In this post betting tips and previews of the first round of Champions League. Groups C and D:
Dynamo Kyiv-Porto, Chelsea-Maccabi Tel Aviv, Valencia-Zenit and Gent-Olympique Lyon.
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CHELSEA - MACCABI TEL AVIV
Chelsea has started the new season in an awful way: 1 win in the first 6 matches played, 2 losses in a row in Premir League and a defense who concedes goals with disarming ease.
Luckily Maccabi is a modest team. The coach is new and the team needs time to understand his gamestyle.
Maccabi hasn't conceded a goal only in 2 of the 12 official matches played till now (a total of 16 goals conceded).
Coach Jokanovic likes to adopt an offensive gamestyle and Maccabi will not stay on the defensive tonight.
Chelsea is favourite but considering the OVER 2.5 tendency of both teams, betting on goals is not bad here since home win has really low odds.
CHELSEA: Begović; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Baba; Matić, Fàbregas; Oscar, Pedro, Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy).
MACCABI TEL AVIV: Rajković; Shpungin, Ben Haim I, Tibi, Ben Harush; Igiebor, Alberman, Mitrović, Miha, Ben Haim II; Zahavi.
UNDER 2.5 (1.57 Matchbook)
RED CARD YES (3.75 Matchbook)
DYNAMO KYIV - PORTO
Porto's offensive phase is great but the defensive one could be better and the absence of Marcano and the presence of Martins Indi (who often makes mistakes) don't help.
Dynamo Kyiv has a great home trend in the ukrainian league and has good skilled players such as Yarmolenko, Miguel Veloso and the paraguayan Derlis Gonzalez.
Hard match to predict, since Porto is stronger but Dynamo is tough when playing home.
We prefer OVER 1.5.
DYNAMO KIYV: Shovkovskiy; Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Khacheridi, Antunes; Rybalka, Veloso, Garmash, González, Yarmolenko; Moraes.
PORTO: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Martins Indi, Layun, Neves, Imbula, Herrera, Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.
OVER 1.5 (1.30, Sporting Bet)
VALENCIA - ZENIT
Valencia hasn't started the news season in a positive way: 2 draws in the first two Liga rounds and luckily a won occurred in the last minutes vs Sporting Gijon (0-1).
Valencia has both goalkeepers injured and tonight Jaume, 24 years old, will be in the starting luneups.
Zenit, champions of the last russian league, now occupies the third position 6 points below CSKA Moscow.
Hulk is on shape: he scored on Saturday in Moscow vs CSKA and also in the last two friendlies played by his national team vs Costa Rica and United States.
In the 5 previous matches vs russian teams, Valencia has never lost and at the sam time Zenit has never won in 7 away games vs spanish teams.
VALENCIA: Jaume; Barragán, Abdennour, Mustafi, Gayá; E. Pérez, Parejo, Fuego, Feghouli; Alcácer, Rodrigo.
ZENIT: Lodygin; Smolnikov, Garay, Lombaerts, Criscito; Witsel, Javi García, Shatov, Danny; Hulk, Dzyuba.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.91, PaddyPower)
OVER 1.5 (1.28, PaddyPower)
GENT - LYON
Few month ago Gent has become champions of Belgium for the first time in its history.
Gent is not an offensive team: indeed it has collected 6 UNDER 2.5 in the last 7 matches in belgian league.
Lyon hasn't started good the new season and the physical due to the injuries occurred to the forwarders: Lacazette had problems with his back while Nabil Fekir had a serious knee injury and will stay out 6 months.
We do not expect to see a lot of goals here.
GENT: Seis, Foket, Rafinha, Nielsen, Asare, Neto, Kums, Matton, Raman, Depoitre, Simon.
LYON: Lopes, Jallet, Yanga-Mbiwa, Umtiti, Bedimo, Ferri, Gonalons, Tolisso, Valbuena, Lacazette, Beauvue.
UNDER 2.5 (1.62, Betfair)
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