IT’S the night many punters have been waiting for – the start of the Champions League groups.

There are some cracking ties tonight with Man City v Juventus possibly the pick of the bunch.

Other top clubs in action include Man United, PSG, Sevilla and Benfica so let’s hope for thrills from the big boys.

Let’s start with Man United who travel to PSV with renewed confidence after beating Liverpool 3-1 at the weekend.

Louis van Gaal will be wanting to put one over his countrymen and Memphis Depay will be out to score against the side he couldn’t stop netting for last season.

Depay isn’t yet off the mark in the Premier League but hit a double in the home qualifier against Bruges.

He is 11-4 at 888sport to score tonight and 7-1 with McBookie to net first.

England record holder Wayne Rooney bagged a hat-trick in the away tie but with the England record holder sidelined Depay will be the man they look to for goals unless van Gaal decides to give teenager Anthony Martial a start after his wonder goal at the weekend.

United blew away Bruges and while PSV are better than the Belgians I expect another away win even without Rooney.

The Dutch are weaker without Depay and United look decent value at 6-5 with McBookie and Ladbrokes.

Man City are also in Champions League action at home to Juventus and will be cursing the fact Sergio Aguero is injured.

I’d be super confident about City with the Argentine against the Italians who have made a Chelsea-esque defence to their Italian crown with one point in three games after losing the likes of Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo.

It’s worrying times for manager Massimiliano Allegri and City will be confident of winning. Bookies are giving little away though with the home no bigger than 4-5 at the likes of Ladbrokes while William Hill have written off Juve at 9-2 with Hills.

This is £50million man Kevin de Bruyne’s stage and he is 13-4 at 888sport to score.

Joe Hart has yet to concede this season and his biggest threat of doing so will come from Mario Mandzukic and Paul Pogba but Juve are likely to be quite defensive and under 2.5 goals has a chance.

Another player facing a former employer is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who will return to action for Paris St Germain when the French giants host his hometown club Malmo.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc gave the Sweden forward the night off last Friday when the team drew 2-2 with Bordeaux after he picked up a knock while on international duty.

Ibrahimovic began his career at Malmo and scored 16 goals in 40 appearances before moving to Ajax in 2001.

Malmo made their Champions League debut last season and are keen to improve on their results after winning one and losing five.

They beat Celtic to reach this stage but at 2-0 down at Parkhead looked on the ropes and a better side in PSG should see them off without to many problems.

PSG are no bigger than 1-7 at BetBright to win so consider them -2 at 11-10 with Ladbrokes. Back Ibra to score first at 45-17 with 888sport and he is 19-29 to net at any time.

Real Madrid welcome Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk to the Bernabeu with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in the mood to terrorise their opponents.

Ronaldo netted five at the weekend and Bale has made a good start to the season with the likes of Karim Benzema, Isco and Marcelo adding to the attacking threat.

You don’t often see Ronaldo as big as 11-4 (William Hill) to score first but he is just 4-9 with the same firm to net at any time.

Real are no bigger than 2-11 at BetVictor to win and while Shakhtar have plenty of Euro experience they could be blown away. Back Real at -2 Asian at 4-5 with bet365.

Wolfsburg are excited ahead of their first Champions League campaign since 2009 as they face CSKA Moscow at the Volkswagen Arena.

The Wolves have made a strong start to the domestic campaign, beating Bayern Munich to win the German Supercup and sit third in the Bundesliga with two wins and two draws from their opening four games.

De Bruyne is a loss but Dante and Julian Draxler have added quality and I expect the Germans, 10-11 at bet365, to win.

Borussia Monchengladbach are seeking to spark their season into life when they play in Europe’s elite club competition after a 37-year wait.

The German club went into this summer on a high after finishing third in the Bundesliga to qualify for the Champions League group stages but have lost four straight games and conceded 11 goals.

Friday’s 3-0 loss to Hamburg left Lucien Favre’s side with no points and at the foot of the Bundesliga and not in good shape for a trip to Europa League holders Sevilla where they lost 1-0 last season.

Sevilla won all seven of their home European ties last season and have never lost against a Bundesliga side at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

They too have started the season slowly, losing 5-4 in extra time to Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi and taking just two points from their opening three games in La Liga.

Carlos Bacca was a big loss in the summer but Kevin Gameiro, Fernando Llorente and Ciro Immobile can provide goals and Sevilla have the experience to come through this one. They are 8-13 at bet365.

