Champions League Betting Tips

Champions League BettingBy Mark Rawlinson

The Champions League returns tonight for game week two and there’s a number of games with British interest.

Celtic host Barcelona for the second time in two seasons at Celtic Park, Arsenal play Napoli and Chelsea travel to Steaua Bucharest.

Celtic v Barcelona

11 months ago, Celtic recorded one of the biggest upsets in European football when they managed to beat Spanish giants FC Barcelona 2-1.

Despite being played completely off the park, with Barcelona having 66% possession and 25 shots in comparison to Celtic’s three, goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt secured an unbelievable 2-0 lead for the SPL champions to send Celtic Park into euphoria.

Lionel Messi hit late on to make it 2-1 but the Catalans were unable to rescue a point and tonight, they will be without the services of the Argentinian talisman.

He went off injured in the 2-0 win over Almeria at the weekend as Barcelona preserved their 100% record with seven wins from seven. The visitors are also without Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba and Carlos Puyol.

Joe Ledley misses out for the hoops but winger James Forrest is set for a return after being unavailable for over three weeks due to a strong virus.

Could Celtic possible repeat the incredible feat they achieved last season? Well Stan James provide the best odds on them doing that at 8/1 whilst the best price on a Barcelona win is offered by Paddy Power at 2/5.

The game kicks off at 7:45pm and you can watch it live on ITV1.

Arsenal v Napoli

Arsenal also face a very tough test in their second Champions League Group F tie this evening as they face last season’s Serie A runners-up Napoli.

The Gunners still have six players out injured, including Theo Walcott, Santi Carzola and Lukas Podolski, but Arsene Wenger could hand Tomas Rosicky a return to the squad as the Czech has now recovered from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since September 10th.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez possesses a very dangerous squad with the likes of Gonzalo Higuaín, Marek Hamšík and Paolo Cannavaro at his disposal.

Arsenal are favourites for the three points with Boylesports, who provide odds of 10/11. The best price on offer for a Napoli win comes from Bet Victor who provide odds of 18/5.

The game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 7:45pm.

Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea

Meanwhile in Group E, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from their disastrous start to their Champions League campaign as they travel to Romanian league champions Steaua Bucharest.

Chelsea were defeated 2-1 by Basel a fortnight ago at Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho’s side have made a jittering start to their Premier League season with only three wins from six.

The Blues will be without Eden Hazard who misses out through injury whilst fellow Belgian Kevin de Bruyne has been left behind in London after failing to impress his manager.

Chelsea are favourites for victory tonight with Paddy Power providing the best odds of 8/11 whilst Bet 365 offer the price on a Steaua win at 5/1.

This match is live from 7:45pm on Sky Sports 4.

There’s plenty more action available via the red button on Sky Sports this evening, and you can check out the latest odds on the other four 7:45pm kick-offs by clicking HERE.

You can also claim free bets with Boylesports by clicking HERE.