The final round of the UEFA Champions League group stage is upon us and there’s still plenty to be decided. Matchday 6 includes a couple of extremely important fixtures and we’re here to preview them and provide our best picks, which you can find below!
Champions League Matchday 6 Betting Picks
RB Leipzig vs Manchester United
Tuesday, 3pm ET
RB Leipzig fought out a 4-3 road win against Istanbul in the UCL last week to keep themselves in the mix for a top two finish in Group H. They’ve now won three of their five group fixtures but still find themselves sitting third in the group and needing a win this week to progress.
Manchester United had a chance to lock in top spot with a win over PSG at home last week, but weren’t up to the task in a 3-1 loss. The Red Devils have three wins to their name in five UCL fixtures and require at least a draw on Tuesday afternoon to keep their campaign alive.
These clubs met a couple of weeks ago at Old Trafford in England and it was Manchester United who were the far, far better team on the day. They smoked Leipzig 5-0 and hold the tiebreaker over them as a result. Leipzig are certainly a dangerous side when they’re in top form, but it’s hard to see them reversing the big loss against a Manchester United outfit that has been fantastic on the road in recent weeks. We’re tipping a United win, but with the Draw No Bet market for added insurance.
Ajax vs Atalanta
Wednesday, 12:55pm ET
Ajax have done extremely well in their recent UCL campaigns and have a great chance to advance to the final 16 once again. The Eredivisie champions could’ve already gained qualification through to the knockout phase if they’d had a bit more luck, but they still have the ball in their court as long they take care of business at home.
Atalanta are also a team on the rise in the world stage to some degree. They made it to the final eight of the UCL last campaign and are continually improving in the Serie A. A win over Liverpool in the UCL a couple of weeks back gave them a huge boost to their final 16 aspirations, although failure to win against the lowly Midtjylland last week was extremely disappointing.
Atalanta come into this matchup one point clear of Ajax in second spot, meaning a draw would be good enough to send them through to the knockout phase. That said, Ajax are always extremely hard to beat at home and they’ve performed well in clutch situations in recent campaigns. Ajax were unlucky not to take all three points on the road against Atalanta in their 2-2 draw a month back, but we believe they’ll go one better this time around and secure the all important second place in Group D.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Wednesday, 3pm ET
Real Madrid haven’t quite looked themselves in major competitions this season, but still have a chance to secure a spot on the knockout phase. Interestingly, Real have performed well against the ‘better’ sides in their group, but lost on both occasions to Shakhtar Donetsk. They come into their final group match needing to win to ensure they advance.
Monchengladbach have turned a few heads with some impressive performances this UCL campaign, but still need a positive result to put themselves through to the final 16. They had a fantastic chance to gain automatic qualification last week when they hosted Inter Milan, but unfortunately went down in a tight five-goal battle.
When on song, Real Madrid are by far the better of the two clubs and their chances of winning would only be bolstered by being the hosts. That said, they haven’t performed particularly well thus far and Monchengladbach have exceeded expectations to a degree. All in all, when you consider everything at play here including the history of Real Madrid in the UCL, it’s just about impossible to not take the juicy odds on offer for them to get the job done at home and advance to the final 16 once again.