In this post betting tips and previews of the first round of Champions League. Groups C and D:
Roma-Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen-BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb-Arsenal and Olympiakos-Bayern Munchen.
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ROMA - BARCELONA
These teams have already played a friendly in the beginning of the season and Barcelona had the best with a 3-0 win in Camp Nou.
That was a Roma without Salah and Dzeko but in our opinion Barcelona is still too strong for the italian team.
From a tactical point of view this is the ideal match for Roma since Barcelona makes a lot of ball possession and when there is the possibility Salah and Gervinho can be really dangerous with their pace.
Roma will be without Pjanic, a heavy absence in the midfield, while Barcelona can't count on the injured Dani Alves.
Considering that Barça won the last away match played in Vicente Calderon vs Atletico Madrid we expect to see spanish team prevail tonight.
Probably will be a balanced and very fought match but in the end Messi&co. will have the best.
ROMA: Szczęsny; Florenzi, Rüdiger, Manolas, Digne; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Keita; Salah, Džeko, Gervinho.
BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitić; Neymar, Messi, Suárez.
OVER 1.5 (1.25 Matchbook)
AWAY WIN (1.62 Matchbook)
BAYER LEVERKUSEN - BATE BORISOV
Bayer lost the home Bundesliga match on Saturday vs Darmstadt although the several goal attempts created.
Bayer is forced to win tonight vs the weakest team of the Group E.
German team has a good tendence in Champions League home matches: 5 wins in the last 6 matches, while BATE has lost 9 of the last 10 away Champions League matches.
Few skilled players in the belarusian team which will stay on the defensive while Bayer will make a lot of pressing and will try to open the opponent's defense with long passes.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN: Leno; Donati, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell; Çalhanoğlu, L Bender; Bellarabi, Mehmedi; Kiessling, Hernández.
BATE BORISOV: Chernik; Zhavnerchik, Polyakov, Milunović, Mladenović; Aleksievich, A Volodko; Stasevich, Hleb, Gordeychuk; Signevich.
HOME WIN (1.24, Sporting Bet)
HOME WIN HANDICAP (-1.0) (1.65, Sporting Bet)
HERNANDEZ TO SCORE ANYTIME (1.66, Sporting Bet)
DINAMO ZAGREB - ARSENAL
Arsenal is favourite but it is not going to be easy vs Dinamo Zagreb which has won 5 of the last 6 home matches and hasn't lost a match for 41 games in a row (last loss was on 27th November 2014
vs Astra Giurgiu).
Croatian team has a lot of skilled youngsters such as Marko Pjaca, Armin Hodzic and Marko Rog.
Other good players are the algerinian Soudani and the chilean Henriquez and Fernandes.
Arsenal will play with a 4-2-3-1 and this tactic does not convince since the team risks too much when defending.
Arsenal's results depend a lot on the mood of Ozil and Giroud who both looks on shape in the last matches played.
Away win has low odds, maybe it would be better to bet on the goals since Dinamo has scored and conceded a lot in the last 4 Champions League qualifiers matches.
DINAMO ZAGREB: Eduardo; Pinto, Sigali, Taravel, Pivarić; Machado, Ademi; Soudani, Rog, Pjaca; Henriquez.
ARSENAL: Čech; Debuchy, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Alexis Sánchez; Giroud.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.95, PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.76, PaddyPower)
OLYMPIAKOS - BAYERN MUNCHEN
When playing home, Olympiakos is a very tough team.
Indeed they obtained 3 home wins in the group stage of the previous Champions League edition and looking back also two seasons ago Olympiakos won the 3 group stage home matches.
The problem for greek team is that lots of players have changed in this season and they probably need time to find an harmony.
Bayern instead is a very tested team and the only new arrivals are Douglas Costa and Vidal.
In our opinion it is finally time to lose a home match for greek team, Bayern is simply too strong and in the 90' will have the best.
OLYMPIAKOS: Roberto; Elabdelaoui, Da Costa, Siovas, Masuaku; Cambiasso, Kasami, Dominguez; Fortounis, Pardo; Ideye.
BAYERN MUNCHEN: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Alaba; Alonso; Lahm, Vidal, Thiago Alcántara, Douglas Costa; Lewandowski, Müller.
AWAY WIN (1.45, Betfair)
OVER 2.5 (1.80, Betfair)
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