Champions League Group C: PSG to score in favoured time slot
Inspired by a rampaging Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG have smashed in 12 goals in their opening three Champions League matches and arriving in Paris for more punishment are Belgian makeweights Anderlecht, while Benfica travel to Olympiacos.
PSG’s anaconda-like grip on Group C has been obtained by an absolute glut of goals, a dozen in total, with five coming against Anderlecht on matchday three, while the French side have conceded only once.
So, as the Belgians make the ominous trip to Paris for the return leg it’s no surprise to see relatively short odds of 11/10 on PSG to score 2/3 goals, while 4+ goals at 29/20 holds more appeal.
Having failed to even register a Group C goal as yet, the Belgians are not so much dead as buried, while interestingly five of the 12 goals the hosts have scored so far have arrived between the 15th and 30th minutes – making the 7/5 on this eventuality occurring again a real tempter.
If looking for first goalscorers, go no further than PSG’s one-man wrecking ball, Ibrahimovic, at odds of 2/1.
In a complete coincidence to the bet above, Greek champions Olympiacos have also shown a penchant for a first-half goal sometime after the quarter-hour, but, before the half-hour mark.
In fact, three of their five goals in the competition thus far have arrived between these minute marks, including the opener in their rain-soaked, almost farcical encounter at Benfica last time out.
Both sides bring fine domestic form to the contest, though with home advantage and an absolute goal-machine in their ranks, backing Olympiacos at 13/10 to put daylight between themselves and Benfica seems the sensible option.
In the form of Greek international striker Mitroglou, Olympiacos have a striker whose Champions League hat-trick against Anderlecht was one of four separate trebles for his club this season – while he has notched four-in-four ahead of this one.
The 5/1 on offer for Mitroglou to break the deadlock should certainly be taken.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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