Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Wednesday’s Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund odds and lines, with Champions League picks and predictions.

Manchester City (1-0) welcomes Borussia Dortmund (1-0) to Etihad Stadium Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET. Below, we preview Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund odds, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.

Manchester City, who won the English Premier League last season, kicked off their Champions League group stage round with a 4-0 win over Sevilla.

Superstar F Erling Haaland, who has 10 goals in 6 games, will be facing his former club, Dortmund. Haaland is the attacking stud with M Kevin de Bruyne still controlling the middle of the pitch.

As for Dortmund, they’ve actually had success in the Bundesliga this season, sitting 5th in the league. They also kicked off their Champions League campaign by toppling Copenhagen 3-0.

Their roster is different without Haaland, but their long-time M Marco Reus is still the leader and has a team-high 2 goals in 6 matches. Dortmund only has 8 goals in those 6 games.

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Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund odds

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  • Money line: Manchester City -520 (bet $520 to win $100) | Borussia Dortmund +1200 (bet $100 to win $1,200) | Draw +650
  • Over/Under: 3.5 (O: -122 | U: -102)

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Prediction

Manchester City 2, Borussia Dortmund 0

Money line (ML)

PASS.

Manchester City is the favorite for a reason, and while I believe Dortmund will give them a good, tough match, the home side should prevail. At -520, there’s not much reason to back them.

The only value on the money line is a draw at +650 as City did lose twice in the group stage a season ago and will be vulnerable to a team undoubtedly set to play well with their former teammate on the pitch.

Nonetheless, I’d preferably play the total here.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 3.5 (-102).

Most groups in the Champions League have 2 competitive teams and 2 that aren’t quite at the level of the other 2. Dortmund and City are by far the best teams in this group.

Last season City had PSG in their group, and both of those matches went under 3.5 total goals with City having under 2 expected goals in each. Dortmund has only allowed 7 goals in 5 Bundesliga games.

German D Mats Hummels is one of the best centerbacks in the world and should be able to lock down his former teammate. Dortmund has gone under this total in 4 straight matches and in 6 of 8 throughout all competitions.

City has also failed to top 3 expected goals in a competitive match this season. I expect this to be competitive with Dortmund having played well. They should challenge City enough to limit their scoring.

Considering Dortmund’s weakness scoring as well mixed with City having 4 shutouts in 8 matches throughout all competitions, I’ll take the UNDER 3.5 (-102).

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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Tuesday’s Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona odds and lines, with Champions League picks and predictions.

Bayern Munich (1-0) welcomes Barcelona (1-0) to Allianz Arena Tuesday with kickoff set for 3 p.m. ET. Below, we preview Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona odds, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.

Bayern Munich is coming into this match having drawn 3 of their last 5 matches in all competitions. They beat Inter Milan 2-0 to kick off the Champions League group stage round.

Bayern sits 3-0-3 in Bundesliga competition and is expected to win the league. Bayern’s big-time addition this offseason was Liverpool F Sadio Mane, who has 3 goals so far this season.

Barcelona will enter this match having won 5 of their 6 competitions this season. They’re No. 1 in La Liga. They beat Viktoria Plzeň in their first UCL group stage match 5-1.

The roadside is led by F Robert Lewandowski with 6 goals this season. This will be the long-time Bayern forward’s 1st match against his old club which will undoubtedly be a talking point leading into the match.

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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona odds

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  • Money line: Bayern Munich -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | Barcelona +255 (bet $100 to win $255) | Draw +330
  • Over/Under: 3.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)

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Prediction

Bayern Munich 2, Barcelona 2

Money line (ML)

LEAN DRAW (+330).

The value for a draw is there.

Despite having had more expected goals than their opponent, Bayern hasn’t been able to win as of late. They’ve drawn 3 of 5 and didn’t even look overly dominant against Inter.

Considering Barcelona’s form in both league play and in the UCL along with the impact that Lewandowski will undoubtedly have, they should be able to keep pace with Bayern.

Bayern beat Barcelona a combined 6-0 in group stage matches last season, but these teams are drastically different and those changes should bode well for the surging road side.

I’d back them to get some kind of result here, and a DRAW (+340) has the best value.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET OVER 3.5 (-108).

