Like an ancient wrestler that’s spent an age in a state of semi-retirement, the Champions League returns in an explosion of flashing lights and pyro to dole out a whooping to boring Tuesday nights.
Giddy to the point of nausea? You bet you are, and so are all of us at news.bwin.com/en/ towers.
Our elation, however, increased immeasurably when we discovered this fantastic enhanced multiple that the bookies in black and gold are offering for tonight’s games.
Should favourites Roma, Paris Saint-Germain and Shakhtar all prevail, backers can land an 11/2 payday and there’s plenty of ammunition to stake a case for all three to prosper.
Roma to beat CSKA Moscow @ 6/4
After taking two beatings from Bayern Munchen, the Giallorossi need a repeat performance from matchday one, when they stuffed the Russian capital club 5-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.
History says they’ll get a similar result – they’ve beaten six of the seven foes they’ve faced hailing from the same sovereignty as CSKA, including each of the previous three.
The Muscovites have a fairly dreary home record against Italian adversaries too, losing four of seven meetings, winning just twice.
Shakhtar Donetsk to beat Athletic Bilbao @ 7/10
Few sides are as woeful on the road as the behemoths of Spain’s Basque region who, prior to picking up four points on their previous two La Liga road games, had lost six successive away matches.
BATE Borisov and Porto have both got the better of Bilbao at base camp so far and it’s difficult to see them returning unscathed from Shakhtar’s Donbass stronghold.
The hosts have won 12 of the previous 15 on their own patch and look a safe bet here.
PSG to beat Ajax @ 9/25
Les Parisiens have felled their previous seven foes and haven’t been bested all season.
Defeat numero uno surely won’t come at the hands of Ajax, who are notoriously poor travellers in Europe and haven’t won in France since 2002/03.
They’ve lost three and drawn one of their four games since and have failed to prevail in nine successive Champions League sojourns.