Top UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 Picks

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Chelsea FC vs. Juventus Turin 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 03:00 PM EDT at Juventus Stadium  

  • Chelsea have avoided defeat at halftime in their previous 14 UCL matches
  • Chelsea haven't been defeated in their previous 7 UCL away games
  • Under 2.5 goals has landed in Chelsea's previous 9 UCL fixtures
  • Juventus are unbeaten in 6 of their last 7 UCL matches

Lukaku Returns to Turin       

Suppose anyone could assist Thomas Tuchel in gaining his squad the upper hand in this week's Champions League clash. In that case, it'll be the man who helped Inter Milan in dethroning Juventus of their Serie A crown last term Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku hasn't visited Turin since Inter and Juve's dramatic 3-2 domestic clash in May 2021, but the Belgium superstar was the first to open the scoreline from the spot-kick.

Juventus injury news isn't helpful, with Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata being side-lined for this vital fixture; between the two, they're almost scoring 50% of Juventus goals this term. Chelsea's defense would've been tough to break anyway, but the latest squad update for Juve doesn't show much promise.

Final Thoughts

The defending Champions League champions thrive in big-game fixtures, which is why a 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend was a surprising result to most. With that said, I doubt the same mistake is made consecutively. When you add the statistic of Chelsea conceding just four goals in their previous fourteen Champions League fixtures and consider Juventus' injury crisis, we should expect another low-scoring victory for the London side.

Juventus vs. Chelsea Score Prediction: Juventus 0 – Chelsea 2

Soccer Pick: Chelsea to win and Under 3.5 goals +140 [2.40] at Intertops 1u wager returns 1.40u (visit our Intertops Review)

Villarreal CF vs. Manchester United FC

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 03:00 PM EDT at Old Trafford Stadium

  • Manchester United’s most recent UCL record stands at 0-3
  • Villareal are undefeated in their previous six games in all competitions
  • United have won 3 and lost 3 from their previous 6 games in all competitions
  • Villareal have drew 5 of their previous 6 games in all competitions

Ole Out!       

Losing to Young Boys during matchday 1 of the Champions League was a massive disappointment for United supporters, and it was the beginning of worse things to come. They took an early exit from the Carabao Cup, lost to Aston Villa this past weekend and are now faced with the team who stole their Europa Cup final glory last term.

Life at Old Trafford doesn't look promising for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; critics and fans are calling for his dismissal. Grave mistakes like substituting Ronaldo versus Young Boys won't be forgotten, and with Atalanta and Villareal next up, a Champions League exit back into the Europa League is highly possible.

Since defeating Manchester United in last season's Europa League final, Villareal has held onto their strong form and evolved their squad into serious European and domestic contenders.

The Spaniards are proving challenging to defeat this term; they're undefeated in their previous seven, which included Real Madrid, Atalanta, and Atletico Madrid; even Chelsea had to rely on a penalty shootout during the Super Cup to defeat this defensively sound squad. 

Final Thoughts

It wouldn't be surprising if we witnessed a goalless draw this Thursday, Ronaldo's goal-scoring efforts and quietened down since his initial handful of debut fixtures, and let's face facts, with Solskjaer's unpredictable coaching decisions, CR7 might not even make the starting eleven.  

Unless the top sportsbook knows something, we don't; it's confusing to see such a valuable price on under 2.5 goals being scored in this fixture. I struggle to envision more than one goal being scored with tentative minds and a cautious Ole Gunnar at the helm.

The result itself, well, that's anybody's guess. Still, for my soccer pick, I wouldn't argue wager on Villareal as Manchester United's dip in form is beyond the elite talent of their squad, and fingers are pointing at the managerial decisions.

Manchester United vs. Villareal Score prediction: Manchester United 0 – Villareal 0

Soccer Pick: Under 2.5 goals +120 [2.20] at Intertops 1u wager returns 1.20u of profit.

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