Barcelona drew Rayo Vallecano 0-0 in their 1st league match of the season. Since then they have had at least 3 goals in each match. In 4 of 6 games, Barcelona has scored 4 or more.

Lewandowski is a club-changing player, and his impact has drastically impacted their offense. He should be able to find success against his former team.

Bayern has scored at least 2 goals in 7 of 9 matches this season with Mane being incredibly helpful to the team’s pace. Both have quick, dynamic attacks and should be able to break through.

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Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Wednesday’s Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich odds and lines, with Champions League picks and predictions.

Inter Milan will host Bayern Munich to help kick off the first round of matchups in the UEFA Champions League. Kickoff from San Siro is set for 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. Below, we preview the Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich odds and lines, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.

The 1st round of group stage matches commenced Tuesday with PSG, Man City, Dortmund, and Real Madrid all coming away with 3 points. Chelsea lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb.

The 2nd day of matches features teams like Tottenham, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich. Bayern is among the favorites to hoist the Champions League trophy.

Bayern won the Bundesliga, Germany’s top league, last season and sits tied for 3rd place. However, they have the top goal differential (14) through 3 matches with the next closest at 8. Bayern lost star F Robert Lewandowski this offseason, replacing him with former Liverpool F Sadio Mane.

Inter sits tied for 7th in Serie A, the top Italian league. They have won 3 matches and lost 2 with a plus-3 goal differential. Their top scorer this season is 25-year-old Argentinian F Lautaro Martínez.

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Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Inter Milan +290 (bet $100 to win $290) | Bayern Munich -122 (bet $122 to win $100) | Draw +310
  • Over/Under: 3.5 (O: +115 | U: -145)

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Prediction

Bayern Munich 3, Inter Milan 1

Money line (ML)

BET BAYERN MUNICH (-122).

Inter will be at home, and in league play this season that’s guaranteed them a win. However, Bayern is going to be a different beat, one I don’t think their 38-year-old GK Samir Handanović will be able to keep up with.

Bayern won every group stage game last season, beating Barcelona a combined 6-0 and Benfica a combined 9-2.

While they’re a different offensive team without Lewandowski, Mane has provided unmatched speed on the edge which has helped reap early dividends in league play.

The lone top-5 Serie A side Inter has faced it lost — 3-2 last Saturday against AC Milan. With such a talented side coming into town, I expect similar struggles.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET OVER 3.5 (+115).

Inter is a side that is going to allow goals.

They’ve allowed 1.6 goals per game while at home this season, an alarming rate. Bayern should be able to take advantage and did so last season, averaging almost 4 goals per game in the group stage matches.

They’re averaging 3.4 goals per game in league play. However, while Bayern has a top defense, Inter should be able to break through with star F Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku and Martinez are capable of getting the home side on the board. They have scored in every league game so far and should be able to keep that streak alive.

Combine it all, and I like the Over 3.5 (+115).

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Germany vs. Italy UEFA Nations League odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Tuesday’s Germany vs. Italy odds and lines, with UEFA Nations League picks and predictions.

Germany (0 wins, 0 losses, 3 draws) welcomes Italy (1-0-2) to Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach Monday. Kickoff for the 4th of 6 group stage games is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Germany vs. Italy odds and lines, and make our best UEFA Nations League bets, picks and predictions.

The 2 global soccer powerhouses will highlight just a handful of premier games in this round of the group stage. The teams played to a 1-1 draw June 4.

Wildly enough, every one of Germany’s 3 group stage matches has resulted in a 1-1 draw. Italy, the No. 6 team in FIFA’s rankings, has drawn twice — 1-1 against Germany and 0-0 against England. They beat Hungary 2-1.

Having made global news when they were bounced from World Cup qualifying, this will be the top training ground for a new wave of Italian talent. They’re led by 25-year-old Roma M Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has 2 of the team’s 3 goals in the UEFA Nations League.

As for Germany, FIFA’s 12th-ranked team, they’re going to be a big-time contender in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. A combination of M Thomas Müller and F Kai Havertz lead the attack while GK Manuel Neuer anchors the backline.

