These are important because it’s here, for the most part, where the outcome of each group will be decided.
There’s some huge games this week and British concerns will be put through the ringer in a string of high profile encounters.
So where does the pick of the betting value lie in Wednesday’s Champions league betting tips?
Anderlecht vs Paris St Germain (Wednesday, 7:45pm)
It’s top versus bottom in Group B, and PSG’s +8 goal difference speaks volumes compared to Anderlecht’s -6 after just two rounds of matches.
The worry for the Belgian’s is that their domestic form isn’t digging them out of a hole either; they are already nine points behind leaders Club Bruges at this early stage.
PSG are rattling along, and the 3-0 win over Bayern Munich was a real statement of intent. For the first time in perhaps their history, they are genuine challengers for the Champions League crown.
PSG to Win to Nil (Evens with Bet365)
Benfica vs Manchester United (Wednesday, 7:45pm)
The Champions League really does sort the men from the boys, and Benfica – going well in the Portuguese Primeira Liga – have been well found out in the Champions League.
The 0-5 defeat to Basel was a genuine identifier of how badly they are out of their depth, and any lack of confidence on that front will surely be punished by Manchester United.
After Jose Mourinho’s tactical masterclass at Liverpool on Saturday, expect the Red Devils to play more on the front foot in Portugal – victory here will all but secure their passage into the last 16.
Manchester Utd to Win (4/5 with William Hill)
Bayern Munich vs Celtic (Wednesday, 7:45pm)
Bayern Munich have been one of 2017/18’s major underachievers so far, but with Carlo Ancelotti departed we can expect to see an improvement under cuddly old favourite, Jupp Heynckes. Think Leicester City after Claudio Ranieri got the elbow – that sort of instant improvement.
That’s bad news for Celtic, who will be as feisty and organised as always on their travels. They’ve done well in this competition at times, it’s just those results against elite level opposition – PSG (0-5) and Barcelona (1-6 and 0-7) that are hard to shake.
Make no mistake, Bayern at their home fortress and with good vibes are something similar.
Bayern to Win to Nil (10/11 with BetFred)