Champions League Parlay: Expect Chelsea To Capitalize on Struggling Juventus
Champions League Round 2 Betting Picks: Wednesday's Parlay (+272)
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Man United, Chelsea, Juventus are back in action on Wednesday's Champions League card. Of course, the most anticipated match is Juventus vs. Chelsea, but Salzburg vs. Lille should be the most entertaining game of the day.
Juventus vs. Chelsea
Juventus and Chelsea are leading Group H standings after winning their season openers 3-0 against Malmo and 1-0 against Zenit, respectively. We expect both teams to qualify in the knock-out stages, but it's crucial to finish first and get an easier opponent in the round of 16.
After a summer full of drama with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club, the Italian giants kicked off their domestic campaign with two draws and two defeats. However, they managed to bounce back, winning their previous two Serie A games (3-2 against Spezia and 3-2 against Sampdoria) without impressing, having many issues at the back. It's strange to see Juventus sitting tenth in the Serie A standings after 6 rounds and conceding 10 goals in the process. The team looks disjointed, flat, having no real leader.
Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata got injured, and both look set to miss this showdown, so it's interesting to see how Allegri will approach this clash. He will probably change the formation to 4-3-3 with Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski on the flanks and Moise Kean leading the attack.
On the other side, Chelsea enters this match on the back of their first defeat of the season. They were outclassed by Man City, losing 1-0 on their turf having zero shots on target. Their tame performance in attack cost them the 3 points, but Thomas Tuchel will definitely change that approach against a shaky Juventus defense. Domestically, the hosts have not kept a clean sheet since the start of the season, so the trio Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku, and Timo Werner will have many goal attempts.
The Blues will surely win the midfield battle with Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, N'Golo Kante enjoying a great season. In the 1-0 win against Zenit, Chelsea was very pragmatic. After scoring, they maintained the ball spending a lot of time in Zenit's half but without generating clear-cut chances. If Lukaku is provided with more quality service from his teammates, he will definitely be the game-changer.
Given Juventus' defensive struggles, Chelsea's tremendous attacking firepower, and eagerness to return to winning ways, we're going with a value bet. Of course, you can also play this as a single bet.
1st Parlay Pick: Chelsea Total Team Goals Over 1.5 (+110)
Salzburg vs. Lille
Salzburg enters this game on the back of a 17-game unbeaten streak across all competitions, including a crazy 1-1 draw in their first Champions League match on the road against Sevilla. They missed two penalties in the 1st half having 8 shots on target in the game, so it's crazy how that game stayed under 2.5 goals. Salzburg is flying high in their domestic league with 9 wins in 9 games, again running away with the title.
They have some injury problems at the back, with three of their center-backs, Maximilian Wober, Oumar Solet, and Kamil Piatkowski, questionable for this game.
On the other side, Lille was held to a goalless draw by Wolfsburg in matchday, wasting a significant number of scoring opportunities. They controlled the entire game, but they were very unlucky not to find the back of the net. The Ligue 1 reigning champs had a difficult start to the season after losing Christophe Galtier in the summer. As a result, they won just 3 of their 8 domestic league games, conceding 14 goals in the process.
Salzburg is a great team to watch, always playing positive football. They scored 40 goals in 14 games this season, and we expect them to take advantage of Lille's defensive issues. The bookies see Salzburg as clear favorites to win this game but let's not underestimate Lille, a team with serious attacking potential. Jonathan Bamba and Renato Sanches are ruled out for Wednesday's clash due to injuries
2nd Parlay Pick: Over 2.5 goals in the match (-130)
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2-Leg Parlay Odds (+272)