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New for this season, the team at @BadManBetting are putting together a midweek acca for Betfair across matches in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League. Find out who makes their 5/16.00 season opener here..


Real Madrid vs Union Berlin - Wed 17:45 - Real Madrid to win and Over 1.5 Goals

Let's be honest, what Real Madrid have built here is absolutely terrifying.

Bellingham, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, it's a quadrant that allows them to control proceedings, and even at such a young age, they know how to get the job done.

It's five wins from five for Ancelotti's side, with their most recent win coming against fellow Champions League outfit Real Sociedad.

An xG of 2.27 P/90 is phenomenal, and given Union Berlin's defensive struggles of late, I simply can't look past a Madrid win, and a comfortable one at that.

The German side did well to qualify, but recent losses to both Leipzig and Wolfsburg suggests they could struggle.

They've yet to keep a clean sheet this season, with their games averaging four goals exactly.

A fairly potent attacking line means they can pose a threat, and that in tandem with their defensive frailties is why all four of their games have seen two or more goals this campaign.

This fixture has goals in it, and Madrid should hit the two goal line themselves on their way to a win.

Real Sociedad vs Inter Milan - Wed 20:00 - Inter to win or draw

If the early stages of this season are anything to go by, then another deep run into the Champions League is well on the cards for last season's runners-up.

Four wins from four, 13 goals scored and just one conceded, and the fact that Inzaghi's side come into this off the back of a 5-1 demolition of rivals AC Milan tells you everything you need to know.

They absolutely dominated proceedings, keeping Milan to just two shots on target, whilst racking up an xG of 2.65.

If I'm Socidedad, I'm looking at Inter's early season form, and that Milan derby in particular, with concern.

It's not been smooth sailing for the Basque outfit in the early rumblings of the campaign. They've won just one of their first five games, and that came against newly promoted Granada.

Yes, they ran Real Madrid close at the weekend, but that Granada game is the one occasion in which they've scored more than once in the league.

Impotency in front of goal won't help them here, and if they can't take chances, then Inter should at least walk away with a draw.

Bayern Munich vs Man United - Wed 20:00 - Bayern Munich to win

This is a game you'd have been enamoured by in the past, but given the early form shown by Erik Ten Haag's United side this season, it's difficult to see anything but Bayern domination on Wednesday.

Manchester United were well and truly embarrassed on home soil by Brighton. De Zerbi's men played them off the park at times, and an xG of 1.70 shows that they were creating chances for fun.

The problems don't stop there. Wolves carved United open, amassing 23 shots on opening weekend, and they needed a red card and a dubious penalty to get the job done against Forest.

Play like that against Bayern, and they'll have no chance.

Draw against Leverkusen aside, Thomas Tuchel's side have looked brilliant this season. 11 goals scored, just four conceded, and an xG of 2.13 in that Leverkusen draw suggests that they'll have countless opportunities here as well.

Not to mention, main man Harry kane is firing, with four goals in four already this season.

This is as much about how poor United have been as it is about Bayern's quality here. Either way, I'm expecting a Bayern win.

Leverkusen vs Hacken - Thurs 17:45 - Leverkusen Half Time/Full Time

It's not often a side can go Bayern and come away with a point, but with an xG of 2.02, it's clear that Leverkusen are capable of mixing it with the very best.

They're sat top of the pile in the Bundesliga, unbeaten, and with 13 goals in just four games. They've played some strong sides in the likes of Leipzig and Monchengladbach on top of the reigning champions.

That alone makes me confident in their ability to dispatch a Hacken side with nowhere near that level of quality.

Hacken lost some key names during the summer transfer window, and the loss of Benie Traore to Sheffield United back in July seems to have resulted in a downturn in form.

They're now third in the Swedish Allsvenskan, having lost three of their last seven league games, as many as they lost in their first 16.

In that time, they were also dumped out of Champions League qualifying by Klaksvik, a team from the Faroe Islands.

Poor results against teams that can't hold a candle to Leverkusen should have alarm bells ringing here, and I think the German side could run away with this.

LASK vs Liverpool - Thurs 17:45 - Liverpool to win

I don't think too many of us foresaw Liverpool falling short of a Champions League place last season, but here we are.

Klopp's side kick off their Europa League campaign with a trip to Austria, and I don't see any way in which Liverpool don't win this.

They're unbeaten in five in the Premier League, their only dropped points coming against Chelsea.

Yes, they've been conceding, but they've scored three goals in three separate matches already this season, and even beat Newcastle away from home when down to 10.

There's such a wide gulf in class between English and Austrian football that this game should be more than comfortable for Liverpool.

LASK are a solid enough outfit, but lack exposure at this level. They last played a Europa League fixture in 2020, and even domestically, they're not Austria's best.

They were beaten comfortably by Sturm Graz back in August, and even dropped points to 10th placed Tirol.

Alarmingly their only clean sheets have come against three of the Austrian Bundesliga's bottom four, and if that's anything to go by, then Liverpool could well run riot.

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