Champions League Wednesday

Published by on September 27, 2017

PSG vs Bayern Munich

Neymar should be fit to return to the PSG line-up for the visit of the German champions. Given that the Parisians' ultimate aim is to win the Champions League, this will be an early test of their resolve against one of Europe's elite. Their Brazilian superstar is at 4/6 to score in 90 minutes, and it's no surprise the odds are so short given his five goals and five assists in all competitions so far this season. Ordinarily, Bayern should be favourites, but their start to the season hasn't been ideal and they are evidently missing the injured Manuel Neuer. 

Sporting Lisbon vs Barcelona

Barca made it six wins from their first six league games against Girona at the weekend. Lionel Messi was marked out of that game, but he's rarely kept down for long. The Argentine is at 2/1 for first goalscorer, with Luis Suarez another decent option at 5/2. Sporting's task is made all the more difficult as they haven't been convincing yet this season and have been held in their last two games. 

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United

United have only failed to win one game this season, and that was their recent 2-2 draw against Stoke. The Red Devils have been thoroughly impressive in all competitions. While Jose Mourinho's side are at 8/11, even better value is on them winning to nil at 9/5. They've only let in three goals all season in all competitions.

Qarabag vs Roma

Brutal though it may sound, Qarabag are really here to make up the numbers. Roma will not exactly be relishing the trip to Azerbaijan, yet they can look forward to a comfortable win, with Chelsea having beaten the group's whipping boys 6-0 a fortnight ago. 

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Diego Costa will be the major talking point as these two sides meet, with the striker having agreed to join the Rojiblancos when their transfer embargo ends in January. It's a shame he can't play in this one, as it could become a negative affair between two counter-attacking specialists. Atleti are marginal favourites at 11/10 and unfortunately for Alvaro Morata, they will know exactly how to cope with his threat given his time in the Spanish capital with Real and his years in their own academy. 

Juventus vs Olympiacos

Is this the year when Gianluigi Buffon finally lifts the Champions League? Juve are looking to go one better than they did last season. All eyes will be on man of the moment Paulo Dybala, who has been in electric form. The apparent heir to Lionel Messi is at 7/4 to score another brace. 

Basel vs Benfica

Not many people would have predicted Benfica slipping up against CSKA Moscow last time out, but that's exactly what happened. If either of these sides wants to escape the group, they need to be winning this one. Basel did not look great against United, so Benfica will be gunning for an away win at 5/4.

Anderlecht vs Celtic

The Hoops can't fare much worse than they did in their opening game against PSG, when they were trounced 5-0. At least Brendan Rodgers' men will be riding high on the back of victory in the Old Firm. There isn't all that much between them and Anderlecht in terms of odds, with Celtic 9/4 and the Belgians 11/10. All Rodgers can reasonably expect is that his side give a good account of themselves. 


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