Written: 16th September 2019
European Fixture Predictor 2019
Today’s article is our first European Fixture Predictor where we will be providing some UEFA Champions League Online Betting Tips and also some Europa League Betting Tips for our top five fixtures of this round.
Club Brugge Vs Galatasaray (Wednesday 18th September - 17:55)
Always there but never do anything are how I would describe Club Brugge in Europe. However, disappointing is definitely how anyone would refer to Galatasaray this season, we think that Brugge will pick up their first home Champions League group stage win since 2005 here.
Paris St Germain Vs Real Madrid (Wednesday 18th September - 20:00)
There are two fantastically tasty ties on Wednesday night and as you can imagine one of them is right here. Both sides will be looking to avenge shock results in last years Champions League starting with a result here. Madrid have looked unremarkable this season but you wouldn’t be surprised if they came away with the win here.
**Olympiakos Vs Tottenham Hotspur (Wednesday 18th September - 17:55)
It looks like Spurs took a 45-minute break in the second half against Crystal Palace but in the first 45 minutes, they were absolutely incredible. However, Olympiakos are a lot better at home in Europe than some might realise - this won’t be as easy of a fixture as some football betting tipsters might expect.
Bayern Munich Vs Red Star Belgrade (Wednesday 18th September - 20:00)
Our marketeers may remember Red Star Belgrade’s infamous win against European Champions Liverpool last season. However, that was in Belgrade, away from home Red Star didn’t look capable of pulling off any upsets.
Dinamo Zagreb Vs Atalanta (Wednesday 18th September - 20:00)
The Italians will be relishing this tie as their easiest away tie in the group. However, this Zagreb side beat Fenerbahçe and Benfica at home last season. Both these sides will be looking at this tie as a catalyst to getting that Europa League spot meaning neither will want to lose.
Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Manchester City (Wednesday 19th September - 20:00)
Manchester City have played Shakhtar four times in the Champions League, losing once in 2017 but winning the other three convincingly without conceding. We can’t see Manchester City keeping a clean sheet but we think Guardiola’s rotation will give them the extra legs they need for the win here.
Atletico Madrid Vs Juventus (Wednesday 18th September - 20:00)
These two sides faced off in pre-season and Atletico took a 2-1 victory. However, you can expect very different performances in the Champions League. You could also tell at the weekend that both these sides had this fixture on their mind as they were both outplayed by Real Sociedad and Fiorentina, the latter of whom are winless in their last 17 games, so for Juventus to only draw will be very concerning.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Vs Lokomotiv Moscow (Wednesday 18th September - 20:00)
This is Lokomotiv’s first Champions League group stage since 2003/04, so you can guarantee their fanbase will be up for this. However, Leverkusen largely dominated their game at the weekend against Dortmund but lost 4-0. They’ll be looking for retribution here. The German side will also view this one as a must-win game if they wish to make it beyond the group stage of this year's competition.
Red Bull Salzburg Vs KRC Genk (Tuesday 17th September - 20:00)
Salzburg had a fantastic journey in the Europa League last season and won all six of their group games against Rosenborg, Celtic and RB Leipzig and haven’t lost in their last 17 home European games, including wins over Napoli, Leipzig, Marseille (2), Lazio and Real Sociedad. So we expect a repeat performance here.
Napoli Vs Liverpool (Tuesday 17th September - 20:00)
Last season we found this fixture to be quite disappointing in the Champions League last season as the home side narrowly won 1-0 on both occasions. We don’t think Napoli will replicate that this season. However, I think it’s virtually guaranteed they’ll score.
Inter Milan Vs Slavia Prague (Tuesday 17th September - 17:55)
Inter Milan have been a sleeping giant in Europe for a number of years now and last season was the first time in a while they’ve looked like a threat in Europe. This is a must-win game for Inter but Slavia have pulled off some good results in Europe recently and this won’t be as easy of a fixture as Milan would have hoped but we think they’ll pick up a vital win here.
Borussia Dortmund Vs Barcelona (Tuesday 17th September - 20:00)
So far in La Liga Barcelona have drawn away to Osasuna and lost away to Athletic Bilbao. Meanwhile, Dortmund won their only home game 5-1 against Augsburg. Barcelona will naturally have the majority of the ball but we think that the pace and precision of Dortmund’s 3 attacking midfielders will give the German side a point here.
Lyon Vs Zenit St Petersburg (Tuesday 17th September - 17:55)
These two sides have met twice in Europe before with Zenit getting the better of the French side both times. Lyon have had a steady start to the season after an abysmal pre-season. Meanwhile, Zenit are currently joint top of the Russian League. This will be a tight one.
Benfica Vs RB Leipzig (Tuesday 17th September - 20:00)
Benfica have a decent record against Germany sides in Portugal - they’ve lost just one of their last seven which was a 0-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. So I wouldn’t expect a Leipzig win here. We’ll go with a draw.
Ajax Vs Lille (Tuesday 17th September - 20:00)
Ajax were Champions League Semi-Finals last year which in our view, means there’s a bit more pressure on them this campaign. Lille are the underdogs but haven’t managed to score in either of their away games this season. Ajax will be competent yet unremarkable in a routine victory.
Chelsea Vs Valencia (Tuesday 17th September - 20:00)
Chelsea will be looking for a win here, they are the favourites in the group and they’ll want to demonstrate exactly why with a win over a capable Valencia. There will be goals in this one but Chelsea should edge it.
Major Europa League Ties
As the Europa League contains 24 games, we will be picking the five most interesting games of the week.
Eintracht Frankfurt Vs Arsenal - Thursday 19th September (17:55)
In an alternative world, this was the Europa League final last year and undoubtedly Arsenal’s toughest group fixture this season. After capitulating against Watford at the weekend, Arsenal can’t afford to lose this here.
PSV Eindhoven Vs Sporting Lisbon - Thursday 19th September (17:55)
Outside of Portugal, Lisbon have a pretty poor record in Europe. However, they are unbeaten in their last five away games in the Europa League which includes matches against Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Villarreal. Discipline has been a problem for Sporting who have already given away four penalties and been given three red cards this season. I expect them to let themselves down here.
Stade Rennais Vs Celtic - Thursday 19th September (17:55)
Celtic are a side who on their day can get a result anywhere in Europe. However, recently they’ve been nothing be a disappointment in European fixtures. They did advance in this competition last year after a late Rosenborg goal picked up their first point of the campaign against Leipzig to drop the Germans down to third. Meanwhile, Rennais beat a strong PSG side 2-1 early in the campaign, so they’re undoubtedly the favourites.
Rangers Vs Feyenoord - Thursday 19th September (20:00)
Both Scottish sides have difficult games to start of their campaign but Rangers have a significantly better chance of victory in our opinion. Ranger struggled to break down their opponents last year and suffered 0-0 draws against both Spartak Moscow and Villarreal. We have a feeling this could be exactly the same here.
Wolves Vs Braga - Thursday 19th September (20:00)
Usually, this wouldn’t be on this list but because of the start of the season Wolves have had. There is potential for an upset here. Both of these sides have been dreadful in the league but very good in Europe. One has to give but we don’t think it’ll be the English side.
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