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Germany vs. Italy odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Germany -133 (bet $133 to win $100) | Italy +360 (bet $100 to win $360) | Draw +280
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -103 | U: -117)

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Prediction

Germany 1, Italy 0

Money line (ML)

BET GERMANY -133.

Germany has an extremely talented side with many big-name European talents taking the pitch. While Germany didn’t come out on top against Italy in the 1st meeting, it did have double the shots on target and also had 68% of the possession in that battle.

Most of the time, a team with those splits will win, and with this match in Germany, the home side should have the edge.

While they did play on Saturday, Man City M İlkay Gündoğan and Muller both didn’t start, so they should be rested enough to play the bulk of the game against Italy.

Italy has just 11 shots on target through 3 games. Given their lack of consistent attempts, I’d back Germany to come out on top as they should have in the 1st matchup.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (-117).

Italy has seen 5 goals netted between it and its opponent. Germany can barely top that with 6. The only game between the 2 teams that would have gone over this total is Italy’s 2-1 win over Austria.

As noted as well, Italy hasn’t had a powerful attack. They do not have a player in the Nations League that has more than 10 goals. It’s an extremely inexperienced side.

Germany has only scored 3 goals in 3 games, so their attack hasn’t erupted like many expected. Germany has had 11 shots on target in 28 attempts, so they have struggled to put it on the frame.

Both teams have had issues in the Nations League, and I expect their current form to yield a low-scoring affair.

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France vs. Croatia UEFA Nations League odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Monday’s France vs. Croatia odds and lines, with UEFA Nations League picks and predictions.

France (0 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws) welcomes Croatia (1-1-1) to Stade de France in Paris Monday. Kickoff for the 4th of 6 group stage games is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the France  vs. Croatia odds and lines, and make our best UEFA Nations League bets, picks and predictions.

The 2 global soccer powerhouses will highlight just a handful of premier games in this round of the group stage. Surprisingly, both teams sit 3rd and 4th in League A Group 1 play.

France has just 2 points while Croatia is tied with Austria at 4 points. Croatia has a minus-2 goal differential though while Austria’s is 2. Denmark leads the group with 6 points.

Croatia is led by superstar M Luka Modrić who is coming off a Champions League title with Real Madrid. Croatia’s problem has been scoring, having totaled just 2 goals in 3 games.

Croatia, ranked 16th in the world by FIFA, has already qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. No. 3 France has also qualified and is among the favorites to win the tournament.

France is led by Atletico Madrid F Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid F Karim Benzema. PSG F Kylian Mbappe is also one of the team’s top players. They’ve drawn Austria and Croatia 1-1 while losing to Denmark 2-1.

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France vs. Croatia odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: France -200 (bet $200 to win $100) | Croatia +550 (bet $100 to win $550) | Draw +330
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -120 | U: +100)

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Prediction

France 2, Croatia 0

Money line (ML)

LEAN FRANCE (-200).

France is the far superior side, and they’ll be at home. My concern here is the value on France at -200. They haven’t looked great despite playing several of their top-tier players.

Against Austria, France had more than double the shots on goal and had more than double the shots against Denmark, who beat them 2-1. Even Croatia played them well but only drew by a penalty kick.

France has the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or in Benzema and also one of the best defensive mids in the world in Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté. The team is deep and has a plethora of top European talent.

Considering Croatia has only scored 2 goals in 3 games, I expect those struggles to continue while France, given the pace of Mbappe and Benzema should be enough to get on the board enough to take home 3 points.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (+100).

Both teams have struggled to produce. Also, both sides are 1-2 O/U so far in the nations league. Croatia held Denmark, who scored 2 on France, to just 1 shot on goal in the road side’s most recent matchup.

France has allowed 4 goals but also has limited opponents shot on target.

There were 10 shots on target in the first matchup between these 2 teams. The possessions were split 48% Croatia to 52% France, so it was a well-paced battle.

With how the teams have played so far in the group stage, the Under 2.5 (+100) is the best bet in this game.

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Switzerland vs. Portugal odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Sunday’s Switzerland vs. Portugal odds and lines, with UEFA Nations League picks and predictions.

