Champions League Tips: Galatasaray goalscorer among matchweek two picks

Mauro Icardi has been prolific since swapping Paris for Istanbul



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The second round of Champions League group stage fixtures finds Europe’s elite club competition yet to reveal her secrets to punters, with the jury firmly out on virtually all the sides competing.

As such, it presents a puzzling coupon for singles players and accumulator lovers alike, but there’s gold among the numerous potential banana skins.

Champions League betting tips – matchweek two

Union Berlin vs Braga – Both teams to score @ 5/6

Mauro Icardi (Galatasaray) anytime scorer vs Man Utd @ 5/2

Paris Saint-Germain to beat Newcastle @ 6/4

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Both teams to score bankers Braga value to do their thing in Berlin

Artur Jorge’s Braga side are becoming firm favourites for BTTS backers this season and arrive in Germany having seen 10 of their last 11 outings reward devotees of that particular wager.

Their last five games across all competitions have each produced at least three goals, with a total of 24 registered during that sequence.

It should be an entertaining evening at Stadion An der Alten Försterei, where Braga’s swashbuckling modus operandi will leave plenty of space for the counter-attack-minded hosts.

Tip: Union Berlin vs Braga – Both teams to score @ 5/6

Icardi value to continue rich vein of form against struggling Reds

United have kept only two clean sheets in eight Premier League and Champions League games so far this season and there will be plenty of punters looking for ways to take them on as queasy 4/9 favourites.

Galatasaray showed in coming from two down to draw at home to FC Copenhagen in match week one that, while they may not be reliable in terms of being able to get a result, they should be able to cause some chaos.

Mauro Icardi scored 23 times in 26 games on loan at the Turkish champions last season and has shown no let-up since making the move permanent in the summer, bagging another 10 in 12 games.

The in-form Argentine should come by sufficient opportunities to notch against a United side that struggled at home this term. Beaten by Brighton and Crystal Palace in their last two EPL outings at Old Trafford they could easily have lost the two prior to that against Wolves and Nottm Forest.

Tip: Mauro Icardi (Galatasaray) anytime scorer vs Man Utd @ 5/2

Parisians will make light of Ligue 1 lurgy with triumph on Tyneside

There will doubtless be a good deal of hype about this Saudi Arabia vs Qatar bankrolled encounter, with commentators queuing up to suggest Newcastle could win against a PSG side ‘struggling’ two points behind table-topping Monaco in Ligue 1.

However, Luis Enrique’s side showed their Champions League pedigree remained uninfected by domestic uncertainties with a comfortable 2-0 win over Dortmund a fortnight ago.

The Magpies, meanwhile, were rabbits in the headlights for much of their Group F opener away to AC Milan, where the Italians won the shot count 20-5 and the xG by a tally of 2.31 to 0.72.

Wins by a 10-0 aggregate score against relegation bound Sheffield United and Burnley since then will be a wholly inadequate preparation for facing Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and friends and 6/4 about an away win looks well worth playing here.

Tip: Paris Saint-Germain to beat Newcastle @ 6/4