UCL Tips – Matchday 2 (Wed)

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The Champions League continues with Matchday 2 and The Wolf has you covered with all of his feature previews and recommended bets.

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CSKA Moscow v Tottenham – (Wed 4:45am)
No Kane… no worries for Tottenham who have lost just the one game across all competitions this season. The concerning part though is that the loss came at home in this competition. It means that another loss here would put them under extreme pressure to qualify for the knockout stages and in a relatively open group there is no doubt that the aim is to finish first in order to avoid the likes of Real, Barca and Bayern in the Round of 16. Few teams walk away with all 3 points from a visit to Moscow. CSKA have lost just 1 of their last 8 UCL matches at home. That stretch includes wins over Sporting and PSV, not to mention holding Man City, Roma and Man Utd to score draws. Spurs have won just 1 of 6 away from home in this competition and have conceded a worrying 16 goals in that time. Son Heung-Min has made a huge impact since replacing the injured Kane with 4 goals in 2 matches. There will be plenty of tempo in this one as both sides like to move the ball around in midfield. For CSKA Tosic and Milanov will look for the feet of Traore as often as possible which will mean plenty of work for Dier and Wanyama. If they can turn over enough ball Erisen, Lamela and Dele Alli will have a field day. The conditions will favour the hosts and with an open encounter on the cards The Wolf is tipping a high scoring draw.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals ($2.00)
Value Bet: Correct Score 2-2 ($15)

Din Zagreb v Juventus – (Wed 4:45am)
It doesn’t matter who Juventus sell in the transfer window they always manage to pick up quality players for next to nothing. They may have splashed the cash for Higuain but they picked up Dani Alves on a free transfer and continue to pay a minor loan fee for the services of Cuadrado. Their squad is stacked with international experience and silverware winners across all levels from league titles to European Cups and World Cups. The Wolf though is concerned with their recent away form in this competition. They have won just 3 of their last 14 away matches in the UCL and the main reason is the fact that they traditionally play a defensive brand of football. This will allow Zagreb to remain in the game until the final stages and although they are unlikely to get all three points they are immense value in the handicap markets. Dating back to 2000, Juve have won just 6 of 58 away UCL matches by multiple goals. History is on our side.
Best Bet: Handicap Din Zagreb +2 ($1.95)
Value Bet: Both Teams To Score – YES ($2.25)

Leicester v Porto – (Wed 4:45am)
It has been far from the ideal start to Leicester’s title defence and they were on the receiving end of a devastating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Man Utd over the weekend. Down 4-0 at half time Claudio Ranieri subbed off both Mahrez and Vardy in order to preserve them for this one. The collected all 3 points away to Brugge on Matchday 1 and another win here will have them in the box seat for the knockout stages. Porto will look to attack The Foxes on set pieces after seeing United put three past them from corners. Defensively there are huge question marks for the EPL champions. They conceded 4 goals in each of their games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd. The Wolf cannot see Leicester shutting out Porto. Marcano and Felipe should have no trouble linking with Pereira which will make it hard for Leicester to effectively press high up the pitch. They have the speed out wide with Andre and Torres which will allow them to get the ball into wide areas. Andre Silva and Adrian are both excellent in the air and The Wolf expects Porto to whip as many balls in as possible. The Portuguese side will give Leicester a real scare!
Best Bet: 1st Half Result – Draw ($1.90)
Value Bet: Draw ($3.30)

Dortmund v Real Madrid – (Wed 4:45am)
This is hands down the match of the day with a red hot Dortmund hosting a Real Madrid outfit that has dropped points in its last two La Liga matches. Dortmnd thumped Legia 6-0 on Matchday 1 and they have taken that form when them to the Bundesliga where they have registered 3 consecutive wins (6-0, 5-1 and 3-1). Aubameyang continues to find the back of the net for fun while for Madrid Ronaldo continues to struggle with his return from injury. Dortmund have won the last two meetings in Germany and have been playing fantastic football. Gotze, Reus, Schurrle, Kagawa, the list goes on. Ronaldo trained and will likely play which will make this one a absolute goal fest. the last 8 meetings have averaged 3 goals per game and this one will be no exception. Both sides are lethal on the counter ans with neither of them shy to push numbers forward we are guaranteed a very open contest. Madrid have been kept scoreless in their last two away matches in the UCL but that is a streak that wont last lost. There will be goals, goals, and more goals.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals ($2.20)
Value Bet: 1st Half Over 1.5 goals ($2.30) 

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