Upcoming Match-ups

Champions League Group Stage Matchday 1 Odds & Picks – Oct 20

Gary Gowers

by Gary Gowers in Soccer

Oct 19, 2020 · 8:14 AM PDT

Chelsea v Spurs
Chelsea (above seen celebrating a goal in last season's clash with Tottenham) will be hoping to kickstart their season with victory in their Champions League opener on October 20 against Europa League champions, Sevilla. Photo by Colorsport/Imago/Icon Sportswire.
  • The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League kicks off this week with eight games taking place on October 20
  • Among those playing on Tuesday are Barcelona, PSG, Man Utd and Juve
  • We list the odds for all eight games and preview three, offering our best picks

It’s the start of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stages this week with eight games taking place on Tuesday. We’ll list the odds for all of them, preview three that look likely to offer some value to the bettor, and also offer some picks below.

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Dynamo Kyiv +1 (-230) +360 Ov 2.5 (+104)
Juventus -1 (+185) -110 Un 2.5 (-129)
Draw N/A +225 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Zenit St Petersberg -1.5 (+190) -152 Ov 2.5 (-122)
Club Brugge +1.5 (-235) +440 Un 2.5 (+100)
Draw N/A +290 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Paris Saint-Germain -1.5 (+160) -175 Ov 2.5 (-180)
Manchester United +1.5 (-195) +440 Un 2.5 (+143)
Draw N/A +335 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
RB Leipzig -1 (-305) -420 Ov 2.5 (-265)
Istanbul Basaksehir +1 (+240) +1100 Un 2.5 (+200)
Draw N/A +540 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Barcelona -2.5 (-159) -2000 Ov 3.5 (-150)
Ferencvรกrosi +2.5 (+132) +3500 Un 3.5 (+120)
Draw N/A +1300 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Chelsea -1 (+185) -106 Ov 2.5 (-139)
Sevilla +1 (-225) +290 Un 2.5 (+112)
Draw N/A +260 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Lazio +0.5 (-125) +230 Ov 2.5 (-205)
Borussia Dortmund -0.5 (+104) +105 Un 2.5 (+163)
Draw N/A +290 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Rennes -1 (+150) -125 Ov 2.5 (-109)
FK Krasnodar +1 (-182) +340 Un 2.5 (-114)
Draw N/A +280 N/A

All odds taken Oct 19 at DraftKings

Chelsea vs Sevilla

Chelsea welcomes the current Europa League champions to Stamford Bridge, hoping to use the European stage to bounce back from a disappointing Premier League weekend. Despite two of the Blues’ big-money summer signings, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, finding the net at the weekend, they could still only draw 3-3 with Southampton in a game they led three times.

So, while Chelsea looks potent in front of goal, they remain unconvincing in defense and Sevilla will be hoping to capitalize on this. The Blues have conceded in five of their seven matches so far this season, their only clean sheets coming against Barnsley, in the League Cup, and against an unadventurous Crystal Palace in the league.

Sevilla’s European form over the last few seasons has been sensational and they will be looking for that same level of performance to carry them beyond this season’s Champions League group stages. Interestingly, they have only lost once in their last seven UCL games, although the last time they appeared was in 2017/18. While they lost at Granada on Saturday, they have generally been in good form and will make Chelsea work hard.

The Blues start this one as favorites, mainly due to home advantage, but an empty Stamford Bridge will hold no fear for the Spaniards who, at +290, look great value for the win.

Pick: Sevilla to win (+290)

Lazio vs Borussia Dortmund

Lazio will be hoping to kickstart what has been a troubling start to their season with at least a draw against Dortmund, who themselves started poorly. Simone Inzaghi’s team have won only one of their first four Serie A games, a worrying hangover for some very poor post-lockdown form, and at the weekend they were beaten 3-0 by Sampdoria.

Borussia Dortmund’s early blip, a defeat by Augsburg in their second league game of the season, looks well and truly behind them and consecutive wins, over Freiburg and Hoffenheim, have set them back on track. A bonus for them is that captain Marco Reus looks to be nearing his best form after a horrible spell of injuries, and is also back among the goals.

While Dortmund start as favorites, they are still just in plus-money, and so for that reason the +105 on offer for the away win looks a decent bet.

Pick: Borussia Dortmund to win (+105)

Dynamo Kyiv vs Juventus

Kyiv head into this off the back of a good 2-0 win over Rukh Vynnyky at the weekend, while Juve were disappointing in a 1-1 draw with unfancied Crotone.

For the Ukrainians, goals from Uruguayan winger Carlos de Pena and Luxembourg international Gerson Rodrigues were enough for the win, while in Crotone the Old Lady’s ten men (Federico Chiesa was sent off in the second-half) had to come from behind to secure a point, with on-loan Spanish striker Alvaro Morata getting his first goal for the club.

These two have met four times before – Juve winning three and one draw – but while Juve are predictably odds-on for the win, for me, this is not a bad time for Kyiv to be playing them. If they can start strongly and not concede early on I can see something here for the Ukrainians, even if it is just a point.

Pick: Kyiv and Juve to draw (+225)

Additional Champions League Coverage

Author Image