UEFA Champions League Fixtures: Matchday 1 Preview (Wednesday Edition)

They are the best teams! They are the best teams! The main event

The master! The best! The great teams! The champions
A big meeting! A great sporting event! The main event! The master
The best! The great teams! The champions! They are the best! They are the best

These are the champions!

Yes, I’ve sung you the UEFA Champions League anthem (for the second year in a row) because I’m excited and you should be too!


Wednesday 20 September

4/10 Real Madrid | Draw 4/1 | Union Berlin 13/2 (18:45)

Real Madrid is unbeaten so far this term, they are the most successful team in this competition, and without wasting any more time I’d advise you get fully behind the 4/10 on offer!


6/10 Galatasaray | Draw 31/10 | Copenhagen 42/10 (18:45)

Galatasaray have managed to put together a solid side during the summer and given some of the comments which have come out of their camp recently, it is clear they aim to impress in Europe.

I think Copenhagen will struggle to compete and keep up with the game, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them score given their free-flowing style. Nevertheless, I think back the home win.


9/20 Bayern Munich | Draw 42/10 | Manchester United 52/10 (21:00)

This is a massive game for a variety of reasons, within the context of this group and possibly their respective tournaments. I think the way to the money here though is staying away from a result.

Munich have only kept one clean sheet and they face a United team who have scored in four of their five games. Both teams to score is the play for me!


4/10 Benfica | Draw 4/1 | Salzburg 6/1 (21:00)

I really like Benfica; they are a neat and classy team totally committed to their pressing style and playing with a fierce pace. Off the back of that, they can cause serious issues for this Salzburg side…

They have scored eleven times in just four fixtures, and I don’t think they can be contained at home. Get on the home win.


34/10 Braga | Draw 28/10 | Napoli 8/10 (21:00)

Much like the Bayern and United game, this is a game where both teams scoring seems a banker. Braga have seen both scoring in seven of their last eight games and Napoli have in all of their first four.


4/10 Arsenal | Draw 42/10 | PSV 6/1 (21:00)

Arsenal has a great record in Europe under Mikel Arteta. They haven’t conceded a goal in a group stage all throughout last season and I suspect that might continue on Wednesday evening.

PSV failed to earn three points on any occasion in their last Champions League campaign and I think that might prove difficult to change at the Emirates. Back the home win.


9/10 Sevilla | Draw 51/20 | Lens 31/10 (21:00)

The hosts have made a horrendous start in La Liga, but I wouldn’t read too much into that here. Lens have lost four of their last five games and given their inexperience on a big European stage…I back Sevilla.


43/20 Real Sociedad | Draw 9/4 | Inter 27/20 (21:00)

I suspect the Italian side will want to build on their run from last year and given their domestic start – they look good for it. Interestingly, nobody in the champions League kept more clean sheets than Inter and after conceding on just one occasion this season I think they win this to nil.

Written by Ryan Liberty