The second set of this week’s Champions League fixtures sees faultless Manchester City adjust to life without playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, improving Arsenal handed the perfect opportunity to get three points on the board and a rather lip-smacking contest between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Here is the pick of Wednesday’s Champions League betting tips:
Arsenal vs Basel (7:45pm)
During their 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday it became apparent that the death of Arsenal has been prematurely predicted. The Gunners were in scintillating form going forward, rarely troubled at the back and looked much more like the team that looked like they were going to walk away with the Premier League title last term.
There is a perception of Basel as a nuisance on the European stage, rather than a genuine contender; even if they tend to dominate Swiss football with ease. Just look at some of their most recent away days in the Champions League: defeats to Schalke (0-2), Porto (0-4) and Real Madrid (1-5) were as easy as it gets.
With Arsenal cranking up through the gears – and the recognition that this is a priceless three points just waiting to be earned, we can expect a comfortable home win here.
Arsenal -1 Handicap at Evens with Ladbrokes
Celtic vs Manchester City (7:45pm)
It’s easy to write Celtic off here after their 0-7 mauling at the hands of Barcelona in week one of this competition, but a quick glance at their record at Celtic Park in the Champions League must be respected: P22 W17 D1 L4.
Of course, there’s been some gimmies in there, such is the nature of Champions League qualifying, but let’s be fair: Ajax and Barcelona have been vanquished in recent years, and a subsequent 0-1 loss to Barca proves that the Bhoys are worthy of support in front of their raucous supporters.
Will they beat Manchester City? Probably not, but don’t expect a 7-0 whitewash here. The absence of De Bruyne will be harshly felt, and the Celts do have a goal or two in them: don’t forget, they missed a penalty at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago.
Celtic +2 Handicap at 20/23 with Betfred
Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich (7:45pm)
For a side that is often perceived as invincible, Bayern Munich’s away record in the Champions League sure is poor.
They’ve won just two of their last ten, tasting defeat in Manchester (City), Porto, Barcelona, Madrid (Atletico) and London (Arsenal) along the way. That sets the tone nicely here fo an Atletico side who are more than capable of coming up with the goods on home soil.
They are more than capable of avoiding defeat, that’s for sure: one defeat since 2009 in this competition in front of their own fans. They have only conceded in one of their last thirteen Champions League clashes on their own patch too, so quite frankly this match has low-scoring slobberknocker written all over it – just how Diego Simeone wants it, you fancy.
Atletico Madrid Draw No Bet at 21/20 with Betfair
Rostov vs PSV (7:45pm)
There’s a significant gap in quality between the two sides here, which makes the price available on a PSV win so pleasing.
PSV have only tasted defeat twice this season – to in-form Feyenoord and Atletico Madrid – with five wins confirming they are a side to be reckoned with. Their last three away matches have ended in 4-0, 4-0 and 3-1 victories.
Rostov are one of those niggly Russian sides that can make life awkward without really threatening. In the last fortnight alone they have lost 0-5 to Bayern Munich (no same in that), but followed that loss with 1-2 and 0-4 reverses at Krasnodar and Dinamo Moscow, so clearly this is a side in the doldrums a little.
Led by the revitalised Luuk de Jong, the visitors should have no problem here.
PSV to Win at 13/10 with Paddy Power