UEFA Champions League – Matchday 3: Best Bets – Odds, Predictions, and Picks
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 11:05 AM (Europe)
The Champions League is back following a three-week break, so it’s time to turn our attention to Europe’s premier club competition once again.
Can Atletico keep out Leverkusen? Will Bayern thrash Olympiacos? Will anything separate Ajax and Chelsea? Here are the best bets for Matchday 3.
Atletico Madrid vs. Bayer Leverkusen – 10/22/19
Atletico sit level on 4 points with Juventus at the top of Group D. The Spanish side are unbeaten in the Champions League this season. Atletico also have the best defensive record in La Liga and have kept a clean sheet in six of their nine league matches this season. Bayer Leverkusen lost their opening two Champions League matches and find themselves bottom of Group D. They come into this match on the back of a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, so I’m backing Atletico to win this game without conceding a goal.
Pick: Atletico Madrid to Win and Keep a Clean Sheet – 2.50
Olympiacos vs. Bayern Munich – 10/22/19
Olympiacos are bottom of Group B having picked up one point from their opening two games. They drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur on Matchday 1, but lost to Red Star Belgrade in the previous round. On the other hand, Bayern Munich are flying-high at the top of the group after winning their opening two games. They followed up a 3-0 win over Red Star by thrashing Spurs 7-2 last time out. An away win is 1.36, but Bayern are on fire right now, so I think they will win both halves on Tuesday.
Pick: Bayern Munich to Win Half Time/Full Time – 1.91
Ajax vs. Chelsea – 10/23/19
Ajax beat Valencia and Lille 3-0 to put themselves top of Group H. The Amsterdam outfit have also been flying in the Dutch top-flight. They are yet to taste defeat in the league (W8/D2/L0) and have scored at a rate of just over 3 goals per game in the Eredivisie so far. After a slow start, Chelsea are beginning to pick up some results. The English club have won their last five games in all competitions and beat Lille away from home in the previous round of this competition. These two teams are evenly matched, so I’m going with the draw for this match at a seriously attractive price!
Pick: The Draw – 3.40