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UEFA Champions League predictions, odds, Wednesday picks, schedule: Will Chelsea bounce back vs. Juventus?

The second half of Matchday 2 within the UEFA Champions League is about for Wednesday as eight extra video games take heart stage below the lights on a European night time. The slate is led by the Juventus vs. Chelsea conflict in Northern Italy, whereas Barcelona hope to rebound from their crushing loss to Bayern Munich of their opener. As all the time, two video games are within the early slate at 12:45 p.m. ET whereas six extra observe at 3 p.m. ET. Watch each sport reside on Paramount+

So, who’s going to win these matches? Our CBS Sports activities soccer specialists have you ever lined with our predictions beneath:

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Atalanta vs. Younger Boys

Time: Wednesday, 12:45 p.m. ET (Paramount+)

Newest Odds:

Atalanta
-1.5

Thomas Rongen: A continuously bettering Atalanta proceed their marketing campaign with conflict vs Younger Boys, who shocked Manchester United of their opening fixture however given their poor document on the highway within the competitors, the Italians ought to have the higher hand. Choose: Atalanta 3, Younger Boys 1

Fabrizio Romano: It’s not a simple second for Atalanta, however the attacking power is what’s going to result in an influence. Choose: Atalanta 1, Younger Boys 0

Luis Miguel Echegaray: Atalanta simply got here off one of the crucial entertaining video games of the season towards Inter Milan and it ended as a draw so i feel they’re going to wish to determine issues out right here, particularly since additionally they drew one other thrilling match towards Villarreal. They will be objectives right here. Primarily from the house aspect. Choose: Atalanta 3, Younger Boys 1

Jonathan Johnson: The Italians are wanting meaner in protection however much less prolific in assault and I see them grinding this one out. Choose: Atalanta 1, Younger Boys 0

James Benge: This may very well be one of the crucial stupidly enjoyable video games of the group stage. Two groups that assault with abandon and abandon their defensive duties, count on objectives and errors in abundance. Choose: Atalanta 3, Younger Boys 2

Roger Gonzalez: That Atalanta assault has but to take off. It occurs right here with a monsterous efficiency.  Choose: Atalanta 4, Younger Boys 0

Mike L. Goodman: It has been a bizarre season to date for Atalanta with solely eight objectives insix matches in Serie A. Younger Boys provide the workforce, which is coming off an exciting 2-2 draw towards Inter Milan, an opportunity to get again to their scoring methods. Choose: Atalanta 3, Younger Boys 0

Zenit vs. Malmo

Time: Wednesday, 12:45 p.m. ET (Paramount+)

Newest Odds:

Zenit
-0.5

Thomas Rongen: Malmo have a poor document within the group stage of the competitors and given Zenit’s stable residence type, the Russians will likely be assured of claiming all three factors. Choose: Zenit 2, Malmo 0

Fabrizio Romano: Very difficult sport, it may well finish with a victory with few objectives. Choose: Zenit 1, Malmo 0

Luis Miguel Echegaray: I wish to be biased right here as a result of Peruvian Sergio Peña returns for Malmo and he may very well be one other issue of their midfield towards Zenit. Malmo will look to rectify the 3-0 loss to Juventus with a extra skilled show away from residence. Choose: Zenit 0, Malmo 1

Jonathan Johnson: I hope to be confirmed improper, however I concern this one may very well be a reasonably dour affair. Choose: Zenit 0, Malmo 0

James Benge: It is the one we have all been ready for! To their credit score Zenit gave Chelsea a tricky time at Stamford Bridge final day trip and doubtless ought to have scored one. If they’ll get Malcom extra concerned on this contest they need to win. Choose: Zenit 1, Malmo 0

Roger Gonzalez: If the Russian aspect does not win this one, it ought to get the boot from the competitors.  Choose: Zenit 2, Malmo 0

