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Champions League Tips: 17th & 18th September
by David Lenton
Last season’s Champions League was one of the most dramatic in living memory as two teams that scraped through the group stages reached the final on the back of two of the most astonishing comebacks in Football history.
However, that is now history and the new Champions League 2019/20 tournament gets underway in earnest this week with the start of the Group Stage.
32 teams battling it out across eight groups for two places in the knockout phase after Christmas and the New Year.
Four English teams, Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham will be battling out alongside Europe’s elite in what promises to be an intriguing group stage which will conclude in December 2018 and here are four tips from the matches taking place this week.
Champions League Tips: Tuesday 17th September
September 17, 2019
September 17, 2019
Chelsea have won one of five games this season, conceding 11 goals in those games.
Valencia have four points from three games this season, scoring 3 goals conceding 2.
The teams have met six times, Chelsea winning three, with three draws.
Ajax face Lille in the other game in Group H on Tuesday.
There is no doubt that Chelsea are in something of a transitional period. With an inexperienced manager at this level, no Eden Hazard and a transfer ban meaning that they have been unable to bring in replacements, this is a younger, less experienced and it has to be said, less solid and talented Chelsea team than in previous years.
However, they have proven their tenacity and effort cannot be faulted, but they do look suspect defensively and against wily and experienced opponents like Valencia, who are built upon a very solid defence, I think Chelsea could find this game to be a tough one.
With Ajax and Lille in the group, there isn’t much scope for teams to drop points at home and then still feel capable of qualifying from what is a tricky group, but I fear Chelsea may well do that as I can see Valencia picking them off on the counter attack.
As such, while I can see Chelsea scoring, I do feel Valencia will also find the net and the game will end up in a score draw.
Liverpool are the holders of the trophy beating Spurs 2-0 in the final in June.
Napoli have won and lost by a 4-3 scoreline in both their Serie A games this season.
Napoli beat Liverpool 3-0 in a pre-season friendly at Murrayfield in July.
In four competitive games, Liverpool have won twice, drawn once and lost once.
These two teams have met three times in the past year or so and it is Napoli who have had the better of things, winning two of those games, albeit their defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in the middle of their two wins, eliminated them from the Champions League last season and propelled Liverpool into the knockout stages and on to eventual triumph in Madrid in June.
In the game in the Group Stages last season, Liverpool were very poor in Italy and although they lost to a late goal from Insigne, there was no doubting Napoli deserved the win, just as they did when beating an under-strength Liverpool side 3-0 at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium in July.
However, since Liverpool have got back to full strength, they have been imperious and Jurgen Klopp’s men will want to improve on their record of losing all three away games in the group stage last season. I think they’ll start with that here by collecting a point in what is most likely to be a score draw, but which I think offers decent odds on just backing the result bet.
Both teams have perfect records from their league games this season.
They met in preseason, Atletico winning 2-1 in a game that Juventus dominated.
They also met in last season’s Champions League, Juventus winning 3-2 on aggregate.
They have met 9 times previously, Juve with 5 wins to Atletico’s 3 with just 1 draw.
These two teams will be meeting for the fourth time in just over six months when they clash on Wednesday night. Juventus had the last laugh in the Champions League clash between the teams as despite losing 2-0 in the Wanda Metropolitano to Atletico, a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in the second leg in Turin moved them into the next phase of the competition 3-2 on aggregate.
Atletico earned a 2-1 victory in a pre-season game at home over Juventus, but in truth it was a game that was littered with substitutions and which, for the most part, Juventus dominated in the second period. However, when the two full-strength teams were on the pitch in the first, it was a more even contest.
Juventus do struggle at times conceding goals and they have looked less solid defensively in their games this season, despite winning their two Serie A matches. Atletico have won all three of their games to sit atop the La Liga table, but this is a massive test for both teams.
In a group where both teams will dominate, I think both would happily take a draw if offered to them beforehand and I think this will be the result, with both teams finding the net at least once.
Unusually, PSG have lost once already this season, a 2-1 defeat to Rennes in Ligue 1.
Real are 5th in La Liga with 5 points from three games, drawing their last 2.
Real have won 4 of the 8 games between the teams, losing 3 and drawing once.
Edinson Cavani should be fit after injury to play for PSG in the game.
The other massive clash on Wednesday night sees PSG take on Real Madrid in what promises to be a game that could grace the final of the competition and the outcome of which could have a real impact on who stands the best chance of topping the group.
Despite their ongoing issues with want-away striker Neymar, PSG have started the season in robust fashion but they have been beaten already with French Cup winners Rennes defeating PSG 2-1 in the league a couple of weeks ago. Real too have not been at their best drawing two of their opening three games to lie fifth in the table.
So, these are two teams that I feel may well have seen better days in this competition and as such, I think this is a more even game. Real won the last two matches between the teams a few years ago but I think this pair of games will be much closer.
I am backing PSG to take the win here most likely by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
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David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter