Our snapshot previews of all three Champions League games featuring British teams on Wednesday night, including Pep Guardiola’s return to the Nou Camp.
Barcelona v Man City
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||21/10||Bet365|
|Manchester City (+1)||Asian Handicap||23/20||Bet365|
|Sergio Aguero||First Goalscorer||15/2||Unibet|
|Kevin de Bryne||First Goalscorer||13/1||Unibet|
Both sides are packed full of players who can score goals, but odds of just 2/5 on this being an ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ game look very short for such an important fixture where both sides are likely to play with more reserve than we are perhaps used to.
This is the third time in four seasons City have travelled to the Nou Camp, losing 1-0 here two seasons ago and 2-1 the season beforehand (2 goals in the last 2 minutes).
For that reason, we feel that going against the crowd and backing ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ may be profitable here – especially as we can get odds of 21/10 on this with Bet365.
We also want to be with the visitors on the Asian Handicap – at best odds of 23/20 with Bet365 with City getting a whole one goal start and that looks great value to us.
This way you only lose if Barca win by two clear goals – and no team managed to do that to City in their last 20 games in this competition over the previous two seasons.
At this point it’s worth noting that Bet365 are offering their Risk Free Bet promotion for this game – just bet pre-match and get a risk-free In-Play bet to the same value.
Lionel Messi is favourite to open the scoring at 17/5 with BetVictor, but we feel that it may be worth taking a chance on a couple of away players at bigger prices here.
Sergio Aguero certainly looks overpriced at the stand-out odds of 15/2 offered by Unibet, while Kevin de Bryne is a huge 13/1 with the same firm – who also refund losing First Goalscorer bets should there be a goal scored in the 90th min or later.
Arsenal v Ludogorets
|Arsenal 4-0||Correct Score||9/1||BetVictor|
|Arsenal 4-1||Correct Score||15/1||BetVictor|
|Arsenal 5-1||Correct Score||25/1||BetVictor|
|Theo Walcott (ew)||First Goalscorer||9/2||Bet365|
Arsenal are no bigger than 1/6 for what should be another straight forward win, with Ludogorets as big as 22/1 and the draw available at 8/1, both with Bet365.
Ludogorets came through the play-offs to get here – but have yet to win a match in Group A, losing 1-3 at home to PSG last month following a draw in their first game.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have won their last six Premier League matches scoring at least two goals in every one bar their away fixture to Burnley (0-1).
We think they can score a few here and suggest perming some high scoring Correct Score bets – try the 4-0, 4-1 and 5-1, with BetVictor offering best odds on each.
Finally, we’ll recommend backing the in-form Theo Walcott (scorer of another two goals on Saturday) to score the first goal here at the best odds of 9/2 with Bet365.
Celtic v Borussia Monchengladbach
|Celtic (+0.5)||Asian Handicap||3/4||BetVictor|
|Moussa Dembele (ew)||First Goalscorer||6/1||Bet365|
Following Celtic’s excellent 3-3 draw against Manchester City at home in their last Champions League match, we find it bemusing to see them available at 2/1 to win.
Monchengladbach have lost both of their opening matches, and their confidence will be low following a 0-0 draw at home to 10-man Hamburg at the weekend.
As well as the 2/1 we suggest backing Brendan Rodger’s side on the Asian Handicap with a half-goal start at 3/4 with BetVictor – so you win if Celtic either win or draw.
Moussa Dembele has now scored eight goals in Celtic’s last four games at Celtic Park, including two against City, and he’s a tempting 6/1 with Bet365 to score first.