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1.11. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: PREVIEWS AND BETTING

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The Champions League continues with a bang on Tuesday, as Manchester City look for revenge against Barcelona. Pep Guardiola will do all he can to avoid a similar humiliation that he experienced at the Camp Nou, where he enjoys legendary status. TurtleBet also takes a look at Ludogorets - Arsenal.

PREVIEW: MANCHESTER CITY - BARCELONA

Manchester City were left licking their wounds after their trip to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, as the hosts put them to the sword with a 4-0 scoreline. In addition to the crushing result City also lost right-back Pable Zabaleta to injury and their first-choice keeper Claudio Bravo, who will miss Tuesday's rematch due to the red card he picked up due to handling outside the area in Barcelona.

City's lacklustre performances continued after their loss to Barca, as they first drew 1-1 at home against Southampton and then lost 0-1 to local rivals Manchester United in the EFL Cup. However, their bad run finally came to an end at the weekend against West Brom, as they thrashed the Baggies 4-0. Sergio Agüero and Ilkay Gündogan scored two goals apiece, which bodes well for City coming into this crucial UCL-encounter. Despite their strength going forward, City do need to improve vastly in terms of defending compared to their showing two weeks ago.

Barcelona's trio of Messi-Neymar-Suarez was completely unstoppable two weeks ago, as City's defenders tripped and misplaced passes at crucial points of the game. Messi scored a modest hat-trick, while Neymar sugarcoated the scoreline after missing a penalty.

In terms of the odds Barcelona are only slight favourites for the win, which can be traced back to two things. Barca's last two performances haven't been convincing despite the wins, as it took them a last-minute penalty to beat Valencia 2-3, while they only triumphed 1-0 at the Camp Nou against Granada. The other factor is Barca's small injury crisis, as Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Arda Turan and Jeremy Mathieu are all out of the match due to injuries and Mathieu's suspension. 

BETTING IDEAS:

Barca's fantastic three are all feet, but the absence of Iniesta from Barca's engine room is a big miss, even for a team like Barcelona. For example, the midfield dynamo didn't play against Granada, and in turn Barca struggled. Without three key defenders Barca could struggle to contain a revitalized City attack, especially with them at home. City have gone undefeated at home in their last six Champions League fixtures, picking up four wins and two draws..

City's defence wasn't ready for what was coming two weeks ago, and the MSN-trio will most likely yet again cause a lot of problems. However, City did have their own chances at the Camp Nou, and with so many injuries at the back they are not going to get off any easier.

Both teams to score, Yes: 51/100 (Fastbet/Bethard)

- Total amount of goals, over 2,5: 27/50 (Unibet/LeoVegas)

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Messi has already scored six goals in just two Champions League matches this season. All in all the Argentine superstar has fired 15 goals in 13 UCL-matches against English teams during his career, so his tally can be expected to rise at the Etihad on Tuesday.

Both teams to score, Yes: 51/100 (Fastbet/Bethard)

In their last eight UCL-games Barca have scored an average of 3.5 goals per game, so if you think they can yet again do something similar, here are the best odds available.

To score at any time in the match - Lionel Messi: 123/100 (Unibet/LeoVegas)

To score the first goal in the match - Lionel Messi: 43/10 (Unibet/LeoVegas)

 

Bet Manchester City X Barcelona
1x2 47/25 Bet365 53/20 Betsson 111/20 Fastbet
Draw no bet 53/50 LeoVegas   4/5 Unibet
Handicap MCFC +1: 11/20 Bet365   FCB -1 7/2 LeoVegas
Asian handicap MCFC +1,5: 1/5 LeoVegas  

FCB -1,5: 19/5 Unibet

 

Over/under 2.5 goals Over 2,5: 27/50 Betsson   Under 2,5 31/20 Betsson
Both teams to score Yes: 51/100 Fastbet   No: 7/4 Fastbet

