Champions League latest odds and free bets: Tues 18 September

Thirty-two of the best club sides in Europe are in action this week as the Champions League group stage gets under way, with some mouth-watering ties kicking things off on Tuesday where Manchester City and Arsenal both face tough opponents

City have a trip to the Bernabeu for their first Group D encounter although it might be beneficial to get their toughest game out of the way first, while Arsenal will head to France fresh from a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton.

Paris St Germain are another French team in action and they host Dynamo Kiev on their return to the competition, with AC Milan handed a winnable opening game against Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund facing off against Ajax.

Zenit St Petersburg recently completed a big money move for Hulk and the Russian side kick things off with a trip to cash-strapped Malaga who had to sell several class players in the summer including Santi Cazorla.

Real Madrid v Manchester City 19:45
This could be an ideal time for the English champions to be visiting the Bernabeu Stadium, with Real struggling for form at this early point of the season. The Spanish side were beaten 1-0 in Seville on Saturday and it means eight points have already been dropped since La Liga began this campaign.

Jose Mourinho admitted after the latest defeat that his team deserved to lose and admitted he is concerned ahead of such an important match on Tuesday.

“I worry about my team and the fact that since the start of the official season we have only played well in the Super Cup, a little bit against Valencia and a little bit against Granada,” he told the official site. “That is my concern rather than points. At this moment I have no team.”

Even so, there are top class players in every position and Real are a best price 4/6 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory against their opponents, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain set to cause problems for City.

The English champions have also got off to a slow start although it has been an unbeaten opening for Roberto Mancini’s side who have managed hard-earned draws at Stoke and Liverpool. Perhaps some will rate them as big value at 9/2 (Sky Bet) to claim a famous victory which would set them up very nicely.

Mancini would naturally be delighted to claim a point from this encounter before matches against Borussia Dortmund and a double header against Ajax which could strengthen their position in Group D.

Sergio Aguero could return from injury to line up against several compatriots and he’s a 9/1 chance to score first while it’s not often you get Carlos Tevez at 9/1 either. However, the City defence will have their hands full keeping Ronaldo quiet and William Hill are bravest with their 7/2 quote about the former Manchester United forward.

Montpellier v Arsenal 19:45
Arsenal head to Stade de la Mosson on Tuesday night for their first Champions League group game and the Gunners will be feeling pretty confident about their opening assignment.

After successive goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke, Arsene Wenger’s team have started to find the net with wins against Liverpool and Southampton, the latter of which was a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton which illustrated there are goals throughout the team.

Wenger is unlikely to make many changes to the team for this match and the north London side are a best price 13/10 (William Hill free £25 bet) to claim victory in Group B, with the draw having been kind to Arsenal with Schalke 04 and Olympiacos the other teams in the section.

Montpellier won the Ligue 1 title last term although it’s not been an ideal start for La Paillade this time around, with René Girard’s side having collected just four points from their opening five games, the latest defeat coming at the hands of Stade de Reims on Saturday.

The French side have also failed to record a victory at home this season after three attempts although they will have a passionate home support behind them and might attract interest at 5/2 (BetVictor) to claim an opening group stage victory which would set them up nicely for the other five matches.

Olivier Giroud made the move from Montpellier to Arsenal in the summer although the Frenchman might struggle to make the starting line-up considering the form of Lukas Podolski and Gervinho, with the German looking especially lethal and he’s 13/2 to score the first goal, while the lively Santi Cazorla is on offer at 9/1.


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