Champions League Props & Best Bets: Our Wednesday Picks From Games Featuring Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atalanta, More

Champions League Props & Best Bets: Our Wednesday Picks From Games Featuring Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atalanta, More article feature image

Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images. Pictured: Barcelona standout Sergio Busquets.

  • We have reached the end of the Champions League group stage, with the final eight matches taking place on Wednesday's card.
  • Avery Zimmerman dishes out his three favorite prop bets on the slate.
  • Check out his intriguing picks below, which include a betting angle on Barcelona standout Sergio Busquets.

We have reached the final block of Champions League group-stage matches, with eight games taking place across the European soccer landscape. And if these meetings are anything like Tuesday's contests, we should be in for some more fun when it comes to our prop bets.

Adding to our already extensive coverage of the event, we're continuing to deliver more betting angles at The Action Network via our new element that will feature our three top prop plays. From player angles to team and game picks, you will find a little bit of everything to entertain your betting interests.

That said, check out below where I've found plenty of betting value on three highlighted wagers, which come from interesting confrontations featuring Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona, Atalanta vs. Villarreal and Wolfsburg vs. Lille.

Champions League Prop Bets

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona

The PickSergio Busquets to be Booked (+200)
Day | TimeWednesday | 3 p.m. ET
How To WatchParamount+
Best odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute Soccer odds here.

Barcelona comes into this matchup with Bayern Munich needing three points to guarantee its progression into the UCL knockout stage. Because of this, I believe we'll see an intense Barcelona squad that knows the importance of the meeting, particularly considering its poor position in the La Liga table.

That doesn't mean the Catalan club won't be engaging with one of the most lethal teams in the competition. Though Bayern has already secured its spot as a seeded team in the knockout stage, it'll likely have a serious amount of firepower in the lineup.

This includes a midfield that has far more pace than Barcelona. And I feel as though that could result in a possible tactical decision needing to be made by Sergio Busquets, who is one of Barcelona's most senior players. The defensive midfielder will be willing to concede a card if it helps his team and against Bayern he might have to do so.

Busquets hasn't picked up a card in the UCL action this year, but he's recorded a team high of four in the Spanish top flight. I see value on this prop, given the players that Busquets is going to have to deal with on the German side.

Atalanta vs. Villarreal

The PickAtalanta — Over 2.5 Goals (+200)
Day | TimeWednesday | 3 p.m. ET 
How To WatchParamount+
Best odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute Soccer odds here.

Only a win will be enough to get the Bergamo-based side through to the UCL knockout stage and Atalanta has found its form heading into the match.

The team scored three in its last UCL match with Young Boys, but it followed that up with two wins on the bounce against Juventus and Venezia. In the latter, Atalanta blasted four into the net in a dominant performance.

Though Villarreal has a stout back line that has only conceded seven goals through five games, the Yellow Submarine has yielded 1.59 xGA per game away from home in the competition. Atalanta is more than capable of turning up with a high-level performance in a key spot, as we've seen in years past.

Back Atalanta to continue its run of energetic outings in this crucial match.

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Wolfsburg vs. Lille

The PickWolfsburg — Under 1.5 Goals (-140)
Day | TimeWednesday | 3 p.m. ET
How To WatchParamount+
Best odds via DraftKings. Get up-to-the-minute Soccer odds here.

In another possible group-deciding matchup, Wolfsburg hosts Lille. The German outfit is being given far too much credit by bookmakers in regard to its offensive firepower.

Thus far in the Champions League, Wolfsburg has only scored four goals with an average of 0.42 xG/game, meaning that number isn't even harsh on the Wolves. Additionally, Wolfsburg has only scored two goals in one of its past six matches. This isn't a team that has a crazy offensive threat any time it takes the pitch.

Not only does Wolfsburg struggle on the attack, Lille has been composed and efficient in defense throughout the group stage. The French team has only conceded three goals in five games while allowing 0.85 xGA/outing. There's no reason to believe that Les Dogues will suddenly combust under pressure.

Expect trends to continue and Lille to contain an offense that it should have no problems with in this affair.

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