Champions League Betting: Group H Tips


Manchester United 1.32  The Draw 5.25  Braga 9.00

(Kick off 19:45 BST)

Having choked at the group stage 12 months ago, United won't be taking any opposition lightly this time around and currently sit top of Group H with maximum points from their opening two Champions League games. 

The visit of Braga will provide a tough test, but while the Portuguese side are prolific in attack they have leaked four goals in their last two away fixtures. 

With each of these in similar form - both sitting third in their respective domestic leagues - much will come down to home advantage and pedigree. With that in mind, United should prove too strong for Braga.

To that end, Robin Van Persie is likely to cause havoc for the visiting defenders. The Dutchman has picked up at United where he left off with Arsenal last term and has struck six times for his new employers already. Back him to score first at 4.00. 

Both sides have been far from solid at the back so far this season, and yet are packed with attacking talent, so as a bonus bet back over 4.5 goals at 4.60. 

Score prediction: Manchester United 4-1 Braga at 19.00

Galatasaray 1.65 The draw 3.75 FC Cluj 5.25  

(Kick off 19:45 BST)

Romanian champions Cluj will fancy their chances, even in spite of the fact they'll be met by a partizan crowd in Istanbul. Travelling to 'Hell' has proved an intimidating experience for many a top European side in this Champions League era, but Ioan Andone's talented young side will be fearless having seen the Turkish champions lose each of their opening two games in Group H.

Cluj might be the underdogs here, but they came through qualifying competently and saw off Braga in their opener. Furthermore, they were narrowly beaten only by a late winner against Manchester United last time out. The Romanians are not the prettiest team to watch, but are well-organised, resolute, and can be a threat on the break. 

Gala are top of the Turkish Superlig after eight games, but have drawn three times already this term and are without a win in four outings. Coach Fatih Terim has played down the significance of this match, but is fooling nobody: the home side must win to stand any realistic chance of qualifying.  If the home side can find a breakthrough, it will likely come through Umut Bulut, who can be backed at 5.50 to notch first.

But in reality, it'll be a tight encounter that could fade into boredom. Expect a low-scoring affair here, as two industrious teams cancel each other out. As such, under 1.5 goals at 3.30 is great value.

Score prediction: 0-0 at 11.00.