The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stages continue this Wednesday and Thursday morning! There have been some interesting results in the first two matchdays, including plenty of upsets that no one saw coming. Check out our preview and betting tips for Matchday 3 below and good luck to everyone following!
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Wednesday 6am AEDT
First up we look at the Wednesday morning fixture from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where Tottenham will host Crvena Zvezda. The Spurs have been dismal in Group B thus far and are coming off a pathetic 7-2 thumping by Bayern Munich last time out. They’ve won just one of their last seven fixtures in all competitions and were lucky to claim a point at home to last-placed Watford in the EPL on the weekend.
Crvena Zvezda started off their UCL campaign with a 3-0 loss away to Bayern Munich on Matchday 1, which is a fairly respectable result in the scheme of things. They then bounced back with win over Olympiacos at home in Matchday 2 by three goals to one. The Serbian side currently lead their domestic league on the back of their 10 wins from 11 fixtures.
The Spurs are the red-hot favourites to win this match despite being in really poor form. Crvena Zvezda will see this as an opportunity to take a scalp and potentially go five points clear of the Spurs in Group B, so we expect a good effort from them. We’re happy to be on them to keep it close here.
Wednesday 6am AEDT
Turning our focus to Group A where there’s a crucial fixture between Galatasaray and Real Madrid set to play out. Galatasaray currently sit in third spot after drawing with Club Brugge and losing to PSG 1-0. They’ve won the last two titles in their domestic league and have lost just once so far this season, although a bunch of draws has seen them leave plenty of points on the table.
Just like their opponents, Real Madrid have only managed to pick up one point from their first two UCL games. They too lost their clash with PSG and drew with Club Brugge. Real Madrid currently sit in second spot in La Liga and are one point behind rivals Barcelona. They’re coming off their first loss of the season in the league, which was a 1-0 defeat to RCD Mallorca.
This is a huge fixture that could determine which team finishes second in Group A and progresses through to the knockout phase. Real Madrid are obviously the better team, but they’ve managed just one win from their last five away games in all competitions and aren't as powerful as in recent years. We expect this to be a close game that Galatasaray will have every chance of winning at home.
Thursday 3:55am AEDT
Ajax famously made the semi-finals last year and look to be in good shape once again this campaign with two wins from two fixtures. They’ve been as dominant as ever in the Eredivisie as well, earning 26 of a maximum 30 points thus far to sit top of the table after 10 fixtures. They may have had a few of their star players poached in the off-season, but their player development is second to none and they’re still a force to be reckoned with.
Chelsea also went through a bit of a roster overhaul in the off-season and it’s starting to pay dividends. They’ve been in great form in the EPL since a few early hiccups and now sit fourth on the table after three wins on the spin. They did lose 1-0 at home to Valencia in their opening UCL fixture, so they’ll be hoping for better fortunes in Matchday 3.
For us, Ajax look to be the bet of the round. They made it to the final four last campaign and have started off this campaign with two 3-0 wins over quality sides in Lille and Valencia. Now back on their home deck, we expect them to prove too good for the new-look Chelsea squad.
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