Best Bets and Top Predictions For UEFA Champions League

Gabe Morency

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:19 AM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017 1:19 AM UTC

The most prestigious club competition in world football returns this week with 16 fixtures of the highest quality. It is four months since Real Madrid won the Champions League by thrashing Juventus in the final.
<p><em>The most prestigious club competition in world football returns this week with 16 fixtures of the highest quality. It is four months since Real Madrid won the Champions League by thrashing Juventus in the final and the defending champions have a comfortable home tie against APOEL Nicosia to get their campaign underway. The likes of Barcelona, Juve, PSG and Man City are all in action and it should prove to be a footballing feast. Here we run through the biggest games and those offering the best value to punters:</em></p><p> </p><h2><a href="">Barcelona v Juventus</a></h2> This is undoubtedly the pick of this round of fixtures as the Italian champions travel to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona, one of the best teams in this competition’s history. Home advantage makes Barca the 1.75 favourites and that makes sense as they have started their campaign in La Liga in excellent form, with three comfortable wins in a row. However, Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate to knock them out of the Champions League last season, and despite losing Leonardo Bonucci in the summer they will fancy their chances of shutting out the Catalans once more. Juve have started their Serie A campaign with three wins and <a href=";book=Bet365">Juventus-draw double chance is an attractive 2.15 at Bet365</a> and Boyle Sports. <h2><a href="">Celtic v PSG</a></h2> Oil-rich PSG are hell-bent on world domination and have spent a fortune on bolstering their attack this summer. Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani now form arguably the most fearsome attacking triumvirate in the world (although Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele would have something to say about that) and they can blow Celtic away here. The Bhoys have been strong domestically but this is a side that 7-0 to Barca last season and Brendan Rodgers’ men will struggle to contain PSG. The away team are huge favourites but<a href=";book=Betvictor"> PSG -1.5 Asian handicap looks good at 1.70 with Bet Victor</a>. <h2><a href="">Roma v Atletico Madrid</a></h2> Roma, last year’s Serie A runners-up, had their limitations exposed in a recent 3-1 home defeat against Inter and it is a surprise to see Atletico so well priced here. Diego Simeone’s men are one of the best sides in this competition and have twice finished as runners-up in recent years. They are superb defensively and strong going forwards, and play with ruthless efficiency and maniacal pressing that yields fantastic results. An away win looks great here at 2.40 with Sportingbet. If you are feeling more cautious, <a href=";book=WilliamHill">William Hill has a very attractive 1.95 on Atletico draw no bet</a>. <h2><a href="">Feyenoord v Man City</a></h2> Pep Guardiola’s men go into this game full of confidence after beating Liverpool 5-0 at The Etihad on Saturday. They have started the season in superb form, justifying their status as favourites to win the Premiership. Feyenoord are a strong side in the Netherlands, but when you look at the respective sums these two are spending on transfers and wages you realise it is a bit of a mismatch. City may well concede, but you would really expect them to outgun Feyenoord thanks to the abundance of attacking riches Pep Guardiola has at his disposal, so Man City to win and over 2.5 goals looks good at 2.00 with Paddy Power, Betway and Bet Stars. <h2><a href="">Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund</a></h2> Spurs have really struggled at Wembley this season, taking just one point from six games, and that is a worrying trend for Tottenham’s fans. They are playing at England’s national stadium all season while their new home is built and the side have a real hoodoo there. Last season they played their Champions League fixtures at Wembley so they could sell more tickets, and that was a disaster too. They lost home games against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen and failed to make it out of the group stage. Now they host a very strong side in Borussia Dortmund, who reached the quarter-finals last season, and they will be given a really tough evening by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and co. Dortmund draw no bet looks good here at 2.27 with Unibet and 888 Sport. <h2><a href="">Real Madrid v APOEL Nicosia</a></h2> Champions Real have been struggling domestically and have already fallen behind Barcelona in the title race thanks to successive draws. This game gives them a chance to reinvigorate their season against a minnow of European football. The Cypriots have not made it to the group stage of the Champions League for several years and they are 2,000/1 outsiders, while Real Madrid are the 4/1 favourites. As such Real are best priced at just 1/18 to win this, while APOEL are trading at 80/1 with Betfair sportsbook. But you can get 1.65 on a Real win to nil with Sports Winner, and that looks really interesting, as does the 1.75 it is offering on Real Madrid -3 Asian handicap.<p></p>
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