Tuesday UCL betting preview
The real beauty of matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League is that viewers get to watch scores settled in real time. One team smarting at losing narrowly in the previous game, desperate to get a revenge win and climb up the table with relegation to the Europa League looming (we’re looking at your team, Cules). Two other teams surprisingly stuck in 2nd and 3rd place behind an unfancied team, both desperate to win, but wary of the damage a loss can do (Chelsea and AC Milan here) and several other tasty subplots.
Tonight, some of the biggest teams in the world will take to the pitch again, all aiming to get the next point or three points to aid their hopes of proceeding one more step closer to European glory.
Read on below for our preview of some of tonight’s matches and make sure to bet on them too!
AC Milan vs Chelsea
After losing so soundly at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, AC Milan quickly bounced back with a dominant display against Juventus on Saturday. Today, they will host Chelsea at the San Siro again and if the weekend’s game was anything to go by, the Blues will face a stern test this time around.
Rafael Leão, their attacking focal point, was expertly marshalled by Reece James last time out. He will be determined to not be shut down quite so easily this time. Watch out for him to actually press the issue this time. And if he still can’t get any change out of Reece James, he’ll look for an easier target in the Chelsea backline.
Chelsea are hitting their stride at just the right time. Their second consecutive 3-0 win on Saturday made it three straight wins for the West London side. Ominously for AC Milan, Graham Potter was able to rest vital members of his starting XI like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling and Reece James and still cruise to an easy win. The visitors will have their tails up and will arrive at the San Siro confident that they can leave with the three points.
Verdict: AC Milan will give it everything they’ve got. At 3.40, you’ve got enticing odds on an exceptional team to win at home, we think it’s worth a punt. However, Chelsea’s form cannot be ignored. The away team is also excellent value for a win at 2.25 and will be odds-on to score at least two goals @ 1.24
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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid
The longer the season goes on, the more often Carlo Ancelotti will be tempted to rest overworked players and give minutes to those that need a run in the team. Ahead of this match, his biggest quandary will be if he should rest some of his overworked starting XI players and give players like Eden Hazard minutes to regain some form.
The problem is that if Madrid wins this game, they’ll be at least 6 points clear of their closest challengers and will require just one point from the last two games to top Group F. If they lose, however, that will open the door for Shakhtar or Red Bull Leipzig to reel them in. Does he stick or twist?
Shakhtar, on the other hand, will welcome a chance to steal a win if Madrid rests too many first team players. Flying winger, Mykhaylo Mudryk has already scored 2 goals and assisted twice in the UCL this season. If Madrid leaves too much space in behind, he will hurt them.
Verdict: With zero goals/assists in his last four games, Karim Benzema will be chomping at the bit to get among the goals again and remind the watching world why he’s the current Balon d’Or favorite.
Our betting picks:
Shakhtar scored at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, with Thibaut Courtois still out, they’ll fancy their chances to score again today. Bet on both teams to score’ @ 1.77
PSG vs Benfica
The away team will be confident that they can rock up to the Parc des Princes tonight and leave with a positive result because Lionel Messi, PSG’s creator-in-chief, picked up a calf injury in the reverse fixture.
After starting the season like a house on fire, PSG’s wheels have wobbled a bit in recent weeks with consecutive draws in games they were expected to win. Kylian Mbappe, in particular, has not played well and will be eager to get back on the scoresheet again. In Messi’s absence, expect Neymar to shoulder most of the creative burden. Nuno Mendes is also out and will be replaced by Juan Bernat.
Benfica fans will hope their team’s sterling away record (unbeaten in 13 away games) can stand them in good stead and help them steal points off PSG.
Verdict: PSG still haven’t lost this season. They will need to be careful here, however. Messi’s absence could see Neymar required to do too much and leave the side stretched. Their failure to beat Reims on Saturday has also raised questions they will need to answer emphatically.
Our betting picks:
FC Copenhagen vs Manchester City
The official Manchester City account posted a tweet yesterday captioned ‘Traveling to Copenhagen in style! ✈’ where the players mostly looked like a collection of models strutting the runway while Erling Haaland looked like a Viking forced to dress in casual clothes for a feast. And that’s exactly how the game will go. The City players will calmly and cleanly dissect the away side while their star forward rampages through the Copenhagen defense to score again. And again. And yet again. And… you get the drift.
Verdict: With no disrespect to Copenhagen, a home win feels like a pipe dream. After City’s 5-0 win in the first leg, a similar outcome is expected here.
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