The 2013/14 Champions League has finally arrived so why waste time? Get stuck in with a 6/1 five-fold that expects the big hitters to smash their first tests out of the park.
Juventus to beat FC Copenhagen @ 7/20
Stale Solbakken’s hosts have got off to a shocking start in the SAS Ligaen, winning just one of their first eight games and failing to keep a clean sheet.
By contrast Juve have won three of their four outings this season and having beaten sides of the calibre of Shakhtar Donetsk on the road in last year’s competition the three points should be theirs for the taking.
Benfica to beat Anderlecht @ 21/50
The Eagles don’t mess around at Estadio da Luz in Europe and Barcelona were the only side to avoid defeat there in continental competition last season.
The boys from Brussels failed to win away from the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in last year’s group stages and they shipped four in their most recent road game against Zulte Waregem.
PSG to beat Olympiakos @ 9/10
The Greeks have lost their first home Champions League game for the last two seasons and with the onus on them as hosts to take it to a side that boasted the tightest defence in last season’s groups, they’ll be vulnerable on the counter attack.
Having drawn in the Camp Nou and beaten Valencia during their first foray into this competition as part of European football’s financial elite, a PSG win in Piraeus is expected.
Bayern Munich to beat CSKA Moscow @ 3/20
In their last 30 home games Bayern have failed to win the day on just four occasions and they can justify cramped odds by extending that superb run against the Army Men, who were bounced from qualifying from the Europa League by Swedish Allsvenskan side AIK last season.
Man City to beat Viktoria Plzen @ 31/50
Manuel Pellegrini’s Champions League savvy is trusted to bring about a more serene group stage experience for the Citizens this season.
Their usually solid defence has kept three clean sheets in four games so far in 2013/14 and the vast array of rabbit-from-a-hat merchants within their squad should ensure that they can conjure a winning goal even if not turning in a vintage performance.