We’ve got Champions League predictions from Wednesday’s opening round of group-stage matches and are hoping to land a 29/3 acca if they all come in.
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Real Madrid to beat Shakhtar Donetsk @ 1/4
Los Merengues paid the price for lacking focus when going down 1-0 at home to Cadiz in La Liga over the weekend but will hopefully be back on the ball for this Group B opener. Real had previously completed a hat-trick of domestic wins prior to the international break and the Spanish title holders will now begin their search for a 14th Champions League success. Second place behind PSG in last year’s pool led to defeat against Manchester City in the first knockout round, so Zinedine Zidane will be eyeing top spot and a more favourable draw this time.
RB Salzburg to beat Lokomotiv Moscow @ 12/25
Salzburg found life tough against Liverpool and Napoli at this stage last season, but they did romp to 6-2 and 4-1 victories over Genk. Jesse Marsch’s side beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 away and 3-1 at home in a qualifier this term and have rattled off four consecutive victories in Austria’s Bundesliga, scoring 17 goals in the process. Despite cashing in on Erling Braut Haaland, Takumi Minamino and Hee-Chan Hwang over the past year, this remains an upwardly mobile young outfit.
Inter Milan to beat Borussia Monchengladbach @ 57/100
Monchengladbach just managed to sneak fourth place in the Bundesliga last term but have not started this season well, winning only one of their first four games. Borussia Dortmund hammered them 3-0 prior to home draws versus Union Berlin and Wolfsburg. Inter have also been far from convincing since returning to action and suffered a setback when losing Saturday’s Milan derby, but Antonio Conte can call on a whole host of proven performers capable of stepping up to the plate. Reaching the Europa League final gave them a taste for the big occasion and Conte will be determined to make up for only finishing third in their pool last time.
Olympiacos to beat Marseille @ 7/5
The red and whites will be relying on their home form to challenge for a top-two finish in Group C. Olympiakos were very good at Karaiskakis Stadium in this competition last season, seeing off Viktoria Plzen 4-0, Basaksehir 2-0 and Krasnodar 4-0 in qualifiers, before drawing 2-2 with Tottenham and beating Red Star 1-0 at this stage. Even Bayern Munich had to battle hard for a 3-2 victory at this venue. Omonia Nicosia were beaten 2-0 in Greece in last month’s play-offs and three early Super League successes in Piraeus augur well.
Atalanta to win at Midtjylland @ 53/100
La Dea showed great spirit to qualify from their pool last term after starting out with a trio of defeats and went on to win over many new admirers in the knockout rounds. Atalanta beat Valencia 8-4 on aggregate and then came within a few minutes of upsetting PSG in the quarter-finals. Gian Piero Gasperini’s attack-minded team are still prone to the occasional blip, as when hammered 4-1 at Napoli on Saturday, but 13 goals scored in three previous Serie A fixtures included big away wins at Torino and Lazio. Danish outfit Midtjylland look in too deep at this level and the visitors get a confident vote in our Champions League predictions.
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