The second round is here and this is where betting on the Champions League really gets interesting. Pep Guardiola was humiliated by his former club in a four nil landslide and in this round, he’ll be looking for redemption and the much needed three points. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Leicester City are the only teams who managed to secure all nine points and another point would theoretically see Leicester City advance to the next round and reach another milestone in their club’s history. It’s important to know of all the bets available on the Unibet site to understand which information you should be looking at when placing a bet on the Champions League.
Bet on Manchester City vs Barcelona
Manchester City host the Catalonia giants at the Etihad Stadium tonight, a fortnight after being thrashed 4-0 at the Nou Camp. Barcelona were impressive upfront in the first round of the group stages, having found the net 13 times in just 270 minutes of playing time.
Barcelona have won all five of their previous encounters with City, conceding just two goals. Barcelona are the favourites to win the game with odds at 29/20 but not by much. Manchester City’s odds are priced at 19/10. City are unbeaten in their last six Champions League home games and have never gone seven consecutive games without a defeat at the Etihad in the competition. Think it will be a game full of goals? Betting on over 3.5 goals is very lucrative and worth considering as odds are currently at 11/8. More often than not, it’s one of the three usual suspects who finds the net in every Barcelona game and odds for Suarez, Messi and Neymar to score at any time are currently at 7/6, 11/9 and 33/20 respectively.
The visitors will be without the likes of Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta, Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal due to injury, although Arda Turan is back in the squad.
Bet on PSV vs Bayern Munich
Group D is already settled, having Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid virtually in the knock-out stages. The Dutch side are hosting Ancelotti’s men is an encounter where they’ll be the underdogs irrespective of whether they play at home or on foreign soil. Bayern are the clear favourites and odds for winning the game are not very lucrative and would need to look at handicap betting to make a decent return. Odds for Bayern to win the game are at 9/25 while to win a difference of two goals are at 87/100. Bayern founds the net nine times in three games. The following is the form of both clubs in all competitions:
Bayern Munich: WWWWDD
Bayern Munich and PSV had met on 7 previous occasions in UEFA competitions and the Bundesliga side hold a solid record with 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Think PSV will get something out of this game? Bet on double chance on PSV as odds are priced incredibly well at 12/5.
Bet on Besiktas vs Napoli
Maurizio Sarri is eager to put the disappointment of a defeat to Serie A rivals Juventus behind him by getting revenge against Champions League adversaries Besiktas. Besiktas are second in Group B and just a point away from Napoli, who are sitting at the top of the group. The Turkish side will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in this campaign but will also be looking for three vital points to edge closer to the knock-out phase. Benfica will be looking for all three points to keep their hopes alive and a win over Dynamo Kiev will send them to first or second place of Group B, depending on the other game’s result. Napoli are the favourites to win the game with odds currently at 13/10. All Napoli’s games in the Champions league so far have ended in over 2.5 goals and odds are at 5/6.
Midfielders Gokhan Inler, Oguzhan Ozyakup and Atiba Hutchinson are back in training but are unlikely to feature, while Napoli lack defender Raul Albiol and striker Arkadiusz Milik due to injury.
Besiktas could be seen as the stronger side in this encounter, especially considering the fact that they unbeaten in all competitions this season. They are unbeaten in 12 matches with six wins and six draws. The confidence will be certainly there, which will definitely be magnified when playing in front of their home fans.