Champions League Tuesday

Published by on September 12, 2017
Chelsea vs Qarabag
 
The consensus is that the Blues benefited from not having to play European football last season, so it will certainly be interesting to see how they get on back at the top table. Antonio Conte will once again be looking to Alvaro Morata to continue his fine start to the season, with the Spaniard at 3/1 to score first. 
 
Man United vs FC Basel
 
United return to the elite table as Europa League winners and the group draw has been relatively kind to Jose Mourinho. This has the feel of a Europa League game, with Basel at 6/1 even to manage a draw. 
 
Barcelona vs Juventus
 
Supposedly in crisis, Barca find themselves top of La Liga going into this tie. Lionel Messi has been doing what he does best, scoring five goals in the Blaugrana's opening three games. The Argentine is at an incredible 8/1 to score from outside the penalty area, or 3/1 to score alongside Luis Suarez. 
 
Roma vs Atletico Madrid
 
Eusebio Di Francesco is still in the infant stages of his reign in the Italian capital, and this will be an early tactical chess match for him to get his teeth into. Atleti are only slight favourites at 13/8, and many will be a little reluctant to back them after their indifferent start to the season. 
 
Bayern vs Anderlecht 
 
There has been speculation over Carlo Ancelotti's future this week, and he will be hoping that does not distract Bayern from getting the job done. The Bavarians should top Group B, depending on how PSG get on, so it's vital they win by a margin here. 
 
Celtic vs Paris Saint-Germain 
 
The Champions League is nearly always a wake-up call for Celtic and it's likely to be no different when PSG visit. Their attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar looked deadly in the 5-1 win over Metz on Friday night. Brendan Rodgers' side could well be in for a long night, with the visitors only at 6/4 to win by three or more goals. 
 
Benfica vs CSKA Moscow
 
This game is must-win for Benfica. We're backing a home win with both teams to score - no, at 6/4. Moscow have only won one of their last three league games, whereas Benfica are still unbeaten in the Primeira Liga with four wins and a draw. 
 
Olympiacos vs Sporting CP
 
Both these sides know they have little hope of escaping a group featuring Barca and Juventus, so this game is already shaping up to be a battle to avoid the wooden spoon. Sporting have done well to keep hold of William Carvalho this summer and the Portuguese international could be key to keeping things tight for the away leg. Olympiacos are the slight favourites at 17/10 compared to Sporting's 7/4.