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Champions League Predictions: 3 Betting Tips for Matchday 1 (Sep 19-20)

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Ace Football presents detailed betting tips on the upcoming Champions League games of the week.

As we prepare for the opening week of Champions League football, our experts take a look at the bookmakers’ predictions for the upcoming matches.

Let’s check out three betting tips for the first matchday of the 2023-24 UCL campaign.

Goals likely on both sides when Lazio host Atletico Madrid

Lazio have maintained their attacking consistency despite an underwhelming start to the new season. The Serie A giants will take on Atletico in their first Champions League game of the 2023-24 campaign.

We expect both sides to score as Atletico is also enjoying wonderful goalscoring form. Having scored ten goals in their first four La Liga games, the Rojiblancos will most likely find enough chances to score at Stadio Olimpico.

Back Arsenal to beat PSV

Arsenal make their return to the Champions League on the back of a brilliant run of results in the Premier League. In their first European game of the season, Mikel Arteta’s men will take on PSV, who qualified for the tournament after beating Rangers in the playoffs.

We expect the Gunners’ superior firepower to be decisive at Emirates. The visitors will most likely push for goals themselves, but Arsenal’s defensive numbers on home soil suggest they will be able to start the new UCL campaign with a victory.

Don’t expect goals when Sevilla meet Lens

Sevilla come into the Champions League on the back of a disappointing start to the new La Liga season. They will take on Lens, who’ve also struggled to find their best form in recent weeks.

We expect the hosts to have the upper hand in the upcoming game. However, Sevilla’s attacking stats don’t suggest that they will be able to create many chances. On the other hand, Lens’ goal stats in away games convince us that they will also struggle to stay on the attack at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.