Atletico Madrid finished runners-up in the competition two years ago and have lost just one of their last six European group away games so will be confident of avoiding defeat away to Galatasaray.

The Turkish champions finished at the foot of their group last season, losing two and drawing one of their three home games, and sit 10th in the league after winning just one of their opening five fixtures.

But they have a potent forward thrust and Lukas Podolski will play alongside Wesley Sneijder in support of lone striker Burak Yilmaz.

Atletico’s summer signing Jackson Martinez could start having scored seven goals in eight Champions League appearances for Porto last season.

Benfica face Porto in a titanic league clash on Sunday but boss Rui Vitoria insists their full focus is on a home meeting with Astana.

They warmed up with a 6-0 home triumph over Belenenses on Friday with Kostas Mitroglou and Nicolas Gaitan bagging doubles.

Astana, a club only founded six years ago, are the first Kazakhs to play in the group stage, and could be out of their depth. Benfica are no bigger than 2-9 at Ladbrokes.

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  1. Lyall 3 years ago

    LAdbrokes are doing an inplay offer on the Man City v Juve game.

    It looks similar to the popular Bet365 offer, but it’s limited to £25 and you need odds of 1/2 or less, so you can’t ‘buy’ a free bet.

    Personally I like to use this type of offer to double my odds. Bet on the draw at 5/2 prematch and again just after kick off and you’re effectively getting 5/1.

  2. Graftman247 3 years ago

    Im drawn to Wolfsburg – CSKA under 2.5 goals
    @ 23/20 with William Hill

    1-0 CSKA correct score (small stake)

  3. yup 3 years ago

    Man city man utd. Dbl.

  4. Liam 3 years ago

    I’m surprised Bet365 haven’t put up their risk free bet offer again. Maybe they will in the morning

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      Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      Liam, we might hear in the morning but they usually let us know earlier.
      Goodnight all.

  5. Rico 3 years ago

    The Ladbrokes offer works exactly the same as the bet365 offer its just limited to £25 that’s all.

  6. ryan 3 years ago

    Good morning all.

    Here are my previews and suggested bets for the rest of the action tonight in the Champions League (previews for the Manchester teams to follow)

    Champions League grp. A

    19:45 Paris Saint Germain vs Malmo FF – Prediction 3.0- Suggested Bets – PSG -2 AH @1.625

    PSG should have far too much quality for Malmo in Paris this evening with the Swedish champions usually leaking goals on the road in Europe and in their own domestic league.

    The visitors have conceded 22 in 8 away Champions League fixtures in the past year, conceding 5 at Atletico Madrid, 4 at Sparta Praha and Olympiakos, and even 3 at Celtic in their most recent fixture in this years qualifying competition with 11 conceded in 3 games in the group stage last season.

    Even in the Swedish league, Malmo leak goals with 15 conceded in 9 away fixtures and I expect them to ship at least 3 tonight against far superior opposition.

    PSG are strong at home in Europe’s premier club competition with 10 wins from their last 15, losing only to Barcelona and scoring 33 in the process and you would expect them to win comfortably tonight but the bookies agree, overwhelmingly at 1/9 odds on so we will need to look elsewhere for a value selection here.

    While much of the focus will be on former Malmo man Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the star striker an icon to the travelling away support but it is Edinson Cavani who is in the better form and I would expect the Uruguyan to be the most likely first goalscorer tonight @11/5.

    I expect PSG to win by at least 2 goals and quite probably more comfortably than that so I’m gonna take them on the asian handicap -2 at a price of 1.65 (roughly 4/6). If they win by 2 then it’s money back, anything better and we are on to a winner and I expect they will win comfortably here against an over matched opponent with a rotten away record.

    19:45 Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Prediction 4.1- Suggested Bets – Real -1 @1/2, Real to score 3 or more @8/13

    Real are back on form with the Madrid giants turning on the style in their two most recent fixtures with 11 goals scored and 0 conceded and they will be confident of 3 points in what should be a decent encounter in the Bernabeu against a decent opponent in Shakhtar.

    Ronaldo got back on the goal trail in some style on Saturday, scoring 5 in a 6.0 romp at Espanyol and if he and they continue that form here they will have too much for the Ukranian outfit who have been weakened in attack following the summer departures of Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano.

