Champions League Matchday 2 odds are live on BetRivers.com and Wednesday features a matchup between the EPL champions and Dutch champions, as well as an epic showdown between the Bundesliga champs at one of Spain’s top sides.
Rob Dauster is here to breakdown the Champions League Matchday 2 odds, featuring Ajax vs. Liverpool and Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid.
BetRivers.com Champions League Specials:
- Real Madrid, Bayern & Manchester City all win in full time (+133)
- Robert Lewandowski & Luis Suarez o1.5 combined goals (+125)
Wednesday Champions League Schedule: Click here for full schedule and full odds.
12:55 p.m.: Shakhtar Donetsk (+1600) at Real Madrid (-590). Tie +700
12:55 p.m.: Lokomotiv Moscow (+950) at Red Bull Salzburg (-360). Tie +500
3:00 p.m.: Marseille (+275) at Olympiakos (+108). Tie +235
3:00 p.m.: FC Porto (+800) at Manchester City (-335). Tie +510
3:00 p.m.: Atalanta (-152) at FC Midtjylland (+390). Tie +325
3:00 p.m.: Liverpool (-152) at Ajax (+375). Ties +350
3:00 p.m.: Monchengladbach (+360) at Inter Milan (-141). Tie +320
3:00 p.m.: Atletico Madrid (+425) at Bayern Munich (-152). Tie +300
Champions League Odds: AJAX vs. LIVERPOOL 3:00 p.m.
Over 3.5: -107
Under 3.5: -115
Ajax is not going to be a club that carries with it the same kind of name cache as the likes of Liverpool, or Real Madrid, or Barcelona. But those in the footballing world know: Ajax produces as much young talent as any club in the world. They came devastatingly close to reaching the pinnacle of club football back in 2019, when they blew a 3-0 lead to Tottenham in the second leg of the CL semifinals at the John Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam. Coincidentally enough, the team that Ajax would have played in the final had they advanced … Liverpool.
Speaking of the Reds, Liverpool has been the best team in the world for the last two years. They won the CL in 2019. They were on a record-setting pace in the Premier League before the COVID shutdown stalled their momentum. This season, however, things have been different, as their defense has been torn apart. That was before they lost Virgil Van Dijk, the best central defender in the world, and Alisson, their starting keeper, to injuries.
Now, it’s important to note here that Liverpool were on the wrong side of everything VAR on Saturday morning in the Merseyside Derby. Van Dijk tore his ACL when Everton’s keeper made a horror challenge in the box, but no red — and no penalty — was handed out because Van Dijk was ruled offside. Then, in the stoppage time, Liverpool had a winner ruled out by the finest of margins on yet another offside call.
So they’re going to be pissed.
And while Ajax, the institution, is a juggernaut in Dutch football, this year’s squad has been somewhat overhauled. They sold Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea, Donny van de Beek to Man United and Sergino Dest to Barcelona this summer after selling Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt the summer before. With leading scorer Antony set to miss Wednesday’s match, it’s hard not to like Liverpool (-139) here.
Champions League Odds: BAYERN vs. ATLETICO MADRID, 3:00 p.m.
Over 2.5: -157
Under 2.5: +125
Bayern has looked the best team in the world since the restart. They are the reigning CL champions, and you can’t say it wasn’t deserved. After outsourcing their opponents 24-5 in six straight wins in the group stage, Bayern beat Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate before COVID and then beat Barca 8-2, Lyon 3-0, and PSG 1-0 to win the cup.
Things have not been quite as smooth this year, however. Bayern lost 4-1 to Hoffenheim and needed four goals, including a 93rd-minute penalty, to beat Hertha Berlin at home.
Their defense has been beatable this season.
Which could be problematic against Atletico.
There is no side in Europe that has mastered the defend-and-counter ethos more than Diego Simeone’s Atletico. They’ll happily sit eight behind the ball, soak up the pressure, and unleash their attack on a stretch defense. You probably know that Diego Costa and Joao Felix lead Atletico’s attack, but do you remember that Luis Suarez got his transfer away from Barcelona and is now a striker for Los Colchoneros?
Now, I’ll still be expecting Bayern to win — they are the best team in the world playing at home, I expect them to win against everyone there — but I do think that the line has skewed too far towards Bayern. Betting a draw at (+350) is enticing, as is betting Atletico (+0.5) at (+155) or (+1) at (-107).