From Charlie’s Angels to the Marx Brothers and even the Bee Gees, it’s something of a rule that good things come in threes with this Wednesday offering a Champions League trio at odds of just over 4/1.
Backing home wins for Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow and Paris Saint-Germain offers the most bankable bet from the Champions League action and there’s not a Manchester team in sight!
Both these teams lost in Matchday One but there was something particularly galling about the nature of Plzen’s defeat – a 3-0 home trouncing at the hands of Manchester City – that suggests they are set to be the group whipping boys.
CSKA may have also lost convincingly to Bayern, but their recent record at the harsh surroundings of the Luzhniki Stadium makes them worthy favourites for the win, with the Muscovites unbeaten in 14 league fixtures at home.
Plzen are hardly in the best of form either, winning just one of their last four competitive matches and a trip to Russia could be too much for the Czech minnows.
Despite a 4-2 loss to Manchester United last time out in Europe, Leverkusen remain dark horses to top the group and are currently just a single point behind joint Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Sami Hypia’s team have won three on the bounce going into this game and have won seven consecutive league matches at the BayArena.
By contrast, their opponents Sociedad could not have made a worse start to the current season and are currently on a six-game winless streak which includes a 2-0 home defeat to group rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
PSG face the toughest opposition of our trio, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Co in full swing, fans should still be confident of victory at the Parc des Princes.
The French club had a perfect record at home in the group stage last season and they have certainly started the current campaign as they mean to go on, winning 4-1 against Olympiakos in Greece.
In fact, PSG haven’t lost a competitive match since April, and there’s every reason to think that run will continue against a Benfica team without a win in six Champions League away games.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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