    Shakthar have reached the knock-out stages in 3 of the last 5 years so they won’t be a pushover for Real and they do have some good form domestically, winning 5.0 in their weekend fixture at Metaist while they have a red hot goal-scorer in Alex Teixeira who has 9 in each of his previous 7 and is clearly shouldering much of the responsibility in the wake of those departures of his fellow Brazilians.

    Still, a 7.0 thrashing at Bayern last season suggests this is a team that can be taken apart by a more dominant opponent and Real are certainly that, especially in the group stages of this competition.

    Going back 3 years, Real have won 8 out of 9 group fixtures in the Bernabeu, scoring 29 in the process, 2 or more in 8 and winning 5 of those 9 by more than 1 goal. More often than not, they score and win big at the Bernabeu and Ronaldo is sure to be at peak levels of confidence following his 5 goal show this past weekend.

    This should be a comfortable win for Real and I’m happy to take them @1/2 on the handicap.

    Champions League grp. B

    19:45 Wolfsburg vs CSKA Moscow – Prediction -2.1- Suggested Bets – BTTS @4/6, Wolfsburg to win @17/20, Wolfsburg to score 2 or more @8/11, BTTS and over 2.5 goals @1/1

    Wolfsburg return to the Champions League after a 6 year absence and only the second time in their history against Russian outfit CSKA Moscow. Coincidentally it was CSKA who were Wolfsburg’s first opponents in this competition back in 2009 and how they would love a repeat scoreline with the Germans winning 2.1 on that night.

    CSKA are pretty poor on the road in this competition, especially in recent years, losing 7 of their last 9 and conceding 29 in the process. To be fair to the Russians, they have suffered at the hands of some of the better teams in Europe with Real Madrid, Bayern, Man City and Roma scoring 17 of those goals in 4 fixtures and they are better in Russia , unbeaten in 15 domestic fixtures this season, including a 2.2 draw at home to Zenit this past weekend.

    BTTS looks pretty likely with CSKA seeing that outcome in a massive 16 of their pevious 19 Champions League fixtures and in 8 of their last 10 on the road in this tournament. Thats about 80 -85% of CSKA’s European games seeing BTTS over 2 years.

    With Wolfsburg also producing BTTS in 9 of their last 12 at home, I feel we should are likely to see that outcome here @8/13 odds while the over 2.5 goals market looks possible as well with over 2.5 goals scored in 15 of CSKA Moscow’s last 17 games in the Champions League (including qualifiers) and in 10 of Wolfsburg’s last 11 home league fixtures.

    Wolfsburg though are favourites to win @17/20 and I fancy them to take the 3 points with an excellent home record to call upon. They have won 16 of their last 20 home league fixtures, are unbeaten on their own patch in 24 and have scored 25 in their previous 10 home league games which included a fantastic 4.1 win over Bayern towards the end of last season. Additionally, they have scored 2 or more in a remarkable 19 out of 23 home league fixtures and considering the CSKA defensive record, I feel the 8/11 on Wolfsburg to score 2 or more is also a bet worth taking.

    The new campaign has begun solidly enough for Wolfsburg with 2 home wins and 5 goals scored and I believe they can get the job done here tonight in front of an expectant home crowd who are sure to create a fine atmosphere for this their first Champions League fixture in 6 years.

    Champions League grp. C

    19:45 Galatasaray vs Atletico Madrid – Prediction -0.2 – Suggested Bets -No bets

    You would expect Atletico to be good enough to win here but the 3/4 price is too short for me and I’m not going to do any bets for this fixture although goals are possible.

    Gala are inconsistent at home, and it’s hard to know what to expect from them.7 of their last 9 at home have seen BTTS and In the past 3 years they were good enough to beat Juventus, Real Madrid and Man Utd but they have also suffered some hammerings, including a 6.1 romp for Real and in their 2 most recent fixtures at the hands of Arsenal and Dortmund (4.0 and 4.1) so which side turns up is anyone’s guess.

    The Turks have failed to win either of their first two league fixtures at home but their fans are sure to be up for this one with the notorious “welcome to hell” banners never to be forgotten. Much depends on the first goal and if the home side get it, it could be a tough night for Atletico who aren’t great on the road.

