Celtic v RB Leipzig: Double Chance Celtic and Draw – 8/11
It’s Celtic’s traditionally stout home form that we’re backing here. RB Leipzig have been on a charge of late, going ten games unbeaten, including a 2-0 win over the Hoops earlier in the group.
The Parkhead crowd’s been known to raise their voices on big occasions, and with Rodgers’ men having taken two defeats on the chin after winning their opener against Rosenborg, this looks like one of those games where the Bhoys are lifted by their passionate support. A loss tonight could end the European campaign for another year.
On the pitch, the team has also found some domestic form, scoring 13 goals in their last three games after struggling to find the net early in the campaign. They’ve also not conceded since the Leipzig tie, so they look a reasonable shot to get something out of this game at 8/11.
Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon: Both Teams to Score – 10/11
Last time out Lisbon drew a blank against Emery’s men, but that’s just the second time they’ve failed to scored in 15 games. Arsenal haven’t failed to net in their previous 15 at all – Man City’s 2-0 win on the opening weekend of the season was their last goaless effort.
In Lacazette and Aubameyang they have two strikers bang in form, and they need to be with their defence and keepers known to leak goals now and again.
Bas Dost will carry the threat for the Portuguese side up front, with three goals in four games this season after returning from injury. We’d fancy him to cause some problems, and 10/11 on both teams to score looks good to us.