Champions League: An unhappy return for Pep, plus wins for Bayern and Arsenal
Evening two of gameweek three of the Champions League brings around the most intriguing fixture of the group stage, as Pep Guardiola returns to the Nou Camp as Manchester City boss.
As well as that, there are seven more matches across Europe tonight, meaning there are plenty of chances for you to #betbigwinbig on the action.
Our tipster has run his rule over tonight’s games, and picked out the best bets for you with Sportsbet.io.
Barcelona is synonymous with Pep Guardiola — he made 263 appearances for the Catalan club between 1990 and 2001, and won everything it’s possible to win in his four years as manager between 2008 and 2012.
The man who won 14 trophies in the Nou Camp dugout returns this evening on the opposition bench, with his new club Manchester City.
After reeling off 10 straight wins in his first 10 matches in charge, things haven’t been quite so easy in the last few matches for Guardiola.
Three games without victory, with just one goal (and two missed penalties) in their last two matches, and for the first time in English football, Guardiola’s side look vulnerable.
If one team in the world could take advantage of that, it’s Barcelona.
The Spanish side beat Deportivo 4–0 at the weekend and sit top of the Champions League group after beating Celtic and Monchengladbach — putting seven past Celtic in the process.
They won’t get seven against City tonight, but I think they’ll have enough to beat their former manager’s new team.
Sportsbet.io are offering odds of 2.75 for Barcelona to win with over 3.5 total goals in the game, which I like the look of.
Another of Pep Guardiola’s teams are in action tonight, as Bayern Munich host PSV Eindhoven.
Bayern’s season, under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, has been similar to City’s. 8 straight wins at the start of the season has been followed by a defeat and two draws since, with the loss coming to Atletico Madrid on the most recent Champions League matchday.
Fortunately for them, they come up against a PSV team who are in a far greater slump.
The Dutch champions have only won once in their last six and surely won’t be able to stand up to the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and former PSV man Arjen Robben.
It is 1.22 for Bayern to win with Sportsbet.io, but if you combine that with their 2.35 for Lewandowski to open the scoring, you can get a 2.87 double that can help you #betbigwinbig in Bavaria.
London side Arsenal have been in inspired form recently.
The only game they haven’t won in their last nine matches was a draw on the opening game of the Champions League groups against PSG — a result that was more than creditable for Arsene Wenger’s side.
They face Bulgarian champions Ludogorets at the Emirates tonight with nothing less than a win being acceptable.
Ludogorets may not be the toughest of challenges, but they should ask a few questions of Arsenal’s defence at least.
They have scored in all but one match this season — a run that started in the first Champions League qualifying round in July.
Arsenal should win the tie, but I like the 2.30 for both teams to score with Sportsbet.io.
I also recommend Theo Walcott (who has five goals in his last four club games) to score anytime at 1.95.