UEFA Champions League Group Stage best bets: Matchday 2
A breakdown of three games in the UEFA Champions League that offer great value.
With Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League nearly upon us, let’s take a look at a some of the value plays in this week’s matchups.
PSG vs Bayern Munich
Believe it or not, this will be the first meeting between these two powerhouses of world football since the 2000/01 season. Back when the likes of Laurent Robert and Jay-Jay Okocha were strutting around for the French outfit, the Munich club employed the services of Oliver Kahn and Bixente Lizarazu. However, enough with the reminiscing - let’s focus on this matchup.
Matchday 1 saw Bayern cruise to a comfortable 3-0 home win against Anderlecht while PSG thrashed Celtic 5-0 at Celtic Park.
Star shot stopper Manuel Neuer announced last week he will be out till 2018, with reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich taking over the reins for the time being.
Munich succumbed to a 2-2 draw over the weekend after a howler from stand in Ulreich. There are reports coming out of Munich of some unrest in the dressing room after dropping 5 points in 6 games, and Neymar and the star studded PSG outfit will look to take full advantage of the distraction that seems to be creeping into the Bayern squad. Add in the fact PSG have only lost once in their past 43 European appearances at Parc de Princes and I’m backing them to get the job done here!
Best Bet: PSG Win-Draw-Win
Value bet: Lewandowski 1st Bayern goal scorer
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool
The Reds travel to the Russian capital to take on a Spartak Moscow outfit who were held to a 1-1 draw away from at the hands of Maribor.
The Merseyside outfit also had a frustrating draw at home to Spanish side Sevilla, with both teams having good chances to seize a winner. Unfortunately, neither side could find the back of the net and the score stayed at 2-2.
Liverpool’s away form needs to be taken into consideration, where they have conceded 10 goals in just 3 league appearances (while also scoring 6). There are some question marks over their ability to compete with the best in England, and Europe for that matter. However, with Coutinho, Firmino, Mané, and Salah all available together for the first time this season we could see some fireworks, and combined with Liverpool’s current defensive frailties, this looks like a game that is screaming goals, goals, goals!
Take the total over 2.5, and if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, over 3.5 goals.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals
Value bet: Over 3.5 goals or Liverpool to win and both teams to score.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
Los Blancos travel to Dortmund for what many are considering the match of the round. Dortmund is undefeated in the league but they are coming off a 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Matchday 1. The German will be looking to turn it around here against a Madrid outfit sitting 5th in La Liga, already trailing leaders and rivals Barcelona by 7 points.
With that said, Madrid’s European form over the last couple of seasons has been quite unbelievable and has seen them finish as back-to-back Champions League winners,. They only lost one game in Europe in each of the last two seasons!
Both group fixtures between these two ended 2-2 last season and despite the fact Madrid have never beaten Dortmund at home, I think this will change and Madrid will prove to be too strong this time round. Take them to win in a high scoring affair.
Tip: Real Madrid Win-Draw-Win
Value bet: Over 4.5 goals