UEFA Champions League MD 1 Tuesday: Real Madrid visits Celtic, PSG hosts Juventus, Zagreb Chelsea early match

The defending champions will face a trick trip to Scotland, while Chelsea has to go to Zagreb in the early match and be ready for battle
In an exchange, Real Madrid fans would have bet against Liverpool fans in the Champions League Final, and not against the house set odds.
In an exchange, Real Madrid fans would have bet against Liverpool fans in the Champions League Final, and not against the house set odds.@realmadriden on Twitter

The playoffs are all done, the draws completed, and the talking now stops: it is time to start the UEFA Champions League Group Stage for the 2022-23 campaign.

It should a holiday.

Today, there are eight group stage matches–two in the early window, six in the late one–and Wednesday will be the same. Because of the World Cup, we will do it all again next week, too.

And don't forget, there are 16 Europa League and 16 Europa Conference League games as well (mostly Thursday) this week and next.

So there will be value plays all over the place for bettors.

Hopefully, the VAR works better here than it does in the Premier League.

Here is what former Scottish referee Steve Conroy said to OLBG:

"I don’t think they're held in such high esteem as they would like to think themselves, Anthony Taylor has PSG vs Juventus tomorrow and he doesn't have his own team, he's got a german VAR and german assistant VAR, a few weeks ago Michael Oliver in the Super Cup final, had a Polish VAR and a Lithuanian fourth official. Normally, you'd have a team all from your own country. That shows that they are not held in as high self esteem as they think."

Speaking of Premier League teams, Chelsea will open up the competition in Zagreb with a very tough contest. Looking at Scottish sides, Celtic has a glamour tie today with defending European Champions Real Madrid.

There are some very good games on the slate, for fans and bettors.

Have a look below.

Check Fubo.tv and World Soccer Talk for channel listings

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

(all games on Paramount+, some odds via OLBG)

Early window 12:45 p.m. EDT

Dinamo Zagreb +575 v Chelsea -220, draw +360

Late window 3 p.m. EDT

Benfica -375 v Maccabi Haifa +900, draw +500

Celtic +370 v Real Madrid -140, draw +300

PSG -345 v Juventus +900, draw +460

Red Bull Salzburg +275 v AC Milan +100, draw +260

Sevilla +850 v Manchester City -335, draw +440

GAME PLAYS:

Zagreb double chance win or draw +175

Benfica -1.5 -125

Real Madrid ML -140

PSG -1.5 -129

AC Milan ML +100

Manchester City -1.5 -105

PROP PLAYS:

Benfica over 2.5 goals -105

PSG over 2.5 goals +110

Manchester City over 2.5 goals +125

Kylian Mbappe (PSG) to score -125

Neymar (PSG) to score +100

Erling Håland to score 2+ goals +320

Karim Benzema to score -125

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