In this post betting tips,previews and lineups of the second round of Champions League Group stage matches. Groups G and H:
Porto-Chelsea, Maccabi Tel Aviv-Dynamo Kyiv, Lyon-Valencia and Zenit St. Petersburg-Gent.
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PORTO - CHELSEA
Chelsea has been playing really bad till now and the serious thing is that Mourinho can't find a solution to the several lacks showed by his team.
The defensive solidity has disappeared. Terry and Ivanovic are old while Curtois is injured.
Offensive players have created good occasions but this is not enough if the defense concedes goals every match: 14 goals conceded in 7 matches and an average of 14 shoot attempts conceded to the oppoenents.
Porto has the right kind of players able to give hard times to Chelsea's defense: Imbula assures strenght in the midfield, the forwarders Corona and Brahimi are very skilled in dribbling and Aboubakar has a great pace.
Hard match, difficult to choose a winner and probably the best choice here is BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE.
PORTO: Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Layún; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.
CHELSEA: Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.87 Matchbook)
HOME TEAM TO SCORE (1.33 Matchbook)
MACCABI TEL AVIV - DYNAMO KYIV
Chelsea seen in this period is not a good team but Maccabi got away Stamford Bridge with a 4-0 loss.
This clearly shows the limits of the israeli team qualified for the final stage after having eliminated Hibernians, Viktoria Plzen and Basel.
Maccabi has a skilled forwarder, Erin Zahavi, who has scored 12 of the last 15 Maccabi's official goals but the other players are not that good.
Coach Jokanovic adopts an offensive gamestyle based on ball possession mainly. The defense isn't that solid (20 goals conceded in 15 matches).
Dynamo is leading the ukrainian League 3 points above Shakhtar Donetsk and has obtained a good draw in the first match vs Porto.
The international experience matters here: ukrainian team has more international experience and we choose DYNAMO DOUBLE CHANCE as main bet.
MACCABI TEL AVIV: Rajković; Shpungin, Ben Haim I, Tibi, Ben Harush; Rikan, Alberman, Mitrović, Miha, Ben Haim II; Zahavi.
DYNAMO KYIV: Shovkovskiy; Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Khacheridi, Antunes; Rybalka, Veloso, Garmash, Gusev, Yarmolenko; Kravets.
AWAY WIN (2.00, Sporting Bet)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (2.05, Sporting Bet)
OLIMPIQUE LYON - VALENCIA
Lyon hasn't collected great results till now: 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses give Lyon the 8th place in Ligue 1.
French team has only obtained a draw in the first round in Belgium vs Gent and got away Bordeaux with a 3-1 loss on Saturday.
The serious injury occurred to Fekir and the bad conditions of Lacazette surely don't help.
Valencia also is struggling a lot in the Liga: on Friday arrived the second win in the league vs Granada (1-0).
Valencia still has the first two goalkeeper injured but the main problem is that the forwarders do not score a lot (only 3 goals scored till now).
Considering the problems in both offensive sides we do not expect a lot of goals here.
LYON: Lopes; Jallet, Biševac, Umtiti, Morel; Ferri (o Darder), Gonalons, Tolisso, Valbuena; Beauvue, Lacazette.
VALENCIA: Ryan; Cancelo, Mustafi, Abdennour, Orbán; Pérez, Fuego, Parejo; Piatti, Negredo, Feghouli.
UNDER 2.5 (1.75, PaddyPower)
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG - GENT
Wolfsburg won the DFB Pokal (german national cup) and obtained a 2nd place in Bundesliga in the previous season.
The new season began winning the german Super Cup vs Bayern Munchen but the last tranfesrmarket days saw the transfers of Perisic (Inter) and De Bruyne (Manchester City) who were both essential
in Wolfsburg offensive manouvers.
True, their substitutes Draxler and Kruse are very skilled but the sensation is they need time to take place in the new team. Indeed in the last Bundesliga round, Wolfsburg only drawed 0-0 vs Ingolstadt.
We like UNDER 3.5 here. CSKA has ended 7 of the 8 matches played till now in russian Premier League.
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG: Lodygin, Anyukov, Garay, Lombaerts, Criscito, Javi Garcia, Witsel, Smolnikov, Danny, Hulk, Dzyuba.
GENT: Sels, Rafinha, Mitrovic, Nielsen, Asare, Neto, Kums, Raman, Milicevic, Simon, Depoitre.Wernbloom, Eremenko, Dzagoev; Musa, Doumbia.
HOME WIN (1.47, Betfair)
HULK TO SCORE ANYTIME (1.85, Betfair)
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