Champions League accumulator: Ajax and Barcelona among best bets

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The final round of group games in this season’s Champions League are upon us and with Manchester City’s pool proving something of an accumulator minefield we’ve opted for some rather more straightforward options for our latest fourfold.

Featuring home wins for Ajax, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao as well as a victory for Schalke in Slovenia, this tempting tip is available at odds of just over 9/2 with Ladbrokes and is well worth your immediate attention.

Ajax to beat Apoel Nicosia @ 8/13

The reigning Eredivisie champions may already be out of the running for qualification from the group but they can still seal a place in the Europa League with a home win over an Apoel side still fighting to reach the very same competition.

Ajax warmed up for this game with a 5-0 victory over Willem II at the weekend and after dominating for much of their 1-1 draw with Apoel in Cyprus they will be expected to make home advantage count at the Amsterdam Arena.

Athletic Bilbao to beat BATE Borisov @ 2/7

Featuring two more teams battling it out for the opportunity to play European football on Thursday nights, it’s Bilbao who deserve your backing here following a fine 1-0 victory away against a Shakhtar Donetsk team chasing top spot in their group last time out in this competition.

The Belarusians may have come out on top last time these two met back in Borisov but after winning four and drawing one of their previous six in La Liga the Basque club are getting back on track and would relish the chance to reach the final of the Europa League again.

Barcelona to beat PSG @ 1/2

The Parisiens may have beaten Barca 3-2 when these two teams met earlier in the season but, with the Catalans in good form and chasing the three points needed to take top spot, it could be a different story at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona have won seven games on the bounce and have scored ten goals in their last two home games while PSG were fortunate to beat Nantes 2-1 at the weekend and drew 1-1 with an out-of-form Lille prior to that.

Schalke to beat Maribor @ 4/5

The Bundesliga club remain in the hunt for qualification going into this game and after warming up in style with a 4-0 victory away at Stuttgart in the league, they should be confident of seeing off a Maribor team that can no longer advance to the knockout stages.

Schalke have scored 11 goals in their last three domestic fixtures and with Klaas Jan-Huntelaar in their ranks they should have more than enough fire power to see off the Slovenians.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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