Betting picks September 19: Football, Champions League, group stage

It’s very hard to reject the temptation of wagering on the spectacular football matches of UEFA Champions League, even when it’s the first matchday of the group stage, and you know you’ll have a very tough job in finding clear favorites with decent betting odds.

But you don’t need clear favorites to win, and you can always count on Gamebookers to provide you with the fairest and most lucrative odds for the most important sporting events. Here are our betting picks for today, Wednesday September 19:

1. OSC Lille – Bate Borisov pick: Lille, 1.44 odds

Top French teams are always unpredictable in European competitions, and Lille doesn’t exactly look like a top team anymore, having just won six points in the first five league matches. Then again, it’s very difficult to think that a team consisting of players like Marvin Martin, Salomon Kalou, Benoit Pedretti or Rio Mavuba can have trouble with Bate Borisov, the modest Belarusian champion.

2. Braga – CFR Cluj halftime or fulltime X, 1.78 odds

Although Gamebookers sees this as a rather unbalanced match, with one clear favorite (Braga has 1.53 winning odds), we see it as a very evenly sided game. The Romanian champions have impressed in qualifying, defeating both Slovan Liberec and FC Basel with ease, while Braga is having a rather difficult time in the Portuguese Liga Bwin, having won four points in three matches this season.

3. Chelsea – Juventus both teams to score, 1.80 odds

By far the most interesting match of today will take place in London, between the UCL champions and the Italian champions. Both teams have started the new season rather well and they are both leading their division ranks undefeated.

They also both seem to rely more on the defenses than the offensives, but we’re willing to bet they will look to score early in the match and we can even see them go the distance in a similar fashion to the beautiful game from last night between Real Madrid and Manchester City.

4. Shakhtar Donetsk – FC Nordsjaelland

We don’t know exactly how Nordsjaelland ended up qualifying for the group stage, but one thing is certain – they’ll have a very tough job against the Ukrainian champs. Shakhtar is a very experienced team, with a great manager and some very talented South American players, and this season the “Miners” have a perfect record in the Ukrainian Premier League – nine matches, nine wins, 32 goals scored, and only four received.

Total odds: 5.81        Recommended stakes: $10     Potential winnings: $58.10

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