Wednesday Accumulator: Dortmund and Sporting to light up Lisbon, plus five other games

Five winners of the Champions League are in action, including Real Madrid, AC Milan and Ajax.

The penultimate round of Champions League Group Stage matchups concludes on Wednesday, and we've put together a list of six bets you can pick from for your latest accumulator.

Lee Bassin takes you through his tips ahead of the return of Europe's elite competition, including a shock prediction between Club Brugge's clash against RB Leipzig.

Sporting Lisbon vs Borussia Dortmund

With Ajax home and dry at the top of Group C, Dortmund and Sporting are locked in a battle for second spot, with both sides on six points. And even with the complicated tie breaking rules in the Champions League group stage, we can safely say that if there is a winner in this match, they will join the Dutchmen in the last-16.

After losing 1-0 in the reverse fixture, Sporting will be keen to get the job done on Wednesday as a draw will mean their fate is out of their hands. If that's the case, the Germans will just need to beat bottom side Besiktas in their final game to qualify.

After nine straight wins in all competitions since losing in Germany we're expecting the hosts to fly out of the blocks and the visitors will have to be at the top of their game if they are to repel the green and whites.

Dortmund's league form has been strong with nine wins from 12 games, but in the Champions League they have underperformed, beating Sporting and Besiktas but suffering two heavy losses against Ajax.

The loss of Erling Braut Haaland through injury was a bitter pill to swallow but the form of Marco Reus heading into this game is a big plus as the German international has netted in each of his last three games for Dortmund.

It really is put up or shut up time in Lisbon and we're expecting both sides to put up a strong showing, with over 2.5 goals our preferred pick.

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Real Madrid

Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid

After a surprise win over Shakhtar Donetsk in their first-ever Champions League group stage match, Sheriff pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history when they beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu.

And they now have the chance to secure a momentous double over the Spanish giants that would take them above them with just one Group D game left to play.

The problem is that since that famous win, Sheriff have struggled in consecutive defeats against Inter Milan and look very much like a team ripe for the picking against Carlo Ancelotti's in-form outfit.

Since that loss to Sheriff, Madrid have beaten Shakhtar twice and put together a fantastic run of form that has seen them win four straight games and six of their last seven in all competitions.

With the dual incentive of putting the record straight and winning the group with a victory, we're expecting another victory for Madrid. But We also like the look of an away win and both teams to score, as Sheriff have netted in every group game this season.

Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Marcelo Brozovic, Inter Milan, Serie A

After putting Sheriff in their place twice, Inter are well-placed to qualify as they currently lie in second place in Group D - two points behind Madrid but more importantly, one in front of the Moldovan champions.

Victory will seal qualification for the Nerazzurri and probably lead to a winner takes all clash in Madrid next week with top spot on the line, but after a 0-0 draw in Ukraine Simone Inzhagi's side will not be taking their visitors lightly.

Inter are in great form though with five wins and two draws from their last seven matches and an average of over two goals a game in that period.

Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez have 14 strikes between them this season but it's attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu who has made the headlines recently with two goals and an assist in his last two games.

Shakhtar still harbour faint hopes of qualifying for the Europa League but that point against Inter is all they have to show for their Group D campaign and the Miners have scored just once.

With the attacking riches, Inter can call upon we can't see anything other than a comfortable win at the San Siro, with the hosts to win to nil our pick here.

Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan

Luis Suarez during UEFA Champions League match between Atletico de Madrid and Liverpool FC at Wanda Metropolitano on October 19, 2021

With second-placed Porto facing a Liverpool side sure to rest some players after already wrapping up top spot in Group B, nothing less than a win will do for third-placed Atletico and bottom side AC Milan if they are to keep alive their hopes of overtaking the Portuguese.

Madrid won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the San Siro but the Rossoneri will wonder what would have happened had Franck Kessie not been sent off in the 29th minute, especially as Milan were leading at that time and it took two late goals to finally see them off.

However, the fact remains that it has been an underwhelming Champions League campaign for Stefano Pioli's men, with just one point to show from four group games. And confidence won't exactly be sky high after two draws and a defeat in their last three matches.

Atletico are also struggling to match the heights of previous campaigns as they have won just two of their last seven games, but the return of Antoine Griezmann after suspension will be a big boost.

With both sides struggling for form we're not expecting fireworks in the Spanish capital, but with the extra quality of Griezmann and Luis Suarez on show, the hosts should prevail in a close encounter.

Besiktas vs Ajax

Erik ten Hag, Ajax manager, Newcastle United link

The Dutch champions have already wrapped up top spot in Group C after four wins from four and face a Besiktas side who are guaranteed the wooden spoon after the same number of defeats.

The main question ahead of this matchup is how many first teamers Ajax will rest, with star striker Sebastian Haller and playmaker Dusan Tadic prime candidates to be given a breather.

However, Brazilian striker David Neres should be a more than able deputy for Haller after a lively 20-minute cameo in Ajax's 5-0 win at RKC Waalwijk last time out.

Neres is one of 15 different players to have found the net for the Dutchmen this season, so even with some of Ajax's star names putting their feet up we have no doubt they can find the net in Turkey.

And while Besiktas have underperformed in the Champions League this season they have at least found the net in both of their home group games, and they have also scored in all nine matches they have played in Istanbul this campaign.

So we're going for both teams to score in what could be an entertaining clash in the Turkish capital.

Club Brugge vs RB Leipzig

Tyler Adams

A Champions League semi-final appearance in 2020 must seem like a million years ago for RB Leipzig fans who have seen their team stripped of their manager and most of their best players in the last year.

And while it was never going to be easy with Man City and PSG for company in Group A, one point from four games is a poor return that has left the Germans rooted to the bottom of the group.

Their most disappointing result was a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture and it's hard to see a different outcome here as the visitors are winless in eight Bundesliga and Champions League matches this season.

Brugge can seal third place with a point here and while they were hammered 5-1 at home by Man City, a 1-1 draw against PSG proves that the hosts are not to be under-estimated on their own patch.

That City loss was the only time Philippe Clement's men have tasted defeat in 10 games at the Jay Breydel Stadium this season, and we're expecting them to secure Europa League qualification in fine fashion with a victory here.

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