Thursday Champions League Best Bets

Can Lyon spring a surprise on City? Will United avoid this tricky banana skin?

James Baxter
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Wed, 19 Sep, 12:00 AM

Young Boys v Man Utd

Four of Manchester United’s Champions League matches saw the first half end goalless. Mourinho’s ‘conservatism’ is a well-known trait of his, and these first half snoozefests were not greeted with much joy from the onlooking United faithful.

 

Admittedly, United often got their act together later in the game to snatch victory – apart from against Sevilla at Old Trafford when it really mattered – and I can see a similar tale occurring in Bern.

 

The score to be 0-0 at half-time looks a good option.

Man City v Lyon

Matches like this are generally pretty hard to bet on; even backing City to score a hatful of goals won’t return you a great deal, and while backing a low-scoring or surprise result will give you better odds, it almost certainly won’t pan out that way.

 

One market that caught our eye was the early goals market. Last season, Manchester City scored seven goals in the opening 15 minutes of their 10 Champions League matches, which is a very good return.  

 

At $3.50, there’s great value in backing the same outcome here, so my second tip is for Manchester City to lead after 15 minutes.

Real Madrid v Roma

Real Madrid have won the two matches they have played at the Bernabéu (2-0 against Getafe and 4-1 against Leganes) and both scored during the first 20 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, Roma have scored a goal in each of their two away games (0-1 against Torino and 2-1 against Milan) and in both cases he did after the break.

 

This therefore points towards Madrid winning the first half .

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