The UCL fixtures come to a close for the month with most sides looking to cement their place in the competition.
Here are some of the best tips on the market today.
PSG meet Maccabi Haifa in Champions League Group H in Turin on Wednesday. With eight victories in nine fixtures, PSG has taken well to life under new boss Christophe Galtier, and the team’s defense has improved notably under his instruction. Four wins out of four is a good return for the Parisians going into this fixture. The Israeli outfit are considered makeweights in Group H and they failed to score in their first test against Benfica last week. PSG are priced generously to beat their hosts to nil this week, and we recommend a stake in that direction. Bet9ja have 1.16 odds, Paripesa have 1.16 odds and 1xBet have 1.16 odds.
Real Madrid will put their perfect winning record on the line when they take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. Real Madrid have been in formidable form in the early exchanges of the season, both domestically and on the continent, winning each of their first seven matches of the campaign. Ominously for their opponents and rivals, Los Blancos haven’t really hit peak performance levels yet, however, they have proven too strong for every antagonist so far. RB Leipzig was blitzed 4-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one in Group F and their habit of dropping clangers at the back means they are worth opposing again on Wednesday. Bet9ja have 1.58 odds, Paripesa have 1.59 odds and 1xBet have 1.59 odds.
Manchester City smashed Seville on the road, 0-4, with Erling Haaland again showing why he is among the best players in the world. The The The The Norwegian made such a big difference in the attack, and the Spanish team didn’t have any solution on how to stop him. Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, sufffered a hard beating in Leipzig against RB, who beat them 3-0. The Citizens will smash Borussia’s back line and their shaky midfield. We expect to see Haaland ruthless towards his former teammates, and unless there are some off-field arrangements, this event should see City’s easy victory. Bet9ja have 1.19 odds, Paripesa have 1.21 odds and 1xBet have 1.21 odds.
Napoli seems to be on the rise. At first, they beat Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League, 4-1, ripping apart the Reds in all areas of play and delivering arguably one of their best performances in recent years. The Rangers lost back-to-back games with the same result, 4-0. Both were quite special, the first being the Old Firm Derby against Celtic away from home, and the second being the UCL opener in Amsterdam vs. Ajax. They don’t seem to have a solid chance against Europe’s elite. Rangers are in trouble because of losing confidence and chemistry on the field in the last two weeks. Napoli are flying high, but they, too, have a substantial problem: Osimhen’s injury. Even so, we are leaning on the guests’ side here because Rangers didn’t show us enough to convince us there is a capacity for them to compete in the UCL. Bet9ja have 1.84 odds, Paripesa have 1.87 odds and 1xBet have 1.87 odds.
A new era dawns (again) at Chelsea this week when Graham Potter leads the Blues into battle for the first time following his switch from Brighton. A victory is imperative on Wednesday following last week’s shocker against Dinamo Zagreb, but with the new manager’s bounce a powerful source of motivation, we expect the Londoners to play with plenty of attacking energy. For their part, Salzburg generally only have one gear, and their forward-thinking football saw an average of 4.0 goals scored across their last five games. The Austrians will be happy to trade blows at Stamford Bridge, so expect to be entertained. Bet9ja have 1.47 odds, Paripesa have 1.49 odds and 1xBet have 1.49 odds.
Manchester City took Sevilla to the cleaners in their Group G opener last week, and their 4-0 rout of the Spanish side sent a warning shot to the rest of the continent. The Cityzens’ tussle with Dortmund on Wednesday has the look of another pasting, and Pep Guardiola would have watched on with glee as BVB were dismantled 3-0 by RB Leipzig at the weekend. Manchester City have the high-class personnel to really tear the limp-looking Dortmund defense apart. We are expecting lots of goals at the end of this fixture as the H2H suggests that both teams are likely to play an over 2.5 outcome. Bet9ja have 1.28 odds, Paripesa have 1.31 odds and 1xBet have 1.31 odds.
Shakhtar Donetsk produced a heroic performance on matchday one to clip RB Leipzig’s wings in a 4-1 counter-attacking showcase in Germany, and the Ukrainian giants have enough in their armory to notch for the fifth game in a row when they take on Celtic in Poland on Wednesday. Celtic lost 3-0 to Real Madrid in their Group F opener, though they rarely draw a blank in front of goal and that was the first time they were kept off the scoresheet this season. We expect both sets of attackers to take center stage in Warsaw this week as both games involving the two sides ended with over 2.5 goals. They should definitely find scoring easy to come by today. Bet9ja have 1.73 odds, Paripesa have 1.80 odds and 1xBet have 1.80 odds.
While Maccabi went down to a hard-fought loss at Benfica on match-day one, their form in this tournament has been impressive, with the Israelis causing an upset or two to eliminate Olympiakos, Apollon, and Red Star Belgrade in CL qualifying. On the road, PSG are not often at their best in this tournament, particularly from a defensive perspective, with just 2 clean sheets in their last 13 away matches, suggesting Maccabi can find their way towards the visitor’s goal. Still, we expect PSG´s class to carry them towards another victory and, while we expect the hosts to trouble the Parisiens, an away victory with over 2.5 goals scored seems the likeliest outcome. Bet9ja have 1.28 odds, Paripesa have 1.29 odds and 1xBet have 1.29 odds.
Kylian Mbappe has started the new campaign like a freight train, and the superstar striker has plundered nine goals in just seven appearances for PSG so far. Mbappe was PSG’s most decisive player on matchday one when he hit both goals in the Parisians’ 2-1 win over Juventus. In his current form, Mbappe looks impossible to stop, and we’re tipping the 23-year-old to break the double-digit barrier with another strike in Israel on Wednesday evening. Bet9ja have 1.50 odds, while Paripesa have 1.50 odds.
All eyes will be on Erling Haaland on Wednesday as the Norwegian superstar prepares to face his old club Dortmund for the first time. The 22-year-old has scored an incredible nine times in his last four appearances for Manchester City, and he has managed to break the deadlock in each of his last three runouts for the Premier League champions. Haaland will be determined to make a similar impact against Dortmund this week, and he is available at a very fair price to score a goal here today. Bet9ja have 1.48 odds while Paripesa have 1.50 odds.
Rafael Leao has become something of a talismanic figure for AC Milan and the young Portuguese star’s recent brace in the derby against Inter brought his tally for the campaign up to three. The 23-year-old was sent off at the weekend, however, with a domestic suspension on the horizon, he should put even more energy into Wednesday’s game and he is priced generously to make an impact in the final third against Dinamo. Bet9ja have 2.50 odds while Paripesa have 2.30 odds.
With Vincius Jr opening the scoring in three of his five goalscoring games for Madrid this term, including against Celtic, with Benzema still confined to the sidelines due to injuries, it seems likely he will score today. He has done a fantastic job of helping his side score goals in the absence of Benzema, and this Leipzig defense that suffered last week due to pace would find it hard to contain him. Bet9ja have 2.25 odds while Paripesa have 2.20 odds.
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