Champions League: Sterling at the double…

It’s the two Manchester clubs which welcome the return of the Champions League tonight.

Manchester City start the ball rolling with an early evening game in Germany against Hoffenheim. City will be desperate for a win after slumping to a shock home defeat against Lyon two weeks ago.

The German side performed creditably in their Champions League opener, drawing 2-2 at Shakhtar Donetsk. And they will approach this game with confidence despite a shaky start to their league campaign.

All that said, City have to win this game and we think they will. There are doubts about the fitness of Sergio Aguero up front, so Gabriel Jesus may start, but that’s  not a hardship! But it’s their two flying wingers that we think will cause a lot of problems.

We’re going to side with Raheem Sterling and think the 11/2 that bet365 offers that he scores twice offers value.

Manchester United are at home to Valencia later this evening. There have been many words written about the turmoil at Old Trafford this season, but at some point this talented bunch of individuals are going to have to start playing.

United won their first Champions League clash against Young Boys, and will be confident of adding another victory tonight. Valencia lost at home to Juventus in their first match, and lie 14th in La Liga  having won just one match from their opening seven.

Paul Pogba has reserved his best performances this season for the Champions League, scoring twice last time out. He is likely to have a more offensive position in the side given several injuries, and we think he can score again.

The 17/1 that Paddy Power offers that the Frenchman scores twice appeals, after all he did this last twice out in Europe, but we’ll settle for the 11/4 that he nets once.

Recommendations:

Hoffenheim/ManCity: Sterling to score twice, 1 pt, at 11/2, bet365

Man Utd/Valencia: Pogba to score anytime, 1 pt, at 11/4, Paddy Power 

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