UEFA Champions League – Matchday No 2 – Wednesday Games

Tuesday brought us arguably the biggest shock we’ve ever seen in the Champions League as Moldovan debutants Sheriff Tiraspol stunned record 13-time winners Real Madrid away in the Spanish capital (1-2). Elsewhere, Club Brugge shocked RB Leipzig 1-2 on the road despite conceding an early goal, Shakhtar held Inter Milan to a goalless draw in Ukraine, while Liverpool bagged five goals in the thumping of Porto away at Estadio do Dragao.

In the most exciting game of the evening, Lionel Messi finally got his maiden goal in PSG shirt, helping the Ligue 1 leaders see off Manchester City 2.0 at Parc Des Princes. We are hoping for a somewhat easier-to-predict evening tonight as we once again deliver some interesting and important data about all of tonight’s eight affairs in the elite competition.

18:45 – Atalanta vs Young Boys

  • Atalanta played a 2-2 draw away at Villarreal on the opening day of the Champions League
  • They also drew 2-2 away at Inter Milan in the previous Serie A game (on Saturday)
  • Atalanta are unbeaten in four consecutive games in all competitions
  • They scored two or more goals in three of these four outings
  • Gianpiero Gasperini’s men won only one of three Serie A games at home this season
  • Four of the last five matches they played saw the Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score option coming in

 

  • Young Boys stunned Manchester United 2-1 in Switzerland in the first round
  • They are in a phenomenal spell of form at the moment, having won nine and drawn one of the last ten matches in all competitions
  • Young Boys scored at least two goals in nine of the last ten games across competitions
  • Over 2.5 goals FT& Both Teams To Score option landed in each of the last four games they played
  • They scored at least three goals in four of the last five outings on the road across competitions

Betting suggestions:

  • Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score @ 1.80

18:45 – Zenit vs Malmo

  • Zenit offered a strong resistance in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Cheslea away at Stamford Bridge on the opening day
  • The Russian champions are flying high at the beginning of the new season in the domestic league
  • They won seven and drew two of the opening nine rounds in the Premier League, scoring 21 goals in the process
  • They won four consecutive Premier League affairs, scoring eight goals in the last three wins
  • Zenit won all four games at home this season (against Krasnodar, CSKA Moscow, Akhmat Grozny, and Krylya Sovetov)

 

  • Malmo suffered a tough 0-3 home loss to Juventus in the first round, conceding all goals in the first half of the affair
  • They boosted up the confidence ahead of the trip to Russia by netting five goals past Orebro on Saturday
  • However, Malmo won only two of the last six games on the road in all competitions
  • They lost to Ludogorets (Champions League qualifications) and Hammarby (Allsvenskan) in two of the last three matches away from home

Betting suggestions:

  • HT/FT Zenit/Zenit @ 2.37

 

21:00 – Juventus vs Chelsea

  • Juventus demolished Malmo 0-3 on the road on the opening day, scoring three first-half goals on the occasion
  • Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala were both on the scoreline two weeks ago in Sweden but they will not be available for this Chelsea clash
  • Federico Chiesa has returned from injury and he is expected to start tonight
  • Juventus will go into this on the back of two straight 3-2 wins (over Spezia and Sampdoria)
  • They bagged three goals in three of the last four matches in all competitions
  • They have conceded at least a goal in each of their six Serie A games this season
  • They won only one of three home matches in the domestic league this term

 

  • Chelsea edged past Zenit 1-0 on the opening day, courtesy of a late Romelu Lukaku goal at the Stamford Bridge
  • They suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday, falling 0-1 at home to Manchester City in the Premier League derby
  • The Blues have conceded only two goals since the start of the season (six Premier League games and one Champions League affair)
  • They will be without Reece James here
  • They have scored in all but one of eight matches across competitions this season (including the League Cup tie against Aston Villa)

Betting suggestions:

  • Chelsea to win @ 2.10

 

21:00 – Bayern Munich vs Dynamo Kyiv

  • Bayern Munich stormed past Barcelona 0-3 on the road in the first round
  • Their top scorer Robert Lewandowski scored two goals on the occasion
  • The Polish forward scored seven goals in six Bundesliga games this season
  • Bayern won all of the last five Bundesliga matches
  • They have scored 23 goals in 6 Bundesliga games since the start of the season
  • Bayern Munich will go into this on the back of eight straight wins in all competitions
  • They have scored three or more goals in all of these eight victories
  • Bayern Munich scored an incredible 15 goals in 3 home matches in Bundesliga this season

 

