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Champions League Tips: 18th & 19th September
by the Cheeky Punter
This week the Champions League returns… the chaaaammpppioonnnss da da da da!
We come into the action on a high as well after landing a couple of good win and both teams to score bets on Saturday. £10 stakes on all football tips last weekend were up +£37.50 overall.
There’s some cracking games to look forward to this week in the Champions League and we begin our tips with a look at matches on Tuesday and Wednesday night. This year they are staggering KO’s which means some games will kick off at 17.55 UK Time, while others will get underway at 8pm UK Time.
Check out my predictions for the Champions League this week and let me know what you think in the comments.
Football Betting Tips: Tuesday 18th September
September 18, 2018
September 18, 2018
Inter’s season has started poorly with one win and a draw in their four Serie A games, they lost on Saturday at home to Parma by a 1-0 scoreline.
Spurs began the season well winning their opening three but have lost their last two by 2-1 scorelines away to Watford and at home to Liverpool.
Hugo Lloris will miss the game, but there is a chance Dele Alli could be fit to return to the Spurs squad for the game after he missed the defeat against Liverpool.
The teams have met four times previously, Inter winning two games (4-3 and 4-1 after extra time at home), while Spurs won 3-1 and 3-0 at White Hart Lane.
The last time these teams met in the Champions League was back in 2010 when a young Gareth Bale announced himself on the world stage with a stunning hattrick, pulling 10-man Spurs back from a 4-0 half time deficit to a more respectable 4-3 defeat at the San Siro.
In their four games, the teams have been strong winners at home, but struggled away from home. However, this week’s game could be interesting as both teams come into the match in less than stellar form, Inter with just one win in four Serie A games and Spurs in the back of two straight defeats in the Premier League.
Spurs could see Dele Alli back for the game, but it is touch and go whether the England man will be fit. Hugo Lloris wil be absent meaning Michel Vorm will deputise for the Frenchman. If Alli does return, then Spurs’ chances of a decent result here would improve significantly as he was sorely missed against Liverpool at the weekend.
Neither of these teams will want to get their Champions League campaign off to a poor start, especially with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven the other teams in their group and as such, I think a draw is a good option here.
Liverpool are 2nd in the league on GD from Chelsea having won all five of their opening games, including Saturday’s 2-1 win at Tottenham.
Paris St Germain also have a 100% record, having won all of their five opening games in Ligue One this far, scoring 17 goals in the process.
The French side rested Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in their league game against Saint Etienne on Friday ahead of the trip to Anfield.
The teams have met twice before in the Cup Winners Cup, Liverpool winning 2-0 at Anfield in 1997, before PSG won the return leg by a 3-0 scoreline in Paris.
Both these teams have enjoyed perfect starts to the season so at least one record will end at Anfield on Tuesday. Liverpool’s five wins leave them second in the Premier League on goal difference behind Chelsea and it is fair to say that while the Reds have won their games, they are yet to display the attacking brilliance that took them to the Champions League final last season.
PSG had the luxury of resting around £400m worth of talent against Saint Etienne on Friday with Neymar and Mbappe rested for this game. Both will return to the team and will pose the Liverpool defence, which has conceded just two goals this season, with their sternest test of the season so far.
In Europe, PSG have had the most problems on the road over recent times and they certainly don’t travel as well outside of Paris compared to playing at home and this is going to be another special night at Anfield which I think just gives Liverpool a slight edge.
I am expecting both teams to score, but I think Anfield will be the deciding factor and that will inspire the home team to a narrow win.
City made it four wins from five at the weekend with a confident 3-0 win over Fulham, a result which moved them up to third in the league.
City have played French opposition at home three times in the Champions League, winning two of those games and drawing the other.
Lyon have had a stuttering start to Ligue One this season, winning two games, losing two and drawing their last game 2-2 away at Caen.
This will be the first game between the two teams in European football, though their women’s teams have met each other frequently in European competition.
A draw away to Wolves apart, Manchester City have had a fine start to the season in the Premier League, and that has been achieved without the mercurial influence of Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who will be out for a little while longer with a knee ligament injury.
In his place, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have been amongst the goals, while Leroy Sane’s return to goalscoring form at the weekend against Fulham will have been a timely boost for the player who has struggled a little for form this season.
Lyon’s form in Ligue One has been mixed, with two wins, a draw and two defeats. Nabil Fekir is their main man and he is putting behind his disappointment of missing out on a move to Liverpool in the summer. He will need to be on his game to give the French side any hope of a win here.
I’m still not convinced that City’s defence is the tightest and I can see Lyon grabbing a goal, however my feeling is that it will simply be a consolation as the English Champions get their Champions League campaign off to a solid, winning start.
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Young Boys have won all six of their Swiss Super League games this season and are eight points clear at the top of the table.
Dangerman is veteran French striker Guillaume Hoarau who has 7 goals from 9 appearances in all competitions this season.
United come into the gaming lying 8th in the Premier League following a 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday, their second away victory in a row following on from a 2-0 win at Burnley.
This will be the first time that the two teams have ever met in any competition.
After a superb start to the season, Young Boys will certainly not be short of confidence against a Manchester United side that have had some mixed results in Switzerland in the past. However, this still remains a massive test for the Swiss side against a team packed with talent.
While Young Boys have started the season in perfect fashion with six wins from six, they will not have played a team as strong as United at any point and with the visitors having won their last two away games at Burnley and Watford, United will be confident of getting the job done here.
United did hang on a little in the second half against Watford but battled well to secure a vital win and Jose Mourinho’s men will take confidence from that. With Valencia and Juventus also in Group H, this is a group where United cannot afford to slip up and I think that will be evidenced by a very strong team selection for this game.
Young Boys will make it difficult for United but I think in the end, it will be a solid defensive display and perhaps a goal or two on the counter that will ensure United get off to a winning start here.
The Cheeky Punter is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.