Switzerland (0 wins, 3 losses, 0 draws) welcomes Portland (2-0-1) to Stade de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland Sunday. Kickoff for the 4th of 6 group stage games is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Switzerland vs. Portugal odds and lines, and make our best UEFA Nations League bets, picks and predictions.

The 2 global soccer powerhouses will highlight just a handful of premier games in this round of the group stage.

While Switzerland was among those teams in Pot 2 for the 2022 World Cup draw, they’ve struggled immensely in a group that also has Spain and the Czech Republic. Switzerland sits 14th in the world per FIFA men’s rankings.

Portugal comes in ranked 8th, led by Manchester United star F Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted 2 goals as Portugal beat Switzerland 4-0 at home on June 5.

The Ronaldo-led side is sitting atop League A Group 2 with 7 goals for and 1 goal against in 3 games. They drew Spain 1-1 and blanked the Czech Republic 2-0.

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Switzerland vs. Portugal odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Switzerland +240 (bet $100 to win $240) | Portugal +115 (bet $100 to win $115) | Draw +245
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Prediction

Portugal 2, Switzerland 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN PORTUGAL (+115).

It might be a relatively easy prediction, but Portugal has looked too good to bet against here. While Ronaldo is important, their team is far from just a one-man show.

They have an experienced backline led by D Pepe, who has 127 caps. Both Ronaldo on the attack and M João Moutinho have 3 digits worth of caps as well.

They also have an up-and-coming star F in 25-year-old Liverpool F Diogo Jota. Combine it all, and it’s a roster one wouldn’t want to bet against.

Also, Switzerland has looked awful so far in the nations league, allowing 7 goals and scoring just 1. They have an aging midfield with 30-year-old M Xherdan Shaqiri and 29-year-old Granit Xhaka.

The home-field advantage helps bring the value for Portugal, and I’ll take that.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET OVER 2.5 (-110).

Both sides have played in 3 games so far in the nations league and those games have totaled 8 goals each, so they’re hovering around a 3-goal per-game average.

Portugal has won 4-0 against Switzerland already and has 17 shots on goal through their 3 games.

As for Switzerland, while they haven’t scored, they did have 7 shots on goal against the Czech Republic yet just 1 goal. They’ve gone over 2.5 goals in 2 of 3 games.

Given Portugal’s dominant attackers, I’ll take the over in this battle.

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England vs. Italy odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s England vs. Italy odds and lines, with Champions League picks and predictions.

England (0 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw) welcomes Italy (1-1-0) to Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England Saturday. Kickoff for the 3rd of 6 group stage games is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the England vs. Italy odds and lines, and make our best UEFA Nations League bets, picks and predictions.

The two global soccer powerhouses will highlight just a handful of premier games in the 3rd round of the group stage. Italy failed to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup but still sits 6th on FIFA’s men’s rankings.

Italy is led by M Nicolò Barella, who scored the winning goal against Hungary in a 2-1 Tuesday. Italy drew Germany 1-1 in its 1st game (June 4).

England sit 5th in the world and will play in a group with Iran, USA, and Wales in the November World Cup.

England is led by F Harry Kane but has struggled in Nations League play. Chelsea M Mason Mount and Manchester City F Raheem Sterling help highlight the elite English attack.

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England vs. Italy odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: England -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Italy +330 (bet $100 to win $330) | Draw +230
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: +122 | U: -150)

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Prediction

Italy 1, England 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN DRAW (+230).

While I like the draw in this match, I also wouldn’t mind combining the draw and Italy to win at -122.

The home side is the far favorite, but England hasn’t played like it as of late. England lost to Hungary 1-0 by a penalty June 4 and only drew Germany 1-1 Tuesday because of a penalty.

England had fewer shots than Hungary and was out possessed by Germany 63% to 37%. England just hasn’t shown much despite being one of the better teams in the world.

Italy, on the other hand, doesn’t have a World Cup to play for. This is it. Italy has many young, up-and-coming prospects that have already started to show promise.

I expect Italy, as it has proven, to keep this game competitive.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (-150).

This is by far the best bet in this match. It’s worth the extra bit of juice. England’s first 2 games saw scores of 1-0 and 1-1 – with 2 of the 3 goals being penalty kicks.

Italy’s first 2 games were 1-1 and 2-1, but the lone Hungary goal in the 2-1 loss to Italy was an own goal.

