UEFA Champions League: Best three-fold picks to bank on for Wednesday
Europe’s premier competition is in the second gameweek, and teams will look to cement their position in their respective groups.
We have picked three games as usual that punters can put their money on come Wednesday.
MANCHESTER UNITED vs RB LEIPZIG
Manchester United welcome RB Leipzig for an all important fixture in the Group H after both teams enjoyed success in their respective matches in the tournament leading up to this one.
The new football season in England brought nothing but headaches to all Manchester United faithfuls. The Red Devils are currently sitting in an awful 15th place with only seven points from five games, so there is a lot of pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back right now.
But then, the start of a new Champions League campaign was smooth for them. They surprisingly defeated Paris SG at Parc des Princes last week 2-1, which is a great way to boost confidence for upcoming battles.
Another victory against Red Bull Leipzig on Wednesday night would greatly increase chances to secure top two spots.
Solskjaer’s team have reacted well to the shocking 1-6 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. The Red Devils defeated Newcastle United on the road, and drew at home against Chelsea last weekend.
As for their opposition, RB Leipzig are currently table leaders in the German Bundesliga after winning 13 points from their opening five matches.
It seems like the departure of Timo Werner didn’t make that big change within their squad, as they are playing great lately. Leipzig also won three points in their first UCL appearance this term, beating Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0 at home.
Still, we expect them to go down at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. United had a couple of great performances lately, and the price on home win is too good to be missed which is priced at 6/5 odds by Novibet.
JUVENTUS vs BARCELONA
UEFA Champions League round two of group stages is bringing us a cracker between Juventus and Barcelona.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see a clash between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this time. The Portuguese star is still recovering from Covid and will miss at least two more of his side’s games.
Another thing worth mentioning for the introduction is that both sides under performed in domestic competitions during the weekend, especially Catalan giants who lost the El Clasico 3-1. On the other hand, Andrea Pirlo was furious on Sunday night with his players in a match against Hellas Verona. It was an entertaining game which honestly could have gone either way, but ended 1-1.
Juventus are slowly slipping from the top of the table after winning only nine points from five matches.
At least the start of brand new UCL campaign went well last week. On a long road to Kiev, Juventus managed to beat home team Dynamo 2-0. Alvaro Morata scored both goals and he is expected to lead the offense against Barca.
As for their opponents, Barcelona were defeated in big El Clasico by eternal rivals Real Madrid 1-3 FT. Once again, Catalan team has looked clueless in the middle, heavily relying on individual quality of Leo Messi.
Their La Liga standing is also looking awful seven points in five matches and currently sitting in 12th position.
It is really hard to say which side is currently in slower pace and form. Draw definitely seems like the most realistic outcome here which will be a risky but reasonable pick priced at 12/5 odds by Bwin.
SEVILLA vs RENNES
Sevilla welcome Ligue 1 outfit Rennes on Wednesday looking to end a bad run of results in both cup and league games.
The most popular squad from Andalusia has been performing poorly in La Liga lately, while the premiere Champions League match against Chelsea was not that bad, having returned from the trip to London with a point to show for.
It’s been almost a month since the last time Sevilla achieved victory. Victory here would be of massive importance for the hosts, and the timing is great considering that French side is going through a rough period.
Coach Julen Lopetegui can’t be satisfied with the form of his offensive line. Sevilla scored only one goal in the last four games across all competitions. That is worrying considering the quality of their strikers the likes of De Jong, Munir, Idrissi or En Nesyri.
The return of Ivan Rakitic is a big plus, as he and Suso are usually controlling the midfield and creating chances for others.
That wasn’t the case during the last weekend though, losing to Eibar 1-0 at this venue. That loss pushed Sevilla down to 13th place, having only seven points from five games. The goalless draw against Chelsea last week is considered as a good start to new UCL campaign.
Rennes had much bigger expectations from their premiere Champions League clash last week against Krasnodar.
The French side created so many opportunities and played well overall, but failed to secure all three points. The Russian side basically sat in their half for most part of the match and got lucky to score a goal in the second period.
Rennes are doing exceptionally well in Ligue 1, occupying third place with 15 points from eight points. We don’t think they will avoid a loss in Andalusia though. We are expecting a narrow, low scoring match at Sanchez Pizjuan. The under 2.5 pick is priced at 41/50 odds by Bet365.
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