Punters searching for midweek multiple inspiration need look no further than Europe’s best combined domestic league and Champions League defences, who have combined to serve up a delicious 13/2 win to nil four-timer that unfolds over the two instalments of matchday four.
Barcelona to beat AC Milan to nil @ 19/20.
The Blaugrana have the continent’s joint-tightest league and Champions League rearguard, allowing eight goals in 15 games.
In last year’s tournament a heroic effort from AC Milan at San Siro was overturned by a 4-0 Barca victory back at the Camp Nou.
While the Rossoneri won their home encounter on that occasion they were only able to draw the Italian leg this time around and an out of sorts Mario Balotelli was just one of the attacking let-downs when Fiorentina completed a 0-2 smash and grab on Massimiliano Allegri’s men in Milan last time out.
PSG to beat Anderlecht to nil @11/20.
Les Parisiens are the only club to match Barcelona’s record of eight concessions in 15 outings and it’s been four matches since they were breached at Parc des Princes.
Their visitors aren’t the most fearsome of foes either having failed to find the onion bag in their three group games to date.
Bayern Munich to beat Viktoria Plzen @ 13/20.
Josep Guardiola’s backline is behind their French and Catalan rivals only by virtue of having taken one game less to allow their opponents a meagre eight goals worth of sustenance.
Bayern demolished Plzen 5-0 in Munich and their Bundesliga record – which offers a greater body of evidence than three Champions League games – shows their defence to be marginally better away from home.
Atletico Madrid to beat Austria Vienna to nil @ 1/2.
A last minute consolation effort for Granada two games back is the only time Thibaut Courtois has had cause to recover the ball from his net in the last four games.
Amongst the aforementioned shutouts was a 3-0 win in Vienna which should be replicated at the very least given that the Austrians managed a solitary effort on target against Los Colchoneros on home turf.