Man City v Atalanta, Tuesday 22nd October 8pm
After qualifying for the Champions League for the first time, things could hardly have gone worse for Atalanta in their maiden campaign.
They’ve suffered two defeats already, including a 4-0 hammering in Zagreb, in a group they would have been hopeful of navigating. As if things couldn’t get worse, they face group leaders Manchester City on Tuesday night who haven’t even conceded a goal yet so far in their Champions League campaign.
Atalanta’s domestic form has been better, though, as they lie third in the Serie A table following a 3-3 draw at Lazio on Saturday. Indeed they’re the highest scorers in Italy’s top flight and we fancy them to score at the Etihad, particularly with City’s injury concerns in central defence. They’ve scored at least twice in every league game this season, which makes their European form even more bewildering. Both teams to score here is 3/4. Throw a home win on top and it brings it up to 6/5.
BET | BTTS & Man City to win – 6/5 with Bet365
Duvan Zapata has got their only Champions League goal this season and only one player has more Serie A goals than him this campaign. The Colombian striker is out of this tie with an injury but compatriot Luis Muriel has five league goals to his name himself and is 12/1 to open the scoring and 7/2 to net anytime.
It should, however, be a relatively straightforward win for Pep Guardiola’s side and we like the look of a 3-1 home win at 9/1. If you and, of course Man City, are feeling more adventurous a 4-1 win comes in at a whopping 13/1.
Ajax v Chelsea, Wednesday 23rd October 5.55pm
Is there a more intriguing subplot in the Premier League this season than the progress of Chelsea and their rookie manager and rookie spine? Chelsea’s kids, as The Who once sang, are alright.
Ajax’s, as their run to the Champions League sem-finals last season can attest, aren’t bad either. Despite losing two of their young stars in Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong they’re unbeaten in their sixteen games across all competitions this season. In fact, they’ve won twelve of them including their opening two group games, both 3-0 victories against Lille and Valencia.
It all adds up to an intriguing clash at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday evening, with Frank Lampard’s side 23/10 to bring all three points back to London. A draw is 27/10 but we fancy a home win here at a best price of 5/4.
BET | Ajax to win – 5/4 with Bet365
Surprisingly the sides have never met before, which only adds to the intrigue. We strongly fancy plenty of goals here. The hosts have scored 26 goals in their last nine games and are top scorers in the Eredivisie which they top by three points. Meanwhile, Lampard’s side have notched 24 goals in their last nine games. Both teams to score here seems a shoo-in at 4/7, or 14/5 allied with a home victory.
Quincy Promes was brought in during the summer to strengthen the Dutch champions’ squad and he’s scored in both their group encounters so far. Only Donyell Malen has scored more league goals than him this season and we like the look of him at 13/5 to get on the scoresheet again on Wednesday.
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