UEFA Champions League – Group Stage Matchday 1 – Preview and Free Picks

Last Updated on September 5, 2022 1:23 pm by Erwin Noguera

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6, 2022, a new edition of the UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off. On matchday 1 itself, we will have many emotions thanks to the top-level matches that we will enjoy in the different soccer scenarios in Europe.

All of them are looking to get off to a good start in the UEFA tournament. The main objective of all teams is the final to be played in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

Real Madrid, reigning Champions League champions, will start their journey away against Celtic. With a spectacular start in the local league of 4 wins in 4 games, they are leading the overall standings.

FC Barcelona will host Viktoria Plzeñ at the Spotify Camp Nou, in a must-win match, as their other two rivals, Inter and Bayern, are very complicated.

In other big matches, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will go to Sevilla. Liverpool will face Napoli in Italy. Tottenham, also from the Premier League, will face Marseille.

But the match that will grab all the spotlight on this first day will undoubtedly be between PSG and Juventus, two giants of Europe at the moment. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, and Neymar are at a much higher level in the domestic competition. And now they will face their former teammates: Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.

Here’s a preview of the best games of the first matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Preview – Dynamo Zagreb vs. Chelsea – Info

When: Tuesday, September 06 at 12:45 pm ET.

Moneyline odds: Dynamo Zagreb +550 / Chelsea -210 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +360

Where Can I Watch? DAZN / TNT Sports / HBO Max / TUDN / Paramount + / Univision

Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to kick-start their difficult start to the season, but there are easier places to go, just ask Tottenham.

Dynamo, meanwhile, continues to produce talented youngsters, such as midfielder Martin Baturina and coupled with the class shown in attack, they are always a dangerous side. Especially at home: they are 19 matches unbeaten at Stadion Maksimir in all competitions, with 16 wins and 3 draws.

Similarly, our selection for this match is a Chelsea victory with a score of 2-0.

Dynamo Zagreb vs. Chelsea Betting Pick: Chelsea

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Preview – Borussia Dortmund vs. Copenhagen – Info

When: Tuesday, September 06 at 12:45 pm ET.

Moneyline odds: Dortmund -294 / Copenhagen +690 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +470

Where Can I Watch? DAZN / TNT Sports / HBO Max / TUDN / Paramount + / Univision

Borussia Dortmund will host FC Copenhagen at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday, September 6 in their first UEFA Champions League match.

Dortmund has started the season at an excellent level of play, reaping the benefits of their astute operations in the transfer market, despite the defeat against Werder Bremen after being up 0-2 on the scoreboard. In their last match, they beat Hoffenheim 1-0, with Marco Reus scoring the only goal of the game.

Copenhagen, for its part, has not been very consistent at the start of the season but has done enough in the playoffs to secure a place in the group stage of this UEFA Champions League. They beat Trabzonspor, winning 2-1 in the first leg and drawing 0-0 in the second leg.

For this match, our prediction is a 3-1 victory for Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Copenhagen Betting Pick: Borussia Dortmund

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Preview – Real Madrid vs. Celtic – Info

When: Tuesday, September 06 at 03:00 pm ET.

Moneyline odds: Celtic +430 / Real Madrid -168 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +470

Where Can I Watch? DAZN / TNT Sports / HBO Max / TUDN / Paramount + / Univision

What better way for Celtic to return to the Champions League than to host the team that has won 5 of the last 9 editions of the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the first match of this tournament. This game will be this Tuesday, September 6th at Celtic Park at 03:00 pm ET.

Real Madrid has made a great start to the new season, achieving 4 solid victories in LaLiga, to position themselves in first place in the table, as well as winning the European Super Cup against Frankfurt with a score of 2-0.

Likewise, Real Madrid arrives at this Champions League after a very complicated victory against Betis with a score of 2-1.

On the other hand, Celtic has had a spectacular start to the season, winning all 6 games they have played so far, including three incredible thrashings in their last three games, the first against Dundee United with a crushing score of 9-0 and the second in the Scottish League Cup against Ross County with a score of 4-1, and their last game was a 4-0 thrashing against Rangers in the local league.

Although both teams arrive with a lot of inspiration in this match, our selection is a Real Madrid victory with a score of 1-0.

Real Madrid vs. Celtic Betting Pick: Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Preview – Manchester City vs. Sevilla – Info

When: Tuesday, September 06 at 03:00 pm ET.

