Champions League Matchday One Tips
The Champions League is back tonight and tomorrow evening and what a fantastic couple of days of action we have in store, including some matches that see s0ome of the biggest teams in European football locking horns.
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Let’s now get down to the brass tacks as we bring you a quick preview and our tips for each of the 16 games taking place in the competition this week, starting with the eight games tonight.
Champions League Preview & Tips
Tuesday 14th September
- GROUP G – Sevilla v FC Salzburg (5.45pm)
Having lost the likes of Haaland, Minamino and more over the last few years, Salzburg have done well to replace them but I don’t think they are as strong a team as they have been. Sevilla are experienced and consistent and always tough to beat at home and I think they will run out the winners in this game relatively comfortably.
Top Tip – Sevilla to win 2-0 Correct Score Bet – 15/2
- GROUP F – Young Boys v Manchester United (5.45pm)
Having invested in the likes of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, Manchester United should be very confident of picking up the three points here. Switzerland hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for British teams in the past, but I can’t see United slipping up here.
Top Tip – Man Utd to win 3-1 Correct Score Bet – 10/1
- GROUP E – Barcelona v Bayern Munich
Two giants of the game who have had contrasting fortunes this off season. For Bayern, it has been business as usual with Julian Nagelsmann coming in for Hansi Muller. For Barcelona, it has been huge upheaval due to the financial pressures the club faces and the loss of several key men. That I feel puts Bayern in control of this game even though it is in the Nou Camp.
Top Tip – Barcelona 1-2 Bayern Munich Correct Score Bet – 17/2
- GROUP H – Chelsea v Zenit St Peterburg
The current holders get their defence of the trophy underway with a home game against Zenit and I think Chelsea will make a confident start. Having started their Premier League campaign well I feel they will be too strong for a Zenit side that are not as strong as they have been in previous years.
Top Tip – Chelsea 2-0 Zenit St Petersburg Correct Score Bet – 5/1
- GROUP E – Dynamo Kyiv v Benfica
These two teams are the two underdogs to qualify from Group E, so whoever wins this game stands a good chance of being the team who can perhaps cause a big shock. In truth, I think this game looks very well balanced as Kyiv are tough to beat at home and I don’t see Benfica having quite the quality to earn the win.
Top Tip – Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Benfica Correct Score Bet – 15/2
- GROUP G – Lille v Wolfsburg
I’m not quite sure what has happened to Lille. After being superb last season in France to beat PSG to the title, they have struggled this season for any sort of form. Wolfsburg in contrast have won all four of their Bundesliga games and at the moment, they are the form pick in this game and I really can’t go against that here.
Top Tip – Wolfsburg to win – 6/4.
- GROUP H – Malmo FF v Juventus
Juventus have had a struggle at the start of the Serie A season, but they are up against a team in Malmo that will be playing at this level for the first time in many years and in truth, the Italian side should win this game very comfortably given the quality that they have throughout the team. It won’t be a rout, but I do expect Juventus to win comfortably.
Top Tip – Juventus to win and both teams to score – No – 8/5.
- GROUP F – Villarreal v Atalanta
For me, these are two of the most interesting and exciting teams in this competition and whoever wins this game will have a great chance of qualifying from Group F. Atalanta are young but vibrant and proved their worth over the last two years, Villarreal are more experienced and are Europa League holders. This will be a cracking game but I think the Spaniards will do just enough to land the win.
Top Tip – Villarreal to win 2-1 and Gerard Moreno to score anytime – 14/1
Wednesday 15th September
- GROUP C – Besiktas v Borussia Dortmund (5.45pm)
Dortmund face a tricky trip to Turkey, but it is a game that I would expect the German side to land the win in. Besiktas are a decent team, especially at home, but I think the attacking threat posed by Dortmund is such that they should expect to win this game and secure three key points in Group C.
Top Tip – Dortmund to win 3-1 Correct Score Bet – 11/1
- GROUP D – Sheriff Tiraspol v Shakhtar Donetsk (5.45pm)
This is a huge step up in quality for the Moldovan side Sheriff, and this is probably the game they have most chance of getting something from. That said, Shakhtar are very experienced at this level now and for me, they are by far a better team. As such, I am backing them to take control of the game in the second half to land the win.
Top Tip – Half Time/Full Time – Draw / Shakhtar Donetsk – 15/4.
- GROUP B – Atletico Madrid v FC Porto
Group B is one of the toughest to predict and has four quality teams, so all games in this group will be crucial and home games doubly so for the home team. Atletico have started the season well in Spain and I think that the quality that they have in attack in particular, as well as a rock-solid defence, means that they should be confident of a win here.
Top Tip – Atletico Madrid to win and both teams to score – no – 6/4.
- GROUP A – Club Brugge v Paris St Germain
Having snapped up almost every available world class talent this summer, PSG have set their site on finally landing the Champions League title. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappe will spearhead that attempt and I think the three of them will be far too strong for a Club Brugge side here and all I can see is a comprehensive win for PSG in this one.
Top Tip – Lionel Messi (Paris St Germain) first goalscorer – 21/10
- GROUP D – Inter Milan v Real Madrid
These two teams were drawn in the same group last year (along with Shakhtar) and Real won both the games between the teams, both teams have lost some key players since then but have also signed some replacements and this time around I am backing the home side to pick up something from this game, but not the three points.
Top Tip – Back the draw at 13/5.
- GROUP B – Liverpool v AC Milan
These two teams have only met twice in the Champions League, both times in the final and both have one win apiece. Milan could be without Ibrahimovic for this game through injury, which would be a big blow for them and hand Liverpool a big advantage. The Reds look back to their best this season and I think will edge this one at Anfield.
Top Tip – HT/FT – Liverpool/Liverpool – 11/10
- GROUP A – Manchester City v Red Bull Leipzig
Along with Paris St Germain, Manchester City are many peoples favourites to win the Champions League this year but they have a tricky game against Leipzig here. The German side haven’t started the season so well and were well beaten by Bayern last weekend and given the players that have left them over the last year or so, I think City should land a solid win to begin their campaign.
Top Tip – Manchester City 3-0 Red Bull Leipzig Correct Score Bet – 15/2
- GROUP C – Sporting Lisbon v Ajax Amsterdam
These two teams are both young, both won their domestic leagues and both regularly see their best players sold on for a profit, while relying on their excellent youth system for many replacements. As such, I think they are two very well matched teams and while Ajax may have the edge in terms of their experience, I think that Sporting at home are a tough team to beat.
Top Tip – Back the draw here at 5/2
*All games kick off at 8pm unless otherwise stated. All odds shown were correct as of 10.30am on Tuesday 14th September 2021 with bet365 Sport.