Result: -8 units, bet lost
Partizan Belgrade clash with Besiktas in an attempt to get closer to the unexpected group C leaders Asteras Tripolis. The Greeks have four points out of the first two matches but since they were pitted against Tottenham, the other two group hopefuls will look to have the upper hand tomorrow.
Partizan have on point in the group, but were unable to score in any of the first games. They lead in their domestic competition, and many of the matches were won with a clean sheet, which is why Besiktas might think Partizan will be tired after an intense clash with Crvena Zvezda. Ilic and Drincic both have experience against Turkish opponents having played several years in the league, but the team will be without Vulcevic, who was always credited as Partizan’s engine. Should they work around this absence then they could easily continue with their winning streak despite losing to Asteras.
Besiktas look on fire not only on the international stage, but also in the domestic one where they have 14 points out of six matches. They have the better team, and with Demba Ba and Sahan as their main goalscorers, Partizan might find it difficult to repel attacks. Besiktas have an unbeaten run of eight matches, and they know their qualification hopes are at stake prior to travelling to Belgrade. According to statistics, teams from Turkey are yet to lose in Serbia, as so far they have recorded one win and two draws.
That being said, either team could find that spark, but we’re hoping Besiktas gets the upper hand for which William Hill gives them 2.50 odds. Partizan for an outright win got 2.80 odds, both teams to score with 1.98 odds and over 2.5 goals with 2.25 odds. Besiktas to lead after 75 minutes has 2.60 odds, Partizan Belgrade 2.87 and if you bet on the correct score the bookmaker will return your losing bet if the match finishes in a goalless draw.
Group A is one of the most disputed ones in this Champions League edition as all four teams have three points, but are separated by the goal difference. Atletico Madrid will look forward to getting their three points from the match against Malmo, most likely betting on the visitor’s inexperience on the European football arena.
Atletico started their campaign with a loss to Olympiakos, but then showed the strength they are known for and won against Juventus. The bad news from their camp comes from Ansaldi and Tiago who will miss the Champions League clash due to injuries picked up in La Liga against Espanyol. With their domestic competition going as Diego Simeone must have planned them, they can fully concentrate on Champions League. While Atletico have no problems up front, it will be Miranda paired up with the genius that is Godin to keep the goal line intact. There will be two consecutive matches against Malmo, which should strengthen Atletico’s claim to the first place in the group seeing as they are the overall favorites to win tomorrow.
Malmo might have lost last weekend against Elfsborg, but the title is already theirs, and the team can allow themselves some liberties. Filip Helander will be out for the trip to Madrid with a foot injury, but Rosenberg and Eriksson will be the ones pushing for an upset. Malmo got their three points from winning 2-0 at home against the same team that beat Atletico, as Olympiakos saw themselves losing against Champions League’s newcomers several weeks ago. Forsberg is Malmo’s leading goalscorer with 13 successes and looks to have recovered wonderfully from a foot injury picked up with the national team.
There isn’t much to doubt about the winner with Atletico Madrid being given 1.18 odds to win as opposed to Malmo’s 21.00. Atletico are undefeated at home this season which bodes well for the Atletico for both halves bet at 1.57 with Bet365. Mandzukic is the first choice for the goalscorer market at 1.66 in the anytime market, and 3.60 to score first. Arda Turan has 3.05 odds and Siqueira 6.00 to score anytime. A goal line of over 2.5 goals has 1.95 odds and Atletico with an Asian Handicap of -2.0 2.075 odds. We are betting 8 units on Atletico Madrid winning both halves at 2.20 with Bet365.
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