What Are The Top Tips for This Week’s Champions and Europa League Ties?
It’s been two weeks since the first round of games in the Champions and Europa League Group Stages, which means that we are going to enjoy all the action that Matchday Two brings us this week in both competitions. The Champions League is stretched across Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with eight games on each night.
The Europa League sees a total of 24 matches played, all on Thursday 3rd October, with 12 matches kicking off at 5.55pm and the remaining dozen games all getting underway at 8pm. In this article, we are going to bring you the best games and the best bets from a selection of games in each, all featuring British teams from the English and Scottish Premier Leagues.
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So let’s take a look first at the games awaiting the British teams in the Champions League.
Tuesday 1st October 2019
Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb
Both these teams made convincing winning starts to their Champions League campaign, City beating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in the Ukraine, while Zagreb beat Atalanta 4-0 at home. However, I think they are going to find it a very different proposition taking on City at the Etihad.
In my view, City are really going to target this trophy this season as it is the one trophy that so far eludes Pep Guardiola since his days at Barcelona. Zagreb did well against an inexperienced Atalanta, but I think they are going to be found wanting here. City are unbackable to win at 1/14 but I think a bet on Kevin de Bruyne to score at any time at 6/5 is a good value bet.
Tottenham v Bayern Munich
After giving away a 2-0 lead to draw at Olympiakos, Spurs will be a little aggrieved they don’t have three points in this group. Bayern do, having beaten Red Star Belgrade 3-0 at home and they will come into this game with confidence after an unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season in Germany.
Spurs recent form has been decent at home through and while they have struggled on the road, they have looked relatively strong in front of their home fans. Bayern though are a tough not to crack and in truth, while I can see Spurs scoring, I also can see Bayern scoring against this somewhat lacklustre Spurs back line. As such, I think a draw at 14/5 is the best option to back here.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Lille v Chelsea
Can Chelsea put behind them their 1-0 loss at home to Valencia in the opening round of matches in the Champions League? They face a Lille side who were well beaten 3-0 by Ajax in Amsterdam and who will also know that a defeat here would likely leave them up against it in terms of qualifying from the group.
Chelsea know the same stands for them and when you compare the two sides, it is clear Chelsea have the edge in quality. I also feel the English sides goalscoring threat is much greater than the French team’s but I do worry about how easily Chelsea concede goals at times. I do see Lille scoring but I am backing Chelsea to win the game at even money with bet365.
Liverpool v Red Bull Salzburg
Having lost in Naples to Napoli 2-0 in the opening round of games in the group, Liverpool return to Anfield knowing nothing less than a win against a Red Bull Salzburg side that stuck six past Genk, will suffice. However, they face an Austrian team that is bang in form and that has amassed a good level of experience in Europe over the last few years.
Liverpool didn’t play well at Sheffield United at the weekend and they’ll need to up their game here against a Salzburg side well equipped to hit them on the counter, especially if their striker Haaland can return from illness. Even so, I still feel Liverpool should be the big favourites here and as such, I am backing Liverpool to win this game by a 3-1 scoreline at 9/1.
Thursday 3rd October – 5.55pm Kick Off
AZ Alkmaar v Manchester United
I have to be honest and say that I am a bit worried for United in this one. The Red Devils are not in the best of form heading into the game and they have a Monday night game against Arsenal just a few days before this game. That isn’t ideal preparation for the team and I think AZ could well take something from this one. Back the draw here at 9/4.
Besiktas v Wolverhampton Wanderers
After losing at home to Braga, Wolves are now in a position where they need to get something from at least one, if not two of their away games. A win over Watford will have helped their confidence ahead of this game, but the Vodafone Arena is a tough place to go to get a win against a Besiktas side who have a good record at home against English teams. I’m backing Besiktas to take the win here at 31/20.
Young Boys v Rangers
Steven Gerrard’s team got off to a winning start at home to Feyenoord but they face a tricky test against a Swiss team that have had plenty of experience in European football and who have a good record against British sides. This is a big ask for Rangers in my view and it is one that I am not quite sure they have the experience to get something from. I am backing Young Boys to win this one at 10/11.
Thursday 3rd October – 8pm Kick Off
Arsenal v Standard Liege
The Gunners have scored 15 goals, conceding just 2 in the four games they have played against Standard Liege over the years, winning them all and I cannot see anything to dissuade me from believing they will make that five on Thursday night. Even with a Monday night game against Man Utd, I still feel the Gunners ability to rotate players should mean that they pick up a comfortable win here. Back Arsenal to record their second 3-0 win in the competition here at 15/2.
Celtic v CFR Cluj
Having lost 4-3 at home to Cluj in the Champions League qualifiers, a result which saw them eliminated, Celtic have the ideal opportunity to gain revenge in the Europa League this season. The Romanian side though are no pushovers as they proved in that first game between the two. Celtic lost their 100% record at the weekend and that isn’t a great way to go into this game. As such, I am backing the draw here at 11/4.
*All odds shown are correct with bet365 Sport as of 2pm on Monday 30th September 2019.