Mike L. Goodman: This is not going to be enjoyable for anyone as these two sides are doubtless competing for third place and a Europa League spot. Choose: Zenit 1, Malmo 0

Wolfsburg vs. Sevilla

Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (Paramount+)  

Newest Odds:

Sevilla
-0.5

Thomas Rongen: It is third in Germany vs. third in Spain. Sevilla look an aesthetic lot this season and may have sufficient about them to get the win in Germany. They’ve solely failed to attain as soon as this season and will likely be eager to amend for that opening spherical dropped factors. Choose: Wolfsburg 1, Sevilla 2

Fabrizio Romano: The offensive high quality, the pace of Julen Lopetegui’s males is the premise for this consequence.  Choose: Wolfsburg 1, Sevilla 3

Luis Miguel Echegaray: Sevilla are quietly taking good care of enterprise within the league and can look to win huge towards a Wolfsburg aspect who can be doing nicely domestically. This needs to be a enjoyable sport with loads of motion. Choose: Wolfsburg 2, Sevilla 3

Jonathan Johnson: The Spaniards to get the higher of the Germans who’re wobbling a bit of of late. Choose: Wolfsburg 1, Sevilla 2

James Benge: Wolfsburg are going to attempt to bore their technique to the spherical of 16 however European soccer merely shouldn’t stand for it. Count on Sevilla to strike one within the eye for groups that like expressing themselves. Julen Lopetegui’s aspect might need regarded wobbly of their Champions League opener however in Spain they’re imperious. Choose: Wolfsburg 0, Sevilla 1

Roger Gonzalez: John Brooks misses out as a result of suspension, however the German aspect will get what finally ends up being a stable level at residence. Choose: Wolfsburg 1, Sevilla 1

Mike L. Goodman: Good defenses, conservative assaults, and a draw which fits Sevilla greater than Wolfsburg. Choose: Wolfsburg 0, Sevilla 0

Bayern Munich vs. Dynamo Kiev

Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (Paramount+

Newest Odds:

Bayern Munich
-2.5

Thomas Rongen: Kiev are hardly the best aspect to interrupt down — as Benfica came upon two weeks in the past — however such a youthful backline might come unstuck towards a rampant Bayern. Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect are sweeping apart all the pieces of their path this season and have their eyes firmly on the continental prize. Choose: Bayern Munich 3, Dynamo Kiev 0

Fabrizio Romano: Spectacular health and a special degree of high quality, Bayern are clearly favorites. Choose: Bayern Munich 5, Dynamo Kiev 0

Luis Miguel Echegaray: Bayern Munich at residence? Who made Barcelona appear to be a semi-professional workforce? Undefeated? Sure, you realize the place I am going right here. Choose: Bayern Munich 3, Dynamo Kiev 0

Jonathan Johnson: I can see the German giants allotting a significant thumping right here. Choose: Bayern Munich 4, Dynamo Kiev 0

James Benge: A extremely good soccer workforce taking part in actually good soccer, Bayern have already reached that stage of their season the place it’s exhausting to know what fascinating issues there are to say about them. Leroy Sane’s good, that is new… Choose: Bayern Munich 3, Dynamo Kiev 0

Roger Gonzalez: This needs to be over by halftime. If Bayern have been in a position to do this to Barcelona, think about what they’ll do right here. Choose: Bayern Munich 4, Dynamo Kiev 0

Mike L. Goodman: There are questions on Bayern’s depth, however none about their top-line expertise, and they need to present that simply towards Kiev.  Choose: Bayern Munich 5, Dynamo Kiev 0

Crimson Bull Salzburg vs. Lille

Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (Paramount+)    

Newest Odds:

Salzburg
-0.5

Thomas Rongen: Lille’s new supervisor Jocelyn Gourvennec is but to endear himself to the Lille devoted and can come below growing strain if his aspect fails to win right here, however they no less than seem to have improved on the goalscoring entrance. Nevertheless, Salzburg are equally spectacular within the closing third and will have simply come away with three factors towards Sevilla however for a scarcity of ruthlessness from 12 yards, count on a pulsating encounter to finish with the hosts popping out on prime. Choose: Crimson Bull Salzburg 3, Lille 2

