UCL Soccer Selections: Take Robert Lewandowski To Score Against Former Club

Robert Lewandowski's return to Munich is the biggest storyline on Tuesday's UEFA Champions League slate.

Lewandowski won 19 trophies during his time at Bayern Munich from 2014-22. Lewandowski scored in almost every big game Bayern had during that span.

Lewandowski has not stopped scoring since he arrived at Barcelona. In fact, he comes into Tuesday on a five-game scoring streak that includes three multi-goal performances.

The Polish striker's anytime goal scorer prop is usually well below even money, but he sits at plus money for the blockbuster clash in Munich because Barcelona is +250 on the money line.

Barcelona has five wins in six games across all competitions this season, and with Lewandowski leading the line against his former team, the Spanish giants could even get a result in Germany.

UCL Soccer Selections

Overall Record: 29-28 (8-3 UCL Matchday 1)

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona (+250) (3 p.m. ET)

Robert Lewandowski To Score (+110)

Robert Lewandowski To Score Two Goals (+600)

Robert Lewandowski Hat Trick (+3000)

Rarely will you see Robert Lewandowski goal scoring props in plus money.

He is one of the most prolific scorers in the world, and if his team is winning, he is likely on the score sheet.

That has been the case in the early stages of his first season with Barcelona. Lewandowski scored 10 goals in the last five games, all of which have been won by Barcelona.

The Spanish giants kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen in which Lewandowski netted a hat-trick.

Lewandowski scored nine goals in the UCL group stage last season with Bayern. He scored in five of the six group stage games and had three multi-goal performances, one against each of his group stage opponents, including Barcelona and Benfica.

Bayern has not lost this season, but it showed some vulnerabilities that could be taken advantage of by its Spanish visitors on Tuesday.

Bayern played to draws with Borussia Monchengladbach, Union Berlin and Stuttgart. Two of those draws came at home, which is concerning for a team that rarely displayed flaws over the last few seasons.

The German side has two clean sheets in its last five games, but one of those came against a lower-league opponent in the DFB Pokal. Inter Milan was shutout by Bayern, but it still produced an expected goals total of one.

Bayern has proved to be susceptible to dropping points early on in the season, while Barca has been a consistent machine led by Lewandowski.

Both teams have terrific rosters and we should have a great game on our hands, but I'm willing to put money on the team with the world-class striker more than the one that has struggled a bit this season.

Liverpool vs. Ajax (3 p.m. ET)

Ajax To Score First (+170)

I'm going back to the trend that I cashed in on last week with Napoli.

Liverpool has conceded first in five of its eight games this season with four of the concessions coming in the first 32 minutes.

The Reds come into Tuesday with pressure on them to win after losing to Napoli. They could beat Ajax, but it will be a tough test for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Ajax rolled through the Rangers defense with five goals last week and it has outscored opponents 25-3 this season. Ajax is doing all of this after selling a majority of its key players from last season, including Sebastian Haller and Antony.

Liverpool had the weekend off, which some may think plays to its advantage, but its also had a week to let the loss to Napoli fester instead of taking it out on an opponent.

I expect Ajax to be on the offensive right away and that could catch Liverpool off guard as it tries to work its way into the game.

Basically what I'm trying to say is I'm riding with the Liverpool to concede first trend until it dies out because of the money we can make off it.

Sporting CP (+240) vs. Tottenham (12:45 p.m. ET)

Sporting delivered a bit of a statement on Matchday 1, when it went into Frankfurt and rolled past Eintracht by three goals.

The Portuguese side kept that momentum up over the weekend with a 4-0 win over Portimonense. Sporting comes into Tuesday's matchup with Tottenham on a three-game shutout streak and with five multi-goal games in seven matches.

Sporting does not have a great track record against English teams, but it also historically struggled against German sides before beating Eintracht.

Sporting posted a 4-0 win over Besiktas and a 3-1 triumph over Borussia Dortmund at home in the group stage last season.

Meanwhile, Tottenham struggled to get results away from home in the UEFA Conference League. It lost on the road to Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira in the playoff round before winning the second leg at home. Spurs fell on the road to Vitesse and NS Mura and drew Rennes on the road in group play.

Spurs were also vulnerable on the road two seasons ago in the UEFA Europa League, as it suffered a loss to Antwerp and a draw against LASK. They were knocked out of the competition by way of a 3-0 road loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 16.

Yes, this is a different Spurs squad, but it did concede three times on the road against Chelsea and West Ham United in the EPL. Spurs lost the expected goals battle in both games. They beat Nottingham Forest on the road, but that isn't much of an achievement.

Spurs won't run away with the contest against a stubborn Sporting back line and I could see the Portuguese side stealing the game in the second half, like it did last week against Eintracht.

Marseille (-115) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (3 p.m. ET)

The other Group D clash has the potential to be a lopsided affair.

Eintracht Frankfurt comes into France with two straight losses that featured zero goals scored and it has just three victories from nine matches across all competitions.

Marseille won six of its first eight matches across all competitions and it scored nine goals in four home matches, including its weekend win over Lille.

Marseille's loss to Tottenham should be ignored here because it took place on the road. The French side is perfect at home this season and Frankfurt comes into the match in shaky form.

This is basically a bet on the team in the better early-season form that should receive a boost from its home crowd in European play.

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