Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on the best of Wednesday’s Champions League betting.
Andy Gray’s Wednesday night treble:
Chelsea, Celtic and Manchester United to win: 2/1
Chelsea v FC Nordsjaelland, Live on Sky Sports 2,
Chelsea should win this easily at 1/10 but remember, the All Blacks were 1/12 at the weekend and got beat at Twickenham by England. So there’s always that to keep in the back of your mind. But Chelsea should get their first win under Rafa Benitez here. They’ll be too strong for Nordsjaelland and want to get a victory but it might not be enough. Chelsea will win quite handsomely but it might not be enough to see them through.
3-0 is a great score to look at at a price of 11/2. They won 4-0 away from home but scored three very late goals in that game. This should be a little more comfortable at the Bridge tonight and 3-0 will be a popular score.
It’s hard to look at Fernando Torres to score first in the form he’s in. It would be better to look at the likes of Oscar at 5/1, Eden Hazard at 5/1 or Juan Mata at 9/2. Those three are the ones in Europe who look the more likely source of a goal.
Manchester United v CFR Cluj, Live on Sky Sports 4,
Manchester United have the derby at the weekend and are already through as group winners. So it will be no surprise if Sir Alex makes wholesale changes for this game, and play people who need the games and people who might not be involved at the weekend. He will certainly rest a lot of them and it would be stupid not to. CFR Cluj have been a surprise package though and still have half a chance of qualifying depending on what Galatasaray do.
Cluj will know they’re in for a hard time but United have struggled to beat teams at Old Trafford in this season’s Champions League. United should still win at 8/13.
Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez could well start. They’ve both been out of the starting line up recently and both been substitutes most of the time. This is a wonderful chance for Sir Alex to give them 90 minutes. Hernandez always looks like he can get a goal and he’s 9/2 to open the scoring. He’s a wonderful finisher who always puts himself in really good positions.
Celtic v Spartak Moscow, Live on Sky Sports 3,
A point will be enough for Celtic because Barcelona should beat Benfica in the Nou Camp. People like Lionel Messi have said this week that the Barca lads want to pay well because they were so impressed with Celtic Park, the atmosphere that faced them, and how well Celtic did, that they feel that they would love to try to do Celtic a favour by beating Benfica. And if they do that a point will be enough.
Celtic are good enough to get a point but they could win it at 8/11. Spartak Moscow won’t beat Celtic at Celtic Park and the home side will be up for it. The crowd will be massive and noisy and that will help Celtic enormously.
A 2-0 win for Celtic at 17/2 is good value for money and worth a nibble. Gary Hooper is a popular bet to open the scoring at 4/1. Georgios Samaras in European ties is always worth looking at as well. He scored away at Barcelona and Spartak Moscow as well as in the last game against Benfica. He might be worth considering at 9/2.