Premier League clubs will be in focus for this week’s Champions League Matchday 2 games, with three having lost on Matchday 1 – we preview all four televised games.
Porto v Chelsea
Tuesday 29th September / 7.45pm
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||10/11||Bet365|
|Diego Costa||To Be Shown A Card||17/10||Unibet|
|Diego Costa||Anytime Goalscorer||21/10||Ladbrokes|
|Chelsea 2-1||Correct Score||23/2||Unibet|
Jose Mourinho returns ‘home’ to face the side he first made his name with, as his rather uninspiring Chelsea side travel to Portugal on Tuesday evening. But this may be just the time to back the Blues at big looking odds of 2/1 with Bet365 and Coral.
Since losing consecutive matches against Everton and Crystal Palace, Chelsea have now gone four without losing, including a victory against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge and a 2-2 draw on Saturday night against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.
Porto drew their Matchday 1 game with Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 and we feel that the best bet is for both teams to score at a best price of 10/11 with Bet365 – let’s not forget that Chelsea have conceded in every game away from Stamford Bridge this season.
Diego Costa remains both a liability and a goal threat and we suggest backing him to both score and receive a card on Tuesday – Unibet go 17/10 on him being shown a card, while he can also be backed at 21/10 with Ladbrokes to score at any time in the game; although we’d stop short of taking Paddy Power’s 13/1 that he gets a red.
Finally, let’s back the 1-1 at best odds of 6/1 and the 2-1 Chelsea win at 23/2 – both with Unibet, who refund losing Correct Score bets if a goal is scored in injury time.
Arsenal v Olympiakos
Tuesday 29th September / 7.45pm
|Arsenal 3-0||Correct Score||21/2||BetVictor|
|Arsenal 4-0||Correct Score||19/1||BetVictor|
|Arsenal 5-0||Correct Score||45/1||BetVictor|
|Alexis Sanchez (ew)||First Goalscorer||5/1||Bet365|
This is a game of vital importance to the Gunners following their Matchday 1 defeat to Dinmao Zagreb (tipped by us at odds of 13/2).
While Arsene Wenger’s side were losing 2-1 in Croatia, Olympiakos lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich and they have a dreadful record on the road in Europe, so whilst Arsenal are a prohibitive 9/20 with Bet365 to win, they should do so comfortably.
Their two wins last week – 2-1 at Spurs in the League Cup and 5-2 at Leicester in the Premier League show a team in confident goal scoring mood ahead of this fixture.
The clubs have met six times before in the Champions League and it’s interesting to note that all six were won by the home side – indeed Olympiakos have failed to win any of their 12 previous visits to face English opposition in this competition.
With the Greeks arriving with defensive injuries, this may therefore be the time to bet on a big Arsenal win – we suggest perming the 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 with BetVictor, who offer the best odds on all three scorelines.
Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick against Leicester and can be backed to score first at a tempting each-way price of 5/1 with Bet365 (just 7/2 with most bookmakers).
Monchengladbach v Manchester City
Wednesday 30th September / 7.45pm
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||3/4||Unibet|
|Over 2.5||Total Goals||13/16||Unibet|
|Patrick Herrmann||Anytime Goalscorer||4/1||Paddy Power|
|Granit Xhaka||Anytime Goalscorer||9/1||Paddy Power|
|Kevin De Bruyne (ew)||First Goalscorer||15/2||Bet365, Paddy Power|
City are favourites to win this game in Germany, but given that they have only won two of their last 11 Champions League games (D2,L7), best odds of 19/20 (Bet365, Paddy Power) make no appeal whatsoever.
Indeed, they make the trip with a whole host of injury concerns, with Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony all set to miss out.
Although the Germans lost their first six Bundesliga matches this season, they have won their last two (scoring seven goals) since parting with manager Lucien Favre, while City have lost their last two league games.
Monchengladbach have scored at least once in their last 15 European home games and with this in mind, we suggest backing both teams to score at best odds of 3/4 with Unibet, who also offer the best odds of 13/16 on Over 2.5 Goals.
Winger Patrick Herrmann scored four goals in the Germans’ six Europa League group games last season and appeals at odds of 4/1 with Paddy Power to score, while the wonderfully named Granit Xhaka has scored in their last two league games and is 9/1 with Paddy Power in this market (just 4/1 with William Hill).
Kevin De Bruyne returns to Germany where he was named 2015 Footballer of the Year while playing for Wolfsburg. He has scored in each of his last three games for City and looks worth backing each-way to score the first goal at best odds of 15/2.
Manchester United v Wolfsburg
Wednesday 30th September / 7.45pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||Evens||Bet365|
|Man United 1-0||Correct Score||15/2||BetVictor|
|Anthony Martial (ew)||First Goalscorer||5/1||Paddy Power|
|Julian Draxler (ew)||First Goalscorer||14/1||Paddy Power|
United are now top of the Premier League with 16 points from seven matches and the feel good factor seems to be slowly returning to Old Trafford. So, it’s no surprise to see them odds-on to beat Wolfsburg on Wednesday evening (4/5 generally).
It is worth noting here that Coral are offering new customers enhanced odds of 7/1 for United to win – click here to claim (maximum bet £5, but £20 free bet if it loses).
However, Wolfsburg are no mugs – runners-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, they currently sit in fourth place this season with their only loss being a 5-1 defeat at Bayern (where Robert Lewandowski scored five goals in nine minutes).
They beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 in their opening Group B Champions League game, while United lost 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven, and the visitors are likely to attempt to shut up shop and try to secure a valuable away point here. We therefore envisage a low scoring game and recommend backing Under 2.5 Goals at evens with Bet365.
We also suggest backing the 1-0 home win at best odds of 15/2 and the 1-1 draw at 7/1 – both with BetVictor.
Anthony Martial has scored four goals in five games for United since arriving from Monaco, and he should be backed to score the first goal at 5/1 with Paddy Power.
Winger Julian Draxler scored the winning goal against CSKA earlier this month and he has been compared favourably to Martial by no less than Louis van Gaal – the 14/1 offered by Paddy Power in this market looks a massive price.