It’s game day three in this season’s Champions League with PSG. Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Ajax all looking to maintain their 100 per cent starts to the competition. Charlie Mullan looks at some of the games worth considering when putting your accumulators together.
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BTTS: Man City v Atalanta, RB Leipzig v Zenit, Benfica v Lyon
Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace was Manchester City’s third successive game to finish 2-0. City (4/19) have been on the right side of two of those outcomes while losing at other at Wolves. Already this season, the Citizens have scored a total of 38 goals in the 13 games they have played which works out at an average of just short of three goals a game. Their home game with Atalanta is the first of four home games in a row for Pep Guardiola’s side and the Italians will be a tough test for the Premier League champions.
Atalanta (11/1) are third in Serie A, five points behind Juventus after being held 3-3 at Lazio. Atalanta led 3-0 after 37 minutes but three goals in the final 20 minutes including two penalties, sealed a dramatic fightback by the home side. Five of the last six games Atalanta have played have seen BTTS land in their last four. Manchester City are 11/10 with SportPesa to win with BTTS landing while the visitors to the Etihad are 16/1 to take the win with goals for both them and City. A score draw is trading at 13/2.
RB Leipzig (4/7) and Zenit St Petersburg (19/4) meet in Germany with everything to play for in Group G. Zenit sit top, a point clear of Leipzig and Lyon, after taking four points from their first two games. BTTS has landed in four of Zenit’s last five games which includes their 6-1 home win over Rostov when Artem Dzyuba helped himself to a hat-trick with two of his goals coming from the penalty spot. Leipzig come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. It was the eighth game this season in which BTTS has landed in games involving Leipzig who are fifth in the German top flight.
These two sides met in the 2017/18 Europa League competition with BTTS occurring in both ties as Leipzig advanced to the quarter-finals winning the first leg 2-1 and drawing the second 1-1 in Russia. Zenit, whose first two Champions League games have seen goals for them and their opponents, are 31/4 to win this tie and BTTS landing while the Germans are 9/5 to win and BTTS. A score draw is available at 7/2.
Benfica (11/10) need to beat Lyon (47/20) to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage of this season’s Champions League. The Portuguese side have yet to win a game in the group stage after losing 2-1 at home to RB Leipzig and 3-1 at Zenit. Lyon opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Zenit and followed that up with a 2-0 win at Leipzig.
Benfica haven’t played a league game since their loss to Zenit which has given them plenty of time to prepare for this crucial tie. Benfica have no choice but to be adventurous in this tie otherwise they face an early exit from the Champions League. Europe’s elite club competition has been a welcome distraction for Lyon who are languishing in 17th place in Ligue 1. Benfica are 5/2 to win with BTTS landing while Lyon at 7/2 to claim all three points with goals for both them and their French hosts. A score draw is trading at 16/5.
Over 2.5 goals: Tottenham v Red Star, Lille v Valencia, Olympiakos v Bayern Munich
Tottenham (5/19) welcome Red Star (21/2) to their new stadium hoping for a win to get their season back on track. After losing 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were beaten 3-0 at Brighton before the international break. On Saturday, they were four minutes away from a third successive loss only for Dele Alli to rescue a point for Spurs ahead of this crucial tie with Red Star.
The Serbians started their campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Bayern Munich and followed that up with a 3-1 win over Olympiakos. Red Star are in good form ahead of their trip to north London with six straight wins including Saturday’s 3-1 win over Rad Beograd. Red Star will be encouraged by the fact Spurs have only managed to keep two clean sheets all season and one of those was against League Two side Colchester in the EFL Cup. Tottenham are 20/29 to win this tie with a minimum of three total goals scored while Red Star are 17/1 to win with over 2.5 total goals scored.
Bayern Munich (5/13) have already scored 10 goals in their opening two Group B games which is more than the four teams have combined for in Groups A and F. The Bundesliga side will fancy their chances of adding to their impressive total when they travel to Greece to face an Olympiakos side whose two opening games in this group have seen exactly four total goals scored. Bayern recorded a statement win in the last round of games when they beat last season’s beaten finalists Tottenham 7-2 in north London. Bayern’s first two Champions League games have seen a combined 12 goals scored and it’s not just in Europe that has seen a glut of goals scored.
Ten times this season, games involving Bayern have seen over 2.5 goals scored including their last four matches in the Bundesliga. This will be the fifth meeting in European competition and the previous four have seen over 2.5 total goals scored each time. Both teams to score and over 2.5 total goals is on the market at 1/1 with SportPesa while Olympiakos are 20/1 to win with a minimum of three total goals scored. Bayern are 5/6 to claim a third successive group win with three or more total goals scored.
Valencia (33/20) travel to Lille (7/4) with both teams targeting a crucial win to stay alive in this season’s Champions League. An opening day 1-0 win at Chelsea got the La Liga side off to a good start in Group H, but they were beaten 3-0 at home to Ajax in their last outing. Lille have lost both their Champions League games which have seen over 2.5 total goals scored when they lost 3-0 at Ajax and 2-1 at home to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Lille’s 2-1 defeat at Toulouse was their third successive game in which three or more total goals have been scored including their last two at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Over 2.5 total goals is 1/1 with SportPesa while odds of 5/4 are available for BTTS and over 2.5 total goals scored. Lille are 7/2 to win with at least three total goals scored while Valencia are 16/5 to win and over 2.5 total goals scored.
A £5 bet on the BTTS Acca has potential returns of £23.62
A £5 bet on over 2.5 goals Acca has potential returns of £24