UCL Preview: Matchday 8

The group stage actions continues in Europe’s elite club competition and we’ve got you covered for value. Here’s our best picks out of matchday 8 of the Champions League. 

Napoli v Manchester City

It is certainly no stretch to say that Manchester City are the most in-form team in the world right now. They’re scoring at will and have dramatically improved defensively. Despite their current run, Napoli are one of only a few teams who should not be intimidated when City come to town.

The southern Italian club are flying high at the top of Serie A, however, they currently sit third in the group and this is a must win game. Maurizio Sarri’s side were extremely unlucky not to come away with at least a point against City in the reverse fixture following Dries Mertans missed penalty but they’ll no doubt take a lot of confidence from that performance.

City have won all three games this season and have scored at least two goals in each of those games. Combine this with the fact that there have been over 2.5 goals scored in all three of Napoli’s games – we can’t see anything but a goal-fest at the Sao Paolo.

Prediction: Over 3.5 goals @ $2.25

Porto v Leipzig

Usually one of the consummate professionals of this competition, Porto have really struggled in the opening stages of this year’ Champions League. Fortunately, there is still so much to play for but a loss to Leipzig at home will likely take their fate out of their own hands.

Competition debutants Leipzig earned their first-ever Champions League win in the reverse fixture against Porto, emerging 3-2 victors. That win will likely give the young German side tremendous confidence coming into this clash – where another victory will put them four points cleat of Porto with two games remaining.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in all three of Porto’s games this season and their desperation to go forward and secure victory will likely create a wealth of chances for their opposition, who as we saw in the reverse fixture, have the pace and quality to hurt Porto on the counter. Back the overs once again.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.83

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