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Champions League offers on RVP and Dzeko, but Barca lead best bets

| 18.09.2013

Robin van Persie has already scored eight goals in seven games for club and country this season, while Eden Dzeko bagged the opener in Manchester City’s away Premier League defeat at Cardiff in August.

These facts suggest that the price boosts offered by Ladbrokes on either bagging the first goal in their respective Champions League games could be worth taking advantage of.

Van Persie is being offered at 4/1 from 7/2 to strike first on Bayer Leverkusen’s visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, while Dzeko is 11/2 from 9/2 to open the scoring in Man City’s Czech excursion to face Viktoria Plzen.

However, neither of these quite make our best two bets across all of the matchday one action in the Champions League.

Barcelona to score over 3.5 goals against Ajax @ 11/8

Ajax have already conceded three times in their domestic games this season against Heerenveen and AZ Alkmaar and let in four to Real Madrid in both group-stage meetings in this competition during the last campaign.

Since, they have sold best player Christian Eriksen and defender Toby Alderweireld, while captain Siem De Jong is on the recovery path from a collapsed lung and certainly won’t manage the 90 minutes.

These losses make Ajax inferior to last year and Barcelona have already scored 14 goals in their three La Liga home matches so far.

Juventus to win to nil against FC Copenhagen @ 23/20

Copenhagen are winless in all four of their home domestic matches this season and stretching back into the last campaign, this run extends to eight fixtures.

Many will argue of the dangers of this bet given Juventus’ failure to win away to Nordsjaelland in the Champions League last season, but it should be noted that they had 30 shots in that match, 15 of which hit the target.

Carlos Tevez should be clinical enough to be more deadly than those to have travelled to Denmark on that occasion and the Old Lady kept three straight competition clean sheets last season, before their two-legged exit to tournament winners Bayern Munich.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.