Champions League Preview

This Tuesday/Wednesday slate of Champions League games may be one of the best collection of games in the Group Stage I’ve seen in a while. Let’s get into it.

Record: 42-34-4, 9-9 Parlays

Tuesday:

Real Madrid @ Borussia Dortmund 2:45 pm ET:

Real Madrid (+156, Pick -111)
Borussia Dortmund (+166, Pick -105)
Draw (+240)

We wanted it, we got it. Rematch of last year’s group stage where Dortmund ended up top of their group and Madrid ended up winning the whole thing (they split the group stage last year with a draw a piece). Pulisic v. Ronaldo, a streaking hot Dortmund team v. a cold out of form Real Madrid team, and to top it off it will be in one of the best settings in world football. Last year Pulisic absolutely dominated the best team in the world and put himself on the map as one of the top young talents in the world. As usual Dortmund will get off to a hot start but I think Madrid will respond well and play the better second half. I think it will be a 1-1 draw but I’ll lean Dortmund due to their form and unbelievable home field advantage and take the Dortmund Pick -105.

Other Tuesday Picks:

Maribor @ Sevilla (-2)
Liverpool @ Spartak Moscow (+1)
Shakhtar Donetsk @ Manchester City (-2)
Feyenoord @ Napoli (-2½)
Tottenham @ APOEL Nicosia (+1½)
RB Leipzig @ Besiktas (+½)
FC Porto @ Monaco (-½)

Home teams!!

Wednesday:

Chelsea @ Atletico Madrid 2:45 pm ET:

Chelsea (+235, +½)
Atletico Madrid (+114, -½)
Draw (+225)

This is going to be a tight game through and through, as Chelsea’s attack can be very potent, but Atletico is known for their stingy defense and holding teams to max 1 goal. Atletico will be christening their new stadium for Champions League play and it should be a spectacle. I think it will be low scoring but Atletico will get on the scoresheet early and it will be too much for Chelsea. Atletico 1-0.

Bayern Munich @ Paris Saint Germain 2:45 pm ET:

Bayern (+250, +½)
PSG (-105, -½)
Draw (+250)

Two more European powerhouses square off this week as the German squad travels to Paris (insert PFT joke here). But seriously this should be an absolutely awesome game as two attack-driven sides who play exciting footy will be going at it. Neymar and Mbappe finally play against a marquee opponent for Paris, and for the first time at home in the competition. To be honest, I have no clue how this one is going to go, but Paris seems to have the form and they’re home and that’s usually a big advantage when playing midweek in the Champions League. Bayern have also lost Neuer to a broken foot for the second time in two years, leaving the German side without arguably the best goalie of the past 5 years. Paris to win 2-0.

Other Wednesday Games:

Manchester United (-1) @ CSKA Moscow
Benfica (Pick -160) @ Basel
Celtic @ Anderlecht (Pick -133) –> as of 12:00 9/27
Roma (-1) 
@ Qarabag (12:00 pm ET LOVE ROMA HERE)
Olympiakos @ Juventus -2½)
FC Barcelona @ Sporting Lisbon (+1½)

Parlay:
Man City (-500), Sevilla (-625), Napoli (-714), Juventus (-769) = (-130)

That’s all for what should be an awesome stretch of games over two days in the Champions League. Be sure to tune in on FS1 and FS2 for the games including Pulisic playing against Real Madrid.

Stay kickin’ it. Peace.

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Nico

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