Valencia v Chelsea
This is one of the most mouth watering ties of match day 2, as arguably the 3rd best team in Spain, face one of the best in England. Both teams reached the knockout stages last year, and both are favourites to do the same this time around. Valencia were held in Genk on the first match day, as Chelsea beat Bayer Leverkusen at home 2-0. Juan Mata joined Chelsea from Valencia in the summer, and will now face them on this Wednesday night. Valencia are not the same animal as they were 10 years ago, and you could say Chelsea are the favourites for this one. Chelsea have played open attacking football this season, and have so many players with a goal threat. Chelsea are 7/5 to win this match, with Valencia are 2/1. If I was to pick the first goal scorer, then I’d go for the away team, and as Torres has scored in his last couple, I’d go for him, and also a Chelsea win for me.
Valencia 1-2 Chelsea (9/1) First Goal Scorer; Fernando Torres (9/2)
Arsenal v Olympiacos
Arsenal have struggled a lot this season, already losing 3 times in the league, lost their main players from last season, and have been given a tough group in the Champions League. Things may be looking up though, as they defeated Bolton 3-0 at the weekend, and looked the best they have played in a long time. They travelled to play Borussia Dortmund in the first fixture, and were a few minutes away from winning, despite being second best for most of the match. In the end though, that will be seen as a point gained.
Olympiacos faced Marseille at home, but lost 1-0, and already their chances of progression look bleak, as every game they go into now, will need a huge effort to win, and the other 3 teams are really keen to progress. Arsenal are 4/11 for this match, as Olympiacos are 7/1. Personally, I can’t see Arsenal slipping up, so they will win I think, Robin Van Persie to score first two, who else in all honesty.
Arsenal 4-1 Olympiacos (11/1) First Goal Scorer; Robin Van Persie (11/4)
Bate Borisov v Barcelona
Incredible odds for this one. Bate Borisov are 18/1 to win this one, probably the longest odds for a home win in the Champions League ever. Barcelona are 1/7 to win this match, so no point even putting it on an accumulator. Barcelona are of course defending champions, but couldn’t win their first game of this campaign, as they drew at home to AC Milan, a side who looked formidable. Bate Borisov drew in Plzen for their first match. Barcelona havnt won away from home so far this season, drawing to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, followed by 2 draws in the league. You’d expect them to win here, as they are against minnows of the Champions League. First goal scorer? Take your pick, I’m going for David Villa.
Bate Borisov 0-4 Barcelona (8/1) First Goal Scorer; David Villa (7/2)
Marseille v Borussia Dortmund
This is another intriguing match on Wednesday night, as this will concern Arsenal. Both of these teams will fancy their chances of progression. Marseille are 6/4 for this match, and Borussia Dortmund are 15/8 so expect a tough tight and tense affair. I’m going for a draw in this one, perhaps a goal less one of that, but if I had to go for a first goal scorer, I’d choose Andre Ayew for Marseille.
Marseille 0-0 Borussia Dortmund First Goal Scorer; Ande Ayew (7/1)