Champions League Matchday 3 Betting Picks and Predictions

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Manchester City's English midfielder Kalvin Phillips (R) replaces Manchester City's Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (C) during the UEFA Champions League match between England's Manchester City and Germany's Borussia Dortmund. Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP.

UCL odds are now available as we are back with our favorite UEFA Champions League expert advice and free betting predictions for the elite European soccer action ahead of us.

Read on for this week’s Champions League Matchday 3 of 6 betting advice, soccer analysis and free UCL betting picks for the week’s fixtures involving Ajax, Napoli, Manchester City, and FC Copenhagen.

  • Champions League betting record 2022/23: 1-3
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Manchester City FC vs. FC Copenhagen

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at Etihad Stadium

Champions League Trends

  • Manchester City has won consecutive Group G Champions League games, remaining unbeaten and top of the group.
  • Manchester City has scored 6 goals from their previous 2 UCL appearances.
  • Copenhagen has failed to score in Champions League Group G this term.


Easy Pickings for the Home Side

While confidence levels could depend on Manchester City’s derby clash with the Red Devils this weekend, Pep Guardiola and company will likely remain positive in their Group G Wednesday night clash with basement dwellers FC Copenhagen.

The Citizens have already faced and defeated the two biggest clubs from their UCL group, and a visit from this Copenhagen squad who’ve failed to net a single goal in two UCL appearances will have the Man City defense rubbing their hands.

Breakdowns on Guardiola’s squad may sound like a broken record. Still, we can’t neglect to mention the empathic season that Erling Braut Haaland has had since arriving in England.

The former Borussia Dortmund star scored against his former club last time out; even the men who know him best couldn’t stop the 22-year-olds dazzling footwork on the ball. And you can guarantee the Norwegian won’t find it challenging to penetrate Copenhagen’s back line.


Qualification Unlikely

After failing to win a game or even collect a single goal during their two Champions League outings this term, Danish side Copenhagen is now faced with the daunting task of traveling to the Etihad Stadium and facing the most fearsome team in their group.

Watching Borussia Dortmund tear apart this Copenhagen defense to win 3-0 isn’t a good sign of things to come, especially when playing away from home against the prolific attack awaiting their arrival in Manchester.


Manchester City vs. FC Copenhagen: Odds and Prediction

The available UCL odds at top-rated sportsbooks expect the home side to dismantle Copenhagen, but a -1600 isn’t justifiable for long-term bettors.

Finding value isn’t easy, but given that City has allowed just 1 goal in the tournament thus far and Copenhagen has filed to score 1, the home side to keep a clean sheet will dramatically boost our odds.

Score Prediction: Man City 4 - Copenhagen 0

Soccer Pick: Man City Win to Nil (-189) [1.89u wager returns 1. u] at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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AFC Ajax vs. SSC Napoli

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 03:00 PM EDT at Johan Cruijff ArenA

Champions League Trends

  • Napoli is the current top goal scorer in the 2022/23 Champions League (7)
  • Napoli is unbeaten in back-to-back UCL appearances
  • Ajax have won 3 of their previous 5 games in all competitions


Napoli Started the Season Flying High

Topping the Serie A table and Champions League Group A, respectively, Luciano Spalletti is making his name known as one of the best coaches in Europe.

While we’re still early in the campaign, Napoli has delivered continuous high-level performances. Their sparkling beginning to the UCL tournament has seen the Italian squad squash both Liverpool and Rangers.

Napoli is an attacking threat no team can overlook; just ask Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, who was embarrassingly handed a 4-0 at the hands of Spalletti’s men.

Furthermore, the defense in Naples has excelled, maintaining a clean sheet record that’s seen 8 clean sheets from their previous 12 domestic and UCL outings combined.


Defending the Fortress

Ajax proved their worth when handing Rangers a 4-0 defeat on Matchday 1 of the UCL competition.

Although Liverpool walked away with the victory in their second outing, Ajax held their own and was unfortunate to concede a late goal at Anfield.

Napoli won’t be an easy task for Ajax, especially when the squad is looking to have a mini-crisis since the Liverpool defeat.

The home side can take solace in knowing they don’t have to travel, but consecutive losses in their domestic outings have been demoralizing.


AFC Ajax vs. SSC Napoli: Odds and Prediction

The current Champions League odds have surprisingly positioned Ajax as the betting favorites, a betting line I didn’t expect.

Given the current form of Napoli, it’s difficult to ignore their chances of victory, but the underline feeling is that you should never overlook this Ajax squad.

I expect an away win, but by a very tight margin. The Napoli draw no bet market provides a great price of +125, but we’ll play it safe with the under 3.5 goals in a game where I expect both defenses to have stopping power.

Score Prediction: Ajax 0 - Napoli 1

Soccer Pick: Under 3.5 Goals (-175) [1.75u wager returns 1u of profit] at Everygame

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