Inter Milan vs Slavia Prague predictions ahead of this Champions League clash on Tuesday evening. Can Inter kick things off with three points at San Siro? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.
Reason For Inter Milan vs Slavia Prague Betting Tips
Inter Milan are back in Champions League action on Tuesday after a strong start domestically. The Nerazzurri will be aiming to improve on last yearâs poor European showing, which saw them finish third behind Barcelona and Tottenham. Inter are meeting Barca again this time around, while their looming clash with Borussia Dortmund makes this encounter with Slavia a must-win tie.
Inter are riding high in Serie A with three wins from three under Antonio Conte. However, the concern for the hosts will be their new manager. He has four league titles to his name from his last five seasons in club management. However, his cup record has always been poor, with a particularly bad habit of coming up short in the Champions League. Will there be more problems for Conte this term?
Regardless of what is holding Conte back in Europe, Slavia Prague arenât expected to be a major obstacle for the Italian giants. The Czech side are very much the minnows in this pool, with the club representatives going viral for laughing at their own misfortune during the draw. Given the talents theyâre facing this autumn, theyâll be focused on not being roundly beaten in each clash.
Itâs no surprise that Slavia have been made outsiders for Tuesdayâs meeting. In fact, you could say that Inter are slightly overpriced despite being strongly odds-on for this clash. They were at their best in both meetings with PSV last season â the weakest side in that group. Slavia arenât at the same standard, which points to an Inter Milan victory.
The Nerazzurri have won back to back home games to nil in Serie A so far. Theyâve been too good at the back, with Antonio Conte keeping them organised. Inter were already among the leaders for clean sheets at home in Serie A last season, while Conte has improved them by signing Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid.
That signing points to positives for Inter going into this clash. They are already a solid side at the back, while Slavia arenât that special going forward. They won their playoff clash 2-0 on aggregate against Cluj, suggesting they like to keep things tight.Â Slavia Prague havenât scored a single goal in their last five European matches against Italian clubs, a goalless run that currently stands at 491 minutes. Thatâs why weâre going with Inter to win to nil, given their defensive strength.
We donât see Inter overexerting themselves for this tie. We are backing them to shut up shop at the back, while they can stick a couple past Slavia. Romelu Lukakuâs fondness for smaller sides is well documented, so this could be a great chance for him. Weâre backing Inter to win 2-0 at home this week.
Lyon vs Zenit St Petersburg predictions ahead of this clash in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Can Zenit claim a surprise win at Lyon? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.
Reason For Lyon vs Zenit St Petersburg Betting Tips
Lyon face a tricky return to European action this week, with the Ligue 1 giants hosting Zenit St Petersburg. The hosts will be pushing to match last seasonâs run to the last 16, despite their big summer of sales. Meanwhile, itâs a long-awaited return to this level for Zenit, who return to the Champions League following a three and a half year absence.
Lyon have made a mixed start in Ligue 1 this term, with eight points from their opening five matches. The hosts have their eyes set on another top-three finish, but they will need to up their game moving forward. However, summer departures of Ferland Mendy, Tanguy Ndombele and Nabil Fekir have hit them hard.
Zenit have a slight edge here, given that they are further along in their season than Lyon. The visitors have already played nine times this season, while theyâve kicked off with a strong start that has put them in first place. Thatâs form which Zenit will be aiming to build on, given that they lost their last three matches in this competition.
Zenit will be out to continue their good record on the road, having won four out of five trips domestically. However, they are in for a sterner test against Lyon. The hosts may have sold off stars, but they are a club primed for that. After all, they still have Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay up front, who have scored five and four goals respectively from just four appearances.
Strong displays from the likes of Bertrand Traore and Houssem Aouar are encouraging, as was their return of 13 goals in eight matches in Europe last term. Goals were flying in for the French side, both teams scored in 100% of their group stage matches. With key attacking talents still there, we can see a repeat.
