The Champions League is the most elite club competition in global football.
This latest batch of continental fixtures allows English fans to get a closer look at the heavyweights of European football: Red Bull Salzburg, FC Midtjylland, Rennes, Ferencvarosi…
The reality of the Champions League in modern times is that it features some heavily one-sided clashes in the early stages — and the late stages if Barcelona meet Bayern Munich.
While some view the group stage as a tedious necessity, Dream Team Bets Club sees these midweek adventures as a chance to fatten our wallets.
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Four English clubs are in Champions League action across Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tonight, Liverpool travel to Atalanta while Man City host Olympiakos before Chelsea welcome Rennes tomorrow with Man United visiting Istanbul Basaksehir.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded more league goals than Fulham this season and yet they top the table — a trip to high-scoring Atalanta (23 goals in eight games this season) suggests end-to-end action.
The Italians have conceded 13 goals in their six league fixtures this season with Gian Piero Gasperini’s we’ll-score-one-more-than-you philosophy ensuring maximum entertainment.
Mohamed Salah (£6.6m) and Sadio Mane (£6.5m) have 131 Dream Team points between them already this season and European games allow for more opportunities to boost their tallies, a luxury not afforded to the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£4.1m) and Jamie Vardy (£5.7m).
It should be more straightforward for the other English teams.
City are heavy favourites at home to an Olympiakos side who don’t travel particularly well while Chelsea will be hopeful of another comfortable result against Rennes, who have picked up just one point from their first two European games.
The Ligue 1 side have leaked goals ever since Edouard Mendy (£3.0m) made the switch to Stamford Bridge and the Senegal keeper will look to extend his impressive clean sheet streak with another impeccable showing against his old club.
No keeper has more Dream Team points than Mendy at this stage.
Some may see Man United’s fixture as a tough test but a trip to the Turkish capital will be less intimidating with fans forced to watch the game from home.
The Red Devils beat RB Leipzig 5-0 in their last Champions League outing and a win in Istanbul will put them in a great position to top the group.
In short, we’re envisaging goals and lots of them for the Premier League sides in this round of Champions League fixtures.
Away from the English clubs, a four-fold of favourites in the form of Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund looks good value at just over 9/2 with Betway.
Last season’s Champions League top scorer Robert Lewandowski is 6/1 with Betway to score exactly three goals against Red Bull Salzburg.
The Polish No9 has scored ten goals in his last five league games and will be desperate to get off the mark in Europe for 2020/21.
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