The Nations League games just haven’t been high scoring, and I wouldn’t bank that this one is either.

Also, as mentioned Italy has a young team and doesn’t have a player on its current roster that has more than 10 goals and no player has more than 50 caps.

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Denmark vs. Croatia odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Friday’s Denmark vs. Croatia odds and lines, with Champions League picks and predictions.

Denmark (2 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws) welcomes Croatia (0-1-1) to Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark Friday. Kickoff for the 3rd of 6 group stage games is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Denmark vs. Croatia odds and lines, and make our best UEFA Nations League bets, picks and predictions.

Denmark has had a highly impressive stretch of play so far in the Nations League. They beat France 2-1 and Austria 2-1 as well. Their opponents respectively rank 3rd and 34th in the world per FIFA.

Denmark sits 11th and has already qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Andreas Cornelius, who has 39 caps for the senior team, is leading the side in scoring with 2 of their 4 goals.

As for Croatia, the opposite can be said as they’ve uncharacteristically struggled. Croatia lost 3-0 to Austria as star M Luka Modrić, who plays for the Champions League-winning Real Madrid, subbed on in the second half.

Croatia was already down 3-0 at that point. Modric started in a 1-1 draw with France, the more impressive outing for Croatia. The road side will enter as a heavy underdog but does sit 16th in the world ranking.

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Denmark vs. Croatia odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Denmark -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | Croatia +320 (bet $100 to win $320) | Draw +250
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: +105 | U: -130)

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Prediction

Denmark 1, Croatia 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN DRAW +250.

Croatia didn’t play well against Austria, but they did put on a show against France, having as many shots on goal as the global’s 3rd-best side.

Modric makes that much of a difference. They drew France. Although Denmark defeated France, they had fewer shots on goal. Croatia advanced out of their group in the 2021 Euro 2020.

The Croatian midfield with Modric and Chelsea’s M Mateo Kovačić is no joke, and with Modric now rested after his club’s Champions League run, Croatia should be able to put up a fight.

Denmark has fewer players on top-tier European sides, and Leicester City D Jannik Vestergaard might be their most notable. He has helped to hold opponents to just 2 goals.

These teams have less splitting them apart than their spots on the table. I’ll take a DRAW +250 for a partial unit.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 2.5 (-130).

Denmark’s defense has allowed just 2 goals with Austria having just 1 shot on target yet they managed to put that one in the back of the net. France had just 1 goal as well.

Croatia gave up 3 to Austria then had a 1-1 draw with France.

Both sides have a solid midfield that should be able to control the game. Each, especially Denmark, has shown an ability to contain their opponents as well.

Four of Croatia’s 5 2021 matches against top-36 opponents went under 2.5 goals.  While Denmark is a strong scoring side, they’ve had 16 shots through the 2 games.

The UNDER 2.5 (-130) is my favorite bet in this battle.

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Champions League final: Real Madrid vs. Liverpool odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s Real Madrid vs. Liverpool odds and lines, with Champions League picks and predictions.

Real Madrid faces Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final Saturday. Kickoff from Stade de France in Paris is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Real Madrid vs. Liverpool odds and lines, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.

Real Madrid claimed a dramatic come-from-behind 3-1 home win over Manchester City in the second leg of it semifinal matchup May 4. Real rallied from a 1-0 deficit, scoring 3 goals after the 90th minute.

Real Madrid advanced behind a 6-5 aggregate victory over Man City, a club that finished the season atop the EPL table. Madrid is led by F Karim Benzema, who has scored 27 goals in 32 appearances.

Liverpool, which went 1-0-2 vs. Man City this season, beat Villarreal  5-2 on aggregate in its semifinal matchup against Villarreal. Liverpool has coasted through much of the knockout rounds.

The Reds are led by star F Mohamed Salah, who scored 23 goals in 35 appearances. Salah, F Sadio Mane (16 goals) and M Diogo Jota (15 goals) rank among the top-8 goal scorers in the EPL, making Liverpool the most lethal attacking side in the world.

