Champions League group stage tips: Foxes, Spurs and Real Madrid in action
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | September 26, 2016
Champions League group stage tips
The Champions League group stage returns for its second week, and Tuesday’s action sees the likes of Leicester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid all looking to gain three points.
Defending champions Los Blancos and the Foxes, in particular, are involved in tasty tussles, as they take on Borussia Dortmund and Porto respectively, while Sevilla take on Lyon and Monaco host Bayer Leverkusen our other chosen fixtures.
So, read on to find out our five Champions League group stage tips from these clashes for September 27th…
Slimani to slay Dragons once more by scoring first
Leicester record transfer Islam Slimani, who signed this summer from Sporting Lisbon, has the chance to help his new team down an old rival on Tuesday evening, as the Foxes take on Porto.
It just so happens that the Algeria striker has been the scourge of the Dragons in recent seasons, including earlier this term when he struck for Sporting on their way to winning – in what was his last match for them.
Slimani has six goals in as many league matches against Porto, and each time he has netted they went on to triumph. He also scored first against them three times and also broke the deadlock in the clash with Burnley this campaign, so back him at 5/1 to do so once again.
Son to score for Spurs anytime v CSKA
Heung-Min Son has been a revelation for Tottenham this season, having netting in the top flight four times in just three matches.
Both times he has scored (he got a brace in each), they were on the road, which is good reading for Spurs fans ahead of their duel with CSKA Moscow after they lost to Monaco in their opening Champions League fixture.
Son was on target last time out against Middlesbrough in a 2-1 win, so take tempting odds of 2/1 for him just to strike anytime again.
Dortmund and Real to draw
Los Blancos have started the season in decent form, being top of La Liga by a point and claiming a late win in their first Champions League game since their final win last season against Sporting Lisbon.
However, they’ve drawn their last two in the Spanish top flight, and have been troubled by upcoming hosts Dortmund, who are currently second in the Bundesliga, in recent years.
A draw, therefore, beckons, with odds of 12/5 available for that outcome.
Sevilla to beat Lyon with both teams scoring
Sevilla have started fairly well in La Liga this season too, as they find themselves up in sixth place after claiming three wins from their opening three games, while Lyon are slightly worse off in Ligue 1 after losing three of their previous five.
French outfit the Kids beat Dinamo Zagreb in this competition last time out to see them top of the group, but the Bathtubs gained a commendable draw at Juventus and can take all three points at home this time.
Sevilla are a tasty 9/4 price to win with both teams scoring.
Monaco to down Leverkusen 1-0 again
Principality side Monaco are way up the French top-flight table in second – three points ahead of PSG already after seven games – and will certainly be in confident mood after their shock win over Spurs.
On the other hand, Bayer Leverkusen are only in 10th in the Bundesliga, and drew last time out in the Champions League with CSKA Moscow.
Monaco beat Bayer 1-0 in both of their meetings with them in this competition in 2014/15, and are 15/2 to win by that scoreline once more.