The new season of the Champions League is back less than two months after Bayern defeated PSG in Portugal in the 2019-20 showpiece final.
We've run the rule over Wednesday's group games with mini previews and our picks. The highlight of the night sees the defending champions face up to Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid side.
🗓 UCL matchday 1
🏟 Salzburg vs Lokomotiv Moscow
The entertaining Austrian outfit has seen both teams score in seven of their last eight UCL matches (including qualifiers), but five also witnessed Salzburg concede exactly once before the halftime break. The hosts have conceded 2+ goals in four of their last five UCL home games and although Lokomotiv has enjoyed their trips to Austria down the years, they are outsiders here.
TIP: Salzburg win & over 2.5 goals
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🏟 Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk
The hosts’ defeat at the weekend against Cadiz ended an eight-game winning run at home, a streak that saw six Madrid clean sheets, four goalless first halves, and Madrid score in both halves on just three occasions. Surprisingly, Zidane's men have actually won just one of their last six home matches (W1, D2, L3) in this competition. Madrid’s last four UEFA Champions League games saw both teams score and that's an outcome we are backing against an ultra-attacking Shakhtar outfit.
TIP: Real Madrid win & over 2.5 goals
🪐 Latest Real Madrid vs Shakhtar betting info
🏟 Bayern vs Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid has already produced two 0-0 draws in LaLiga this season and kept three clean sheets in four matches. Defending champions Bayern will need to be at their very best to break down Diego Simeone's men in a match that looks like the toughest of the group for Hansi Flick's team.
TIP: Under 3.5 goals
🪐 Latest Bayern vs Atlético betting info
🏟 Inter vs Monchengladbach
Inter opens up their UCL campaign after losing their first Serie A match of the season to fierce rivals AC Milan. Their first four league matches of 2020-21 have produced an average of 4.5 goals per game and their group stage matches last term produced an average of 3.17 goals per game. Inter has scored in each of their last nine home matches in the UCL. Monchengladbach is unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga matches and both sides scored in all three. The German visitors will be confident, seeing as though they have avoided defeat in five of their last six meetings with Italian opposition in European competition.
TIP: Over 2.5 goals
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🏟 Man City vs Porto
City's last four matches in the Champions League have all gone over the 2.5 goals mark, and the same can be said for eight of Porto's last ten. Porto has won only two of their first four matches in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, spelling an indifferent start to their title defence. Guardiola's side should win an entertaining encounter in the opening group stage match.
TIP: Over 2.5 goals
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🏟 Olympiacos vs Marseille
The French side has only lost one of their opening seven league matches this season although they've kept just one clean sheet (incidentally, it was a way to PSG). Olympiacos has started strongly in the Greek League, winning three of their last four matches, scoring ten goals in the process and conceding just one. This represents a significant step-up in quality though.
TIP: Both teams to score
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🏟 Ajax vs Liverpool
Liverpool faces a defensive injury crisis with lynchpin centre-back Virgil van Dijk facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after damaging cruciate ligaments in the Merseyside Derby. To make things worse for Jurgen Klopp, Cameroonian centre-back Joel Matip is now a major doubt for the trip to Amsterdam. The Reds have not kept a single clean sheet in five Premier League outings this season and it's difficult to envisage them achieving a shutout against a rampant Ajax side that hit Heerenveen for five on the weekend. In a clash between two historical European giants, the Premier League champions would probably be content with a point here.
TIP: Over 2.5 goals
🪐 Latest Ajax vs Liverpool betting info
Midtjylland vs Atalanta
Denmark’s Midtjylland is making their maiden appearance in the group stage of a UEFA Champions League competition. Free-scoring Atalanta has scored 13 goals in their first three Serie A this season. The entertaining Italians scored eight goals in their last three away matches in the Champions League. We don't see them keeping a clean sheet, but we see them winning.
TIP: Over 3.5 goals
🪐 Latest Midtjylland vs Atalanta betting info
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