In this post betting tips and previews of the first round of Champions League. Groups C and D:
Galatasaray-Atletico Madrid, Benfica-Astana, Manchester City-Juventus and Sevilla-Borussia Monchengladbach.
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GALATASARAY - ATLETICO MADRID
Galatasaray is a very tough team to face when playing in its stadium.
Atletico comes from the defeat vs Barcelona 3 days ago when Barça dominated the match also without Messi.
According to Simeone, Atletico needs time in order to find harmony with the new arrivals.
Also Galatasaray's performances haven't convinced till now: 8th place in turkish league with only one win obtained in four matches.
It seems that turkish team hasn't found a good alternative to Felipe Melo in the midfield but the new arrival, Lukas Podolski has already scored two goals.
We expect to see a very fought match in the midfield where Sneijder will be marked all the time.
The referee will be the polish Szymon Marciniak who shows cards with ease and considering the kind of match we will probably have, red cards are not excluded tonight.
GALATASARAY: Muslera; Carole, Hakan Balta, Semih Kaya, Sabri Sarıoğlu; José Rodríguez, Selçuk İnan, Sneijder, Yasin Öztekin; Podolski, Burak Yılmaz.
ATLETICO MADRID: Oblak; Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Siqueira; Oliver Torres, Tiago, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Fernando Torres.
UNDER 2.5 (1.57 Matchbook)
RED CARD YES (3.75 Matchbook)
BENFICA - ASTANA
Benfica is forced to win the first Champions League match vs the weakest team of the group: Astana is the first kazaki team qualified for the final stage of Champions League.
Astana's away matches performances haven't been good till now: they have never won and have only scored one goal.
Tonight the fast forwarder Twumasi is banned and this is an heavy absence for Astana because his pace could have been useful for counterattacking.
Benfica has changed a lot of players during the last transfermarket where lots of good players have been transferred.
Luckily Benfica has a lot of skilled youngsters and stwo good players on loan such as Taarabt and Mitroglu.
The portuguese league started good for Benfica, especially in home matches where Benfica has obtained 3 wins in a row and scored 13 goals.
The forwarder Jonas is on a good shape: 5 goals scored in the three home matches played.
BENFICA: Júlio César; Nélson Semedo, Jardel, Luisão, Eliseu; Samaris, Talisca, Gaitán, Guedes; Jonas, Mitroglou.
ASTANA: Erić; Ilić, Postnikov, Aničić, Shomko; Dzholchiyev, Cañas, Maksimović, Kéthévoama, Zhukov; Nuserbayev.
HOME WIN (1.24, Sporting Bet)
JONAS TO SCORE ANYTIME (1.74, Sporting Bet)
MANCHESTER CITY - JUVENTUS
Manchester City and Juventus have started their own leagues in a totally different way.
City has won all the 5 matches played in Premier League without conceding a goal, while Juventus has only obtained 1 point in 3 matches.
The biggest problem Juventus has to face are the transfers of Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez, not only from a skills point of view since Hernanes, Cuadrado, Dybala and Zaza are good players but the problem is they don't have enough charisma and winning mentality.
Considering that Juventus has struggled a lot vs Chievo and Udinese we hardly believe in chances of a good result in Etihad Stadium.
Juventus has absences in the midfield: Khedira and Marchisio are injured and Pogba has appeared to be not on shape in the matches played till now.
Manchester City has extremely skilled players and will probably make a lot of ball possession.
Aguero is injured, true, but the actual Juventus can't create a lot of problems to the english team.
MANCHESTER CITY: Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Kompany, Kolarov; Yaya Touré, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Bony.
JUVENTUS: Buffon; Liechtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Sturaro, Hernanes, Pogba; Pereyra; Mandžukić, Dybala.
HOME WIN (1.80, PaddyPower)
SEVILLA - BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH
Sevilla has only obtained 2 draws vs Malaga and Levante and a 3-0 defeat vs Atletico Madrid till now.
There are a lot of injured players: Nico Pareja, Carriço, Rami and the goalkeeper Beto.
Borussia has also started bad the new season: 4 losses in a row in Bundesliga and has already conceded 11 goals.
Xhaka and the captain Grant are banned and in the midfield Herrmann is injured.
We choose the HOME WIN.
SEVILLA: Rico; Coke, Krychowiak, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas; Krohn-Dehli, Iborra; Reyes, Banega, Konoplyanka; Llorente.
MONCHENGLADBACH: Sommer; Korb, Brouwers, Jantschke, Wendt; Nordtveit, Stindl; Traoré, Hazard; Hahn, Raffael.
HOME WIN (1.60, Betfair)
LLORENTE TO SCORE ANYTIME (2.60, Betfair)
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