    Still, a quick look at Galatassary’s predicted 11 sees Wesley Sneijder and Lukas Podolski starting and in my opinion that’s 2 passengers too many with neither player operating at anyone near the level they did some years ago. Sneijder in particular is perhaps one of the most over-rated players in Europe and appears far more leg weary than his 31 years would suggest.

    I’m almost talking myself into backing Simeone’s men but they have only won 3 of their last 10 away games in Europe so I’m probably leaving this one out entirely with 3/4 not offering enough value on the win for me but I suppose they will probably get it against an undoubtedly weaker opponent.

    Champions League grp. D

    19:45 Sevilla vs Borussia M.Gladbach – Prediction 2.0- Suggested Bets – No bets.

    Both sides have started the season so poorly that I’m struggling to justify any real selections here but the home win does seem relatively likely with Moenchengladbach in all kinds of trouble domestically in the Bundesliga and Sevilla’s recent history in European competition.

    Having finished second last season and directly qualifying for the Champions League, hopes were high for Moenchengladbach but 4 defeats in a row have left them bottom of the league and searching for answers.

    Sevilla ought win, based purely on their excellent European record which sees them enter this season’s tournament as the first team to qualify as a result of winning the Europa League but 4/7 is a pretty short price for a home win.

    Sevilla have yet to win any of their 3 domestic fixtures, scoring only 1 goal in the process but Moenchengladbach are in an even poorer run of form themselves with 4 defeats from 4 in the league and 10 goals conceded so this looks like a fixture perhaps worth avoiding.

    The home side have defensive head-aches with their first choice goal-keeper Beto sidelined, as well as key defenders Rami and Pareja so the odds are that Sevilla will look to rely on their attacking instincts to claim the win. New signings Llorente and Kpnoplyanka will offer a new dimension to an already dangerous attacking team and Moenchengladbach may struggle to contain them with key midfield man Granit Xhaka suspended tonight.

    These two sides did meet in the Europa League only 6 months ago with Sevilla winning both legs on route to their ultimate success in the competition and I would expect them to get the win here against a demoralised team that suffered their worst defeat yet just 3 days ago, a crushing 3.0 home loss to Hamburg but Sevilla’s current form is definitely a worry, as well as the defensive headaches facing coach Emery and for those reason, I’m feeling a little way about backing Sevilla.

    A home win is likely while goals are possible but I’m not entirely convinced and may leave this fixture out from my best bets.

    Suggested Bets

    Wolfsburg vs CSKA Moscow – BTTS @4/6
    Wolfsburg to win @17/20
    Wolfsburg to score 2 or more @8/11
    Wolfsburg vs CSKA – BTTS and over 2.5 goals @1/1
    Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Real -1 @1/2
    Real Madrid to score 3 or more @8/13
    Paris Saint Germain vs Malmo FF – PSG -2 AH @1.625

  7. Lord Clegg 3 years ago

    Man City, PSV, Galatasaray, Wolfsburg… all draws yankee. although I might do a trixie and leave out the last one. We can expect to see at least four dull matches…loads of goals in the others.

  8. clean the bookies 3 years ago

    Mr fixit where you get -1 @11/10??

  9. Frastar 3 years ago

    Hi Ryan

    Going to do a trixie with your tips – Real -1 psg -2 and wolfsburg match btts. Think all these have a great chance. Not going mad though sensible stakes.

  10. Spidermouth 3 years ago

    A great price on Man Utd i feel.
    Away from home to a team strong in the domestic league however the last 3 european games at home they have lost. Which suggests the calibre of european teams are of a higher calibre and manchester united should have more than enough to see the dutch team.

  11. Liam 3 years ago

    Man United U19s are 1-0 up against PSV at the moment, some how still 6/4 to win the game and 5/6 DNB. That DNB looks great to me

  12. Marco 3 years ago

    Like the look of all the home teams.

    Backing all home’s in tonight CL with the exception of United and Atletico not to lose away from home against PSV and Galatasary respectively.

    Pays slightly better than 13/1.

  13. clean the bookies 3 years ago

    psg -1 @11/10 with ladbrokes

  14. Tommy 3 years ago

    Thanks for the DePau shout Mr F. Cleaned up on that tonight.

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      Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      Tommy, happy with Depay – wish I’d done him as the Super Single but was my headline tip in today’s Daily Record.
      Well done to Greg – always looked a game of goals despite a couple of comments earlier suggesting otherwise.

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