Red Devils out for revenge, plus six other Champions League bets

Manchester United face Villarreal in a rematch of last year’s Europa League final, while Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also in action.

The second phase of this year's Champions League group stage concludes on Wednesday, and we've put together a list of seven bets you can pick from for your latest accumulator.

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Manchester United vs Villarreal

Manchester United will be looking to avenge a heartbreaking Europa League final defeat at the hands of Unai Emery's men when they cross paths once again at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils were red-hot for the first four matches of the season, but a 2-1 loss at Young Boys in their first Group F game was the catalyst for a drop in form that has left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under the kind of scrutiny that was commonplace last season.

Including that match in Switzerland, United have lost three of their last four and have tasted defeat in their last two games at Old Trafford, including a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa last time out.

Villarreal are as tough a nut to crack as ever, and are unbeaten in eight games this season, including a 2-2 draw at home to Atalanta in their first Champions League game. But, seven of those eight matches have been draws, so the Yellow Submarine are hardly setting the world on fire.

And speaking of fire, matches between these two sides tend to lack fireworks. Prior to their 1-1 draw in the Europa League final, all four previous games between them ended 0-0!

The visitors have also drawn three of their four away games 0-0 this season, while United have failed to score in their last two, which makes under 2.5 goals a standout bet.

Benfica vs Barcelona

We always thought Ronald Koeman must wear teflon trousers to occupy one of the hottest seats in European football, and sure enough the vultures are already circling the Dutchman after a poor start to the season.

Barca have won just one of their last four games, a run that included humiliation at home to Bayern Munich and draws against lowly Granada and Cadiz.

We reckon many a punter will have earmarked this tie as a potential shock in the making, with Benfica unbeaten in 12 matches this season, scoring at a rate of over two goals a game and buoyed by a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev in their first group encounter.

One ray of hope for Barca is the return to fitness and form of Spanish wunderkind Ansu Fati, who netted in a 3-0 victory over Levante last time out. Fati could provide Koeman with the spark that his side has been sorely lacking so far this campaign.

However, the fact remains that this Barca side is a pale imitation of the dominant outfits that have come before, and we just can't resist the attraction of a home win here.

Bayern Munich vs Dinamo Kiev

The Bayern juggernaut just keeps on rolling and their 3-1 victory at Greuther Furth last time out was their eighth consecutive win in all competitions this season, and Julian Nagelsman's men have also scored a staggering 40 goals in that period.

Dynamo are unbeaten this campaign but struggling to break down Benfica in a 0-0 draw was not the perfect preparation for one of Europe's elite outfits. Kiev have also been poor when travelling, and have won just one of their last 12 away games in the Champions League.

Robert Lewandowski has resumed his imperious form with 11 goals already this season, ably assisted by strikes from almost all positions in the Bayern team, so we reckon the question is not whether Bayern will win, but by how much they will win by.

With the attacking riches they have at their disposal, a three goal cushion should be more than achievable and the odds simply make it more enticing.

Atalanta vs Young Boys

One of the shocks of matchday one was undoubtedly Young Boys' victory over Man United, a result which blew Group F wide open after just one match.

And while it may have been a different story had Aaron Wan Bissaka not been dismissed, Gerardo Seoane's men deserve great credit for scoring a last-minute winner when many teams would have been content to play out a draw against the mighty Red Devils.

Results before and since that game also back up the claim that Young Boys are no walkovers, with the Swiss side winning eight of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Next up it's a trip to an Atalanta side in good form themselves, with two wins and a draw from their last three games, including a creditable 2-2 at a Villarreal outfit well-versed in European football.

This should be an entertaining affair between two sides with very real hopes of qualification for the next round, so we're going for both teams to score.

Red Bull Salzburg vs Lille

A 1-1 draw at Sevilla in their opening Group G game may have put the brakes on Salzburg's remarkable run of nine straight wins to open the season, but they have picked right back up where they left off with two victories since then.

Lille's 0-0 draw against Wolfsburg in their first group game was their 10th straight match without a win in the Champions League, although it must be said that a draw against the in-form Germans was not the worst result in the world.

As it stands both sides are more than alive in one of the most open-looking Champions League groups and both will know that a victory here could go a long way towards securing passage to the round of 16.

Two weeks ago we would have marked this as a home banker, but French champions Lille have rallied after a poor start to the season, winning their last two games, and we reckon they can secure a point in Austria, and the draw is nicely-priced.

Wolfsburg vs Sevilla

Being the only team not to lose against Red Bull Salzburg this season may be an unlikely badge of honour, but with the form that the Austrians were in, Sevilla's 1-1 draw was a great achievement.

Since then, the Spanish side have won two and drawn one and will head to the Volkswagen Arena in good spirits and confident of inflicting another defeat on a wobbling Wolfsburg side who have drawn one and lost one since their 0-0 draw at Lille.

However, neither side has been particularly lethal in front of goal, with Wolfsburg netting at a rate of exactly a goal a game and Sevilla not much better at 1.57 goals per match.

With both teams simply looking to avoid defeat here, we're all over the under 2.5 goals option.

Zenit St Petersburg vs Malmo

Malmo's loss against Juventus and Zenit's defeat against Chelsea on matchday one reaffirmed the view that these sides are playing for nothing more than Europa League football in Group H.

However, with the two favourites lining up against each other this week, both teams will be eager to stamp their authority on third place and potentially apply some pressure on the top two.

Zenit look to have the edge after winning all four games on their own patch this season, while Malmo have struggled on the road in the Champions League, winning just one of four matches away from the Eleda Stadium.

The hosts are strong favourites for the win, but with bigger prices elsewhere on our acca we're more than okay with that as the final addition to our Wednesday night wager.

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