Champions League betting tips: Back likeable Lens, dour Atleti & dangerous Dane

Lens beat Arsenal at home in their last UCL game and look value to defeat PSV

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Our Champions League betting tips have found value in some surprising places on the matchweek three coupon, courtesy of underrated hosts, surprisingly benign Spaniards and a Danish striker whose scoring powers seem unaffected by his team’s travails.

Champions League matchweek three predictions

Lens to beat PSV Eindhoven @ 11/8

Celtic vs Atletico Madrid – Under 2.5 Goals @ 21/20

Rasmus Hojlund (Man Utd) anytime scorer vs Copenhagen @23/20

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Haise’s Arsenal-slayers remain underrated by the bookies on home turf

Last season’s Ligue 1 runners up Lens are currently languishing in 15th place in the French top-flight but they shouldn’t be taken lightly at this level, as Arsenal can attest to. Mikel Arteta’s side lost 2-1 at Estadio Bollaert-Delelis only days before they turned over Manchester City at the Emirates.

PSV were pulverised 4-0 by the Gunners in north London, which suggests they could have their work cut out to get anything out of Franck Haise’s outfit in France.

The Dutch side would have lost at home to Sevilla last time out in this competition but for 86th and 90th minute goals. They look vulnerable to hosts that have already shown they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Tip: Lens to beat PSV Eindhoven @ 11/8

Two shot-shy sides should serve up low scoring affair at Parkhead

Glasgow will need to gird its loins for what could be a dour affair as the teams with the seventh-lowest and outright lowest xG so far in the Champions League group stage face off.

Surprisingly it’s favourites Atleti (0.73) that have the lowest per-game rating as per FootyStats, with Celtic (1.02) somewhat better off on the metric.

That this game takes place at Parkhead only adds to the sense that under 2.5 goals looks the play here. The Spaniards have scored just two goals in their last five UCL away games.

Tip: Celtic vs Atletico Madrid – Under 2.5 Goals @ 21/20

Hojlund’s UCL scoring chances apparently unaffected by Man Utd malaise

Manchester United fans will have good reason to watch their tie with FC Copenhagen through their fingers given Galatasaray plundered all three points last time Old Trafford heard the UCL theme.

At 5/6 to win with (+2) handicap the Danes are dismissively priced by the odds compilers considering they only went down 2-1 at home to Bayern Munich last time out in this competition.

However, at a slightly chunkier 23/20 it’s worth siding with a man whose scoring has proven impervious to United’s muddled form in this season’s Champions League – Rasmus Hojlund.

The Dane has struck three times in two UCL games so far and should be capable of finding the net against his countrymen, who have shipped twice in each of their opening two Group A fixtures.

Tip: Rasmus Hojlund (Man Utd) anytime scorer vs Copenhagen