THE second week of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage is loaded with tasty matchups.
On-fire Borussia Dortmund will host an out-of-sorts Real Madrid, while tactical tragics will be salivating at the thought of Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.
Monaco versus Porto could offer some serious thrills, while both Liverpool and Manchester United must negotiate tricky trips to Russia.
This week’s match odds are provided by William Hill – one of Australia’s leading online bookmakers.
Soccer multi for Champions League Matchweek 2
- Tottenham to beat APOEL – $1.35
- Dortmund to beat Madrid – $2.60
- Only one of Atletico and Chelsea to score – $1.72
- Man United to beat CSKA – $1.66
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APOEL Nicosia vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 4:45am AEST – GSP Stadium, Nicosia
APOEL – $9
Draw – $4.80
Tottenham – $1.35
Compared to their last assignment, this is a walk in the park for APOEL.
The Cypriots played the defending champions at the Santiago Bernabeu first up, losing 3-0 to Real Madrid’s reserves.
That was hardly the mauling it was expected to be, which may give APOEL a glimmer of hope for Tottenham’s visit.
Spurs opened their Champions League campaign in fine style with a 3-1 result against in-form Dortmund.
The Londoners are missing some big names for the Mediterranean trip, including Christian Eriksen (illness), Mousa Dembele (ankle), Victor Wanyama (knee), Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen (both suspended).
Nevertheless, Tottenham should have the class and the clout to get the job done with minimal fuss.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 4:45am AEST – Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
Dortmund – $2.60
Draw – $4
Madrid – $2.35
If you can only watch one Champions League fixture this week, this is it.
Borussia Dortmund have taken the Bundesliga by storm after a rocky off-season, winning five of six games and conceding only one goal in the process.
Spurs had their number in the opening round of group games, but Peter Bosz’s men are shaping up as a much bigger threat than was initially expected.
Real Madrid have been far less impressive on the domestic front, where they languish in sixth place with only three wins from six outings.
They lead the group after their first-up gimme against APOEL, but the title holders will need to find another gear in Germany.
The value is with red-hot Dortmund to claim a huge result in front of a heaving home crowd at the Westfalenstadion.
Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea
Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 4:45am AEST – Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid
Atletico – $2.10
Draw – $3.10
Chelsea – $3.80
Atletico are looking very settled in their new digs at the Estadio Metropolitano.
They are unbeaten in La Liga this season, while a 0-0 draw away to Roma was hardly the worst way to commence a European campaign.
Keeping hold of Antoine Griezmann over the summer was as big a deal as any new signing, but Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco have arguably upstaged their French teammate thus far.
Chelsea cannot complain about much after smashing in nine goals in their last two outings.
Three of those were struck by the increasingly impressive Alvaro Morata in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Stoke City.
This clash has all the makings of a fascinating tactical battle, which is why we are backing the odd goal to win it either way.
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United
Thursday, September 20, 2017 – 4:45am AEST – VEB Arena, Moscow
CSKA – $5.50
Draw – $3.60
Man United – $1.66
CSKA took a big advantage in the race for second place in Group A with their 2-1 win away at Benfica in the opening round.
Could they possibly upset the favourites and stake a claim to top spot?
The Militarians are built on homegrown talent, but big fish such as Igor Akinfeev, Alan Dzagoev and young gun Aleksandr Golovin belong in much bigger ponds than the broad shallows of Russian football.
United have many huge names at their disposal, although there is still no word on when Paul Pogba will return from a thigh injury that has kept him off the park since United’s win over Basel.
Although their form has slowed somewhat since the last international break, the Red Devils remain undefeated in the English Premier League with five wins from six games.
This is their toughest away trip in the group stage, so expect a tidy, professional performance to set them up for the knockout phase.
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