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Champions League Best Bets: Liverpool, City Expected To Dominate

Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool are expected to take down AC Milan in this week's Champions League best bets.

The UEFA Champions League kicks off this week with action from the group stage. Odds Shark takes a look at some of the Champions League best bets from games from matchday 1 in our new series.

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Champions League Best Bets Pick 1:

Liverpool -211

Match: Liverpool vs AC Milan, September 15, 2021

Liverpool have made a terrific start in the Premier League this season, with 10 points in four matches. Their only dropped points were against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at home. Apart from that result, they have displayed a strong combination of offensive depth and defensive spirit to win all their matches in the EPL to date. That confidence will certainly spill over into this season’s Champions League.

AC Milan have made a perfect start in the Serie A with three wins from three matches. They have conceded just one goal while scoring seven. There is certainly a bit of offensive firepower there but there also seems to be a bit of defensive frailty away from home. AC Milan will have to make a long trip from Italy to England, which will also have an impact on the team’s energy even though it’s still early in the season.

AC Milan might score but it is hard to envision this Liverpool team not having enough offensive class in the final third to score more than one goal. It is not only likely, it is plausible. As a result, even with low odds of -211, Liverpool make the list for this week’s Champions League best bets. You can place bets at the Best Soccer Betting Sites.

What was said?

“In our case, I think we had a lot of moments where we won the ball and then we were obviously in a quite expansive formation and we used the space quite well to set our own attacks,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the win against Leeds on the weekend. “But, how I said, without intensity it’s not possible, this is not a game you can play nice like chess – you have to throw everything on the pitch to make little advantages. We did that.”

Champions League Best Bets Pick 2:

Total goals: UNDER 2.5 (-150)

Match: Atletico Madrid vs Porto, September 15, 2021

Atletico Madrid will be high on confidence and adrenaline after their 2-1 win against Espanyol over the weekend. Thomas Lemar scored in the ninth minute of injury time to push Atletico to the top of the table. That is a trait that almost always results in a team building up their confidence for the season ahead.

A steady increase in confidence does not necessarily mean a team will score goals. Atletico prefer to play slower, methodical soccer through the phases of a soccer pitch. Confidence will help them do just that better. Atletico have conceded four goals in four matches in the La Liga, a few more than they would have liked. Expect Atletico to tighten up their defense as this season progresses.

On the same end of the offensive spectrum, Porto are also a team that prefers concerted soccer instead of moving through the phases rapidly. That usually helps them keep more clean sheets, keep possession for longer and allow fewer goals. When two methodical teams face each other, you would not expect more than two goals to be scored.

What was said?

“He’s in a really good moment,” Atletico manager Diego Simeone said of Lemar. “He had a digestive problem with the national team and lost three or four kilos and that’s why I had doubts and thought about keeping him back for Wednesday. Let’s hope he can repeat this. He is the player we went looking for at Monaco, he is the player the team needs. He is direct, he shoots with the right and left, he works.”

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Champions League Best Bets Pick 3:

Handicap 3-way Manchester City -1 (-130)

Match: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig, September 15, 2021

Manchester City have endured a topsy-turvy start to their season, which has included unsuccessful bids to attract top talent to fill their vacant outright striker position. As a result, you might expect there to be a few issues in the final third under normal circumstances. But Manchester City are far from a normal team.

They have some of the best players in the world, both offensively and defensively. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling returned to high-profile soccer this weekend in a 1-0 win against Leicester City. Along with one of the most dynamic, creative players in Jack Grealish, Manchester City should continue to exhibit unparalleled dominance at home against most visiting teams.

While Leipzig are no pushovers, there is not much empirical evidence from this season to suggest that they could be a force in the Champions League. This is really a tournament of small margins with most of the best players in the world. If there is hesitation, Europe’s best will finish their tournament at the first stage. It might be too early for that yet but Manchester City will not be complacent at home, against a solid team, in a tough group.

What was said?

“It’s the Champions League, it’s the biggest tournament and you can’t relax,” Ferran Torres said ahead of their Champions League opener. “Any team could beat you. They’re in that competition for a reason. We were very close to winning it last year. We had a great season in the Champions League and we won the Premier League. The Champions League? Yes, we just couldn’t make it last season but now we have another chance and we’ll do our best to win it.”

Champions League Best Bets Pick 4:

Handicap 3-way PSG -2 (+150)

Match: Club Brugge vs PSG, September 15, 2021

PSG have thoroughly dominated the Ligue 1 so far, with five wins in five matches. They currently lead the French league by four points, a value that is expected to multiply several times by the time the season is completed. They have signed one of the best players in Lionel Messi to help them do that. But their bigger concern, at least for the moment, would be to live up to their reputation as favorites for the Champions League.

They make the Champions League best bets because they are simply one of the best in Europe with this squad, and it makes prudent sense to back a team with such depth to come good against a team that can occasionally lack depth in the final third.

On paper, there is a massive gulf between these two teams, especially in an offensive phase. PSG should start quickly by scoring a goal early. As the game progresses, there could be more gaps in the pitch, which will yield more goals. PSG could even fashion a rout to send a statement to the rest of Europe.

What was said?

“It’s the Champions League, there are only tough games. Brugge are too, they’re a good footballing side. We are going to prepare well, analyze their team, because they’re not here by chance,” Julian Draxler said. “We need to be at our best, just like in every game. We’re going to do everything to get out of the group. I know it’ll be tough, but we all have a dream here at the club, and we are looking forward to starting the competition.”

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Champions League Best Bets Pick 5:

Ajax +137

Match: Sporting Lisbon vs Ajax, September 15, 2021

Ajax have started the Eredivisie well, putting up 10 points in four matches. It has not been enough yet to take the lead in the standings but there is enough evidence, both empirical and historical, to suggest that Ajax will be hard to beat in this season’s Champions League.

They are one of the best teams in the Netherlands, and also have Sebastian Haller in sprightly form, particularly after his two goals away from home in a 2-0 clinical win against Zwolle over the weekend.

In stark contrast, Sporting Lisbon will have some personnel issues, particularly through injury, to deal with. That in itself could be one of the major reasons to back Ajax to win in 90 minutes. Ajax’s form coupled with Sporting Lisbon’s injury problems makes the away team a compelling inclusion in the first matchday for our Champions League best bets.

What was said?

“Pedro Gonçalves won’t be available either in this game, nor against AFC Ajax nor against GD Estoril Praia, at the very least,” Sporting Lisbon coach Rúben Amorim had earlier said. “Gonçalo Inácio won’t play against FC Porto, he is unlikely to play against AFC Ajax, and we’ll see if he faces GD Estoril Praia.”

Odds Shark will return next week to update you with the Champions League best bets for matchday 2. Till then, enjoy Europe’s best soccer tournament with some shrewd Champions League betting choices.