Big names limp into European action


The second round of group matches in the Champions League arrives with a number of the continent’s big clubs having struggled for form in recent games.

Barcelona, Manchester United and current European champions Real Madrid have been below their best in domestic action and the same can be said of Bayern Munich, who welcome Ajax to the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening.

Bayern v Ajax – score draw @ 13/2

Bayern opened the season with seven straight wins, but their last two outings have seen them draw 1-1 with Augsburg and lose 2-0 at Hertha Berlin.

Therefore, Ajax will head across the border with confidence that they can get something from the game, having kept seven cleans sheets in their last eight games in all competitions.

However, with both defences less than secure, the best option might be a draw, with both sides likely to get on the scoresheet given recent form.

Man Utd v Valencia – Draw @ 57/20

Also in action on Tuesday evening are Manchester United, whose season has already seen them lose three times in the Premier League to increase the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho.

Visitors Valencia have been in even worse form, with a 1-0 success at Real Sociedad on Saturday their first victory of the season after a run of seven winless games.

Los Che have drawn on three of their previous four visits to Old Trafford and are capable of taking a share of the spoils if their hosts are off the boil once again.

Lokomotiv to win by two goals @ 31/4

On Wednesday evening, Schalke will look to build on their 1-0 weekend win over Mainz, which got them off the mark in the Bundesliga after five consecutive defeats.

However, a trip to Moscow and the challenge of facing Lokomotiv Moscow may still be too much for the frail confidence of Die Konigsblauen, with the hosts set to be highly motivated after being beaten 3-0 at Galatasaray in their first group game.

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