Todayâ€™s edition has a continental edge to it as both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea prepare for some midweek Champions League action. But who, or what, to back?
Manchester City are the Premier Leagueâ€™s top scorers with 27 goals in eight games, despite the continued absence of Carlos TÃ©vez from Roberto Manciniâ€™s line-up. Villarreal, meanwhile, have already conceded four times in this seasonâ€™s Champions League, while their talisman Giuseppe Rossi is one of the most clinical forwards in Europe. If that wasnâ€™t convincing enough, a quick glance at the goalscoring talent Mancini has at his disposal, including the likes of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, makes over 2.5 goals a solid opening bet at 8/13.
The Chelsea striker continues to serve his three-game domestic suspension for his dismissal against Swansea City but will relish the chance to stay fresh with a run-out against Genk. Torres scored eight times for his former club Liverpool in the Champions League but the Spain international is yet to open his account for the Blues in Europe. The west Londoners boast a perfect record against Belgian teams in the Champions League and Torres will be keen to help this run continue while adding to his two league goals this season. He is 4/9 to score at any time on Wednesday night.
Chelsea v Genk â€“ Fernando Torres Specials:
How many goals will Torres score? None: 11/8, One: 13/8, Two: 4/1, Three or more: 13/2 (Torres must start for bets to stand)
Manchester United are currently languishing in third place in Group C but Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to see their game against the Romanian champions as a chance to improve their goal difference. United have faced Romanian opposition once before, beating Dinamo Bucuresti home and away in 2004, scoring five goals in the process. They have averaged 2.9 goals a game this season in the league with Ashley Young, Nani and Wayne Rooney all in superb form. So United to win by three goals (or four, as the odds are identical) is a value bet here at 15/4.
The England striker’s controversial sending off against Montenegro was the talking point which dominated the build-up to Manchester Unitedâ€™s trip to Anfield and Ferguson opted to leave the striker on the bench. So Unitedâ€™s game against Otelul Galati will provide Rooney with the first real opportunity to put that episode behind him. The 25-year-old has already broken a Premier League record this season by becoming the first player to score nine league goals in the opening five games, including a brace and two hat-tricks. And he will relish the chance to open his European account this season and is 11/5 to score two or more goals.
ArsÃ¨ne Wenger’s side have never lost on their travels to France (not counting the 2006 Champions League final in Paris, of course), beating Lyon and Auxurre in past seasons in the Champions League, while Marseille have won just twice in eight attempts against English opposition. An Arsenal victory at the Stade VÃ©lodrome would inflict a 50th defeat on Marseille in European competitions and The Tipster‘s audacious long-range effort for this instalment is for Arsenal to come from behind to seize victory – like they did against Udinese in Italy in August- at 9/1.
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