City's last five matches:
29.10. West Bromwich - Man City 0-4
26.10. Man United - Man City 1-0 (EFL Cup)
23.10. Man City - Southampton 1-1
19.10. Barcelona - Man City 4-0 (UCL)
15.10. Man City - Everton 1-1

Barcelona's last five matches:
29.10. Barcelona - Granada 1-0
25.10. Barcelona - Espanyol 0-1 (friendly)
22.10. Valencia - Barcelona 2-3
19.10. Barcelona - Man City 4-0 (UCL)
15.10. Barcelona - La Coruna 4-0

PREVIEW: LUDOGORETS - ARSENAL

Like usual, Bulgarian side Ludogorets have been in a league of their own domestically, but in the Champions League they cannot compete with elite teams. The 1-1 draw away at Basel was an excellent result, but the 1-3 loss at home to PSG and the 6-0 mauling at the Emirates shows how brutal the differences in skill level can sometimes be in the Champions League.

A Bulgarian team hasn't been able to beat an English side since 1982, when CSKA Sofia dispatched Liverpool 2-0. With Arsenal's current form if the drought came to an end on Tuesday it would be one of the biggest surprises of the season, no matter how strong Ludogorets have been in Bulgarian football.

After losing to Liverpool 3-4 in their insane opener to the season Arsenal have been dominant game after game. The opener remains their only defeat of the season, and they have only picked up three draws along the way. Those four matches can be considered Arsenal's only bad performances of the season, and draws away to last season's champions Leicester and PSG aren't bad results.

Out of their last 10 matches the Gunners have won an impressive 9 with a staggering goal difference of 29-5! This shows how many in-form players they have going forward, and Wenger's men have also gone forward in terms of defending after the 3-4 loss to 'Pool. Last weekend they easily dispatched Sunderland 1-4, despite the 1-1 scoreline after 70 minutes. The end of that match showed just how far Arsenal have gone in terms of mental fortitude.

BETTING IDEAS:

Arsenal are way too hot to handle at the moment for a team like Ludogorets, and the difference in quality is already vast enough to begin with. The Gunners are gunning down opponents left-right and centre, and this promises to be a tough evening for the Bulgarians.

Handicap: Arsenal -1: 79/100 (Unibet/LeoVegas)

Ludogorets did manage to score at home against PSG, but Arsenal's defence has been by far tougher in comparison to the French giants. That is why over-bets are a far better option for this match than both teams scoring, as Arsenal alone possess the firepower to turn this match into a goal-fest. 

Total amount of goals: Over 2,5 : 13/25 (Betsson)

Total amount of goals: Over 3,5 : 67/50 (Betsson/Betsafe)

Bet Ludogorets X Arsenal
1x2 19/2 Betsson 99/20 Betsson 33/100 LeoVegas
Draw no bet 7/1 Unibet   1/10 Betcart
Handicap FCL -1: 5/2 Unibet   AFC -1 79/100 LeoVegas
Asian handicap FCL -1,5: 1/1 Bet365  

AFC -1,5: 23/25 Betcart

 

Over/under 2.5 goals Over 2,5: 13/25 Betsson   Under 2,5 8/5 LeoVegas

Both teams to score

Yes: 19/20 Fastbet   No: 19/20 Fastbet

Ludogorets' last five matches:
28.10. Dunav Ruse - Ludogorets 3-5
25.10. Montana - Ludogorets 0-4 (Bulg. Cup)
22.10. Ludogorets - Lok. Gorna 4-0
19.10. Arsenal - Ludogorets 6-0 (UCL)
14.10. Pirin Bla. - Ludogorets 1-3

Arsenal's last five matches:
29.10. Sunderland - Arsenal 1-4
25.10. Arsenal - Reading 2-0 (EFL Cup)
22.10. Arsenal - Middlesbrough 0-0
19.10. Arsenal - Ludogorets 6-0 (UCL)
15.10. Arsenal - Swansea 3-2

 

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