Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League turned out to be a thrilling midweek for Arsenal, who ended Bayern Munich’s 100% record this season by inflicting a 2-0 defeat on the Bavarians. This time, they’ll need to do it all over again and the Gunners can expect a totally different game at the Allianz Arena. Bayer Leverkusen and Roma produced an eight-goal thriller sharing the spoils in a 4-4 draw. If that match is half as exciting this time around, we’ll be in for another cracking contest. Speaking of cracking contests, Real Madrid and PSG will battle it out for top spot in the group which should see both sides play a more adventurous brand of football than was the case last time out. There’s money to be made and mouth-watering matchups to watch.
Tuesday 3 November
Atletico Madrid 7/20
Astana are yet to win in the Champions League this season and they will need to improve on that if they are to at least earn a place in the Europa League. Atletico got the upper hand on their opponents last time out by scoring two goals in each half to secure a 4-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon Stadium. Atleti will hope that the result will boost the confidence of Colombian striker Jackson Martinez who has struggled since his big-money move from Porto. Martinez did manage to get on the scoresheet with a scrappy deflected shot in their victory over the Kazakhstani champions. Diego Simeone will look to emulate his side’s victory with another convincing win in their bid to finish top of the group. With Antoine Griezmann at the peak of his powers, Astana’s defence could struggle to contain the pacy forward. The away win looks a solid bet at 7/20.
Real Madrid 8/10
Paris Saint-Germain 31/10
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Shakhtar will look to avoid losing four games in a row after going down 1-0 to Malmo last time out. With PSG and Real Madrid destined to qualify for the Round of 16, both sides will have to battle it out for a place in the Europa League. Mircea Lucescu has a host of attacking talent in Bernard, Taison and Alex Teixeira. Back the home win at 5/10.
Man United 5/10
CSKA Moscow 52/10
The Red Devils will feel they should have gotten more from their 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow- they dominated the possession stats, seeing 70% of the ball. The group is wide open for each team and they are all in close proximity of each other. Louis van Gaal will rely on Anthony Martial for another stellar performance whether he decides to play the young Frenchman out wide or through the middle. Martial has been in fine goalscoring form this season and will need to produce the goods on Tuesday evening if his side are to beat the Russian Giants. The home win is tipped.
PSV Eindhoven 18/10
Wolfsburg ousted PSV 2-0 last time out. The result means the Dutch side have failed to win away against German opposition for 15 consecutive games, in a run stretching back to 1977. Phillip Cocu’s side are bottom of the group on three points but will fancy themselves to claim maximum points at the Philips Stadion. The Dutch champions will look to repeat their impressive performance against Manchester United on Matchday 1, which saw them beat Louis van Gaal’s men 2-1. PSV will be wary of their opponents this time out and will need their centre-half pairing, of Hector Moreno and Jeffrey Bruma to be more solid. In attack, they have all the weapons to hurt Wolfsburg and I’m tipping them to reign victorious.
Galatasaray responded well after going a goal down, just two minutes into the game, to win 2-1 against Benfica. Despite the loss, Benfica are still level at the top of the group on goal difference. Galatasaray will need to perform at their best and need the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Lukas Podolski to be at the peak of their powers if they are to get the same sort of result. The Eagles have been superb at home in the league this season and I’m backing them to edge the win.
Monchengladbach will be high on confidence after picking up a point in Turin. The Serie A champions will feel like they should have gotten more from the game after missing numerous chances, not to mention a few poor decisions from the referee which didn’t go in their favour. The Old Lady remain undefeated in Group D with seven points from three games, while Gladbach lie at the bottom with just a point. Spanish striker Alvaro Morata failed to break Alessandro Del Piero’s record of scoring in six consecutive Champions League matches, but will be eager to return to goalscoring form. Back Juventus to get the away win.
Man City 31/20
Manchester City left it late as Kevin De Bruyne snatched a late winner against Los Rojiblancos to guide his side to a 2-1 win at the Etihad. Manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed the Belgian the perfect player and will once again rely on him for goals, with Sergio Aguero and David Silva still on the sidelines. Sevilla proved to be no pushovers when they took the lead against City, and showed that they are capable of challenging the Citizen’s. Both sides thrive on free-flowing attacking football which could see defences exposed. I’m going for Both Teams To Score at 6/10.