Champions League 2013: Picking Winners from Wednesday's Games

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:   Franck Ribery of Muenchen celebrates scoring the opening goal with David Alaba of Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at Etihad Stadium on October 2, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The Champions League featured some excellent matchups and truly exciting games on Tuesday. Wednesday's action shouldn't disappoint, either.

It's tough to beat a matchup between Real Madrid and Juventus, for starters. And when you add in teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all in action, you've got yourself an exciting day of footy.

Let's make predictions for each game.

Predictions for Wednesday's Champions League Action
MatchWinnerScore
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Shakhtar DonetskBayer Leverkusen2-1
Manchester United vs. Real SociedadManchester United2-0
Galatasaray vs. FC CopenhagenGalatasaray1-0
Real Madrid vs. JuventusDraw1-1
Anderlecht vs. Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain3-0
Benfica vs. OlympiakosBenfica1-0
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester CityDraw1-1
Bayern Munich vs. Viktoria PlzenBayern Munich4-0

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Earning points in Madrid is vital for a Juventus side that has managed just two draws thus far in the Champions League. If Juventus lose, they could potentially find themselves in third place in the group while Real Madrid would be all alone atop the table at nine points. 

For Los Blancos, this could be a chance to pair Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco in the attack—an electrifying trio that hasn't played much together this season due to Bale's injury. Expect Juventus to play a condensed, disciplined defense and take the air out of this match. 

Real Sociedad play an exciting brand of footy, but Manchester United have been much better in cup competitions and the Champions League than they have been in the Premier League this season. At Old Trafford, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will keep the Red Devils atop Group A. 

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Bayern Munich and PSG should cruise on Wednesday and play some beautiful football doing so. 

Don't be surprised when CSKA Moscow earn a draw with City in Moscow. City aren't very good on the road, with two wins, two losses and a draw in away fixtures this season (opposed to five wins and a loss at home). There is plenty of talent on this CSKA Moscow squad, led by crafty midfielder Keisuke Honda.

Teams like Benfica and Bayer Leverkusen are talented enough to win fixtures at home and have each been very good domestically. Leverkusen is in third place and just a point behind table-leading Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, while Benfica is third on the Portuguese Liga table.

Sidney Sam (seven goals, four assists) and Stefan Kiessling (six goals, three assists) have been brilliant for Leverkusen this season, and it should be enough to hold off a pesky Shakhtar Donetsk side that has already drawn with Manchester United (at home) and beat Real Sociedad (on the road).