UEFA Champions League Preview and Betting Predictions

26 October 2020
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UEFA Champions League

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Inter Milan

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 05:40 PM at Metalist Oblast Sports Complex

Goals on the Card

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.

Form, Mentality, Champions League Odds & Trends

  • Between the two, they have nine goals scored from their first UCL fixture this term.
  • Inter Milan have lost 4/5 of their previous UCL away matches.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk is unbeaten in seven of their previous nine UCL fixtures.

Final Thoughts| UEFA Champions League Betting Picks

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

Juventus vs. Barcelona

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 08:00 PM at Juventus Stadium

Inconsistent Spaniards

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.

Final Thoughts| UEFA Champions League Betting Picks

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

Sevilla vs. Rennes

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 08:00 PM at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Can't Find the Back of the Net

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.

Form, Mentality, Champions League Odds & Trends

  • Rennes has just three goals scored in their previous three fixtures.
  • Sevilla has only scored two goals in their previous five matches.
  • Under 2.5 landed in all of Sevilla's previous five games.

Final Thoughts| UEFA Champions League Betting Picks

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