This is an incredible group and we’re in for an incredible finale. It’s probably the first time in Champions League history that the two favourites are sitting in third and fourth place heading into the final matchday.
Borussia Monchengladbach have been a bit of a surprise package in this group and I think at the price that they are to beat Real Madrid they’re definitely worth having on side. If you look at Real Madrid’s home form this season, they’ve had six at home and they’ve lost three of them.
Wednesday 8pm: Real Madrid v Borussia Monchengladbach
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It’s not the same Real Madrid we’ve been used to seeing over the past few years. They’ve had a very indifferent start to the season. There seems to be problems in camp, not everybody’s happy.
You look at their forward players, they’re not firing. They’re really missing Eden Hazard – he’s a big loss for them. If you’ve seen them in the Champions League this season they’re giving up far too many opportunities at the back.
It’s a huge opportunity for Borussia Monchengladbach to progress and I think the way Real are playing they can be caught out on the counter attack. I think at the price, Borussia Monchengladbach to Win is a great price and it’s one that I’m going to have a go at.
I don’t think there’s going to be an upset in this one, I have Inter Milan to win the game. They are quite short in the betting at the moment. I really feel for Shakhtar. If they don’t progress after beating Real Madrid in the group stage twice – to not qualify would be very tough to take.
Inter Milan had themselves in a right mess coming into the fifth group game. They had two points in their first four games before getting a win last time out against Borussia Monchengladbach to set up this grand finale to the group.
But now they should get the win they need to progress. They are in good form, they’re second in Serie A at the moment and they’ve won their last three league games.
Up front they’re firing. If you look at Romelu Lukaku, he’s in incredible form with 19 goals already for club and country this season. I think they’ll have too much firepower for Shakhtar and they should win this.
I think they’ll be out fast and will win the first half so if you want to bump up the price on Inter to win I’d recommend Inter Half Time/Inter Full time.
Brian’s tips for Wednesday’s big Champions League matches
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