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Champions League 2013/2014 - Group G

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Friday, September 27 2013, 06:30 AM
Match Preview: Zenit vs. Austria Wien 04
Match Date: 01 October 2013 (local time)
Venue: Stadion Petrovskij

Champions League Betting Tips – The underdogs shall have a clash that will determine their progress in the Champions League. Can ex-Gunner Andrey Arshavin lead Zenit on top?

Despite dominating possession, Hulk was the only player to score for Zenit. It is nonetheless satisfactory than having the opposition maintain a clean sheet. Moreover, this will partially prevent the club away from bridging the gap in aggregate scores.

Last season, the club fell out of the tournament. Yet, this season looks more promising, given the presence of Hulk, Aleksandr Kerzhakov. Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal adds more weight to the line-up and his experience plays an instrumental role in making the club advance.

Meanwhile, Austria Wien have managed to limit FC Porto’s scoring spree to a single goal. Unfortunately, a defeat is still, a defeat. At the end of the day, the need to clinch a victory remains. But if there is one thing that the club should be thankful of, it is their defence, which saved them from the pressure of scoring more goals in order to make it to the next round.

Betting prediction: Zenit 1-0 Austria Wien
Zenit will definitely make their home court advantage work and so is their set of threatening attackers. Yet, they cannot be complacent. Austria Wien can be the group’s dark horse that may surprisingly deliver an unexpected defeat.

Match Preview: FC Porto vs. Atletico Madrid
Match Date: 01 October 2013 (local time)
Venue: Estádio Do Dragão

Champions League Betting Tips – News of the injured Atletico Madrid player, Adrián López sends good news to FC Porto as they rally for a strong finish in the tournament.

FC Porto’s worries are lessened when news regarding López’s fractured cheekbone spread. López who substituted for the injured Diego Costa, was one of Atletico Madrd’s attackers, who is very much capable of upsetting the heavy favorite, Portistas.

The tournament is nothing new to FC Porto, which is a regular contender of the competition. Going against Atletico Madrid should not give them headaches, but they cannot be too complacent. The loss of its renowned players such as James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho generates doubt in their strength and stability,

Atletico Madrid may not be the heavy favorite of the match, but it has a Champions League trophy to brag. The club was hailed as runners-up in the 1974 tournament and Diego Simeone is keen on replicating or even surpassing such achievement.

Atletico just lost Radamel Falcao during the transfer season. Nevertheless, the club has maintained an impressive performance in the domestic league. Their victory over Zenit also proves of their domineering presence in the pitch. But the question is whether they have enough creativity to battle against equally competitive Portistas.

Betting prediction: FC Porto 2: 1 Atletico Madrid

Other than López’s injury, the mere fact that the match shall take place in their own territory, gives them the edge. Indeed, they may have lost Rodriguez and Moutinho, but then again, they still, have Jackson Martinez who has been an overwhelming force in the pitch.

As for Atletico, David Villa readily fills Falcao’s loss. Flaunting his flair for scoring, David Villa can be the antidote that will either stop or force a draw against the Portistas.
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    Wednesday, December 11 2013, 07:03 AM - #permalink
    FC Porto will try to beat online betting favorite, Atletico Madrid in order to advance in the knockout stage. The club will need to secure such victory as Zenit Petersburg is already assured of winning over Austria Wien.

    Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto

    Match Date: 11 December 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Vicente Calderon

    Atletico Madrid
    As sure as the sun rises, Atletico Madrid advances to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
    Under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, who is also named as La Liga's best coach, Atletico Madrid is undefeated in their tournament's encounter. The battle against FC Porto merely serves as the icing on the cake as they are several points ahead of the runner-up.
    Atletico Madrid has been consistent throughout the tournament. The club average with at least 2 goals per match, thanks to the contributions of Diego Costa, Miranda and Arda Turan, to name a few. With their upcoming match, expect Simeone's side to manifest the same degree of intensity as they enter the knockout phase. They have been undefeated in their last 5 matches and they will most likely to score its 6th victory when they meet FC Porto.

    FC Porto
    Amidst speculations of FC Porto's forecasted failure to advance in the Champions League, Maicon keeps his faith on the club's ability to progress to the next round.
    The result of FC Porto's draw against Austria Wien moved them out of the 2nd spot of their group. This meant that Paulo Fonseca's camp need to clinch the victory against Atletico Madrid and hope that Zenit Petersburg loses.
    Although they occupy the third spot of Group H, only a point differentiates them from Zenit Petersburg. Technically speaking, this is still, very manageable. But the bigger question is: can they survive Atletico Madrid's attacks?

    Champions League betting tip: Atletico Madrid

    Zenit Petersburg vs Austria Wien

    Match Date: 11 December 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Ernst Happel Stadium

    Zenit Petersburg
    Zenit Petersburg owes Atletico Madrid its chance to advance in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
    Due to Toby Alderweireld's unprecedented mistake on the pitch, he sealed his own goal during the latter part of the second half, thus giving the Russian outfit the chance to advance. The draw catapulted Zenit Petersburg's rank to the 2nd spot of its group.
    Since they are just a point ahead to FC Porto, all they need to do is score yet another victory and given how Austria Wien performed this season, it is very possible for them to survive the tournament's group stage.

    Austria Wien
    Austria Wien thrived in the tournament through draws. Like other clubs, which are at the rock bottom part of their group, their campaign ends early.

    Die Velchen has not won a single match in the competition. They have only accumulated 2 points, courtesy of an even steven finish against Zenit Petersburg and FC Basel.

    Champions League betting tip: Zenit Petersburg
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