5th match day of the Champions League group phase

Who prematurely secures their spot in the round of 16?

The 5th match day of the Champions League group phase is initiated by the English-German duels of Manchester City against FC Bayern and Schalke against FC Chelsea. Besides the Bavarians, several other teams have already qualified for the round of 16 after the fourth match day. Who secures their ticket for the knock-out phase on the 5th match day? We here at Rivalo are giving you an overview of the top games of the fifth match day as well as of our extensive betting offer with the usual attractive odds for the Champions League 2014/2015. Kickoff!

Battle for place two…

Manchester City – FC Bayern (25.11., 20:45 CET)

FC Bayern has already saved their ticket to the knockout stage with four victories out of four games on the previous match day. Manchester City, on the other hand, has to win against the Munich in order to keep the theoretical chances of following the Bavarians alive. The team of Pep Guardiola has been struggling with many injured players recently; besides the long-term injured players Thiago Alcantara, Holger Badstuber or Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba and Philipp Lahm joined the “team of the injured”. This misery is perhaps the big chance for the citizens of Manchester. The bookmakers at Rivalo have set the odd for Manchester City’s victory to 3.20. A draw offers an odd of 3.70 and if Bayern scores three points in England anyways, an odd of 2.15 is offered. Can City challenge the team from Munich?

ZSKA Moscow – AS Roma (24.11., 18:00 CET)

ZSKA and Roma are the first chaser of the Bavarians in the CL-group E. Both teams go head to head with 4 points. AS Roma won the first leg game against Moscow with a thrashing victory of 5:1. Moscow, on the other hand, surprisingly won previous round’s away game against Manchester 2:1. The Citizens are likely to peek towards Russia, as the outcome of this match directly influences the chances of their advancement. Whoever is able to score three points in the match between ZSKA and AS Roma is likely to follow the Bavarians to the next round. A home victory offers an odd of 2.80 at www.rivalo.com. If, however, the Italians win their second game against ZSKA, an odd of 2.50 is offered. If the game ends in a draw, the odd is set at 3.30. Who can force through the Moscow winter?

Who follows Real to the round of 16?

FC Basel- Real Madrid (4.11., 20:45 CET)

FC Basel is the first follower of the royals from Madrid after victories over Liverpool and Ludogorets. Real is in the lead of group B with the maximum possible 12 points and is likely to go for the win in Switzerland as well. The Sousa-squad could make a huge step towards the round of 16 if they win against the white ballet, however, the statistics clearly favours the Spanish. Nevertheless, the Basle are in good shape and won 5 out of their 7 games across all competitions. The bookmakers at Rivalo see Real Madrid as the clear favourite in Switzerland, offering an odd of 1.40. A draw offers an odd of 4,80 and a victory in front of the home crowd offers an odd of 7.50. Can the Basle stand up to the royals?

Ludogorets Razgrad – FC Liverpool (5.11., 20:45 CET)

The match played in parallel in group B is played between Ludogorets Razgrad and FC Liverpool. Both teams have three points on their credit side, which means place three and four at the moment. If one of these teams wins and the Basle lose against Real, the cards are newly shuffled. With regards to the points, the teams could catch up with the Swiss champion. Can Liverpool find their old strength or can Ludogorets place another exclamation mark in their club’s first Champions League seasons. The bookmakers at Rivalo see Liverpool as the clear favourite and set the odds at 1.75 for the English. A draw offers an odd of 3.80 and a victory of the Bulgarians offers an odd of 4.60. Who will score the important three points in Bulgaria?

 Does Juve take the next step?

Malmö FF – Juventus Turin (26.11., 20:45 CET)

The Swedish have three points credited on their account and are at the bottom of the ranking of group A. Juvents, on place two, won the first leg match against Malmö 2:0 and is now placed on an advancement spot after a victory over Olympikos. For the Bianconeri from North Italy the three points in Sweden are obligatory, if the advancement should be done by their own efforts. Theoretically, Malmö still has the chance to advance to the next round, but in order to keep this chance alive, they have to win the next two matches of the group games. Moreover, they are depended on the results of the other teams. Can Juventus secure three points in the inferno of Malmö?According to the odds at Rivalo, Juventus is the clear favourite, offering an odd of 1.35. If the Swedish are able to get one point off the Italian, an odd of 4.80 is offered. Your stake is multiplied by a factor of 10, if the team from the far north wins.

The chances of Europe lives…

RSC Anderlecht – Galatasaray (26.11., 20:45 CET)

Galatasaray has to expect a hard game in Belgium against RSC Anderlecht in group D. The first leg game in the Türk Telekom Arean in Istanbul ended 1:1. The chances of both teams to advance to the round of 16 are only of theoretical nature; therefore, the third place has to be secured in order to stay in an international league, the Europa League. The lions need one win in order to overtake Anderlecht, but the Belgian are in astonishing good shape. They scored a 3:3 draw against Arsenal in round 4. Can the lions fully score in Anderlecht? According to the odds at Rivalo, a rather balanced game is expected, offering a winning odd for Anderlecht of 2.20. If the Turkish team wins, you receive an odd of 3.30. A draw offers an odd of 3.40.