This is where it all gets interesting! The second round of the Champions League will kick off this week as millions of people across Europe and the globe, gather in front of their TV’s to watch the action unfold in real-time. Liverpool are expected to collect all three points when they host rank outsiders Maribor, boosting their chances of progressing to the next round while Celtic need to beat Bayern Munich to have any chance of progressing. All four Premier League teams in the Champions League are first in their respective groups with Liverpool who need to fight the hardest for control in Group E. We’ll delve deeper into the biggest games of the week and how to use the historic results and group positions to your advantage.
Bet on Paris vs Anderlecht
With the way things are looking, it seems that Anderlecht have already got one foot out of the European football but it’s their statistics which give rise to betting opportunities. The Belgian side has conceded 10 goals in three games and to make matters worse, they still haven’t found the net. On the other side of the spectrum, Paris have found the net 12 times and have yet to concede their first goal. Odds for one team to score are priced at 1.70 – a great value bet considering all the goal statistics for both teams.
Paris have been deadly in front of goal and with the first round of this fixture ending in a landslide win for the French side, we can’t imagine it being any different in Paris. Odds for Paris to win with a goal difference of four or more are set at 2.02 and 3.45 for Neymar to get the first goal.
Bet on Manchester United vs Benfica
Benfica have been struggling to find their form in the Champions League and losing their next encounter in Manchester will almost certainly see them make an early exit. The Portuguese side have lost all their three matches and have only found the net once and with the Red Devils having virtually qualified, we’ll doubt we’ll see Mourinho take unnecessary risks. Odds for one team to score are set at 1.70 while under 2.5 goals is priced at 2.02.
Manchester United have no new injury concerns as they look for the win that could potentially see them qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League. A win for the Red Devils is priced at 1.39.
Bet on Atletico Madrid vs Qarabağ FK
Atletico Madrid are still searching for their first win of the campaign and cannot afford to drop any more points if they want to remain their Champions League hopes alive. The Spanish side are having trouble finding the net in the Champions League, having scored their only goal in their home defeat to Chelsea. This is Atletico’s last chance to salvage themselves from early elimination and odds for winning the game are priced at 1.11. Both teams to score is priced at 3.60 and before you dismiss this bet as impossible, it’s pertinent to note that Qarabağ are playing in the Champions League for the first time and have absolutely nothing to lose.
Under 2.5 goals is priced at 2.16 and 1.72 for the game to end with three or more goals scored.
Bet on Olympiakos vs Barcelona
Olympiakos have elimination in their foresight and now host the Catalan giants in their next encounter. We expect this clash to be very one sided and backing Barcelona to win has odds of 1.24. Messi and Co. have only conceded one goal this season and we can’t imagine the Greek side getting the better out of the Barcelona defense. Odds for one team to score are priced at 1.70 – an excellent bet to add to your accumulator. However, the first round of this encounter in Spain saw both teams score with the match ending 3-1 and odds for this bet repeating itself in Greece stand at 2.10.
2.55 are the odds for the Catalan giants to win with a goal difference of three or more, a feat they’re more capable of achieving with their deadly offensive prowess. Lionel Messi has odds of 2.95 to get the first goal and 3.70 for Luis Suarez.
Over 2.5 goals, the most expected outcome has odds of 1.52 but if you’re looking to bet on goals with better odds, try under 2.5 goals, as odds are priced at 2.60.