The group stages of the 2022/23 Champions League kick off with some massive headliners tonight and as usual, we have prepared the top betting picks for you, so you can make some nice profits all while enjoying these great football matches. The two games we will cover here are from two of the most intriguing groups in the tournament – Group C featuring Bayern, Barca, and Inter, and Group A with Napoli, Liverpool, Ajax and Rangers. In this Matchday 1, Inter host Bayern Munich and another European giant has traveled to Italy as Liverpool will take on Napoli at the stadio Diego Maradona.
Inter v Bayern Munich Prediction
Internazionale suffered a painful defeat against neighbors AC Milan as they lost the derby by 3:2 despite taking the lead early on. The Nerazzuri’s defense has looked shaky and has already leaked eight goals in just five games so far this season. They haven’t started the season as they would have hoped with two defeats in Seria A – the other one was a 3:1 trashing by Lazio. That’s definitely not the start they were hoping to have, especially given that Inter were tipped as favorites to win the Scudetto. To add to their misery, Lukaku pulled a hamstring. He has already missed their last two games, and is expected to return after the international break, so the black and blue fans might not see him till October.
In the prematch presconference, Inzaghi stated that the club needs 10 points to go through, but it’s really difficult to see how they will manage to do that given the competition in the group and their form at the start of the season. For the third year in a row, Inter were drawn in the Group of Death, as they were once again placed in pot 3, so they were paired with strong teams from pot 1 and 2. There were of course easier teams they could have faced, but they were unluck to get matched with such strong opponents as Bayern and Barca. Given the way the German and Spanish giants have started this year, it looks like Inter will have to settle for the third place and continue their European journey at the Europa League.
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves as the matches are yet to be played. Inter do have a small chance, but they have to earn points, particularly at home. Tonight, they would need a really strong and united performance against the Bavarians which have looked like an absolute juggernaut with no signs of missing Lewandowski at all.
Perhaps the only good signs for Inter going into this clash are the home crowd and the European factor. Inter have traditionally performed well at home against the biggest sides and the crowd should give them a boost as well. According to some reports, Barella could be benched as a precautionary rest. Here are the expected starting lineups according to Italian media:
Both teams are well capable of fireworks in attack, while the defenses haven’t been exactly rock solid. That’s why the online bookies are expecting goals. According to online bookmakers, goals are expected to fall in this game as Both Teams to Score is offered at just 1.50, while Bayern are favorites to win at 1.80. A win for Inter pays off at 3.80 while the draw is stacked at 4.20.
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Napoli v Liverpool Prediction
In the other Champions League headliner on September 7, Napoli takes on Liverpool. The game is somewhat similar to the Inter v Bayern clash as one of the sides has been seriously underperforming at the start of the season (Liverpool), while the other has enjoyed a flying start. Also similar to Inter, the Reds had a disappointing result in their local derby after finishing goalless against Everton at the weekend.
Napolid enjoyed a great come-from-behind win at the capital beating Lazio by 1:2. Their Georgian sensation Kvaratskhelia had another superb performance and scored the winner against Lazio, and the shaky Liverpool defense has to keep a close eye on him. It’s difficult to image that they would manage to keep a hold of him and Victor Osimeh tonight.
Liverpool have had a very rough start to their season and already six points behind the Premier League leaders Arsenal and five behind City. They have looked lackluster in offense, without much ideas, while the defense has been shipping in goals easily. It seems that the departure of Sadio Mane is quite significant, while Salah has sort of been doing the same thing, sitting on the right wing, trying to get the ball to his left foot for a shot, but all the defenders have learned that by now. All in all, Napoli are the team in better form going into this game.
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Our Betting Parlay (Combo bet) for our paid members:
Inter v Bayern – Both Teams to Score 1.44 ❌
Napoli v Liverpool – Both Teams to Score @ 1.57 ✅
Double @2.26 ❌
Inter v Bayern 0:2
Napoli v Liverpool 4:1