Champions League Best Bets For Group Stage Action

Gabe Morency

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:31 AM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017 1:31 AM UTC

The Champions League returns this week with eight games on Tuesday and another eight on Wednesday. There are some games that should prove close and exciting and others where a big team is expected to.
<p>The Champions League returns this week with eight games on Tuesday and another eight on Wednesday. There are some games that should prove close and exciting and others where a big team is expected to annihilate a minnow. Here we round up the biggest games and those offering the best value from a betting perspective:</p><p></p><p><strong>APOEL Nicosia v Tottenham</strong></p><p>Spurs got off to a flying start in a tricky Champions League group by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley. Harry Kane was in lethal form and the entire team looked very strong indeed as they blew Dortmund away. APOEL Nicosia meanwhile lost 3-0 to Real Madrid in the opening round of fixtures and were underwhelming, not offering much in the way of attacking threat. Spurs are now in pole position to qualify along with Real for the knockout stages, but to do so they probably need six points against APOEL and they can get that job done. Tottenham half-time/full-time is 1.87 with Ladbrokes.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid</strong></p><p>This is a huge clash and will create a lot of interest among punters, but caution is advised. Real are the champions of Europe but have struggled of late and fallen well behind Barcelona in La Liga. Dortmund have a good recent record against Real, having drawn with them twice in the group stage last season, and come into the game on the back of thrashing Borussia Monchengladbach 6-1. Real are the favourites but a draw is a real possibility and there is little value in giving Dortmund a plus handicap or in both teams to score. Another really big game that looks too close to call is Chelsea v Atletico Madrid, while away trips for Man Utd and Liverpool do not look appealing, and the same can be said of home games for the likes of Napoli and Sevilla, who are both very low priced.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Man City v Shakhtar Donetsk</strong></p><p>City have been destroying their opponents of late: in their last four games they have scored 20 and conceded none. That is worrying form for Shakhtar, who are flying high in Ukraine and beat Napoli in their opening group game but will struggle to cope with the attacking riches put forward by Man City. City to win to nil looks interesting at 2.26 with Marathon Bet given their recent run of clean sheets.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Monaco v Porto</strong></p><p>Monaco made the semi-finals of this competition last season but lost a few key players in the summer, including Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Timeoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy. However, they still have a strong team and did well to hold Germany’s heavily bankrolled RB Leipzig to a draw on the road in their opening group game. They beat Lille 4-0 last time out in Ligue 1. Porto lost 3-1 at home to Turkish champions Besiktas in their opener and that is a hugely disappointing result. Monaco will fancy their chances of winning this one and Bet Victor and Bwin are offering 2.10 on the home win.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Qarabag v Roma</strong></p><p>Serie A runners-up Roma travel to Azerbaijan to face a Qarabag side that were thrashed 6-0 by Chelsea in the opening round of group games. It was an extremely one-sided contest, and Qarabag looked weak defensively, so Roma’s forwards should relish this contest. Edin Dzeko and co are in fine form, and have fired their club into the top four in Serie A, while the defence has improved too. They held the exceptionally strong Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw in their opening group game and will need a win here if they are to challenge Atletico and Chelsea for qualification. Roma are 1.50 with Stan James, which looks good for an accumulator, but Roma -1 Asian handicap is better value at 1.78 with 188Bet.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Anderlecht v Celtic</strong></p><p>Celtic took a hiding as they were beaten 5-0 by PSG at Hampden Park and Anderlecht did not fare much better in losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich. These two are competing for third place in this group and a route into the Europa League, as PSG and Bayern are far too strong. Anderlecht have since sacked their manager and are in disarray ahead of the clash, so Celtic might capitalise, despite being underdogs here. Celtic +0.75 Asian handicap is 1.65 with Bet Victor, or Celtic-draw double chance is 1.85 with Sportingbet.</p><p> </p><p><strong>PSG v Bayern Munich</strong></p><p>This will be the first real test of the season for PSG’s lavishly assembled strike force of Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, which has been annihilating teams in Ligue 1. Bayern Munich are always strong defensively and will be keen to show that they are still among the top dogs in Europe, but their form in the Bundesliga has been patchy. They drew with Wolfsburg last time out and there is unrest in the club, so they may be lacking a little confidence. PSG to win this at 1.95 looks interesting.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Sporting Lisbon v Barcelona</strong></p><p>Barca have shrugged off the loss of Neymar to embark on the perfect start to the season, winning all their games comfortably and scoring plenty of goals. Their 3-0 win over Juventus, last season’s runners-up in this competition, was the highlight of a sensational start to the campaign. Sporting did well to beat Olympiakos away in Greece, but the Portuguese side will face a far sterner challenge here. Barcelona -1.25 Asian handicap looks a great bet at 1.89 with Bet Victor.</p>
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