Valencia v Chelsea live on ITV1
Chelsea are unbeaten in their four previous Champions League meetings with Valencia, emerging as 2-1 winners in both their trips to the Mestalla. If you fancy history to repeat itself you can get 9-1 about the same scoreline.
Chelsea’s £50million miss-firing striker Fernando Torres will almost certainly be given a place in the starting line up in view of his forthcoming League suspension. Having scored in his last two Premiership games, a return to form seems imminent. The bookmakers have chalked him up at 5-1 to score first and only 2-1 to score at any time during the game.
If those odds seem a little cramped, better value may lie with inspirational signing Juan Mata who is priced up at 9-1 to score first and 3-1 to find the net at any time.
Chelsea are rated 6-4 to come away with a win but the draw makes more appeal at 9-4 with 1-1 our forecast outcome at odds of 6-1.
Arsenal v Olympiacos live on Sky Sports 2 and HD2
Arsenal have not lost at home in the Champions League to a non-English side since September 2003 and, despite injuries to Walcott, Koscielny and Gervinho, are still expected to win comfortably. Olympiakos are rated 4-1 to come away with even a draw and 8-1 to record a shock victory.
One player who is on top of his game is skipper Robin Van Persie who recorded his 100th goal for the Gunners at the weekend. He looks a tempting bet at 100-30 to hit the back of the net first but we don’t expect Arsenal to have it all their own way. A speculative bet on a 3-1 win pays 11-1.
Tottenham v Shamrock Rovers live on Channel 5
Shamrock Rovers are the first Irish team to reach the group stages of a European competition and look out of their depth against Spurs, quarter-finalists in the Champions League last season. Much will depend on Harry Redknapp’s team selection for this game and there are some wide variations in the goalscoring betting as a result. William Hill offer only 6-1 against Defoe or Adebayor hitting a hat-trick whereas you can get 16-1 elsewhere. If you think Spurs will field a side strong enough to hit the hoops for six, the bookies are offering odds of up to 28-1 about a 6-0 scoreline.