Fabrizio Romano: With stability between these two groups, a draw is a chance.  Choose: Crimson Bull Salzburg 1, Lille 1

Luis Miguel Echegaray: An enormous sport for each side, particularly in a gaggle the place all the pieces remains to be for the taking. Lille have been poor towards Wolfsburg so this may very well be a tricky outing towards Salzburg, who fought exhausting towards Sevilla and confirmed extra guile. A well-earned residence win. Choose: Crimson Bull Salzburg 2, Lille 1

Jonathan Johnson: The French champions actually ought to have overwhelmed Wolfsburg and whereas I don’t assume that they may lose right here, two factors from a potential six will really feel an inadequate return except they’ll sneak a win in Austria. Choose: Crimson Bull Salzburg 1, Lille 1

James Benge: Lille have began to show issues round in Ligue 1 however once you take a look at the expertise each these sides have to supply it is exhausting to not favor the Austrian champions. All that they should show is that they’ve the fortitude to show good performances into three factors. They didn’t accomplish that towards Sevilla however must this day trip. Choose: Crimson Bull Salzburg 2, Lille 0

Roger Gonzalez: A bit of upset as Brenden Aaronson scores on the counter, seeing his inventory additional climb. Choose: Crimson Bull Salzburg 2, Lille 1

Mike L. Goodman: Salzburg proceed to be feisty and Lille are a far cry from what they have been final season.  Choose: Crimson Bull Salzburg 1, Lille 0

Juventus vs. Chelsea

Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (Paramount+)    

Newest Odds:

Chelsea
-0.5

Thomas Rongen: The European champions suffered a house defeat to Manchester Metropolis, their first defeat of the season. Juventus suffered via the primary 4 video games of Serie A and not using a win for however no less than have recovered by consecutive 3-2 wins of their final two matches. Chelsea look a tad brief right here in a venue the place it is by no means going to be simple, even accounting for Juve in transition and their accidents. Choose: Juventus 1, Chelsea 1

Fabrizio Romano: European champions Chelsea is not going to have a simple time. This would be the most “tactical” match of the week. Choose: Juventus 1, Chelsea 1

Luis Miguel Echegaray: Key accidents for Juventus is not going to assist Max Allegri, however hopefully he regarded on the tape from this previous weekend, seeing how Pep Guardiola lastly defeated Thomas Tuchel. Nonetheless, this will likely be a cagey affair. One the place choosing out a winner is simply too exhausting. Choose: Juventus 0, Chelsea 0

Jonathan Johnson: Massimiliano Allegri’s males have misplaced Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata in assault so their probabilities towards Thomas Tuchel’s titleholders have taken successful after the Blues’ loss to Metropolis over the weekend. Choose: Juventus 0, Chelsea 2

James Benge: If this sport is determined in midfield then Juventus are executed for. Frankly whether it is determined anyplace else it is exhausting to look too favorably on their prospects after they haven’t any Paulo Dybala or Alvaro Morata in assault and have solely saved one clear sheet all season (towards Malmo). Choose: Juventus 0, Chelsea 2

Roger Gonzalez: This has a Chelsea win written throughout it, however Federico Chiesa has completely different plans. Choose: Juventus 1, Chelsea 1

Mike L. Goodman: Juve’s nightmare season continues as they need to face one of many hardest defenses in Europe with out each Paolo Dybala and Alvaro Morata. Choose: Juventus 0, Chelsea 1

Benfica vs. Barcelona

Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (Paramount+)    

Newest Odds:

