Champions League Match Preview and Betting Review
Today promises to be an exciting day for football fans with two major Champions League matches taking place. At Old Trafford Manchester United is taking on Real Sociedad and at the Bay Arena Bayer Leverkusen will try and maintain their fantastic home record as they take on Shakhtar Donetsk.
It is the first time that United and Sociedad will face each other competitively. After failing to beat Southampton last Saturday, United will be eagerly seeking a moral boost. United has had a good start to this year’s Champions League, they beat Bayer Leverkusen at home and managed a hard-fought draw away to Shaktar Donetsk. However, in their last 12 Champions League games against Spanish opposition, they have never scored more than one goal and have only won two games.
On the other hand, Sociedad has lost to both Bayer Leverkusen and Shaktar Donetsk in this season’s Champions League and as a result they are without a single point. Nonetheless, the team will be coming to the match feeling fairly optimistic having won away against Valencia last weekend.The bookies have picked United as favourite to win; there are odds of 4/7 available at a number of leading bookies such as Paddy Power and Ladbrokes. The best odds available on Real Sociedad are 13/2 at Bet365. The chances of a draw also look slim with odds of 7/2 available.
Bayer Leverkusen has a fantastic home record in this season’s Champions League, the Germans have won their last seven games at the Bay Arena and they will be looking to extend this record when they take on the Ukrainians tonight.
Leverkusen’s boss, Sami Hyypia, is confident that his team can score. While he acknowledges that they pose a threat, he believes that they “have problems when they have to defend.” As a result his team can benefit by having “more attacking players than they have defenders”.
Despite Hyypia’s optimism, Shakhtar are likely to prove to be formidable opponents. They are currently at the top of Group A with four points and they are coming to today’s game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions. The team has scored 10 goals in their last two domestic fixtures.
Nonetheless Leverkusen is clear favourites with most bookies offering odds of 1/1, however, odds of 21/20 can be found at Bet Victor. Donetsk on the other hand has odds of 3/1 available at numerous bookies including Paddy Power and Bet365. The best odds available on a draw are 11/4 at Ladbrokes.
So why not pick your favourites, place your bets and settle down for an evening of fantastic football.