Man City V Bayern and Shakhtar V Man Utd, Champions League Betting Preview

Tuesday night’s Champions League fixtures seen some remarkable performances and results. There was controversy at Celtic, great wins for Arsenal and Chelsea, and some great late drama at the Porto and Ajax matches.

I was particularly interested to see how Arsenal would fare against Napoli, as Napoli would probably be their stiffest test so far this season. I was amazed at the ease in which the Gunners won in the end, maybe they are the real deal this year? That said, Napoli did look a bit shambolic on the night.

Despite the impressive win, Arsenal are still no where near the favourites in the outright winner betting, Arsene Wenger’s men can currently be backed at 18/1 (joint ninth favourites) with Bet365 to win the Champions League.

The pick of tonight’s matches for me sees Man City v current the Bundesliga, Super Cup and Champions League holders, Bayern Munich. City are 3.25, the Draw is 3.40, Bayern are 2.37.

City have stuttered a bit this season, they have recorded some impressive victories in recent weeks, but have also suffered some shock defeats, the most recent away to Aston Villa on Saturday. Pellegrini will need to turn things around very quickly if they plan to challenge undefeated Bayern Munich, whom have won their last 6 back-to-back fixtures.

City’s neighbours are also in action, and a tie away at Shakhtar looks like one of those fixtures a manager under pressure must dread. On paper it’s one of those games that the fans proably expect to win, but this isn’t the reality of the situation in my view.

I believe this is one of those tricky away fixtures that managers like Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger, etc, would be happy to get a point from. Would David Moyes get away with earning a draw here under the current circumstances? I doubt it, I reckon he would get plenty of criticism. I don’t expect Moyes to let this effect his team selection though.

The bookmakers have it down as a tight fixture, Shakhtar are 2.70, the Draw is 3.40, and Man Utd are 2.80.

I suspect these odds could change later, depending on Robin Van Persie’s fitness and availability. I expect him to be included, but is he really 100% fit?

Other big teams in action tonight include Real Madrid, Juventus and PSG. All these matches qualify for the Bet365 100% Euro Soccer, and Bore Draw bonuses.

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The main attraction tonight is Arsenal v Napoli. Both sides have had strong starts to the season, although it could be said that Napoli have had the trickier fixtures – overall – to contend with. They’ve managed 4 wins from 5 so far, including wins against two European heavyweights, in Dortmund and Milan.

Arsenal are also looking in great form however so it will be very interesting to see who will come out on top when Benitez makes his return trip to London for the first time since taking charge of the Italian outfit earlier in the summer.

Surprisingly (or maybe not, to some people), Napoli don’t seem to have reverted to the stereotype negative Benitez style, although that could change tonight, as Rafa is renowned for being tactically astute in Europe.

A twist of irony sees former Arsenal target Higuain playing at the Emirates, Higuain is 3/1 to outscore the in-form Giroud with Bet365, the man he was set to replace at one stage!

Elsewhere, Ajax host Milan and Celtic will welcome back the mighty but Messi-less Barcelona. Celtic fans and players alike will be dreaming of a repeat victory from last November when they caused a huge upset to beat the Spanish Champions 2-1.

Bet365 have Celtic at 8/1 to repeat last season’s success and beat Barcelona, and they are 4/1 to earn a draw.

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