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The UEFA Champions League returns this week and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to provide you with his best bets ahead of the action.

Barcelona v Paris Saint Germain 1-2

PSG to win & btts

Third in LaLiga, it’s safe to say by Barcelona’s standards, they’ve had a below average season. However, the Catalan’s have won their last five domestic matches, so they arrive here in good form.

They welcome a Paris Saint Germain side that will be missing star man Neymar with Mauro Icardi set to deputise. Angel Di Maria is another who will miss out, so PSG’s attack will be hindered slightly.

That said, I think the visitors game plan will have always been to sit in and try to nick one on the break. Even without Neymar, Mauro Icardi is an excellent finisher. If he’s given the service, I think the Argentine could play a big part in a famous away win.

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RB Leipzig v Liverpool 1-2

Liverpool to win

5/4

Liverpool fans will be hoping the return of Champions League football will spark their side back into form after an underwhelming run domestically.

Saturday’s loss away to Leicester will have been a hard one to take, especially after taking the lead in the second half.

Leipzig have only lost one home game all season, so the Germans may feel a bit aggrieved that this will be played at a neutral venue in Budapest.

That can only benefit Liverpool, and I think back on European soil, it may be the change of scenery the players need. So, I’m backing the Reds to bounce back in what should be an entertaining match.

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FC Porto v Juventus 1-1

Correct score 1-1

6/1

Porto come into this undefeated in their last five Champions League matches. The Portuguese side have kept a clean sheet in all those fixtures, so if they can maintain that form, we could be in for a very interesting two legs.

We all know Juventus’ credentials. However, unlike recent seasons, the Old Lady haven’t been as dominant as they continue to stutter domestically.

All considered, I think this will be tight. I’m inclined to think that the Italians will be happy with taking a draw back to Turin, so I’m siding with a 1-1 stalemate at the Estádio do Dragão.

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Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund 1-0

Sevilla to win

5/4

Sevilla come into this is fantastic form. The Andalusian’s have won their last nine matches in all competitions and are undefeated at home in 2021.

So, it’s fair to say a daunting task awaits a Borussia Dortmund side that are in a transitional phase.

The Germans have won only two of their last seven, and up against European knock-out specialists Sevilla, I think they’ll just come up short.

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