Manchester City keen to bounce back after Lyon defeat

Alex Campean

Monday, October 1, 2018 7:04 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 7:04 PM UTC

The Champions League is back with another great round of fixtures. Let’s analyze the most anticipated matches of the round and find the best value bets on Tuesday's schedule.

<h2 style="text-align:center">Hoffenheim vs Manchester City</h2><p>Hoffenheim made it to the UCL group stage for the 1st time in their history, producing a fine display away in Ukraine in their season opener, returning home with 1 point after the 2-2 draw against Shakhtar in matchday 1. They enter this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat at home to RB Leipzig. Hoffenheim’s issues lie at the back as they have huge injury issues, with captain Kevin Vogt, Ermin Bicakcic and Havard Nordtveit all doubtful. The host have conceded 13 goals in their last 8 matches across all competition failing to keep a clean sheet this season. They will face a wounded Manchester City who shockingly lost 2-1 at home to Lyon and they will be desperate to bounce back and record their 1st Champions League win this term. The Citizens enter this clash on the back of 2 convincing wins in the English top-flight league, 5-0 against Cardiff and 2-0 at home against, sitting 1st in the standings with 19 points earned in 7 rounds and 21 goals scored in the process. We expect a high-scoring affair with Manchester City having the necessary weapons to return home with the three points. <strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Manchester City to win and "over" 2.5 goals in the match at 1.75 with <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a>.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Bayern Munich vs Ajax</h2><p>The 2 sides kicked-off their Champions League campaign with important wins accompanied by clean sheets. After a perfect start to their domestic season, The German giants were hold to a 1-1 draw at home by Augsburg and failed to find the back of the net in the 2-0 defeat away at Hertha winning just 1 point in their last 2 Bundesliga matches. On the other side, Ajax destroyed AEK Athens 3-0 in their season opener winning 5 of their last 6 matches across all competitions. They have an amazing squad fully packed with experienced players and great attacking firepower. They will surely try to pull-off the upset in Germany and return home with a positive result. It’s very tough to find value from the “winners market” as Bayern are priced at 1.2 with <a href=";a=26ea6fa8-c86d-4d9d-9328-b4c0b06702ae&amp;f=2" rel="nofollow">Unibet</a> and Ajax at 16. Ajax captain Joel Veltman is ruled out with a cruciate ligament injury while Frenkie de Jong who was heavily linked with Barcelona in the summer is doubtful with a calf problem. Ajax superstar Klass-Jan Huntelaar is on fire scoring goals for fun this season, netting 10 in 14 matches. Bayern will be eager to return to winning ways and extend their Champions League good run of form. <strong>Best pick for the match: </strong>Both teams to score and "over" 2.5 goals in the match at 2.1 with <a href=";a=7af7edbc-c7ec-4f56-bafa-9208079a57d6&amp;f=2" rel="nofollow">Coral</a>.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Manchester United vs Valencia</h2><p>Finally, Valencia won their 1st competitive match of the season 1-0 away at Real Sociedad. On the other side, Manchester United are winless in their last 3 matches losing 2 in the process. For the Red Devils this season is their worst start to a top-flight campaign since the 1989/90 season. Reports are saying that Jose Mourinho will be sacked this week, but one thing is sure, the tension is growing at Old Trafford with every match. We expect a low-scoring affair, but we also believe that the 2 sides will find the back of the net. The Red Devils’ attack is below average at the moment, but they will still try to push for the win and rebuild their confidence. <strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Both teams to score at 1.8 with <a href=";a=32b59d0e-2bfb-43ac-987d-fd24429abae0" rel="nofollow">Betfair</a>.</p>
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