Barcelona
-0.5

Thomas Rongen: Regardless of claiming three factors on the weekend, Barcelona are removed from full energy and aren’t with out their morale issues both. One can solely think about what something apart from three factors right here would do for Koeman’s future within the sizzling seat, and an in-form Benfica will sense a possibility on the fortress that’s the Estadio da Luz and are greater than able to claiming a hard-earned level from this conflict. Choose: Benfica 1, Barcelona 1

Fabrizio Romano: The response is prime for Ronald Koeman. Barca could make an announcement by profitable in Lisbon. Choose: Benfica 1, Barcelona 2

Luis Miguel Echegaray: Barcelona regarded GREAT towards Levante this weekend and the return of Ansu Fati, who scored two minutes after getting into the pitch on Sunday, helps Ronald Koeman. Barcelona must hold going right here, if something for the sanctity of their very own status. Benfica, nevertheless, shouldn’t be gonna be simple. They continue to be good within the league and can use the power of their residence crowd to make issues tough for the Catalan membership. A draw is extra doubtless.  Choose: Benfica 1, Barcelona 1

Jonathan Johnson: Barca will nearly get the job executed in Portugal after they lastly discovered some type towards Levante. Choose: Benfica 1, Barcelona 2

James Benge: Jorge Jesus’ Benfica aspect have regarded extraordinarily exhausting to attain towards in Europe and one suspects a 0-0 draw would possibly go well with Ronald Koeman, giving him time to tinker on his choice earlier than welcoming the Portuguese aspect again to Barcelona for a second place shootout later within the group levels. Choose: Benfica 0, Barcelona 0

Roger Gonzalez: Barcelona are on their technique to being eradicated from the group stage after stumbling but once more. Choose: Benfica 1, Barcelona 1

Mike L. Goodman: Barcelona are struggling, however with Ansu Fati again within the fold, there’s sufficient expertise to show this season into a good one nonetheless. Choose: Benfica 1, Barcelona 2

Manchester United vs. Villarreal

Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (Paramount+)  

Newest Odds:

Manchester United
-1.5

Thomas Rongen: The strain is starting to construct for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Man United followers count on their aspect to be acting at a a lot larger commonplace. The Crimson Devils needs to be the favorites as Solskjaer is crying out for a response from his gamers. Nevertheless, they may very well be in for an additional tough night towards a resilient Villarreal which were exhausting to interrupt down. Yet one more draw between the 2 sides may very well be on the playing cards at Outdated Trafford. Choose: Manchester United 1, Villarreal 1

Fabrizio Romano: Delicate and tough sport. However Ronaldo and his teammates can win and recuperate within the group. Choose: Manchester United 3, Villarreal 1

Luis Miguel Echegaray: A repeat of final season’s Europa League closing. Man United misplaced to Aston Villa at Outdated Trafford in dramatic vogue, whereas Villarreal earned an excellent draw towards Actual Madrid. United want a response, particularly after dropping to Younger Boys on Matchday 1. I feel they only about ship. Choose: Manchester United 2, Villarreal 1

Jonathan Johnson: Unai Emery’s males to return away from Outdated Trafford with a draw because the strain grows for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Choose: Manchester United 1, Villarreal 1

James Benge: The factor with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United is that they by no means fairly go dangerous sufficient to teeter into full-blown disaster mode, they all the time discover a approach again from the brink. Contemplating that one other loss to Unai Emery’s Europa League champions would carry with it severe questions over the supervisor one has to imagine {that a} workforce pushed extra by narrative arc than any underlying footballing philosophy will conform to story sort. Choose: Manchester United 2, Villarreal 1

Roger Gonzalez: Lastly Manchester United get a high quality victory, however it’s only due to a foolish penalty conceded by Unai Emery’s males. Choose: Manchester United 2, Villarreal 1

Mike L. Goodman: United wrestle to create good probabilities however Villarreal will play extraordinarily conservatively at Outdated Trafford below Unai Emery. United may have loads of probabilities even when these probabilities will not be good ones. One among them will discover the again of the web. Choose: Manchester United 1, Villarreal 0


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