Three Key UEFA Champions League Match Day 5 Tuesday Games
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So here we are, heading into the most important week of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage.
While Match Days 3 and 4 set the teams up to move into the knockout stage, Match Day 5 is the one that is usually the one that helps to decide the fates of most teams.
Of course, after Tuesday and Wednesday, there will still be a few spots up for grabs in the eight groups, but we should know which teams are either in the Round-of-16, or set up best.
So here is a look at three key games Tuesday, as Groups A-D take the pitches around Europe.
Atlético Madrid (+110) vs. Bayern Munich (+220), draw (+275)
3 p.m. EST (CBS All-Access, TUDNXtra)
Bayern Munich has wrapped up the top spot, but this is not about the German and European champions. Atlético Madrid’s draw has put them in a bad spot (and cost bettors a ton last week); anything less than a win could prove disastrous, especially if one of the other two teams in Group A win Tuesday. That could set us up for last day madness. Of course, if Atléti wins at home, they advance as group runner up.
Prediction: I will wait to see the lineup, but I could see Bayern’s backups getting a draw.
Borussia Mönchengladbach (+215) vs. Inter (+116), draw (+270)
3 p.m. EST (CBS All-Access, TUDNXtra, and Fubo.tv)
I have become a huge fan of this Mönchengladbach side, which just continues to roll through a tough group scoring goal after goal. Now, you are telling me I can get them at home, against serial bottlers Inter, at +215 odds.
Prediction: You don’t have to twist my arm, although the +0.25 line at -105 odds might be even better, since a draw moves the German side into the knockout stage. The over 3 at -106 is sweet too.
Liverpool (-157) vs. Ajax (+380), draw (+330)
3 p.m. EST (CBS All-Access)
This group got interesting with Atalanta’s 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Match Day 4, and could be blown open with an Ajax win or draw, although Liverpool has Midtjylland next week and should advance. But a win for Ajax could see them and Atalanta head into Match Day 6 even on 10 points.
Prediction: There will be goals (over 3.5 +100), and Ajax could sneak a result, especially with the undermanned Liverpool side playing early Saturday in Brighton after Wednesday’s loss.
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