  • Dynamo Kyiv played a goalless draw at home to Benfica in the opening round
  • They got off to a great start to the new Ukrainian Premier League season with eight wins and a draw from the opening nine matches
  • They have conceded only two goals in these nine games
  • However, Dynamo Kyiv suffered a tough 3-0 defeat to bitter domestic rivals Shakhtar Donetsk seven days ago in the Ukrainian Super Cup
  • Dynamo Kyiv allowed at least two goals in all three group stage matches in the previous term of the Champions League (even including the game against Ferencvaros)

Betting suggestions:

  • Bayern Munich to win in -2.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.83

 

21:00 – Benfica vs Barcelona

  • Benfica did not shine in the opening round’s clash against Dynamo Kyiv
  • They were lucky to have avoided a defeat in Ukraine (ended in a 0-0 draw)
  • However, they got off to a perfect start to the season in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, winning all seven games so far (19-4 goal difference)
  • Benfica bagged at least three goals in each of the last three Primeira Liga matches
  • They have won all five games at home this season in all competitions, scoring two or more goals in each of these victories
  • The run includes wins over Spartak Moscow and PSV in the UEFA Champions League qualifications

 

  • Barcelona suffered a disastrous 0-3 defeat to Bayern Munich on the opening day of the Champions League  
  • Barcelona finally produced a strong attacking display in the 3-0 drubbing of Levante on Sunday at the Cap Nou
  • They kept two consecutive clean sheets in La Liga
  • They won three and drew three of the opening six outings in the Spanish elite class this season (11-5 goal difference)
  • Barcelona drew in both of their away games this season (1-1 to Athletic Bilbao and 0-0 to Cadiz)
  • Ansu Fati returned after a long-term absence and scored a goal right away on Sunday against Levante

Betting suggestions:

  • Draw @ 3.40

 

21:00 – Salzburg vs Lille  

  • Salzburg drew 1-1 at Sevilla in the first round despite missing two penalties in the first half  
  • They still hold the perfect record in the Austrian Bundesliga with nine wins in nine matches (23-4 goal difference)
  • They have won all six matches at home since the start of the season (including the Champions League qualifier against Brondby)
  • Karim Adeyemi has scored seven goals in nine Bundesliga rounds this season

 

  • Lille just couldn’t break the deadlock in a goalless draw to ten-man Wolfsburg on the opening day    
  • They grew in form lately after making a disappointing start to the season
  • Lille picked up two consecutive 2-1 wins in the Ligue 1 in the last two rounds (over Reims and Strasbourg)
  • They did not keep a clean sheet in the Ligue 1 this season (in eight games)
  • They lost two, drew two, and won one of the last five away matches in the Ligue 1, conceding at least a goal in each of them

Betting suggestions:

  • Salzburg to win @ 1.90
  • Karim Adeyemi to score anytime @ 2.40

 

21:00 – Wolfsburg vs Sevilla

  • Wolfsburg came up with a dreadful display in the opening round’s goalless draw at Lille
  • They have generally dropped in form drastically of late
  • Wolfsburg drew two and lost one of the last three outings in all competitions
  • They fell 3-1 at Hoffenheim on Saturday
  • They scored only two goals in the last three games
  • They scored only three goals in three home fixtures this season (two wins and a draw in the process)

 

  • Sevilla pulled off a 1-1 draw at home to Salzburg despite having ten men on the pitch for the last half an hour and despite conceding three penalties on the occasion    
  • They have been very tough to break down since the start of the season
  • They won four and drew two of the opening six La Liga games (10-2 goal difference in the process)
  • Sevilla allowed only one goal in the last three domestic league games despite playing Real Sociedad, Valencia, and Espanyol in the process

Betting suggestions:

  • Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61

 

21:00 – Manchester United vs Villarreal

  • Manchester United suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat away at Young Boys in the first round
  • They also fell 0-1 at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, their first Premier League defeat of the season
  • If we count the League Cup, Manchester United lost three of the last four outings in all competitions
  • The Red Devils did score nine goals in two home wins over Leeds and Newcastle before falling 0-1 to Aston Villa in the previous home match in the Premier League

 

  • Villarreal played a 2-2 draw to Atalanta on the opening day
  • They also held Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw in the previous round of La Liga on Saturday
  • Villarreal are still unbeaten this season, but they drew in six of seven matches in all competitions
  • Their only win came in the previous home fixture against Elche (4-1)
  • Villarreal thus drew all of their four away matches this season in La Liga (three of which ended without goals at all)

 

Betting suggestions:

  • Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10