Champions League Predictions and Betting Tips for Wednesday, December 8
Wednesday, December 8 is the last time in 2021 that the Champions League is being played. The final round of the group phase concludes with eight games, some of which will decide who gets to play in the knockouts, who gets to the Europa League, and whose continental story ends now.
With so much at stake in those matches, you can be sure that each team will give its utmost. This promises a lot of fun for soccer fans, but what about bettors? They’ll get amazing odds on all bets; they just need to pick those that will win.
Obviously, that’s the hardest part but I’m here to help you make the right betting choices this Wednesday. I will now preview the most interesting matchups, sharing my picks along the way.
The games I’ll focus on are:
- Benfica vs. Dynamo Kyiv
- Atalanta vs. Villarreal
- Salzburg vs. Sevilla
- Wolfsburg vs. Lille
If all this sounds good, let’s start with the previews. The first game I’m going to cover is the one taking place in Portugal’s capital, where I think we’re going to witness an easy win for the hosts.
Benfica to Beat Dynamo Kyiv
This is my banker bet of the day – I’m positive Benfica will beat Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday and it’s probably going to be a big win.
There are several things that have shaped my opinion of this game, starting with the fact that Benfica needs points. With a win, Benfica could get to the #2 place in Group E.
? Bayern = Group E winners….— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 23, 2021
? Who'll join them in the next round?#UCL
Benfica has a chance to overtake Barcelona in the second spot, thus booking the ticket to the knockout stage of the 2021-22 Champions League. However, for that to happen, however, it’s not enough just for Benfica to win on Wednesday. They also need Barcelona not to win.
Considering that Barcelona is locking horns with Bayern Munich, such a scenario doesn’t seem unlikely. Benfica players know this, which is why you can be sure they will start charging towards Dynamo’s goal from the very first whistle.
Will Dynamo give them any resistance? Probably not too much, as all the Champions League battles are over for this team. With just one point collected in five games, Dynamo has no chance of getting higher than the bottom spot.
Atalanta to Beat Villarreal
A win over Villarreal would take Atalanta to the next round of the Champions League. A draw in the Atalanta vs. Villarreal game would mean that the Italian team is moving to the Europa League in 2022. And what happens if they lose?
If Young Boys beat Manchester United, a loss would mean the bottom position in the group for Atalanta. Still, I don’t think Atalanta will lose. Instead, I think they will grab a win on Wednesday. It’s because this team has been sensational over the last couple of weeks.
They’re also on a three-game win series, which saw them beating two heavyweights of Italian soccer – Juventus (1-0) and Napoli (3-2).
Both of those were away games, while at home, Atalanta has been even more impressive. In Bergamo, Atalanta has lost only three games in 2021.
What about Villarreal? The Yellow Submarine hasn’t been playing well lately, with three defeats in the previous four games.
I think another loss is on the way for the Spanish team, but that shouldn’t bother them much. The reason is that if they lose, they will still get to play Europa League, a competition they won the last season.
Sevilla to Beat Salzburg
Group G is the only group in which there isn’t a single team that’s already booked a place in the Champions League knockout stage. The two top places are pretty much up for grabs, which is why you can expect all four teams to give their utmost.
? Predict how Group G will finish!#UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 6, 2021
History teaches us that when everyone’s fired up, player quality is usually what decides the winner. This is the reason why my pick in this game is Sevilla. Their players are just better than those playing for Salzburg.
Sure, Salzburg has some talented youngsters that are reportedly on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Still, those guys just don’t have enough experience needed to win big games like the one happening on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, most of Sevilla’s key men are men in their thirties, some of whom already have a cupboard full of trophies – Ivan Rakitic, Papu Gomes, Fernando Reges, and others.
Wolfsburg and Lille to Draw
Wolfsburg is the betting favorite against Lille but the French champion doesn’t need a win to get to the next stage. With a draw on Wednesday, Lille would get to the knockouts. Actually, even a loss could see this team advance to the next state, depending on what happens in the Salzburg vs. Sevilla game.
When it comes to Wolfsburg, anything but a win would mean the end of their European campaign. Unfortunately for their fans, their players don’t look capable of getting a win.
Wolfsburg’s form has been dreadful lately, with three straight defeats. They also have problems with injuries, with at least four of their first-team players possibly missing the Lille game. This includes their first-choice goalie, Koen Casteels, who is still recovering from COVID-19.
? #Kohfeldt: Koen #Casteels is doing well after his Corona infection. Tomorrow he will return to training with the team and then we will decide together whether he will be on the pitch against @Mainz05en#M05WOB pic.twitter.com/5BWUcU4z0U— VfL Wolfsburg EN/US ?? ?? (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) December 2, 2021
Casteels has missed the previous three Wolfsburg games, all of which his team ended up losing. This includes the one against Mainz played on Saturday, which saw his replacement Pavao Pervan concede three goals.
On top of that, their leading scorer this season, Lucas Nmecha (7 goals in all competitions) will also have to sit out the next game. The reason is not an injury but a yellow card suspension.
Picks for the Other Four Champions League Games on Wednesday
- Juventus to Beat Malmo
- Chelsea to Beat Zenit
- Manchester United to Beat Young Boys
- Bayern Munich and Barcelona to Draw
Juventus, Chelsea, and Manchester United are just much better than their Round 6 rivals. Winning should not be a problem for those three teams. The same, however, might not be the case with Bayern Munich.
Although the German champ is a better team than Barcelona – the evidence being that Bayern is 5-0 in the Champions League this season – they might not be too motivated on Wednesday.
The thing is that Bayern’s job is already over; Barca’s isn’t. Further, there won’t be any fans in the stands of Allianz Arena due to COVID-19 worries.
Best Bets for Champions League Games on Wednesday
If you like my picks and you like the odds you’re seeing, why not head to 888sport and place some bets? That’s the sportsbooks whose odds I used in the list above.