CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING
Wednesday September 30 Fixtures
Bayer Leverkusen have won four of their opening seven Bundesliga matches and their first Group E tie, but their insistence on treating the formbook like a religious text ensures that Barcelona shouldn’t be too concerned.
Roger Schmidt’s Duracell bunnies have beaten the four bottom-half domestic foes that they have faced, conceding just once in the process, yet have lost all three meetings with top-half adversaries, leaking seven goals without a reply.
Barcelona won each of their six home Champions League group games over the past two seasons and, even more impressively, led at the interval in every single one. Leverkusen were 2-0 down at the break on their previous Camp Nou visit in 2012, being thrashed 7-1.
Recommended Bet: Back Barcelona/Barcelona @ 2.06
Despite defeating Arsenal a fortnight ago, a lack of punter respect for Dinamo Zagreb’s 45-fixture unbeaten run persists, with Bayern Munich a tiny 1.09 to consign the ten-month streak to history.
It is 2.52 for the Croatian champions to do so much as score at the Allianz Arena, an enticing price when you acknowledge that they have fired in 40 of the 45 encounters in their invincible sequence, including eight goals in three away Champions League outings.
Bayern were breached in their latest two home clashes against Augsburg and Wolfsburg, as well as their last two as hosts in this competition against Porto and Barcelona.
Recommended Bet: Back Bayern Munich not to keep a clean sheet @ 2.52
These sides were making their first appearances in the Champions League tournament proper since 2011/12 and 2012/13 respectively last time out, and neither left the desired impression, with Lyon held at Gent – who finished with ten men – and Valencia felled 3-2 in Spain by Zenit St Petersburg.
Those results created uncertainty as to what to expect from both in Group H, which is reflected in their inseparability in the betting for this contest.
What is clear is that a loss would put either in a vulnerable position, but the trends point to a low-scoring affair. Lyon’s last seven Champions League games supplied under 2.5 goals, as have three of their four 2015/16 assignments in front of their fans. If you ignore Valencia’s reverse to Zenit, their past four matches delivered only three goals in total.
Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.8