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Real Madrid vs. Liverpool odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Real Madrid +245 (bet $100 to win $245) | Liverpool +105 (bet $100 to win $105) | Draw +265
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -135 | U: +105)

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Prediction

Liverpool 2, Real Madrid 1

Money line (ML)

BET LIVERPOOL (+105).

While Madrid did get opportunities, it didn’t score when Man City D Kyle Walker was on the field. All 6 of Real Madrid’s aggregate goals were when Walker, who missed the first leg, was sidelined.

Liverpool D Trent Alexander-Arnold has a similar pace. The 22-year-old  Alexander-Arnold, as Walker did, should be able to tame speedy Real Madrid’s 21-year-old F Vinicius Júnior.

Real lost one of each knockout-round, two-game series as well. It’s a side that depends on its attack, and Liverpool allowed just .68 goals in the EPL this season, playing against some of the world’s best competition.

Given Liverpool’s attack, scoring 2.47 goals per game in EPL action and 2.16 in UCL knockout stage action, and an ensuing ability to tame Junior and Benzema, I expect the talented EPL side to come out on top.

Over/Under (O/U)

LEAN OVER 2.5 (-135).

While I expect Liverpool to be able to limit Madrid, it will be difficult to keep Real scoreless for an entire 90-minute period. City realized that, giving up 2 goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Madrid averaged 2.11 goals per game, and played almost just as well on the road as at home this season. The -140 value just isn’t that great here which is why this is just a lean.

Both attacks are good enough to bet on. Liverpool is 3-3 O/U in knockout-round games at this 2.5 figure while Real is 5-1. Madrid should look to push the pace, and Liverpool will be able to keep up.

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Real Madrid vs. Manchester City odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Wednesday’s Real Madrid vs. Manchester Cit odds and lines, with Champions League picks and predictions.

Real Madrid welcomes Manchester City to the Santiago Bernabéu Wednesday for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET (CBS). Below, we preview the Real Madrid vs. Manchester City odds and lines, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.

Real Madrid blasted the EPL-best Man City defense for 3 goals in the first leg. However its defense, which is among the best in La Liga, allowed 4 goals, and it now trails by 1 in aggregate. Liverpool awaits the winner.

The first leg was an instant classic with City owning 60% of the possession. It ended with 16 shots and 6 on target compared to Real’s 11 shots and 5 on target.

Real is led by F Karim Benzema who has 26 goals in 29 starts. He had 2 goals including a penalty kick in the first leg. Madrid is 5-4 on aggregate in its 2 knockout stage home matches.

City is coming in off a 4-0 win over Leeds United last weekend, resolidifying its lead in the EPL. M Kevin De Bruyne is the key player for City and 1 of 3 with 10-plus goals on the season.

Real Madrid vs. Manchester City odds, lines, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: Real Madrid +210 (bet $100 to win $210) | Manchester City +112 (bet $100 to win $112) | Draw +290
  • Over/Under: 3.5 (O: +115| U: -145)

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Prediction

Real Madrid 1, Manchester City 1

Money line (ML)

LEAN DRAW +290.

City played PSG twice in the group stage and took on Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals. It lost to PSG 2-0 and also drew Atletico 0-0 on the road. In UEFA action, it hasn’t been as dominant away from Ethiad.

City is the better team, but Madrid showed some talent and pace in the first leg. They were still out-possessed. It’ll be tough for them to control this game, but after Leg 1, they proved they can at least compete.

In La Liga action, which is no comparison to EPL’s level, Real has lost just once in 17 games. Madrid is a strong side at home and should put up a fight, and the draw possesses the best value on the money line.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET UNDER 3.5 (-145).

The teams combined for 7 goals in the first leg and it was not expected. They scored 7 goals on 11 combined shots on target. That’s a rarity.

It doesn’t help that they combined for just 4.1 expected goals. I gave out the under in the first leg, and I’ll go back to it here. City’s defense has given up just 21 goals in 34 games.

In all other knockout stage games (4 in total), City held its opponents scoreless. Madrid is the best offense they’ll face, but their defense, which should have D Kyle Walker active, will be better prepared.

Madrid has also allowed just .85 goals per game. With City a possession-heavy club behind its dominant midfield, it should be able to keep the ball and work it, especially up on aggregate.

Take the UNDER 3.5 (-145).

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