Champions League Betting Tips & Predictions 23/24 October
It’s the return of European football and we’ve got our Champions League betting tips ready. Week three of the UEFA Champions League schedule consists of 16 matches split equally between Tuesday and Wednesday. All go live on BT Sport with the new start times remaining in place; games kick off at either 5.55pm or 8.00pm.
The most difficult choice on either night will be deciding which tie to watch live on your TV. However, there’s no doubt Old Trafford will attract a fair share of attention; European footballing giants Manchester United and Juventus go to war over three Group H points. That seems as good a place as any to start.
Outright Betting Update
It’s interesting to check how the group winner markets are shaping up at Bet365. Atletico Madrid are nailed on to clinch pool A, Barcelona odds-on to hold off Inter Milan for Group B. PSG are surprise 5/4 fav in C ahead of Liverpool, Porto the expected champions of D. Bayern Munich are gifted E, according to the odds, Man City’s 2/7 has them out in front for Group F. There’s no messing with the 4/11 of Real Madrid for G; then, H is lined up for Juventus who sit 1/2 ahead of Man Utd’s 3/1.
The outright betting markets haven’t shifted too much from the ante-post calls. Those looking to the future for a better price on the 2019 Champions League winner able to get a handy 11/2 on Manchester City. Despite the growing confidence of the current Barcelona side, they have been chalked up 13/2, Juventus completing the top-three at the same price.
Man Utd – Juventus
Manchester United have their fair share of problems back home, with the pressure mounting on manager, Jose Mourinho, who already looks to be operating on borrowed time. However, they have a decent platform on which to build in Champions League Group H. Four points on the board, The Red Devils got off the mark with a win over Young Boys on matchday day one, strolling to the desired result courtesy of a 3-0 full-time score. Pogba, despite being involved in a cold war with his boss, scored a double, Martial getting the other.
Fans knew there would be tougher times ahead and they didn’t have to wait long to witness it, watching their side stumble to a home draw vs La Liga side Valencia next time. Those closest to the United cause will know making Old Trafford a European fortress again is key to any success they get at this level and although they didn’t concede, the locals were unable to grab a goal of their own. United registered 18 shots but put only four on target. Shooting practice required in training we reckon.
Old Lady Enjoy A Cushion
Juventus went in as the fancied team to win the group and they have certainly lived up to expectations so far; the team has taken maximum points from their first two outings. The Serie A champions opened with a solid 2-0 win over Valencia on the road. No mean feat… and that may just give punters a clue as to how this match will go, given how United struggled against the same opponent despite the backing of their own support. Ronaldo was sent off inside half an hour, but it didn’t seem to affect his employers, Pjanic firing a double.
That set the tone for what lay ahead and The Old Lady had little trouble dishing out a 3-0 hammering to Young Boys in Italy. It may only be game two, but the pool is already starting to settle – Juve looking like winners; Young Boys the points ‘gimme’ of the pack; leaving Man Utd and Valencia to scrap it out for a place in the knockout stages, avoiding Europa League football. Camara was sent off for Young Boys that night, Dybala taking home the match ball with a hat-trick inside 69 minutes.
Unavoidable Negative Tactics
This may be a game made for TV on paper, but take a closer look and we begin to fear the worst. Manchester United are notoriously negative under Mourinho, so much so many fans have had enough and long for a return to the swashbuckling days of Sir Alex. Add that to the fact their Italian visitors are also no strangers to shutting up shop and keeping the scores low and we don’t hold out much hope for a goal-fest.
In the match betting prices you’ll find Man Utd as 11/5 outsiders with Coral on their own patch and we’re sure that’ll attract the attention of value hunters. Why not have a go on the locals at such odds? The draw is more likely, according to bookies, 9/4 when playing at Bet365 and that leaves us with Juventus as your 13/10 favourites – top quote with 888Sport. We’ll keep our stakes low and try Man Utd to win to nil at the 9/2 cast out by Coral. Too big a price to ignore.
PSV – Tottenham
At present this looks to be a must win for both sides as they already find themselves six points off the leaders, having lost each of their opening two fixtures. Little surprise when remembering the other names in the frame are Barcelona and Inter Milan. The best either team involved in this match can hope for is a win, of any description, and victory for either side in what will be a gripping Barca – Milan shoot-out for gold. That way the slim chance remains of a second-place finish.
It seems terribly early to be speaking of the loser heading out; however, the top-pair have been so ruthless in their opening two that the pressure is on, and building by the minute. PSV have no points on the board, only one goal scored and six conceded. It really doesn’t look good. However, they do have home advantage and connections will be hoping that plays a part against a Spurs side capable of sticking the boot in.
Spurs Must Respond
When Tottenham were drawn in Group B, fans let out a groan of despair, about the same time the rest of English football chuckled. Labelled ‘The Group of Death’, there already appears to be no room for the Londoners, barring a big result in this one and a favour elsewhere. It’s time to stand up and be counted – the players must respond if they are to give the fans any glimmer of hope. Easier said than done at this level, of course.
Pochettino and his boys were involved in a thriller with Inter Milan over in Italy and it was a match they really should have won. Eriksen had the Lillywhites ahead early in the second-half and the side were well on their way to the three points, before disaster struck. Icardi nicked an equaliser in the dying minutes before Vecino broke hearts with a 92nd minute winner. Fans on both sides of the divide were in complete shock. There was less drama in game two, Barca flexing their muscles and easing to a 4-2 at Wembley, Coutinho on target inside two minutes. Kane and Lamela scored to make a game of it but, in reality, the better team won and they took little, if anything, from the night.
Value with the Visitors
The pre-match betting has an away win as favourite and if you fancy a bit of Spurs on Wednesday night – 5.55pm kick-off – you’ll find 888sport’s 19/20 to be the norm. There’s not a long of difference between the leading players, all major bookies keen to keep Tottenham on side. If PSV are more your thing – or perhaps you just enjoy backing against Spurs – make sure you get your cash down at Bet365 as they deal in a top price 11/4. The draw has been scratched up at 14/5 (888sport) and that may be worth a pop.
One for your accumulators here but we are going to come down on the side of Tottenham and back them to win. They really should’ve got something from Milan – probably three points – but would’ve learned plenty from that late collapse. A defeat at their temporary home vs the might of Barcelona – I’m sure we can let them off that one. Looking beyond the bare stats and the form gives us an away win and I’m happy to go with that. Not enough of a price to get you out your seat? Both score and Spurs win may just, 13/5 market best with Bet365.
Interestingly, these teams have met only twice before, and it was in a UEFA Cup double-header back in 2008. The away team won on each occasion; Farfan got a goal at White Hart Lane, Berbatov the man in the return leg. PSV went on to win 6-5 on penalties. We’re sitting tight for another close match where mistakes will be punished.
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