Galatasaray vs Copenhagen
Galatasaray welcome Danish side Copenhagen to the Rams Park in Istanbul in Group A’s first game on Wednesday. At home, Galatasaray have gone 10 games without defeat, winning nine of those. They are on a 6-match winning run and are odds-on to stretch that run against Copenhagen, who have won just one of their last four games. Back Galatasaray to win here
Bayern Munich vs Manchester United
Manchester United travel to Munich to take on Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. Bayern have beaten United in each of their last three encounters at the Allianz Arena and given their respective forms, we are likely to see a repeat result. United have lost each of their last two games – conceding six goals in the process. They are weak in the middle and disjointed up front – weaknesses Bayern should very well exploit. You can back the Germans to compound the English side’s woes.
Correct Score: 3-1
Arsenal vs PSV Eindhoven
Arsenal, who are back in the Champions League after a relatively long absence, take on Dutch side PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates. The Gunners finished second in the Premier League last season, thanks to many fantastic performances and are certainly looking to build on that. Both sides met twice last season in the Europa League- taking a win apiece. Arsenal won 1-0 at home and PSV prevailed 2-0 at the Philips Stadion in Holland. Arsenal are on a 8-game unbeaten run, while PSV have scored 13 goals in their last three matches. Good form. They both should be able to find the back of the net. Both teams will score.
Sevilla vs Lens
Sevilla play host to Lens at the Ramon Sanchez. But both teams are in poor form. Sevilla have lost four of their last five games, while Lens are on an 8-match winless run – losing 5 of their last six games. However, Sevilla have scored in each of their last 13 games – despite the irregular form. You can either back Sevilla to win or draw or back them to score.
Correct Score: 1-0
Real Madrid vs Union Berlin
14-time champions Real Madrid host Union Berlin early on Wednesday. Madrid have not lost a game since the season started – something Union Berlin, who have lost their last two games, would not want to think of going into the match at the Santiago Bernabeu. The odds are against Union Berlin here and they are unlikely to surmount them.
Correct Score: 2-0
Sporting Braga vs Napoli
Portuguese side Braga will face last season’s quarter-finalists Napoli at the Estadio Municipal de Braga. This season, Napoli haven’t quite shown the form that was on display last season. They are on a two-game winless run. Braga, meanwhile, have only 5 points from 7 games in the Portuguese league this season. However, the last time Napoli failed to score in a match was back in May – a run of 13 games since then. Braga have done two better – scoring at least a goal in their last 15 matches. They both should be able to maintain their goal scoring form and get on the scoresheet in Portugal on Wednesday night. Both teams to score.
Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg
Benfica play host to Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. Both sides are in good form. Benfica are on a 4-match winning run, while Salzburg have won four of their last five games, drawing the other. Salzburg have scored in each of their last nine matches, while Benfica have done so in each of their previous seven games. The quality in attack isn’t lacking and I am backing both teams to score.
Correct Score: 2-1
Real Sociedad vs Inter Milan
Last season’s runners-up Inter Milan travel to Spain to take on Real Sociedad. Inter, champions in 2010, will be looking to reach another final and go one better for their first Champions League title in over a decade. They are in fine form – their 5-1 victory over rivals AC Milan over the weekend lays much credence to that. They are on a seven-match winning run and have conceded just a goal in their last four games. To boot, they have scored 11 goals in their last three games. Real Sociedad, meanwhile, have won just one of their last five games this season and are on the back of a league defeat. This will prove to be a tough test for the Spaniards – one they are unlikely to pass. Back Inter Milan to win or draw here.
Correct Score: 0-1