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Champions League: Finest bets for Barcelona-Bayern, Chelsea and Tuesday's group stage matches


The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off with the opening slate of 16 matches from Tuesday, Sept. 14 to Wednesday, Sep. 15.

The Tuesday slate consists of an attention grabbing Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich matchup, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus additionally in motion.

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Beneath are finest bets for every of Tuesday’s matches. Odds courtesy of DraftKings:

Group F: Younger Boys (SUI) vs. Manchester United (ENG)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 12:45 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Wankdorf Stadium (Bern, Switzerland)
  • Climate: 71 levels, cloudy

Manchester United -1.25 Asian Handicap: -120

Given the present odds for objective scoring (Each Groups To Rating) and objective totals on this match — everyone seems to be anticipating a objective fest in Switzerland, the place Younger Boys house matches have featured a mean of three.4 objectives per sport — the -120 for Manchester United’s -1.25 Asian Handicap is respectable worth, offering some cowl in case of a slim one-goal Man United win. There’s a big expertise hole right here and Manchester United will need to make an announcement of intent vs. Younger Boys that the Crimson Devils are contenders for the trophy this 12 months.

Group G: Sevilla (ESP) vs. RB Salzburg (AUT)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 12:45 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan (Seville, Spain)
  • Climate: 71 levels, scattered thunderstorms

Each groups to attain: -115

Reaching the Champions League group stage was RB Salzburg’s largest victory regardless of dropping key gamers to offseason transfers. Every little thing from right here on out is gravy for the Austrian membership: It’s a proficient, aggressive, attack-minded crew that can play with nothing to lose and may get its appears to be like towards Sevilla. The Spanish facet has the higher squad and likewise will get winger Lucas Ocampo again after an damage layoff. Sevilla supervisor Julien Lopetegui has a full squad at his disposal and though the house crew ought to win, RB Salzburg is but to be shut out this 12 months and ought to be able to getting a street objective.

Group E: Barcelona (ESP) vs. Bayern Munich (GER)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Climate: 82 levels, cloudy

Bayern win: +100

Bayern is the consensus decide to win towards a Messi-less Barcelona crew that could be a shadow of its former self. It is a slight shock that plus-money continues to be accessible for Bayern. After the most recent damage to common Barcelona ahead Martin Braithwaite, who joins Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele within the infirmary, the one factor Barca has going for it’s that it didn’t play this weekend after its La Liga match was postponed. The one actual query on this one is what number of objectives Bayern will rating towards a Barcelona crew that has conceded in all three of its La Liga matches. The German facet beat Lionel Messi and Barcelona 8-2 on this competitors in August 2020 and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski at all times finds a method to rating towards Barca. The safer play was a parlay of Bayern to win or draw, plus over 2.5 whole objectives within the match however that moved from -120 to -150, making it unplayable.

Group E: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) vs. Benfica (POR)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Olimpiyskiy Nationwide Sports activities Advanced (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Climate: 60 levels, cloudy

Benfica -0.25 Asian Handicap: +105

Benfica began the Portuguese league with 5 straight wins and continues to enhance from week to week. Because it confirmed throughout Champions League qualifying towards Spartak Moscow and PSV Eindhoven, it’s a crew that’s snug defending and managing video games, conceding solely three objectives in 9 matches. One other environment friendly efficiency is anticipated in Kiev regardless of the absence of middle again Lucas Verissimo (suspension). Dynamo Kiev, which sits in first place within the Ukrainian Premier League (6-0-1 document), will look to frustrate the skillful Benfica assault, making certain the sport shall be an in depth affair. The -0.25 Asian Handicap provides plus cash and buys some insurance coverage in case of a draw (half the guess is a push if the groups tie).

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Group F: Villarreal (ESP) vs. Atalanta (ITA)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica (Villarreal, Spain)
  • Climate: 80 levels, cloudy

Villarreal Asian Handicap Decide’Em: -120

The Underneath 2.75 Asian Whole Targets was the best play on this sport, however it’s now at -135 after sitting at +105 earlier this week. A low-scoring match is clearly the expectation with Villarreal supervisor Unai Emery proving so adept at devising tactical plans that frustrate stronger opponents and he’s had two full weeks to arrange for Villarreal’s return to the Champions League after 10 seasons. Atalanta has had a tricky begin to its season and though it is going to see Marten de Roon make his season debut in midfield, the absence of injured ahead Luis Muriel shall be felt. This can be a large event for Villarreal and Emery won’t need to disappoint. The Villarreal Asian Handicap decide’em is basically a draw-no-bet play with higher odds (-120 vs. -130).

Group G: LOSC Lille (FRA) vs. Wolfsburg (GER)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy (Lille, France)
  • Climate: 70 levels, cloudy, gentle rain

Lille decide’em Asian Handicap: +110

Many are down on Lille’s probabilities on this group after it misplaced its head coach and a few starters from final 12 months’s shocking Ligue 1 championship run. They’re leaking objectives and sinking within the Ligue 1 standings (twelfth place). However Lille continues to be very proficient, with speedy forwards who may cause Wolfsburg points, and now the membership can provide up on the Ligue 1 title race and place its sole give attention to acquiring leads to the profitable Champions League. Wolfsburg has received its first 4 Bundesliga matches, however three of them got here towards inferior opponents at the moment sitting within the backside six. A Lille decide’em guess equates to a draw no guess.

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Group H: Malmo FF (SWE) vs. Juventus (ITA)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Malmo New Stadium (Malmo, Sweden)
  • Climate: 60 levels, clear

Juventus -1 Asian Handicap: -115

After the 2-1 loss to Napoli over the weekend, Juventus enters the match with a degree to show. Though will probably be with out its most influential participant (Federico Chiesa), all of the South American gamers shall be accessible to play after lacking out towards Napoli following their journey from the September World Cup qualifiers. Malmo FF, 1-2-2 in its final 5 Swedish league matches, shall be pressured to bear the brunt of the Juve bounceback.

Group H: Chelsea (ENG) vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)

  • Time/TV/Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV & streaming)
  • Stadium: Stamford Bridge (London, England)
  • Climate: 64 levels, rain

Chelsea -2 Asian Handicap: +110

Even with out Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante, the expectation is that the defending champs open their title protection with a tidy win. Offered the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount are usually not rested forward of this weekend’s Tottenham match, the “Chelsea -2 Asian handicap” is curiously priced at +110. Zenit is the highest crew in Russia, however it has solely two shutouts in eight official matches. Whereas its attacking expertise may show ok to attain towards Chelsea, Zenit’s protection won’t be a match for the English large.


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