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UEFA Champions League Matchday 5 Wednesday Preview

The second-last round of Pool fixtures at the 2015 UEFA Champions League will take place on Wednesday and Thursday mornings Australian time for Matchday 5.

A number of clubs have already been confirmed to progress to the next stage of competition; meaning a number of other sides have been confirmed to exit the tournament and are simply playing for pride.

Wednesday’s fixtures on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League are highlighted by a match between Barcelona and Roma at the Camp Nou.

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Barcelona vs Roma

Spanish giants Barcelona host ever-dangerous Italian side Roma in Wednesday’s showpiece fixture. Barcelona have done enough to sit comfortably atop the group but are probably yet to register peak form, while Roma can assure their position in the final eight with success and if other results go their way. Realistically, Barcelona at home will simply be too good.

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Neymar scores and Barcelona wins: $2
Edin Dzeko scores and Roma wins: $21

Zenit St Petersburg vs Valencia

A top of Group H clash will be played out between Zenit and Valencia in Russia on Wednesday morning. Zenit have already sewn up top spot, but the Spanish side will all but confirm their own passage through with success. A draw offers great value at $3.30, but in the icy Russian conditions a Zenit win at $2.05 is worth consideration.

Arsenal vs Dinamo Zagreb

Another key fixture to be played on Wednesday morning is that between Arsenal and Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in London. Arsenal were stunned in a convincing defeat the last time these two sides met and are caught at the wrong end of Group F as a result. Both teams simply have to win this match to survive, but Arsenal at the Emirates in current form will probably be too gold.

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Alexis Sanchez scores and Arsenal wins: $2
Angelo Henruquez scores and Zagreb wins: $26

BATE Borisov vs Bayer Leverkusen

It has become do-or-die for both BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen, and it is likely that whoever loses this match will not progress to the next stage of the Champions League. The Belarussian champions have looked pretty out of place against the likes of Barcelona in Group E and even at home, will probably struggle against the continually-improving Leverkusen.

Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Chelsea

In what could be the most one-sided affair on Wednesday morning, Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv host English champions Chelsea. Chelsea have been far from impressive in the Premier League but have not been too bad in Europe and sit second in Group G, while Tel Aviv are yet to win a match and sit last. Chelsea offer great value for money to win this match 2-0 at a quote of $5.50.

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Eden Ben Basat scores and Tel Aviv wins: $21
Diego Costa scores and Chelsea wins: $2.50

Lyon vs Ghent

Lyon have been one of the Champions League’s big disappointments this time around; posting only one draw and three losses to sit bottom of Group H and essentially no chance of qualification. Belgian side Ghent have only been slightly better, but will confirm their position in the Europa League should they win this match. Lyon at home is a far-better prospect than Lyon away, and their recent domestic form suggests they’re capable of winning on Wednesday.

Porto vs Dynamo Kiev

Group G leaders Porto return home to face Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday morning and are a draw away from ensuring their passage through to the final eight. The Portuguese champions have been typically dangerous this time and enter Wednesday’s match undefeated in the Group. Kiev are within striking distance of Chelsea in second position, but probably face too great a task to leapfrog the English club this week.

Bayern Munich vs Olympiakos

Bayern Munch and Olympiakos remain tied at the top of Group F, and whoever wins this match will ensure their way through to the knockout stage of the Champions League. Bayern have been typically slick but it is undoubtedly Olympiakos who have been most impressive on their way towards qualification. Regardless, Bayern Munich at home will be far-too classy on Wednesday.

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