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Stuart Dalgleish 21st Feb 2012 - 12:21

Wednesday's Champions League preview

Basel v Bayern Munich - 19:45 live on Sky Sports 2

Basel (11/2) will be looking to add another prize scalp to their Champions League campaign as they take on four-time winners Bayern Munich (6/10, draw 5/2) in the round of 16.

The Swiss outfit came through their group as runners-up to Benfica having dumped out Manchester United when nobody gave them a chance.

That will be working in their favour for this clash too; all the pressure is on their more illustrious opponents Bayern.

In the tie, it is something that I expect the Bavarians to cope with (1/8 to qualify, Basel 9/2), but they will be in for a tough match at St. Jakob-Park that is for sure.

Basel will not sit back and just let Bayern play, they will look to attack and get exciting winger Xherdan Shaqiri (9/1 first goal) on the ball as much as possible.

The Swiss international's performances for the national team and domestically have earned him a big money move, although if he has a stormer in this tie then that move might be cancelled as he's heading to the Allianz Arena in the summer!

They will also be relying on home favourite Alexander Frei (15/2) to have another big performance, the veteran striker has scored goals throughout his career, but not many expected him to be challenging Lionel Messi for the golden boot (33/1) this year.

Frei has five goals in six group games and is always a threat in and around the six yard box, he is also vastly experienced in Europe having enjoyed prolific spells in France and Germany, where he scored goals against Bayern when playing for Dortmund.

If Bayern can contain these two then they should come through the first leg relatively unscathed, but I would be having a small punt on the draw no bet market, as I think Basel (10/3) can pounce on some recent Munich frailties.

They started the season on fire, banging in the goals and churning out clean-sheets on a regular basis, things have dried up a little bit recently though and they are now down to third in the league when it looked like they would win it at a canter.

They are out of form on the road domestically where they have won just two from eight away games, dropping points to some unexpected teams including bottom side Freiburg in a 0-0 draw at the weekend.

Munich are without key midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has scored goals in this stadium twice for Bayern and twice for Germany in Euro 2008, David Alaba (12/1) has been filling in for the German international.

I am not expecting a glut of goals in this first leg; under 2.5 at 11/10 seems a good shout, and if Munich are to come away with an advantage, then a 1-0 win at 7/1 looks a decent bet.

Marseille v Inter Milan - 19:45 live on ITV1

Eight years ago, Didier Deschamps was a key instigator in getting Claudio Ranieri sacked at Chelsea, and now the Marseille (6/5) chief will be looking to stick another nail in the Inter Milan (5/2, draw 21/10) manager's coffin by earning a first leg lead in their round of 16 tie.

Ranieri seems to always be under pressure wherever he goes, and after initially turning Inter's season around he is very much feeling the strain again at the San Siro after some disastrous results recently.

The Nerazzurri have lost four of their last five, and have only scored in one of those games (although they did score four times in that match to draw with Palermo).

They are well off the pace in terms of the title race, but if they get their act together they are still in with a shot of gaining a Champions League qualification spot, they will be relying on other teams slipping up though realistically.

With the league out of the question, they will have to put all their eggs in one basket and go for European glory, having to get past an improving Marseille side though, that will not be easy.

The hosts are unbeaten in nine league games and successfully negotiated a potential banana skin in the Coupe de France last week to get past Bourg-Peronnas, in addition to this they are also in the Coupe de la Ligue final so it could turn out to be a fantastic season for the 1993 Champions League winners.

They have one of the most exciting strikers in Europe in Loic Remy (11/2 first goal), and he will enjoy playing against an aging team with his pace and power.

Teams in the Premier League have expressed an interest in the 25-year old previously, and another big performance on the big stage will surely have people enquiring for him again come the summer.

While Remy attracts most of the headlines, the rest of the squad are all capable of chipping in with a goal or two also and Inter will have to be on guard against the French outfit.

Mathieu Valbuena (10/1) is another player who will attract interest from around Europe in the summer; he's weighed in with eight goals from midfield this season, while laying on several more for his colleagues.

Inter's squad is vastly more experienced on the major stage, but out of form the value lies with Marseille for this match, and indeed in the tie.

They are 5/4 to qualify (Inter 4/7), but I like the look of them to win to nil in this match at 11/5, the visitors are struggling to score domestically and only managed eight goals in the group stage against not exactly stellar opposition, unlike L'OM.

They too struggled for goals in their group, but had arguably more prestigious opponents to get past, I'm expecting a tight affair in the Velodrome and under 2.5 goals has to be the call in this game too at odds of 8/15.

The unders double across both games works out at 2.22/1, should be worth a few quid that one.

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