Zenit have scored in seven of their last eight in this competition. They have also hit six goals across their last three meetings with Lyon. Given that form, we expect more goals on Tuesday. Both teams to score is our pick for this clash, with Zenit keeping one clean sheet in their last six outings on the road in this competition.
Weâre also backing the draw on Tuesday, with the hosts seeing plenty of level matches in the Champions League of late. They have lost just one of their last 11 games in the competition, but they have drawn six of the last seven. Lyon finished the group stage with five successive draws, so we think a 1-1 correct score is a solid bet.
Chelsea vs Valencia predictions ahead of this Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge. Will Chelsea’s kids continue their hot streak when they face Valencia on Tuesday night? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.
Reason For Chelsea vs Valencia Betting Tips
Frank Lampard makes his European debut as a manager on Tuesday night after getting a boost from his young stars. The former England man featured over 100 times for the Blues in Europe during his career as a player, but he is aiming for more European success as the club’s manager. His young side seem to be up and running, but are they ready for Champions League football?
The Blues’ boss was boisterous about his charges after their 5-2 win at Wolves, saying the players were there on merit. The Blues have seen a high scoring start, with all of their goals coming from Under-21 eligible English players. That is quite the return for a Chelsea side who famously neglect their academy. Their shift in focus has seen them hand out more minutes to young English players this season than in any of the last 14 full campaigns. However, they now face the step up to the highest level.
Unlike Chelsea, Valencia were on the wrong end of a 5-2 thumping at the weekend. They are down in 14th place in the table after a poor start, with their defensive issues looking perfect for this Chelsea team. Given that the visitors head here without a win in five away trips in the Champions League, they seem like a great side for the young Blues to kick things off against.
The big issue for Chelsea has been defensively this term. While they’ve offered chances to young defenders, Cesar Azpilicueta has been notably poor. With just a key part of their back-line struggling, it’s no wonder that Chelsea have been too open. The Blues have shipped two goals in four of their five Premier League games so far. With newly promoted sides Norwich and Sheffield United both cutting them open with ease so far, there should be chances for the visitors.
On the bright side, the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham look to be in excellent form. The young players should be raring to go and they are unlikely to struggle with the pressure. This is a soft introduction which gives them the chance to find their feet going forward, while the likes of Willian or Christian Pulisic add extra threat. However, we also can’t look past the Blues’ defensive record, which points to them struggling in the Champions League this term. Given their goal-packed start domestically, we’re backing Chelsea to kick off their campaign in this group with over 2.5 goals in the game.
We are backing Chelsea to get off to a winning start, but their habit of conceding twice is worrying. Valencia have scored twice in back to back games, but they shipped five to a youthful Barca side. We think that the Spanish side will struggle in this trip, so we are backing a 3-2 victory for the Blues on Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona predictions ahead of this Champions League clash on Tuesday. Will Dortmund or Barca edge the clash of the night? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.
Reason For Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Two giants of European football meet at Signal-Iduna Park this week, as Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona fight it out for top spot in this group. The pair are rivalled by Inter Milan, so this is one of the groups where there is a genuine risk of missing out on the last 16 for a top side. Dortmund could put a cat amongst the pigeons with a victory on the opening day of the group stage, but will they grab a result?
Dortmund came just short of the Bundesliga title last season, while they have started this term with their eye on the prize. They have invested in their squad with the title in mind, which leads to questions over their focus on this competition. Last term there were similar issues for Dortmund once they arrived in the last 16, but could they take their eye off the ball in the opening clash?
Barcelona would surely prey on any side who dropped their guard in a game of this magnitude. The visitors are desperate to win this competition, with Lionel Messi making it their stated aim. There’s also the President’s reelection campaign to consider. His public chase for Neymar in order to win votes has clearly backfired, leaving Barca in need of a statement – such as Champions League success.
Barca have seen Ernesto Valverde suffer two humiliating exits in this competition so far.