Champions League football is back!
After an exciting qualification process, 32 teams will all dream about clinching club football’s greatest prize at the San Siro on May 28th 2016. Half of those will start their campaigns on Tuesday night, including both of the Manchester giants.
Will it be a great night for the city, or will the place be left feeling blue? Here’s what to expect from Tuesday’s match one action.
Manchester City V Juventus. 7:45PM. BT Sport Europe
Premier League leaders Manchester City start their adventure against last year’s Champions League finalists. While it won’t be easy for the Citizens, Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be quietly confident about sealing the perfect start to the group phase.
The hosts have all five games in 2015/16 and are yet to concede a single goal. With summer signings Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne adding extra attacking flair, the Citizens have more than enough quality to cause some real danger.
Conversely, Juventus have yet to get their season started as Massimiliano Allegri’s men try to cope with the summer departures of Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez. The Old Lady has yet to win a league game this term and could be in for another difficult night at the Etihad.
Juventus certainly have the quality to cause problems, but the momentum is with Manchester City. Will that transpire in Tuesday’s showdown?
Manchester City V Juventus Betting
After a stunning start to the campaign, Manchester City have been made the odds-on favourites with Bet365 pricing the hosts at ¾. Meanwhile, the visitors can be backed at 4/1 while the draw is 13/5.
This is the competition that Pellegrini’ men must make progress in. They made a big step by reaching the knockouts last year, and will be determined to top their group this term to help pave an easier route to the quarter-finals and beyond.
Their home form will be key to their success in Europe, and we’re backing them to start the group phase with a great result against the wounded Italians. A fast start should be the Citizens on track to register a memorable victory.
HT/FT: Manchester City/Manchester City @ 7/4 with Paddy Power
PSV V Manchester United Preview. 7:45PM. BT Sport 2
The red half of Manchester is in Champions League action too as Louis van Gaal’s men head to Eindhoven in what is a difficult yet very winnable opening fixture.
After missing out on European football in 2014/15, the Red Devils secured their return to the elite competition with a quality display in Belgium three weeks ago. With new boy Anthony Martial starting like a house on fire too, the new look United will be fancied to enjoy a productive night in the Netherlands.
Philip Cocu’s hosts will be confident too, however. The Dutch side are unbeaten in five domestic games so far, and have the likes of Luuk de Jong and Adam Maher looking to pull the strings. While they might not have quite as much quality as the visitors, PSV still have a genuine chance.
This has the potential to be one of the most entertaining matches of the night. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.
PSV V Manchester United Betting
Despite being away from home, the Red Devils are fancied to clinch a positive result. Bet365 have priced Van Gaal’s men at 21/20 for the win and 12/5 for the draw. Meanwhile, PSV shouldn’t be ruled out altogether at odds of 11/4.
There are still plenty of questions surrounding the Red Devils lineup, but we would expect summer signing Memphis Depay to get a game against his former club. The young Dutchman was a key figure in leading PSV to the Eredivisie title last term, and we’re backing him to mark his return with a goal.
Depay has already found the net in this year’s Champions League with a stunning brace against Club Brugge in the play-off round. Expect his personal delight to continue here.
Memphis Depay to score anytime @ 15/8 with Coral