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Pep Guardiola returns to Camp Nou for the first time as City Boss

Tue, Oct 18, 11:23am by Jake Equid

Matchday three of the Champions League sees eight matches take place across Europe on Wednesday morning AEDT then a further eight on Thursday morning AEDT.

There are only four clubs who have a perfect record in this competition, one of those is debutants, Leicester who are $1.90 favourites to keep that record in tact when they host Copenhagen ($4.25).

Leicester are the first team since Malaga in 2012-13 to win the first two Champions League group games in their history. Atletico Madrid and Napoli sit alongside Leicester with six points from six.

Barcelona are the fourth club who’ve made a perfect start and are $1.53 favourites to continue on their winning ways when they face Manchester City ($6) at home on Thursday morning AEDT.

City manager Pep Guardiola returns to Camp Nou for the first time as City manager four years after leading Barca to three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies in his four seasons there.

Another Spanish giant and champions of this competition, Real Madrid currently sit second in Group F. They are red-hot favourites ($1.02) hosting Legia Warsaw ($51) and are coming off a 6-1 LaLiga win over Real Betis on the weekend.

At the other end of the spectrum, Dinamo Zagreb and Club Brugge join Legia in searching for their first points and according to the bookies that’s not set to change here with all the aforementioned clubs going in as underdogs on match day three. Zagreb ($7) host Sevilla ($1.50) and Club Brugge ($4.50) host Porto ($1.80).

Also on Wednesday morning’s AEDT matchday three action, Tottenham head to Germany to face Leverkusen. The Germans will head in as $2.15 favourites with the draw at $3.60 and a Spurs win at $3.40. This is a tight group with the Spurs in second place on three points, the hosts are nipping at their heels with two points.

Lyon’s meeting with Serie A giants Juventus in Group H is probably the marquee match from the rest of the fixtures. The Italians will go in as heavy favourites ($1.70) despite being away from home, Lyon is at $5.50. Juventus sits on top of the group with four points.

Onto my best bet and I think that Pep Guardiola can get a point in his return to the Camp Nou, he knows what it takes to stop the might of Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

BEST BET: Barca v City – Draw $4.50

Here’s the odds for all of match day three’s fixtures:

Club Brugge v Porto 

Club Brugge $4.50

Draw $3.75

Porto $1.80

CSKA Moscow v Monaco

CSKA Moscow $2.60

Draw $3.30

Monaco $2.80

Din. Zagreb v Sevilla

Din. Zagreb $7

Draw $4.25

Sevilla $1.50

Leicester v Copenhagen

Leicester $1.90

Draw $3.50

Copenhagen $4.25

Leverkusen v Tottenham

Leverkusen $2.15

Draw $3.60

Tottenham $3.40

Lyon v Juventus

Lyon $5.50

Draw $3.75

Juventus $1.70

Real Madrid v Legia Warsaw 

Real Madrid $1.02

Draw $21

Legia Warsaw $51

Sport. Lisbon v Dortmund

Sport. Lisbon $3.40

Draw $3.40

Dortmund $2.20

Arsenal v Ludogrets 

Arsenal $1.14

Draw $8.50

Ludogrets $21

Barcelona v Man City

Barcelona $1.53

Draw $4.50

Man City $6

Bayern Munich v PSV 

Bayern Munich $1.16

Draw $8

PSV $17

Celtic v M’gladbach 

Celtic $3.10

Draw $3.75

M’gladbach $2.20

Din. Kiev v Benfica 

Din. Kiev $2.50

Draw $3.25

Benfica $3

Napoli v Besiktas

Napoli $1.40

Draw $5

Besiktas $8

Paris S.G. v Basel

Paris S.G. $1.22

Draw $6.50

Basel $15

Rostov v Atl. Madrid

Rostov $12

Draw $4.60

Atl. Madrid $1.35


Odds supplied by William Hill and were correct at the time of publishing*

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