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|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at CSKA Mosc.||Recent Form|
Key Stat: CSKA Moscow have won one of their last six European home matches
Expert Verdict: It’s almost must-win territory for Manchester City and they can get their Champions League campaign back on track with a victory in a game behind closed doors in the Russian capital. CSKA have already lost to Roma and Bayern Munich and look out of their depth at this level.
Recommendation: Man City
REFEREE: Istvan Vad STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Chelsea||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Chelsea have won five of their six home matches this season
Expert Verdict: This Stamford Bridge clash appears to be one of the biggest mismatches in this season’s Champions League. Jose Mourinho may even have one eye on Sunday’s trip to Manchester United but whatever starting 11 he selects should be good enough to comfortably overcome the threat of Maribor.
Recommendation: Chelsea 3-0
REFEREE: Danny Makkelie STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Anderlecht||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Arsenal have kept one clean sheet in their last nine matches
Expert Verdict: Arsenal’s weakened defence was once again exposed in the Premier League as the Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw by Hull on Saturday and Arsene Wenger’s side could be involved in another high-scoring shootout. The Gunners are great going forward but can’t be trusted to keep a clean sheet.
Recommendation: Both teams to score
REFEREE: STADIUM: Constant Vanden Stock Stadium
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Liverpool||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Real Madrid have scored 32 goals in their last seven matches
Expert Verdict: Free-scoring Real Madrid have been in sensational form in recent weeks and the champions can defeat Liverpool at Anfield. There is not as much to fear from the Reds these days with Luis Suarez at Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge injured and Madrid can warm up for El Clasico with a win on Merseyside.
Recommendation: Real Madrid
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at PAOK Salonika||Recent Form|
Key Stat: PAOK are unbeaten in their last 14 home fixtures
Expert Verdict: Fiorentina are the standout team in Group K but their matchday three clash with PAOK is the toughest of their schedule and they may settle for a point. The Italians have a big match away to Milan on Sunday and may rest key man for the clash with PAOK, who have won four and drawn one of their last five home games.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Lille||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Both teams have scored in eight of Everton's 11 games this season
Expert Verdict: Lille's excellent defensive standards have slipped recently with Ligue 1 defeats to Lyon (3-0) and Guingamp (2-1) so Everton should not fear their trip to northern France. The Toffees ended their recent slump with a fine home win over Aston Villa and Roberto Martinez's men are worth backing to earn a draw.
|European belter can live up to top billing|