If there was one team that Celtic wanted to avoid in their first Champions League match of the season, it would have been Paris Saint Germain!
The big-spending Ligue 1 outfit (13/2 Outright Winners) will be out to make a statement of intent in their Group B opener on Tuesday, something which will concern Brendan Rodgers.
Celtic Park is often an intimidating arena to play in, but a full house often forces the Hoops to push numbers forward, and that will leave gaps for the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani to exploit (Match Betting – Celtic 12/1, Draw 23/4, PSG 2/9).
It’s likely to be a lot tighter affair at the Nou Camp, when European heavyweights Barcelona and Juventus go toe-to-toe.
These two met in the quarter finals last term and Juventus won 3-0 on aggregate, after scoring all their goals in Turin and then frustrating Barca in the return leg….it’s likely to be a similar scenario this time around (Draw HT, Draw FT – 21/4).
With Chelsea also in Group C, and expected to start with a home win over Karabakh, Roma and Atletico will be wary of losing their opening game in a particularly tough group.
Meanwhile, Group A favourites Manchester United have been upset by Basel before but are not likely to slip up this time, against a less-experienced Swiss outfit (17/1 to win at Old Trafford).
Basel have not won any of their last eight Champions League games and will find it very hard to progress from a group that also includes Benfica and CSKA Moscow.
Having fallen foul of the two Madrid clubs in the last two seasons, Bayern Munich will be intent on reaching their first final since 2013.
Despite suffering a surprise Bundesliga defeat at the weekend, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Carlo Ancelotti’s men win to nil (20/31) in their home game against Anderlecht.
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