UEFA Champions League – Matchday No 2 – Tuesday Games

The elite European club competition is back with Gameweek No 2 fixtures set to be played today and tomorrow. We will see some spectacular clashes right away on Tuesday, including the “Arab money derby” between PSG and Manchester City at Parc Des Princes. Elsewhere, Liverpool travel to Portugal to face Porto, while Milan play host to Atletico Madrid.

Just like a couple of weeks ago, we will deliver short and useful information for every single of 16 matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, including our top betting recommendations for each of them.

18:45 – Ajax vs Besiktas

  • Ajax are probably the most in-form team in the whole Europe at the start of the season
  • They won six and drew one of the opening seven Eredivisie games with an incredible goal difference of 30-1 in the process
  • They demolished Sporting CP at the beginning of the UEFA Champions League campaign 1-5 on the road two weeks ago
  • Former West Ham player Sebastien Haller scored four goals in that game (his Champions League debut)
  • Haller has bagged 22 goals and delivered 9 assists in 32 appearances for Ajax since joining from West Ham
  • Ajax scored at least three goals in five of the last six games in all competitions
  • Ajax won all four home matches in Eredivisie this season by at least three goals difference without conceding a single goal in the process

 

  • Besiktas will not come into this match in the highest of spirits
  • They fell down to the 4th place in the Turkish Super Lig standings
  • They took just one point from the last two domestic league outings
  • They conceded five goals in the last two league games (a 3-3 draw to Adana Demirspor and a 2-1 loss at Altay)
  • Besiktas began the UEFA Champions League campaign with a 1-2 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago
  • Besiktas conceded two goals in each of the last two away games in Super Lig (to Antalyaspor and Altay)
  • Besikts will be without their two best players (Michy Batshuayi and Miralem Pjanic) here

Betting suggestions:

  • Ajax to win in -2.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.05
  • Sebastien Haller to score anytime @ 1.61

18:45 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter Milan

  • Shakhtar began their Champions League campaign with a surprising and disappointing loss away against competition debutants Sheriff Tiraspol (2-0)
  • They have only won 5 of the last 20 Champions League games
  • They were eliminated in the group stage of the competition in 11 of the last 15 appearances
  • They have not beaten Inter in any of the last five head to head encounters (three draws and two defeats)
  • Their center-back Mykola Matvienko missed the weekend’s win over Veres thrugh head injury and is questionable for Inter’s visit
  • Fernando and Junior Moraes are still not available

 

  • Inter also suffered a defeat on the opening day of the Champions League
  • They conceded a late 89th-minute goal from Rodrygo on the occasion
  • They have won two and drawn one of three Serie A games since, though
  • Inter won the Champions League in 2010, but they’ve failed to go beyond the group stage in each of the last three appearances
  • Inter won only 3 of the last 17 Champions League matches
  • Inter did not keep a clean sheet in any of the last six matches in all competitions and they’ve just conceded two goals in a home draw to Atalanta (2-2) at the weekend

Betting suggestions:

  • Both Teams To Score @ 1.70
  • Draw @ 4.20

 

21:00 – Real Madrid vs Sheriff Tiraspol

  • Real Madrid began the Champions League run with a 0-1 victory at Inter Milan two weeks ago
  • Rodrygo scored the only goal on the occasion (89th minute)
  • They won five and drew two of the opening seven La Liga matches
  • They were held to a goalless draw by Villarreal on Saturday
  • Los Blancos played the semi-final of the competition last season (eliminated to latter champions Chelsea)
  • They won only 5 of the last 12 home fixtures in the Champions League
  • Carlo Ancelotti will be without Mendy, Carvajal, Ceballos, and Bale here, while Kroos and Marcelo are both likely to be benched
  • Eden Hazard will likely make it to the starting lineup
  • Karim Benzema has been spectacular so far in the season, scoring 8 goals and providing 7 assists in 7 La Liga matches
  • Real Madrid have previously bagged 11 goals in successive home wins over Celta (5-2) and Mallorca (6-1)

 

  • Sheriff made an amazing Champions League debut by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 at home two weeks ago
  • The Moldovans began the competition in early-August, beating the likes of Teuta, Alashkert, Red Star Belgrade, and Dinamo Zagreb in the qualifications
  • We expect the head coach Vernydub to make zero changes to the squad that defeated Shakhtar on the opening day

Betting suggestions:

  • Real Madrid to win to nil @ 1.72

 

21:00 – AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid

  • Milan fell 3-2 away at Liverpool in a phenomenal five-goal thriller on the opening day of the new Champions League season
  • However, Milan made a bright start to the new Serie A season, winning five and drawing one of the opening six games of the campaign
  • They saw off Spezia 1-2 on the road at the weekend, courtesy of goals from Brahim Diaz and Daniel Maldini (the son of Paolo Maldini, Milan’s legendary center-back)
  • I Rossoneri scored in all of their seven matches in all competitions this season
  • They have a fantastic home record in Serie A – three wins in three games with a goal difference of 8-1
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still sidelined, while Olivier Giroud will likely be on the bench having recovered from his injury

 

  • Atletico Madrid are finding goals very tough to come by at the start of the season
  • They played a boring goalless draw against Porto in the Champions League opener
  • We’ve seen only 11 shots in total (on both sides) in that match
  • Atletico Madrid suffered their maiden La Liga defeat of the season on Saturday, falling 1-0 away at Deportivo Alaves
  • Diego Simeone’s men failed to score in three of their last four outings across competitions
  • Defender Stefan Savic will not be available here through suspension
  • Thomas Lemar is still absent, but Joao Felix will make the starting lineup amid a domestic ban