Moneyline odds: Man City -255 / Sevilla +660 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +400

Where Can I Watch? DAZN / TNT Sports / HBO Max / TUDN / Paramount + / Univision

A great match is what we will have tomorrow September 6, 2022, when Manchester City visits Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium for the first match of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League at 03:00 pm ET.

The team coached by Guardiola arrives at the debut of this UEFA Champions League in a very good moment of form, with six Premier League matches played in which they still do not know the defeat, having in their record a balance of four wins and two draws. In addition to this, we highlight the form of Norwegian Haaland, who has 10 goals at this stage of the competition.

On the other hand, Sevilla has not started the season in the best possible way, as they have barely scored one point after four LaLiga matches. After letting go of their two first-choice central defenders in the summer transfer window, the squad is unbalanced, and it seems that the team’s harmony with Lopetegui is not the same as in previous seasons.

This was seen in their last match, when FC Barcelona crushed them on their home court, with a score of 4-0.

For this match, our winner’s chip goes to Manchester City, and we predict a final score of 3-1.

Manchester City vs. Sevilla Betting Pick: Manchester City

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Preview – PSG vs. Juventus – Info

When: Tuesday, September 06 at 03:00 pm ET.

Moneyline odds: PSG -289 / Juventus +700 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +450

Where Can I Watch? DAZN / TNT Sports / HBO Max / TUDN / Paramount + / Univision

One of the games that attract attention on this first matchday is the one that will be played at the Parc des Princes in Paris, between PSG and Juventus, a game corresponding to Group H between two teams called to fight for the title.

Les Parisiens have started the season with a bang in Ligue 1, winning the French Super Cup with a 4-0 victory over Nantes, and in the recent Ligue 1 matchday, they beat Nantes, as visitors, with a score of 0-3. These results place PSG at the top of the table.

While Juventus are also undefeated in the Calcio, their start to the season has not been as expected. On the previous matchday, the Vecchia Signora were held to a 1-1 draw away to Fiorentina, their third draw in five games.

For this match, we believe that PSG will be able to take advantage of their home ground and win with a score of 3-1.

PSG vs. Juventus Betting Pick: PSG

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Preview – Inter vs Bayern – Info

When: Wednesday, September 07 at 03:00 pm ET.

Moneyline odds: Inter +285 / Bayern -120 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +310

Where Can I Watch? DAZN / TNT Sports / HBO Max / TUDN / Paramount + / Univision.

Inter will host Bayern Munich at the Giuseppe Meazza for a real treat in Group C of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

Inter were eliminated in the round of 16 last year at the hands of Liverpool by a 2-1 aggregate score line, while Bayern was stunned in the quarterfinals by an inspired Villarreal side that managed to win 2-1 on aggregate.

Both teams are coming into this UEFA Champions League very inspired, but Inter is coming from a tough derby defeat against Milan with a score of 2-3. Bayern, meanwhile, is coming off an unexpected draw against one of this season’s surprise packages in the Bundesliga, Union Berlin, with a 1-1 scoreline.

This will be one of the best matches of this Wednesday and our selection is a narrow victory for Bayern, with a score of 1-0.

Inter vs. Bayern Betting Pick: Bayern

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – Preview – FC Barcelona vs. Viktoria Plzeñ – Info

When: Wednesday, September 07 at 03:00 pm ET.

Moneyline odds: FC Barcelona -1492 / Viktoria Plzeñ +3300 (Source: MyBookie.ag)

Draw Offs: +1100

Where Can I Watch? DAZN / TNT Sports / HBO Max / TUDN / Paramount + / Univision

Xavi’s Barça should have no problem debuting in the Champions League with a victory at the Spotify Camp Nou. However, they would do well not to be overconfident because, even though the Cinderella of the group, Viktoria Plzeñ, is visiting the stadium, the reality is that the Czechs will arrive in Barcelona undefeated and eager to cause a surprise.

So far this season, Viktoria Plzeñ has played 12 matches, with a very good record of 10 wins and 2 draws. Despite being in the toughest group in this UEFA Champions League, they will try to score as many points as possible.

On the other hand, FC Barcelona is having the start of the season they had dreamed of, after closing a summer market with spectacular signings. Despite drawing their first game of the season, in the other 3, they have played they have managed to show a spectacular level, led by Robert Lewandowski who, at 34 years of age, is still at the top of his game.

For this match, we do not doubt that the winner will be FC Barcelona, and we predict a score of 4-0.

FC Barcelona vs. Viktoria Plzeñ Betting Pick: FC Barcelona

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