THE Champions League is back with one game that should be close and another that shouldn’t provide punters with too many problems.
PSG v Chelsea is the one that catches the eye as a massive tie but Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich could more profitable if the Germans continue the way they left off at the weekend.
Chelsea lost 3-1 to the Parisiens in the competition last season before winning 2-0 at home to progress on away goals.
Jose Mourinho’s team are much stronger than a year ago and I don’t expect him to be on the losing side. Chelsea draw no bet at 19-20 at Coral tempts me.
Both sides are a biggest 15-8 to win on the night so bookies are struggling to call it – with the straight draw 9-4 at McBookie and BetVictor.
PSG have been inconsistent of late and shedding two goals in the last two minutes to draw 2-2 at home to Caen at the weekend was shocking.
However, they boast Zlatan Ibrahimovic and we know he can be a matchwinner on his own. Ibrahimovic is 9-2 at William Hill and Paddy Power to break the deadlock while Diego Costa, fresh after serving a ban, is 6-1 with McBookie, BetVictor and William Hill and I’m on the Spaniard.
I expect the Blues to qualify and they are hot favourites at 4-9 at bet365 with PSG 2-1 at McBookie.
Ibrahimovic is 9-2 at William Hill and Paddy Power to break the deadlock while Diego Costa, fresh after serving a ban, is 6-1 with McBookie and Hills and I’m on the Spaniard.
To net at any time the Swede is 15-8 at Ladbrokes while Costa is 21-10 with the same firm and I’m tempted by both.
The other tie tonight sees goal-hungry Bayern Munich head to Shakhtar Donetsk and they are 2-5 at McBookie and BetVictor to grab an away win.
It looks short but the game’s been switched to Lviv and Shakhtar are on a winter break so are bound to be rusty.
Arjen Robben inspired Bayern to an 8-0 romp against Hamburg at the weekend and tonight’s best bet could the Dutchman to score at 11-8 with Betfred. He is 5-1 at BetVictor to score first while Thomas Muller is 9-2 at Paddy Power.
Bayern are capable of winning this with something to spare and I’n taking the Bundesliga leaders -1 at 11-10 with Paddy Power.
Chelsea draw no bet
Robben to score
Bayern Munich -1
(11-10, Paddy Power)