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Champions League Betting Report: Lyon and Shakhtar Bid for Final Spot in Round of 16

Dec 12, 2018 1:00 PM EST

Getty Images. Shakhtar Donetsk celebrating a goal

  • There's just one spot up for grabs for the Champions League knockout round with Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk (3 p.m. ET on B/R Live) battling in Group F.
  • Three group winners will also be decided along with two Europa League berths on the line.
  • We've broken down the betting market for all eight matches on Wednesday and picked out two value plays.

There’s just one spot remaining in the knockout round and a head-to-head matchup will decide it between Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk (3 p.m. ET)

Here are the 15 clubs that have advanced to the knockout round: Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool, PSG, Tottenham, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Roma, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Porto, Schalke.

For Wednesday’s action I’ve analyzed the betting market for each matchup and selected two value plays.

2018-19 Champions League Season Record: 10-11-1 (-0.08 units)

Roma at Viktoria Plzen (12:55 p.m. ET)
Moneylines: Roma +163, Plzen +173, Draw +259
Total: 2.5 (o-117)

While Roma is already through to the Round of 16, Viktoria Plzen needs a win to earn a spot in the Europa League. They’re tied on four points apiece with CSKA Moscow for third place in Group G.

There hasn’t been much betting action to report in this one with just a slight adjustment away from the draw. Roma have slipped a bit in Italy’s Serie A and find themselves in the middle of the table, so UEFA Champions League may be their primary focus at this point. They should be motivated to get a result on Wednesday even if it’s with some reserve players.

The game could potentially open up for goals, and I’d be interested to see how it goes for a play on the live over.

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