Champions League Round Up 09/16/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Pick and Preview
Liverpool vs Ludograts; Juventus vs Malmo; Galatasaray vs Anderlecht
Tuesday 16th September 2014 19:45(GMT)
TV: Sky Sports 5; Fox Sports to go
Liverpool vs Ludogorets
Liverpool return to the Champions League see's them host Ludogorets who are making their debut in the competition proper. Brendan Rodgers has built a side capable of competing in Europe if they can stop the defensive errors, nights like tonight are going to inspire this Liverpool side as there is only a couple of stadiums in the world that can compare to Anfield on Champions League nights. Balotelli will get his first taste of Anfield on Champions League and I think that will inspire the moody italian. Look for Rahemm Sterling to be the key figure tonight and Stephen Gerrard to run the game from the middle against the inexperienced opposition. I am taking the overs here as I think Liverpool will put four or five away tonight.
Pick: Over 3.5 goals (3Units)
Juventus vs Malmo
Juventus come into this game having won their opening two games in Serie A, with a star studded line up including Tevez, Pogba, Vidal and Llorente this should surely be a doddle for the Italians right? Well I am not so sure. Malmo are in the middle of their season and beat a very good Salzburg team to get into the Champions league. I think Malmo can frustrate the Italians and I am going to take the draw at half time here. Juve are sometimes so to get going, especially in Europe and last season we seen Juve struggle early in the Champions league drawing with Kobenhaven and Galatasaray in what was the prelude to a group exit from Europe.
Pick: Draw at Halftime (2 Units)
Galatasaray vs Anderlecht
One of the more intriguing match ups see's Anderlecht travel to Turkey to take on Galatasaray who appointed Cesar Prandelli as manager after Roberto Mancini split from the club via mutual consent. Prandelli will take charge of a decent squad with some quality players like Sneijder, Eboue and Yilmaz along with summer addition Pandev. Galatasaray are the stronger side here but Anderlecht are no mugs even if they lost five of the six group games last year. I think though the hostile atmosphere in Turkey will eb a bit too much for this young Belgian side and I am going to take the home side to just about nick it through experience.
Pick: Galatasaray (1 Unit)