UEFA: Champions League (Matchday 1)

The Champions League is back! Take a look at how we think the English teams will fair. 

Tuesday:

 Inter Milan v Tottenham

Inter were quite active in the market during the European summer, and it has to be said that their squad this season looks much stronger than that of last season. Although they slipped up against Parma at the weekend, they showed signs of cohesion and a real ‘coming-together’ before the international break.

Spurs aren’t the ‘newbies’ on the European stage anymore, they’ve succeeded in establishing themselves as a top four regular in the English League. There seems to be an air of negativity surrounding the Spurs camp – something that is a much bigger deal than usually given credit – coupled with injury concerns. Hugo Lloris was a massive miss at the weekend and if he isn’t fit it will only spell trouble for Spurs.

Inter Milan @ 19/10 is tipped with confidence.

Liverpool v PSG

What a group! What a game! Liverpool v PSG can only mean one thing: Goals! With a combined total of 192 goals in 76 matches last season, this has all the makings of an absolute classic.

Liverpool has been touted as the only real threat to Man City in England (something which I think involves more than just the two of them) and certainly looks to be up to it. Liverpool beat Spurs 2-1 on Saturday, which could have easily been 5-1 to the Reds, to maintain their 100% record.

PSG won’t be fazed by all the attention given to Liverpool though; they won Ligue 1 by 13 points last season – domination that doesn’t seem to be under threat for the foreseeable future.

Of course PSG must be respected, but they seem to come unstuck against the bigger opposition away from home; they lost 3-1 away to both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid last season, added to this you have to acknowledge that there is something special about Anfield on European nights. Could what some would call a partial ‘upset’ truly be on the cards?

I’m going to back Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals @ 39/20.

 

Wednesday:

 

Man City v Lyon

City is the team in this year’s competition with a bit of pressure. The Champions League trophy continues to elude them and you get the feeling that anything less than a place in the final is a disappointment.

In fact, I think this is where City put emphasis this season – even to the detriment of the league. City hasn’t got the same gloss to their football that was quite evident last season but it hasn’t been terrible either.

Lyon haven’t exactly started their season like a house on fire, registering just two wins from their opening five games in Ligue 1. They won’t have the confidence to match City, but I don’t expect a high scoring affair.

Back the Cityzens to win: 1:0. 2:0 or 3:0 (Multiscores) @ 39/20

 

 Young Boys v Man United

Young Boys welcome Jose Mourinho and his United team to Berne on Wednesday evening, which on paper looks like a simple victory for United. There has been a lot of talk surrounding Old Trafford so far this season, but they seem to be slowly getting their confidence and swagger back registering back-to-back away victories in the League.

Switzerland hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for United, and a cagey affair looks to be soup of the day.

Back United/Draw + under 2.5 goals @ 13/10.

 

Quartet looks sumptuous @ 66/1!!!

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