Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 05:40 PM at Metalist Oblast Sports Complex
The pride of Ukrainian football – Shakhtar Donetsk are back on home soil in hopes of dissembling the Italian giant's Inter Milan. Yes, Shakhtar is based in Ukraine, but at first glance, you could mistake their team with the Brazilian international squad. With a plethora of talent at the helm, can Shakhtar provide another shock victory in the Champions League that they are so well known for.
Antonio Conte's Inter squad completely dismantled Shakhtar when the two teams clashed in the Europa League semi-final back in August. Still, a lot has changed since then, and a repeat success is not the most probable outcome.
The form of each side is irrelevant for me in this encounter, both teams know how to score, and that is all we need to find the value this week. The defense on either team has looked questionable while their attack-force have been trigger-happy goal scorers, expect opportunities for both sides during this week's matchup.
The available odds on Shakhtar are enormous because of the two team's previous encounter, but this time around, we will not see a 5-0 scoreline, but five goals shared between each squad.
Score prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Inter Milan 3
Betting prediction: BTTS & Over 2.5 -116 [1.86] @ William Hill 1.16u wager returns 1u
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 08:00 PM at Juventus Stadium
Andrea Pirlo is all too familiar with Juventus and Italian football. The former Juve player and Italian international has had a perfect start to his debut as a manager, but will now face the most challenging test to date.
Barcelona also welcomed a new manager this season in the form of Ronald Koeman, but his successes thus far have not quite matched up to his opponent this week. The previous two fixtures for Koeman have seen his Barcelona side drop points to Sevilla and Getafe.
A positive COVID-19 test will remove the Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo from the critical date, but with the weary start for Barca in La Liga, I have hope for Juventus to squeeze a result.
The available odds are so well-priced we can take some insurance with the 'draw no bet' betting market.
Score prediction: Juventus 1 – Barcelona 0
Betting prediction: Juventus' draw no bet' -104 [1.96] @ Unibet 1.04u wager returns 1u
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 08:00 PM at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
The Europa League winners Sevilla will be looking to flaunt their extensive experience playing in European competitions when they welcome newcomers to the UCL.
French side Rennes enter the group stage of the tournament for the first time in its club history and have looked defensively solid during their domestic campaign.
Sevilla is the obvious bookmaker's favorite to capture glory mid-week, but the lack of wins from each side scares me towards the total.
The available odds on the under 2.5 is fair, especially considering that all trends point towards a low scoring fixture with their recent form supporting it. An emphatic 0-0 against Chelsea last week was impressive by the French newbies, and I expect a similar outcome against Sevilla.
Score prediction: Sevilla 1 – Rennes 0
Betting prediction: Under 2.5 goals -120 [1.83] @ Betfair 1.20u wager returns 1u