Another ‘so near but yet so far’ yesterday, as Oxford won 4-1 in the NAP, but Peterborough lost 2-1 at home to one of the worst teams in the league. However both Champions League tips won last night, so I am going with the same double for today from those tips, which hopefully will give a 3/1 double for today and a 17/1 acca including last night’s double:
PSV vs Atletico Madrid: Atletico Madrid Win @ 17/20
The first of Wednesday’s games is between Phillip Cocu’s PSV and Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid – two legends of the game!
Atletico have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 15 CL games, and have reached a final in recent years. They are missing Carrasco and Tiago in what is otherwise a fully fit squad. Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa are two huge threats for the away side, in what I think will be a close but one sided affair.
PSV are missing striker and captain Luuk de Jong, but Maxime Lestienne is fit to play, and has played a part in 4 of their 8 goals in the Group stages. If there is one man that will make a difference for the home side, it’s him. Bar that, again a pretty much fully fit team.
I don’t think handicaps will come into play here. Atletico concede few but away from home often have issues scoring, so usually win 1-0. For this reason, I’m backing Atletico Win @ 17/20
Dynamo Kyiv vs Man City: Man City Win @ 5/4 – NAP
The final game involves the Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv and English side Manchester City. One key element in this game is that Man City rested many key players in Sunday’s 5-1 humiliation by Chelsea and have lost 3 in a row, while Dynamo have not played competitively in months due to the Ukrainian winter break.
On the playing side, City rested the likes of Sterling, Silva, Kompany and Aguero for the Chelsea game, which should give them a greater chance. Bar De Bruyne, Delph, Nasri and Navas, they are nearly at full strength, and interestingly Manu Garcia and Brandon Barker have been taken after impressing recently. Mangala and Sagna are now fit, giving City a fully fully fit set of defenders.
Dynamo have a team full of class internationals. Gonzalez, Dragovic and Yarmolenko three in particular, while Ukrainian talents like Rybalka feature in their side. Yarmoleno is doubtful, but due to the magnitude of the game I can see him being risked, as it is their biggest game of the season. Their attack is potent, and if AY starts, City’s right back will be in for a torrid time. Moraes is also a very good striker, so let’s hope for City’s sake Martin Demichelis isn’t on the pitch…
For me, I think City will have too much with the attacking strength of Aguero, Toure, Silva and Sterling, while with Kompany in the team they are a lot more sturdy at the back. Man City Win @ 5/4
Alternatively, you could go for Atletico Madrid -1 Corner @ 6/5 and Man City -1 Corner @ 6/5 in a 4/1 double
As mentioned, the double pays around the 3/1 mark.
Best of luck