Champions League Tips | 22nd October 2014

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ANOTHER eight Champions League matches to get our teeth into. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) what are you backing?

Galatasaray v Borussia Dortmund | 19.45 | Sky Sports Interactive

All is not right at Borussia Dortmund just now. My colleague Mark O’Haire (@MarkOHaire) went into greater depth on this in our Weekend Debrief feature. Jurgen Klopp’s side lie in the bottom-five of the Bundesliga after a run of four defeats in five games. But despite this, I reckon they’ll win in Turkey on Wednesday.

The Champions League seems to be a welcome distraction from domestic duties for Dortmund. Back on Matchday 2 they crushed Anderlecht 3-0 in Belgium just three days after losing to Schalke in the Bundesliga and insiders at the club reckon they’ll be relishing this trip to Turkey.

Galatasaray have struggled in this group so far. They kicked-off by failing to beat average Anderlecht at home and then were outclassed by Arsenal at the Emirates.

Borussia Dortmund have been one of the best sides in Europe over the last three years and are capable of winning here against a non-vintage Gala side. I’m backing them at 20/23 with BetVictor.

Olympiakos v Juventus | 19.45 | Sky Sports Interactive

The Serie A resurgence was put to bed on Tuesday night when Roma were annihilated 7-1 by Bayern Munich at the Stadio Olimpico. In horse racing parlance, the form looks to have holes in it, so let’s take on Juventus on Wednesday.

Juve lost to Atletico Madrid on Matchday 2, two weeks after beating Malmo 2-0 at home. It’s a fair start to this campaign but let’s not forget they failed to get out the group stage last season after slipping up twice against Galatasaray and once against FC Copenhagen. Questions have to be asked when placing your bet!

Olympiakos are a team I love siding with at home. They’ve already caused a coupon-buster this season after beating Atletico Madrid in Matchday 1. Take it back further and there’s home wins against Man Utd, Benfica, Anderlecht (last season), Arsenal, Montpellier (2012-13) and Arsenal (again) and Borussia Dortmund (2011-12). There’s enough evidence there for me to get with the Greeks.

Do I have the balls to back them to win at 7/2 with BetVictor? Not quite, I’m a bit worried after their defeat to Malmo three weeks ago, so +1 for me at 5/6 with Bet365.

Best Bets

Galatasaray v Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Dortmund to win (20/23 BetVictor)

Olympiakos v Juventus – Olympiakos +1 (Bet365)

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Chris first got interested in betting back in 2000 when he began working in betting shops throughout Scotland. He has remained in the industry ever since, specialising in marketing and PR roles. Outside of betting, his interests are listening to Blur and following Queen Of The South.

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