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Champions League: best bets for Barcelona-Bayern, Chelsea and Tuesday’s group stage games

The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off with the list of 16 opening matches from Tuesday 14 to Wednesday 15 September.

Tuesday’s list includes an eye-catching clash between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus also in action.

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Below are the best bets for each of Tuesday’s matches. Odds courtesy of DraftKings:

Group F: Young Boys (SUI) v Manchester United (ENG)

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

Manchester United -1.25 Asian Handicap: -120

Considering the current odds for scoring goals (both teams to score) and goal totals in this game – everyone expects a goal party in Switzerland, where Young Boys’ home games have featured a average of 3.4 goals per game – the -120 for Manchester United -1.25 Asian Handicap is a decent value, providing some cover in the event of a narrow one-goal win over Man United. There is a significant talent gap here and Manchester United will want to make a declaration of intent against the Young Boys that the Red Devils are trophy contenders this year.

Group G: Sevilla (ESP) v RB Salzburg (AUT)

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

The two teams score: -115

Reaching the Champions League group stage was RB Salzburg’s biggest win despite losing key players in offseason transfers. From now on, everything is sauce for the Austrian club: they are a talented, aggressive and attacking team who will play with nothing to lose and should look their way against Sevilla. The Spanish team have the best team and also recover winger Lucas Ocampo after an injury layoff. Sevilla coach Julien Lopetegui has a full squad and while the home side are expected to win, RB Salzburg have yet to be ruled out this year and should be able to score a road goal.

Group E: Barcelona (ESP) v Bayern Munich (GER)

  • Time / TV / Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV and streaming)
  • Stadium: Camp Nou (Barcelona, ​​Spain)
  • Time: 82 degrees, cloudy

Bayern victory: +100

Bayern are the consensual choice to win against a Barcelona side without Messi who is a shadow of itself. It’s a slight surprise that the extra money is still available for Bayern. After Barcelona regular striker Martin Braithwaite, who joined Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele in the infirmary last injured, the only thing Barca have to do is that he hasn’t played this weekend after the postponement of his La Liga match. The only real question in this one is how many goals Bayern will score against a Barcelona side that have conceded in their three La Liga appearances. The German team beat Lionel Messi and Barcelona 8-2 in that competition in August 2020 and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski still finds a way to score against Barca. The safest game was a Bayern bet to win or draw, plus over 2.5 goals in total in the game, but which fell from -120 to -150 making it unplayable.

Group E: Dynamo Kiev (UKR) v Benfica (POR)

  • Time / TV / Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV and streaming)
  • Stadium: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Time: 60 degrees, cloudy

Benfica -0.25 Asian Handicap: +105

Benfica started the Portuguese league with five consecutive wins and continue to improve week after week. As it showed in the Champions League qualifiers against Spartak Moscow and PSV Eindhoven, they are a team that is comfortable defending and managing games, conceding just three goals in nine matches. . Another effective performance is expected in Kiev despite the absence of central defender Lucas Verissimo (suspension). Dynamo Kiev, who occupy the top spot in the Ukrainian Premier League (6-0-1 record), will look to thwart Benfica’s skillful attack, ensuring the game will be close. The -0.25 Asian Handicap offers more money and buys insurance in the event of a tie (half the bet is a push if the teams are tied).

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Group F: Villarreal (ESP) v Atalanta (ITA)

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

Villarreal Asian Handicap Pick’Em: -120

The Asian Under 2.75 goal tally was the ideal play on this game, but it’s now at -135 after going at +105 earlier this week. A low scoring game is clearly the expectation with Villarreal manager Unai Emery proving so adept at crafting tactical plans that frustrate stronger opponents and he has had two full weeks to prepare for Villarreal’s return to the League. champions after 10 seasons. Atalanta have had a tough start to the season and although they will see Marten de Roon make his midfield debut, the absence of injured striker Luis Muriel will be felt. It’s a big opportunity for Villarreal and Emery won’t want to disappoint. Villarreal Asian Handicap pick’em is essentially a no-bet game with better odds (-120 vs. -130).

Group G: LOSC Lille (FRA) v Wolfsburg (GER)

  • Time / TV / Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV and streaming)
  • Stadium: Pierre Mauroy Stadium (Lille, France)
  • Time: 70 degrees, cloudy, light rain

Lille pick’em Asian Handicap: +110

Many are down on Lille’s chances in this group after losing their head coach and a few starters in last year’s surprising Ligue 1 championship run. They drop goals and sink in the Ligue 1 standings (12th). But Lille are still very talented, with quick forwards who can cause problems for Wolfsburg, and now the club can drop out of the Ligue 1 title race and focus only on securing results in the lucrative Champions League. Wolfsburg have won their first four Bundesliga matches, but three of them have faced inferior opponents currently in the last six. A pick’em Lille bet is equivalent to a draw without a bet.

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Group H: Malmo FF (SWE) v Juventus (ITA)

  • Time / TV / Stream: 3 p.m. ET (TV and streaming)
  • Stadium: New Malmö Stadium (Malmö, Sweden)
  • Time: 60 degrees, clear

Juventus -1 Asian Handicap: -115

Following the 2-1 loss to Napoli this weekend, Juventus enter the game with one point to prove. Despite being deprived of his most influential player (Federico Chiesa), all South American players will be available to play after missing the game against Napoli following their move from the World Cup qualifiers in September. Malmo FF, 1-2-2 in his last five league games in Sweden, will have to pay the price for Juve’s rebound.

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

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

Chelsea -2 Asian Handicap: +110

Even without Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante, the reigning champions are expected to open their title defense with a fine victory. Provided Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount do not rest before the Tottenham game this weekend, the “Chelsea -2 Asian handicap” is attractive at a price of +110. Zenit are the best team in Russia, but have recorded just two shutouts in eight official matches. While his attacking talent could prove to be good enough to score against Chelsea, Zenit’s defense will fall short of the English giant.

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