It’s been a long time coming but real football is now coming thick and fast, fronted by the Champions League group stage which begins on Tuesday. This in turn will open up numerous betting opportunities which I hope I can jump on and bring to the attention of all GGT readers, hopefully making you all plenty of cold hard cash.
Here are the bets I’m advising for Tuesday evening:
Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow 7.45pm
Bet: CSKA to score over 0.5 goals – Evens Ladbrokes
Current Champions League title holders Bayern Munich are a simply amazing side that justify favouritism for this years competititon. So why am I backing both teams to score?
First of all, Bayern take a little time to warm up in this competition. In last years group stage Bayern conceded in all 3 home games (2-1 v Valencia, 6-1 v Lille, and 4-2 v BATE). Convincing enough victories, but still room enough to concede a goal.
CSKA Moscow have started their domestic season well (undefeated with 20 pts after 8 games) and have a good scoring pedigree in the Champions League. In fact, if you look at their away record in this competition since 2006 they’ve failed to score in just 2 of their last 13 road games which include goals scored at PSV, Inter Milan, Fenerbahce, Manchester United, Sevilla, Lille and Real Madrid.
Another little stat for your notebook. Of those 13 away games played between 2006 and now, both teams have scored in 11 of them!
This proves that CSKA play expansively on their travels so there is no danger of them shutting up shop and hoping for a 0-0. Bayern should win this comfortably but I fully expect at least 1 consolation goal for the visitors.
Bournemouth v Barnsley 7.45pm
Bet: Bournemouth to score over 1.5 goals – 1.85 Ladbrokes
Bournemouth aren’t really in the best of form at present, and are struggling a little bit for consistency as any team just promoted from League 1 would. However, the Cherries have the ability to win games and score goals, despite not achieving much lately.
They’ve already played Blackpool (L 1-2), Wigan (W 1-0) and Charlton (W2-1) at home so far this season, and have a perfect opportunity to make it 3 wins from 4 at home when a poor Barnsley visit. However it’s not the win we’re seeking here, just 2 goals from Bournemouth.
The visitors have already conceded 16 goals so far this term, making them the weakest defence in the league, conceding 2 or more goals in 4 of their 6 games to date. A 5-2 loss at Blackburn and a 3-2 loss at Nottingham Forest speaks volumes and I’m sure they will concede at least 2 after their long trip to Dorset.