UEFA Champions League

Wednesday Football Cheat Sheet: Champions League best bets

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
Harry Maguire playing for Manchester United
Maguire has been playing well for Man Utd who go to Copenhagen in the Champions League

Get our experts' Champions League tips and predictions for Wednesday's matches including Copenhagen v Man Utd, Arsenal v Sevilla and much more...

  • 7/24.50 Bet Builder as United face crucial Danish test

  • 5/16.00 Rice to strike for Arsenal in Spain

  • 11/53.20 bet on Bellingham goal in Madrid win


Champions League Tips & Predictions

17:45 - Real Sociedad v Benfica: Ref Taylor makes cards appeal in 6/1 Bet Builder

Andy Schooler: "The appointment of Anthony Taylor in the UEFA competitions always sets off my betting klaxon - and it's straight over to the card markets.

"The English Premier League official historically has a much higher card count on the continent than he does at home and Taylor has now shown 5+ cards in 26 of his last 40 UEFA club appointments.

"Real Sociedad, who top Group D at the halfway stage, are the sixth-best team for cards in La Liga this season, while only three teams had produced more fouls prior to matchday four.

"Benfica, meanwhile, are the second most-fouled team in the Champions League thus far and so while I'm happy to kick-off our Bet Builder with over 4.5 cards in the match, I'm also keen to get the hosts onside in some way."

Back over 4.5 cards, Zubeldia to be shown a card & Munoz 1+ shot @ around 6/1

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17:45 - Napoli v Union Berlin: Back Kvaradona to lead the way

Kevin Hatchard: "With Victor Osimhen sidelined for Napoli, Georgian wing wizard Kvicha Kvaratskhelia has had to take on a more prominent role. 'Kvaradona' has delivered three goals and three assists in the league, and has set up a further goal in the Champions League.

"I don't think Union will necessarily get hammered here, but they are struggling to do the basics at the moment, and although Napoli have lost some of their sparkle, they should have too much quality here, with Matteo Politano and Giacomo Raspadori also catching the eye recently.

"I'll back Napoli to win, Kvaratskhelia to have a shot on target and Over 2.5 Cards on the Bet Builder at 2.04. There were four cards in the reverse fixture, six in Union's clash with Braga and in the Bundesliga they have already had 13 yellow cards and three reds. In Serie A, Napoli have picked up 19 yellow cards and a red."

Back Napoli to win, Over 2.5 Cards and Kvaratskhelia 1+ shots on target at 2.04

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20:00 - FC Copenhagen v Man Utd Tips: Danes can dig out 7/2 draw

Dave Tindall: "Manchester United and Erik ten Hag are walking a tightrope both domestically and in Europe. And a pattern keeps emerging. Just when it seems they're in deep crisis, the Red Devils pull out a result.

"That was the case in Saturday's Premier League clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage. The match could have gone either way but Bruno Fernandes popped up to hit a fine winner in the 90th-minute.

"They were in a perilous position in this tournament too after opening defeats against Bayern Munich (3-4) and Galatasaray (2-3). This time it was the much-maligned Harry Maguire who grabbed the only goal of the game to defeat Copenhagen.

"With Bayern running away with the group, second place is very achievable for United and should Harry Kane and co see off Galatasaray again, Ten Hag's side can go two points above the Turks. Anything else, and they could be in big trouble given their final two fixtures are Galatasaray away and Bayern at home."

Back Draw and Under 2.5 Goals @ 7/2

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20:00 - Arsenal vs Sevilla: Rice and Saka key to 12/1 Bet Builder

Ben Steele: "Jorginho was at the centre of some of the controversy on Saturday night but against a slightly less combative midfield he'll hope to be back to what he does best, keeping the Arsenal midfield ticking over and allowing his teammate, Declan Rice, to get forward.

"With Martin Odegaard still working his way back to full fitness Rice has assumed a more assertive role in Arsenal's midfield and will be looking to score the first Champions League goal of his career on Wednesday night.

"Rice is averaging 1.5 shots per game in Odegaard's absence and even if the Norwegian returns to the starting lineup that will likely be in place of Kai Havertz and the reducing of the creative burden on Arsenal's £100m man only helps his chances of a goal."

Declan Rice to score anytime @ 5/1

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20:00 - Real Madrid v Braga: Back Bellingham goal in Los Blancos' win

Dan Fitch: "Carlo Ancelotti's team were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Rayo Vallecano at the weekend, following their dramatic El Clasico win at the Camp Nou. There have been no such slip ups in Group C, with Madrid winning all three of their games.

They won 2-1 at Braga in the reverse fixture, leaving the Portuguese club in third place after three games (W1 D0 L2). Let's back a repeat of a bet which was successful in that match, with a Real Madrid win, Jude Bellingham to score and under 4.5 goals, priced at 11/5."

Back Real Madrid to beat Braga, Bellingham to score and under 4.5 goals @ 11/5

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