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Top UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 Picks

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Top UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 Picks
Manchester United's forward Christiano Ronaldo (C) takes part in a training session on the eve of the match against Young Boys. Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

The wait is finally over! Champions League soccer odds are now available as we are back with our favorite European soccer expert advice and this week’s free betting predictions for the Champions League Matchday 1.

BSC Young Boys vs. Manchester United

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – 12:45 PM EDT at Stade de Suisse

  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in BSC Young Boys' previous four UCL home games.
  • BSC Young Boys are unbeaten in their previous six Champions League fixtures.
  • Manchester United's last six Champions League matches have resulted in under 2.5 goals.
  • Manchester United has conceded in nine of their last ten Champions League games.

Ronaldo Returns in Style

This past weekend saw Cristiano Ronaldo return to Premier League action, and the world's highest international goal scorer in history didn't disappoint.

A 4-1 hammering against Newcastle United saw the Portuguese star score twice, but can the Champions League highest goal scorer continue his valiant efforts in Switzerland on Tuesday?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn't own a Champions League record worth celebrating, having lost six of his 10 meetings in the competition. With last season's group stage exit fresh on the mind and a Europa League final misery, Young Boys could possess a level of confidence to cause The Red Devils some issues.

Final Thoughts

With that said, United's consistent progression on the pitch cannot be ignored. The beginning of the season has been delightful for fans on the red side of Manchester, with eleven goals and ten points taken from their domestic campaign.

Kicking off their Champions League group stage with a win should be top of Solskjaer's to-do list, but as Newcastle proved this weekend, they aren't perfectly refined to prevent the opposition from scoring.

Despite believing that Manchester United will walk away victorious, I feel significantly more optimistic about backing both teams to score.

There is no value to be found backing a Manchester United, but the BTTS betting market at most sports betting sites is offering up a price I expected to be lower.

BSC Young Boys vs. Manchester United Score Prediction: BSC Young Boys 1 – Manchester United 2

Soccer Pick: Both Teams to Score (-125) at Intertops (visit our Intertops Review)

Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 03:00 PM EDT at Etihad Stadium

  • Manchester City hasn't lost in 12 of their previous 13 Champions League games.
  • RB Leipzig lost three of their previous four Champions League matches against English teams.
  • RB Leipzig lost 4-1 at the weekend, and Manchester City won 5-0 in their respective league fixtures.

City Gear Up for Another Comfortable Win

Losing in the final of last season's Champions League tournament means that Pep Guardiola and company will have to perform another near-perfect group stage to lift the trophy at Manchester City, which has tightly evaded the Spanish manager on numerous occasions.

The beginning of the season didn't go to plan when Leicester defeated Manchester City for the Community Shield and top-six rivals Tottenham Hostpur handed them an EPL opening day loss. However, City has bounced back with class, winning all of their fixtures since the Tottenham meeting while scoring eleven goals for good measure.

Leipzig manager Jess Marsch isn't living up to the expectations of the German club's board, having lost three of his four Bundesliga fixtures this term. This current form at Leipzig spells for a complicated night at the Etihad versus England's finest.

The Pick

I think most can agree, a full three points to kick start Manchester City's Champions League campaign is highly likely but finding a reasonable price on the basic moneyline isn't viable.

When we take Manchester City's recent home record performances into account, one would believe they should have enough in the tank to win by more than one goal.

Although the value isn't great, I do anticipate a Manchester City squad capable of tearing apart RB Leipzig and securing the victory for my soccer pick here.

Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig Score Prediction: Manchester City 3 – RB Leipzig 0

Soccer Pick: Manchester City -1 (-128) at Intertops.

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