UEFA Champions League Saturday Games Odds & Picks

UEFA Champions League Saturday Games Odds & Picks

Written by on August 7, 2020

Two of the top Champions League favorites will be in action on Saturday when unbeaten co-prohibitive favorites Bayern Munich and Barcelona take to the pitch for their respective Champions League clashes on Saturday. With both clubs looking to get their second legs started off on the right foot, let’s find out if both can win and cash in against their Champions League odds.

UEFA Champions League Saturday Games Odds & Picks

Chelsea FC (3-2-1) vs FC Bayern Munich (6-0-0)

Bayern has won a mind-boggling 17 consecutive matches while going 24-1-0 over the last 25 games. The Bavarians come into this clash off a 4-2 win over Leverkusen in their last match on July 4 en route to winning the domestic double. Bayern also smacked Chelsea senseless in their 3-0 shutout win in their first leg meeting in February. Bayern has scored a whopping 25 goals in Champions League play while limiting the opposition to just five goals defensively. Superstar striker Robert Lewandowski has scored massive 11 goals in six Champions League matches while Gnarby has added six goals.

“We cannot be too relaxed despite our (3-0) advantage from the first leg,” captain Manuel Neuer said. “We had a short break. We know we have a good starting position but it is a restart for us. So we want to start with a good game.”

Bayern Munich will be without winger Kingsley Coman after the Frenchman missed Friday’s final training session with a muscle injury ahead of Saturday’s second leg against Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Chelsea comes into this match off a humbling 2-1 loss against Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Chelsea has scored 11 goals in Champions League play while allowing nine goals defensively. Azpilicueta, Abraham, and Jorginho all have a team-high two goals for Chelsea in the Champions League.

Prediction

Bayern Munich is completely and utterly better than Chelsea at both ends of the pitch and they certainly don’t want to lose this match against a clearly inferior team. Simply put, if Bayern doesn’t win this match by at least two goals, I’ll be stunned.

Pick: Bayern 3 Chelsea 1

SSC Napoli (3-3-0) vs FC Barcelona (4-2-0)

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have won five of their last six matches and come into this affair off a resounding 5-0 shutout win over Alaves on July 19th as Messi finished finished as the top scorer in La Liga. Barca has scored a modest nine goals while allowing four goals defensively in Champions League play. Messi has two goals and three assists while Griezmann has added two goals. Barcelona will be without the injured Umtiti, Todibo, and Araujo while Vidal and Busquets are both suspended because of red and yellow cards.

Napoli has alternated wins and losses over their last four matches, but comes into this clash off a convincing 3-1 win over Lazio on Saturday. While Lazio’s Ciro Immobile tied for the single season scoring record in the loss, Napoli dominated from start to finish to get the confidence-boosting win. Napoli has scored 11 goals in Champions League play while allowing just four goals defensively. Mertens has scored a team-high six goals in Champions League matches while Milik has added three goals.

Prediction

Barcelona might not be among the very top favorites to win the Champions league this year, but they still have the more talented roster in this clash, starting with their resident superstar Lionel Messi. More importantly, Barca has has some time to get their act together after a losing their bid to win the La Liga title thanks to their stunning upset loss against Osasuna on July 16.

Barca will get by Napoli in this affair, mostly because Lionel Messi is still as amazing a goal scorer as ever while Napoli is offensively challenged and wildly inconsistent. However, I expect this one to be a tight affair that ends with a one-goal margin.

Pick: Barcelona 2 Napoli 1

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