Champions League giant killers Sheriff Tiraspol will look to copy their first-round result against visiting Real Madrid while depleted Dortmund travels to play Sporting in what should be the most entertaining match of the day in the Champions League. You can live-bet the Champions League action using our sportsbook.
Real Madrid: Easy Away Win
Sheriff Tiraspol produced one of the all-time upsets in the Champions League history by beating Real Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in matchday two. That results came after another amazing victory in round one against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Incredibly, the Moldavian champions were leading Group D standings after two games but Inter Milan showed them where they are, beating them in both games of their doubleheader (3-1 on both occasions). Sheriff enters this clash as huge underdogs being priced at +1100 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.
On the other side, Real Madrid is on fire. They enter this match on the back of six wins in their previous seven games, they are leading the La Liga standings and an away win would guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages for a record-extending 25th consecutive season.
Of course, Real will have revenge on their minds following the shocking defeat from the reverse match. They are in superb form, they are scoring goals for fun and we expect them to destroy Sheriff on Wednesday.
Real Madrid has only lost once in its previous 10 away games. After watching Inter expose Sheriff’s weaknesses in the double 3-1 wins, Real Madrid will be like the fish in the sea against them.
Despite being without Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde, Real is strong favorites and should be able to score at least three times on their own. We expect a convincing away win with the Spanish giants having the necessary weapons to cover the spread. The visitors are a team to back this season on our soccer picks and parlays.
Pick: Real Madrid -2 goals (+105)
Sporting vs Dortmund: Great Value With Hosts
With Ajax already through to the next stage, sitting first in their group with maximum points earned in four rounds, the second place is up for grabs with Sporting and Dortmund being equal on points.
Sporting lost the reverse match in Germany 1-0 but since then has won nine games in a row across all competitions keeping five clean sheets in the process. Dortmund has huge injury and suspension issues right now and is missing key players all over the pitch. Talisman Erling Haaland is out until January, Mats Hummels is suspended while Thorgan Hazard is out after testing positive for Covid-19.
Still, they possess great attacking firepower and we expect them to find the back of the net in Portugal. Confidence is high within the Sporting camp at present and it looks like they are a bit overpriced given their superb form and Dortmund’s injury crisis.
Sporting need to beat Dortmund by two or more goals on Wednesday to make sure they qualify further before the final round. A draw game is not enough because they are playing Ajax in two weeks while Dortmund will face Besiktas, which lost all four games in this group while conceding 12 goals.
Sporting Lisbon will be without center back Sebastian Coates and striker Tiago Tomas due to injury, while Jovane Cabral and Ruben Vinagre are both doubtful and will be assessed on gameday.
Dortmund is not a team to be backed if you’re betting online. They are conceding in every single game, and they lost three of their last four away games. The value is definitely with Sporting, which at home registered only one loss across all competitions since the start of the season.
We will sprinkle a small stake on Sporting at +160 but, because this is a parlay and we like to stay conservative. For our second pick, we’re going with Sporting pick’em so in case this game will end in a draw, we will get our stake back.
Pick: Sporting pk (-115)