Champions League Betting Tips

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The UEFA Champions League is the premier club competition in Europe and arguably the most prestigious club competition in the world. Recent English winners include Manchester United in 1999 and 2008, Liverpool in 2005 and Chelsea in 2012.

Previously this was known as the European Cup, a knockout competition for the previous season’s league winner from across the continent. The Champions League now sees up to 4 teams from each country take part in a series of qualifying rounds before a league stage and subsequent knockout format.

Each round we’ll take a look and the pick of the fixtures and offer up our betting predictions, with the most recent shown below.

Champions League Matches – 6th & 7th November 2018

Date Time Channel Match Tip
06/11/2018 17:55 BT Sport Red Star v Liverpool Liverpool to Win -1
06/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Atl Madrid v Dortmund Both Teams to Score
06/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Inter v Barcelona Barcelona to Win -1
06/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Napoli v PSG Draw
06/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Tottenham v PSV Tottenham to Win
07/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Juventus v Man Utd Juventus to Win -1
07/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Man City v Shakhtar Man City to Win -2
07/11/2018 20:00 BT Sport Plzen v Real Madrid Real Madrid to Win -1

The groups are starting to take shape in the UEFA Champions League, as we have now reached matchday four in Europe’s elite competition. The majority of the groups are still wide open, with only Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Juventus taking maximum points so far. On Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho takes his Manchester United side to Turin to face Juve.

Also on Wednesday, Manchester City host Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium. Meanwhile, Liverpool travel to Belgrade while Tottenham Hotspur host PSV Eindhoven at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. How will the English teams fare in the Champions League this week?

Reds to Reign Supreme in Belgrade

Red Star Belgrade Rajko Mitic Stadium

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade at the Red Star Stadium on Tuesday night. The Reds head to the Serbian capital as the strong favourites to return to England with a precious three points. Liverpool currently sit top of Group C, a point above Napoli and two points above Paris Saint-Germain.

After losing to Napoli in Naples, Klopp’s side hit back with a big 4-0 win over Red Star at Anfield last time out in Group C. Meanwhile, Belgrade are rock bottom of the group having picked up just one point from three games, shipping a whopping 10 goals in their last two Champions League outings.

With PSG and Napoli locking horns on Tuesday, Liverpool have a great chance to put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack. The Reds travel to Paris before facing Napoli at Anfield on the final day, so only three points will do in Belgrade on Tuesday. The Premier League outfit should be too strong for Red Star, so have a punt on the away team to win with a -1 goal handicap at 8/13.

Old Lady To Punish United

Juventus Football Stadium Exterior

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When Juventus and Manchester United met at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, the Old Lady bossed the game and left Manchester with a deserved 1-0 win. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve, who have taken nine points out of nine thus far, will book their place in the knockout stages with a victory at the Allianz Stadium over the Red Devils on Wednesday night.

Juventus have looked the real deal in Group H so far, winning three out of three, scoring six and conceding none in the process. Having seen off Valencia 2-0 at the Mestalla, Juve thumped Young Boys 3-0 in Turin. Last time out, a Paulo Dybala goal was enough to give the Old Lady a huge three points at Old Trafford.

Man United have had a topsy-turvy season up until now, and a defeat on Wednesday will leave them with plenty of work to do in Group H. United have taken four points from a possible nine, beating Young Boys, drawing with Valencia and losing to Juve. Still, they remain two points above third placed Valencia with three games left to play.

Unfortunately for Mourinho and his men, we can see Juve cruising to another win in midweek. The hosts to overcome a -1 goal handicap is available at the tempting price of 8/5.

City to Ease to Three Points at the Etihad

Pep Guardiola’s Man City will be hoping to move one step closer to the Round of 16 when they welcome Paulo Fonseca’s Shakhtar Donetsk to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. When these two sides went head-to-head in Kharkiv two weeks ago, the Citizens ran out easy 3-0 winners. Will we see something similar unfold in this one?

City have been running riot in recent weeks, scoring goals for fun along the way. Last weekend’s resounding 6-1 win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium was the Citizens’ fifth consecutive win across all competitions. After falling to a shock 2-1 home defeat to Lyon on matchday one in the Champions League, Man City have struck back with important wins over Hoffenheim and Donetsk.

Shakhtar sit bottom of the group having picked up only two points from three games, so getting anything from their trip to Manchester will be a tall order for the Ukrainian Premier League champions. Man City will surely be far too strong for the Miners on Tuesday, so put some money on Pep’s troops to win with a -2 goal handicap at decent odds of 10/11.

Elsewhere in Europe

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have given themselves a mountain to climb in Group B after picking up just one point from three encounters thus far. Spurs have thrown away a number of points from winning positions, which has seen them slip five points behind second place. Nonetheless, the Lilywhites will be hoping to keep their slip qualification hopes alive with a win over PSV (4/11) at Wembley on Tuesday.

The top two in Group B square off at the San Siro on Tuesday, as Inter Milan host Barcelona. Ernesto Valverde’s Barca sit pretty at the top of the group on nine points from a possible nine. When these two met at the Camp Nou recently, goals from Rafinha and Jordi Alba gave Blaugrana a comfortable 2-0 win. Back Barca to win with a goal handicap again at 12/5.

  • Atl Madrid v Dortmund - Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid and Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund square off for a fascinating fixture in Group A on Tuesday. Dortmund have been superb so far, accumulating nine points from three games. When these two squared off in Germany, Borussia sealed a surprise 4-0 win over Simeone’s side. However, we can see both teams scoring (4/5) on Tuesday.
  • Napoli v PSG - One of the most attractive Champions League fixtures of the round takes place in Naples on Tuesday, as Napoli and PSG meet at the Stadio San Paolo in Group C. With these two chasing down leaders Liverpool, this is a huge fixture for both sides. The pair played out a thrilling draw in Paris two weeks ago, and we fancy this to end all square in midweek. The draw is priced at 14/5.
  • Plzen v Real Madrid - Managerless Real Madrid make the trip the Doosan Arena to face Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday evening. Since these two met at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid have parted company with the underachieving Julen Lopetegui. Despite a woeful start to the season, Los Blancos are top of Group G in the Champions League, sitting on six points after three games. Real should have no problems in this one, so back Madrid to win -1 (4/6) in the Czech Republic.