UEFA Champions League Matchday 3: Preview and Betting Predictions

02 November 2020
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Duvan Zapata and Mario Pasalic

Atalanta BC vs. Liverpool FC

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 08:00 PM at Gewiss Stadium

Klopp's Failures in Italy

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp meets his footballing kryptonite this week, an Italian side away from home. The German has struggled overseas, mainly while playing against Serie A teams where his record is now 0-5.

Klopp's UCL performances overall have been lacklustre in comparison to his domestic tenure. If Liverpool stands a chance this week, they are going to require a defensive restructure from Klopp.

Form, Mentality, Champions League Odds & Trends

  • Liverpool has lost eight of their past 14 UCL away fixtures.
  • Atlanta is undefeated in 5 of their group games.
  • Jurgen Klopp has lost five UCL games playing in Italy.

Final Thoughts| Uefa Champions League Betting Picks

Nobody expected Atalanta to remain unbeaten across their first 5 group stage fixtures in the 2020/2021 UCL tournament. Last season they presented the opposite, losing their first five matches.

Now facing a rocky Liverpool defence, I would not be surprised if we saw the relentless attacking pressure of Atalanta succeed in defeating the English champions.

The available odds on Atalanta are incredibly overpriced, allowing us to take some insurance with the 'draw no bet' market.

Score Prediction: Atalanta 2 – Liverpool 1

Betting Prediction: Atalanta' draw no bet' 2.40 [+140] at Unibet

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Istanbul Basaksehir vs. Manchester United

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 05:55 PM at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu

Red Devils in Fine Form

Manchester United have been average during their domestic run, but don't look now, United have won nine consecutive away fixtures in all competitions. More impressively, six of those nine wins saw a clean sheet in favor of the Red Devils.

Istanbul Basaksehir were never tipped as a challenging underdog this year, but they are struggling more than we expected. Two losses and no goals leave the Turkish side in turmoil at the back heading into a clash with English giants Manchester United.

Final Thoughts| UEFA Champions League Betting Picks

Istanbul has suffered back to back defeats in the UCL group stage, both contests ending with a 2-0 scoreline. I anticipate these struggles in attack to continue, especially against the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United squad.

The available odds are quite steep on United, as expected, but we believe that United will secure a lead during both halves.

Score Prediction: Istanbul 0 – United 3

Betting Prediction: Manchester United to win halftime/fulltime 2.05 [+105] @ Bet365

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Chelsea vs. Rennes

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 08:00 PM at Stamford Bridge

No Lack of Goals at Stamford Bridge

Defensive issues at Chelsea seem to be a thing of the past; manager Frank Lampard has steered his side to an impressive 4-game streak without a single goal conceded. Also, Chelsea is unbeaten in their previous six fixtures and sit at the top of their UCL group on goal difference.

I expect a rough trip for the French side Rennes, attempting to collect points from the group's most formidable team away from home is a huge ask. They have scored just five goals in their previous six fixtures and have looked lost during their UCL stint thus far.

Form, Mentality, Champions League Odds & Trends

  • Chelsea has clean sheets in their previous four fixtures.
  • All of Chelsea's wins this season have been by more than one goal.
  • Rennes have scored four goals in their previous five games.

Final Thoughts| Uefa Champions League Betting Picks

Sevilla and Chelsea are the two teams battling for the top spot in their UCL group, and if goal difference is the clincher, Chelsea should have it in the bag.

The available odds on Chelsea to win are high-priced, but with their victories claiming more than one goal – the handicap betting market will suit us fine.

Score Prediction: Chelsea 3 – Rennes 0

Betting Prediction: Chelsea -1 2.00 [+100] at Betfair

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