The Champions League returns this week for matchday three, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all in action. The Citizens in particular are in desperate need of a win to preserve hopes of progressing past the group stage and justifying their Champions League betting status as sixth-favourites to lift the trophy. They will be equally determined to win on Sunday, when they meet fierce rivals United in the Manchester derby. The match at Old Trafford is the stand-out fixture of the Premier League weekend, although with a full programme of domestic fixtures there are plenty of other options for punters looking to place a football bet in the next few days. Here, news.bwin.com/en/ picks out the five biggest games of the week.
Roberto Mancini’s men have not made the best start to their debut season in the Champions League having picked up from one point from their opening two matches. However, Man City v Villarreal odds suggest the Citizens are more than capable of picking up three points when the Yellow Submarine visit the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Like City, Villarreal have struggled in Champions League Group A and are yet to gain a point after defeats to Bayern Munich and Napoli. Expect a close encounter with City’s home advantage giving them the edge.
Arsenal are likely to receive a tough examination from Marseille in the south of France, with Didier Deschamps’ team having earned two wins from two in Group F. They have also kept seven clean sheets in their last eight Champions League appearances. With Arsenal on a run of four matches without a win away from home, Marseille look set to capitalise. That said, those looking to bet on Arsenal will be encouraged by Marseille’s league form, with just one win recorded in their first ten matches of the season.
Another derby for Roy Hodgson’s men following their win over Wolves at the weekend, although Aston Villa v West Brom doesn’t carry quite as much weight with Baggies fans, nor with Villa supporters focused on putting one over Birmingham. Nevertheless, it promises to be a keenly contested encounter despite what bwin’s 3Way odds suggest. Villa are odds-on favourites, but there could be value in a West Brom away win here for punters looking for football betting opportunities. The home side might have lost just once in the league but they have won only one of their last seven, while West Brom are improving after a sluggish start.
Another derby, this time between two teams from west London. A 1-1 home draw with relegation-threatened Blackburn at the weekend suggests QPR will have trouble matching Chelsea, who have scored 12 goals in their last three Premier League fixtures. Expect another high-scoring match at Loftus Road.
The big one. Crucial in the context of the title race and with local bragging rights also up for grabs, the top two teams in the league, both unbeaten, meet at Old Trafford. Man Utd v Man City odds are likely to change quite a bit over the next few days as punters place their bets, while Premier League title betting is also likely to be influenced by the outcome. Not just the game of the week but the game of the season so far, and with so much at stake a draw could be the best option.
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