Betting suggestions:

  • Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61
  • Milan to win @ 2.70

 

21:00 – Porto vs Liverpool

  • Porto held Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw away at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano at the beginning of the Champions League campaign
  • Chancel Mbemba received a red card in Madrid and won’t be available to feature here against Liverpool
  • Porto are still unbeaten in all competitions this season
  • They claimed 17 points from the opening 7 games (5 wins and 2 draws) in Primeira Liga
  • Porto have won nine consecutive matches in all competitions at home since the 0-2 defeat to Chelsea in the last season’s quarter-final
  • They held Manchester City to a 0-0 draw and defeated Juventus 2-1 at home last season in the Champions League
  • They have also claimed two clean-sheet wins at home over Marseille and Olympiacos in the group stage last season
  • Conceicao has huge problems with his back line here because center-backs Mbemba (suspended) and Pepe (injured) will both miss out

 

  • Liverpool continued their brilliant attacking form on Saturday, scoring three goals in an away draw at Brentford (3-3)
  • Jurgen Klopp’s men scored three goals in each of the last five matches in all competitions
  • The run includes a 3-2 victory over Milan at the start of this season’s Champions League campaign
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in the last eight clashes against Porto in all competitions since 2001
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold has not travelled with the squad, while neither Andy Robertson nor Virgil van Dijk will feature in the starting lineup here according to the latest reports (ahead of the clash with Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend)
  • Minamino could also replace Sadio Mane up front, while Roberto Firmino will likely get the nod ahead of Diogo Jota
  • With so many changes in Liverpool’s squad, and Porto’s phenomenal home form in all competitions, we don’t quite expect the Reds to run riot here

Betting suggestions:

  • Draw @ 3.80

 

21:00 – PSG vs Manchester City  

  • PSG began the Champions League opener against Club Brugge with Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe (arguably the best attacking trio in the history of the game) up front, but they got away with just a 1-1 draw on the occasion
  • However, they have a perfect Ligue 1 record with eight wins in eight games so far in the season
  • They have bagged at least two goals in all eight Ligue 1 matches so far
  • Angel Di Maria is suspended, while Sergio Ramos is still out
  • Lionel Messi could return to the starting lineup after ,missing the last two domwestic league matches

 

  • Manchester City are amid a brutally tough week
  • They survived the Chelsea test on Saturday (a 0-1 win at the Stamford Bridge), but are looking ahead of the clashes against PSG and Liverpool by the end of the week
  • City demolished RB Leipzig 6-3 on the opening day of the Champions League
  • They have won 6 and drawn 1 of the last 7 matches in all competitions, scoring an amazing 24-goal tally along the way
  • The Citizens are also undefeated in the last 10 away matches in the Champions League
  • Manchester City defeated PSG both home and away in the previous term’s semi-final

Betting suggestions:

  • Both Teams To Score @ 1.57

 

21:00 – RB Leipzig vs Club Brugge

  • RB Leipzig conceded six goals in their Champions League opener away at Manchester City
  • They got off to a poor start to the new Bundesliga campaign, lowing three of the opening four games there
  • They now have only 7 points from 6 matches in the top flight of German football
  • However, the team grew in confidence by bagging six goals past Hertha on Saturday (their first win in the last five games in all competitions)
  • RB Leipzig won two of three home matches this term in Bundesliga (the only loss came at the hands of Bayern Munich), scoring as many as 10 goals in these wins (4-0 v Stuttgart and 6-0 v Hertha)
  • Christopher Nkunku completed a hat-trick in the 6-3 loss at Manchester City and he also scored a brace in the weekend’s drubbing of Hertha
  • RB Leipzig won all three home matches in the group stage of the Champions League last season, a streak that includes the wins over PSG and Manchester United

 

  • Club Brugge shockingly held mighty PSG to a 1-1 draw a couple of weeks ago in Belgium
  • However, they have not been enjoying a stellar attacking form in the domestic league ever since, netting just a goal past Charleroi (a 0-1 win on the road) and Leuven (a 1-1 draw at home) each
  • They won only one of the last six away outings in the Champions League
  • Club Brugge lost seven and drew three of their last ten games against German rivals

Betting suggestions:

  • RB Leipzig to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.10
  • Christopher Nkunku to score anytime @ 2.40

 

21:00 – Borussia Dortmund vs Sporting CP

  • Borussia Dortmund saw off Besiktas 1-2 on the road in their Champions League opener two weeks ago in Istanbul
  • Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland made the difference on the occasion
  • They play ultra attacking football under Marco Rose, having scored 17 and conceded 12 goals in 6 Bundesliga matches this term
  • Dortmund’s 4-win streak came to an end on Saturday when they fell 1-0 away at Rose’s former club Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Rose has big problems with sidelined players – Emre Can, Giovanni Reyna, and Julian Brandt will all miss Sporting’s visit, while Haaland and Reus both missed the Monchengladbach defeat through injuries and could also be absent here

 

  • Sporting CP suffered a demolishing 1-5 defeat at home to Ajax at the start of their Champions League run
  • They won the Primeira Liga title for the first time since 2002 last season
  • They won five and drew two of the opening seven matches in the domestic league
  • They have picked up two straight 1-0 wins over Estoril and Maritimo since the mentioned catastrophe against Ajax
  • Sporting are still without star striker Pedro Goncalves (injury)
  • Pablo Sarabia, Paulinho, and Santos will likely lead the line for the visitors here

 

Betting suggestions:

  • Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80