Champions League and Europa League preview

05.08.2020

Sports fans and sports bettors, rejoice: we’re finally going to see the world’s best football teams clash on the European fields again! This week, the Champions League and the Europa League are picking up where they left off abruptly due to the ongoing global health crisis. Let’s take a look at the games before us in Europe’s most exciting club football competitions. So much left to bet on – can you make a big win with some clever bets? We have all the options you’re looking for!

Champions League

In the Champions League, there are still 4 games to be played: these will make it clear who moves on to the next stage in the world’s most prestigious club competition. Check out the remaining round of 16 games scheduled for this week and prove your sports smarts with a big win!

Manchester City – Real Madrid (Friday, August 7, 9 p.m.)

Arguably two of the best teams in the world meet up in the round of 16, so it will be a hard goodbye to the competition for one of these European powerhouses. The Citizens hold the best cards after beating Los Blancos 1-2 in Madrid in late February. Can Real strike back with a vengeance?

Bet on Manchester City – Real Madrid!

Juventus – Olympique Lyon (Friday, August 7, 9 p.m.)

Rather surprisingly, the star-studded Juventus outfit is facing an uphill battle against the relatively modest Olympique Lyon. The French team managed to get a 1-0 win on home ground, so Juve will have to bring out the big guns – notably, Cristiano Ronaldo – if it wants to make it to the next round…

Bet on Juventus – Olympique Lyon!

Bayern Munich – Chelsea (Saturday, August 8, 9 p.m.)

Miracles for Chelsea aside, Bayern Munich can safely book its tickets for the next round. Die Bayern beat the Blues from London 0-3, so it’d have to be 0-4 in Munich for Chelsea to go through. Still, the game is yet to be played, and with the way the 2020 competition is going, a shock is never off the table…

Bet on Bayern Munich – Olympique Lyon

Barcelona – SSC Napoli (Saturday, August 8, 9 p.m.)

Barcelona and SSC Napoli didn’t get any further than a 1-1 draw in the first leg. That does give Barça the slight edge over its Italian opponents. SSC Napoli recently missed its shot at European football next season through its own Serie A, so it could be expected to fight all the harder here.

Bet on Barcelona – SSC Napoli!

Some of the first fixtures of the quarterfinals are already known for teams that managed to wrap up their home games as well as their away games. Next week, we already know that Atalanta will cross swords with Paris Saint-Germain, while RB Leipzig meets Atlético Madrid. Keep your bets going!

Europa League

The Europa League saw the entire second leg of its round of 16 matches postponed in March, so there are still 8 exciting games to be played. That, of course, means plenty of betting options too! Let’s look at the games before us this week, and see where we could make some money with a keen prediction.

Shakhtar Donetsk – Wolfsburg (Wednesday, August 5, 6.55 p.m.)

The Ukrainian giant Shakhtar Donetsk goes into its home game against the Germans from Wolfsburg with a 2-1 advantage. Scoring twice on Wolfsburg’s own territory will put Ukrainian minds at ease, but Wolfsburg might still pull a surprise on its strong opponent. But will it be enough to go through?

Bet on Shakhtar Donetsk – Wolfsburg!

Copenhagen – Başakşehir (Wednesday, August 5, 6.55 p.m.)

Copenhagen will pray for the home ground advantage effect in this game, as its Turkish rivals are ahead on paper. Though it may just be a one-goal lead, Başakşehir is full of confidence after having won the Turkish Süper Lig for a first time, this 2019-2020 season. Copenhagen is warned!

Bet on Copenhagen – Başakşehir!

Manchester United – ASK Linz (Wednesday, August 5, 9 p.m.)

This seems to be an easy decision: Manchester is the better team. With their impressive 0-5 victory in Linz in the first leg, the Red Devils made this game at Old Trafford little more than a formality. Unless you think Linz can put 6 goals into Manchester United’s net without conceding, you know what to do.

Bet on Manchester United – ASK Linz!

Inter Milan – Getafe (Wednesday, August 5, 9 p.m.)

The first leg of this fixture couldn’t even be played, so the format is forced into a one-off match. Winner takes all! As a compromise, the game will be played cup-style on neutral ground, in Gelsenkirchen in this case. Which of the two teams enters the next round could largely depend on mentality…

Bet on Inter Milan – Getafe!

Sevilla – AS Roma (Thursday, August 6, 6.55 p.m.)

This game also takes on a single fixture format due to the crisis that hit Spain and Italy hard. Here, too, small rule changes made a compromise possible, so it’s a question of whether the teams can wrap their head around the extraordinary circumstances. The game is played on neutral ground in Duisburg.

Bet on Sevilla – AS Roma!

Bayer Leverkusen – Glasgow Rangers (Thursday, August 6, 6.55 p.m.)

Glasgow didn’t make the best impression against Leverkusen in the first leg. A 1-3 deficit is hard enough to correct, let alone that you have to do it on your opponent’s home ground. Bayer Leverkusen enjoyed a great season in the Bundesliga altogether, and should do what needs to be done here.

Bet on Bayer Leverkusen – Glasgow Rangers!

Basel – Eintracht Frankfurt (Thursday, August 6, 9 p.m.)

One of the upsets in this Europa season was Basel’s 0-3 victory at Frankfurt. The German outfit now faces the almost insurmountable task of beating its Swiss opponent with at least 4-0. This game will only mark the team’s second encounter: Frankfurt will at least want to leave with its head held high.

Bet on Basel – Eintracht Frankfurt

Wolverhampton – Olympiacos (Thursday, August 6, 9 p.m.)

Wolverhampton is doing commendable work in the EPL, but it remains to be seen if the team can translate that success into European football. The 1-1 draw from the first leg proves the toughness of Olympiacos. Could the Greek side outplay the Wolves, or will another English team go through?

Bet on Wolverhampton – Olympiacos!

After this week, we will know which teams can prepare to meet in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. Of course, things are merely getting started! As the launch of national competitions is nearing too, the pressure to wrap up the competition is on. Join us for some betting wins while it lasts! This is why Golden Palace doubles your accumulator extras from 3 selections on the teams and games of your choice. Take advantage of this boost until Sunday, August 9!


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