Barcelona kick off the defence of their Champions League crown with a home clash against AC Milan and given the way the Catalans Giants performed in last season’s competition, it’s easy to see why they’re considered 3/10 favourites by Totesport.
Pep Guardiola’s men are undoubtedly a home banker, they’re simply too good to oppose on their own patch, but they showed defensive vulnerability in relinquishing a 2-0 lead to draw with Real Sociedad at the weekend and with the Barca boss showing a willingness recently to play players out of position in his back four, the Serie A side have every chance of grabbing a goal in the Camp Nou.
Stan James’ 21/20 for both teams to score could be worth an interest then while in-form ex-Gunner Cesc Fabregas has been a threat for Barcelona in attack and can be backed at 15/8 (Boylesports) to get on the scoresheet.
Both sides could also find the net in the clash between Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian champions could be a real threat in Group G and will be keen to make a flying start against the favourites to top the pool. Mircea Lucescu’s troops look overpriced at 9/2 courtesy of Skybet but the best bet at the Estadio do Dragao is Betfred’s 5/6 for the two teams to notch.
Meanwhile, Olympiakos and Marseille are evens at 888Sport to strike as they meet in Greece and a ‘goals galore’ treble containing those three matches in the ‘both teams to score’ market pays out at more than 6/1 with William Hill.
Both teams to score in games at Barcelona, Porto and Olympiakos – 6/1 (William Hill)