Champions League betting: group stage (1st matchday)
It is not too far ago, more precisely it was August 23, 2020, when FC Bayern Munich won the Champions League title of the 2019/20 season 1-0 in Lisbon in the final against Paris St. Germain. Less than two months later, the hunt for the handle pot starts again. All clubs in Europe are naturally chasing the defending champions. That champion is up against the Spanish top club Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in his group A. A feasible group draw for Munich. Next Wednesday there will be a direct duel between the two favourites in this group in Munich. The task that the league competitor from Mönchengladbach has to solve is much more difficult. Borussia plays in Group B with the two international heavyweights Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The fourth team in this group is the Ukrainian representative Shakhtar Donetsk. Mönchengladbach has to travel to Milan for the group game opener. Maybe you could surprise right at the beginning and put the Italians under pressure.
FC Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid Free Betting Tips
For Bayern, the current season is almost the same as the old one. Except for the clear and deserved defeat on matchday two in Hoffenheim (1: 4), Bayern has won everything they could. In the Bundesliga, you could send FC Schalke 04 home with 8-0 at the start of the league. After the surprising defeat in Sinsheim, they were able to prevail at home against strong Berliners 4: 3 at the very last minute. Last weekend, newcomer Arminia Bielefeld was given no chance and won 4-1. Also in the DFB-Pokal, they could move into the next round with a 3-0 win at home against the fifth division club 1. FC Düren last week. However, what causes triple winner coach Hansi Flick a bit of concern this season is the high number of goals conceded. In the league, there are already eight goals in four games. That’s a cut of two goals. That is way too much for a top team. Flick knows this and will focus on it. In the game against Atletico Madrid, Munich can see exactly how a team moves perfectly and thus prevents conceding goals.
The team of trainer Diego Simone is almost unique in this area. For years, Atletico has been one of the best teams when it comes to conceding few goals. At the moment they have only one goal to report after four games in La Liga. With eight points you occupy the 8th place in the table. They are three points behind the current leaders Real Sociedad, but with two fewer games that they have played. Last Saturday they celebrated a 2-0 win in the away game at Celta de Vigo. New signing Luis Suarez from FC Barcelona took the 1-0 lead after just six minutes. Madrid struggled and had less from the game, but left little room for their opponents to create scoring opportunities. In added time, the Belgian Yannick Carrasco scored the 2-0 final score. Bayern will try not to blindly seek salvation on the offensive, Atletico will wait, as always, and want to keep the store closed first. This game will certainly not be a soccer treat.
Expected formation of FC Bayern Munich:
Neuer – Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Hernandez – Goretzka, Tolisso, Gnabry, T. Müller, Coman – Lewandowski
Expected formation Atletico Madrid:
Oblak – Trippier, Savic, Hermoso, M. Sanchez – Correa, Torreira, Koke, Lemar – Diego Costa, Suarez
Betting Tips: Under 2.5 goals
Inter Milan vs Borussia Monchengladbach Free Betting Tips
The dress rehearsal for the Italians went completely wrong last Saturday. In the prestigious Milan derby, coach Antonio Conte’s team lost 2-1 to AC Milan. In the first 20 minutes, in particular, Milan was significantly better and was able to convert this into goals. Star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice before Lukaku scored the next goal after half an hour. After that, Inter ran in vain against the AC Milan defence. With this defeat, Inter falls back to 6th place in the table. The start of the Champions League season couldn’t have been more inappropriate. Maybe a great opportunity for Borussia from Mönchengladbach. However, the foals are stuck in a small hole themselves.
So far they could only celebrate one win of the season, but it was very convincing (3: 1) and especially important in the derby against 1. FC Köln. On the last day of the match, however, they had to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw at home against VFL Wolfsburg. For the Gladbachers this game is a tough one. Inter is peppered with international stars, the Gladbachers are a number smaller, but coach Marco Rose will come up with something. With their fast and tricky strikers Alessane Plea and Marcus Thuram, as well as the attacking midfielders Florian Neuhaus and Jonas Hofmann, Mönchengladbach has players who can also decide a game. Gladbach will certainly act a little wait and see and leave the game to Milan. The question will be how quickly Mönchengladbach will shed its shyness and confidently play forward.
Expected formation Inter Milan:
Handanovic – d’Ambrosio, de Vrij, Kolarov, Hakimi – Barella, Brozovic, Vidal, Perisic – R. Lukaku, L. Martinez
Expected formation Borussia Mönchengladbach:
Sommer – Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt – Kramer, Neuhaus, Hofmann, Stindl – Thuram, Plea
Betting Tips: Double chance Mönchengladbach (X, 2)