This Week’s Second Champions League Matchday Should be a Cracker
After an amazing first round of games on the first Matchday, the Champions League has already seen its fair share of surprises. Favourites to win the tournament, Manchester City, were beaten at home by the unfancied Lyon, which puts Pep Guardiola’s men in a tricky position ahead of their trip to Germany to face Hoffenheim this week.
The other British teams had mixed results. Tottenham will be livid that they let their 1-0 lead at Inter Milan slip away in the last few minutes, Icardi volleying Inter level on 85 minutes before a Vecino header two minutes into injury time handed Inter the win they didn’t really deserve on the balance of play.
For the other two British teams it was a more positive evening’s work with Manchester United running out 3-0 winners away to Young Boys of Berne, with a double from Paul Pogba adding to a single strike from Anthony Martial. Liverpool also came through, defeating Paris St Germain at Anfield in an exciting game. Roberto Firmino’s injury time strike enough to hand the home side a 3-2 win in a game that they should have won more comfortably than the scoreline suggests.
The three Spanish teams all had strong performances, Barcelona beating PSV Eindhoven 4-0 at the Nou Camp in the other game in Tottenham’s group, Lionel Messi the man of the hour once again as the Argentinean genius netted another hattrick. Real Madrid were comfortable winners 3-0 over AS Roma, while Atletico Madrid earned a come-from-behind win 2-1 away to AS Monaco.
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Let’s take a look at how bet365 Sport sees the Full Time Result market for the 16 Champions League games taking place this week.
*Odds Correct as of 3pm GMT on Monday 1st October 2018
Our Tuesday Night Champions League Accumulator
Looking at the fixtures for Tuesday night’s games in the Champions League, I have come up with the following fourfold accumulator involving a selection of the evening’s matches:
- TSG Hoffenheim v Manchester City – Away Win (4/11)
- AEK Athens v Benfica – Draw (23/10)
- CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid – Away Win (3/5)
- Lyon v Shakhtar Donetsk – Home Win (17/20)
Place this bet with bet365 at the odds stated and your £10 fourfold accumulator would return £123.20 in winnings, plus your £10 stake for a total return of £133.20.
Our Wednesday Night Champions League Accumulator
Similar to Tuesday night, I have also gone through the fixtures for Wednesday night’s Champions League games and come up with the following fourfold accumulator bet:
- Lokomotiv Moscow v Schalke 04 – Home Win (11/5)
- Napoli v Liverpool – Away Win (23/20)
- PSV Eindhoven v Inter Milan – Draw (13/5)
- Tottenham v Barcelona – Draw (3/1)
This fourfold accumulator offers much longer odds than Tuesday night’s tip with a £10 stake on this bet returning you winnings of £980.70, which means with your £10 stake return included you would get a total return of £990.70.
My Other Top Bets for the Champions League This Week
I’ve also earmarked a number of other bets which I think may well turn up a decent profit this week across the 16 matches taking place on Matchday Two of the Champions League across Tuesday and Wednesday night. Do remember to check when your fixture is taking place to ensure you get your bet on in time with bet365 Sport before the match kicks off.
Anytime Goalscorer – Raheem Sterling (Man City) 11/10
I can see Manchester City being a potent threat against Hoffenheim on the counter attack and in these situations, the pace of Raheem Sterling is one of their key assets. The Englishman has been in decent form again for City this season and he has often cropped up with key goals in their games over the last couple of years. At better than even money to grab a goal, I think Sterling is a great value bet here.
Result/Both Teams to Score – Lyon and Yes – 12/5
What was clear about Lyon’s performance against Manchester City in the last round was that the French team are very dangerous going forward and against a Donetsk defence that looked somewhat porous against Hoffenheim last time out, I think they’ll grab a goal or two. However, Shakhtar are also a real threat going forward and although I feel they won’t win this game, or get a point, I do feel they will grab a consolation goal.
Anytime Scorecast – Romelu Lukaku to score anytime and Man Utd to win 2-0 – 11/1
After their poor performance at the weekend at West Ham, I do expect Jose Mourinho to make a number of changes for this now crucial game with Valencia. A win here would put United in control of the group and I expect them to try and remain tight at the back and attack Valencia when they can. Lukaku is always likely to grab a goal, especially after two games without one and I think United will win the game by a 2-0 scoreline and by combining the two, you get a tasty price of 11/1 on the bet with bet365 Sport.
Result/Both Teams to Score – Liverpool and Yes – 13/5
Napoli is a very tough place to go and get a result, but after thumping the Neapolitans 5-0 at Anfield in pre-season, Liverpool will be confident, especially after a 1-1 draw away at Chelsea at the weekend. Napoli lost at Juventus on Saturday and they come into this game clearly fearful of what the Reds potent attack possesses. I can see both sides scoring goals in this game, but for me, I think Liverpool’s counter attack has fired best in Europe over the past 12 months or so and I’m backing them to steer the Reds to their second win in the group here.
Anytime Scorecast – Harry Kane to score Anytime and Spurs and Barca to draw 1-1 – 16/1
Not many experts fancy Spurs to get something from the game with Barcelona but I think they can do precisely that. Barcelona’s recent form hasn’t been particularly good, losing at Leganes and only earning a draw at home with Athletic Bilbao at the weekend through a late equaliser. Spurs recent form is better and at Wembley they managed to defeat Real Madrid 3-1 in this competition last season. With Umtiti out suspended, I think Kane will have more space to operate and I can see him grabbing Spurs goal in a 1-1 draw.