Champions League group stage tips: Spurs, Leicester, Juventus and Real Madrid feature
Lee Gormley | September 13, 2016
Champions League group stage tips
The 2016/17 Champions League group stage kicked off this week, so Coral pick out five top tips to take for the second day of fixtures, featuring pools E-H.
Italian giants Juventus feature in our selections, as they collide with three-in-a-row Europa League winners Sevilla, though there’s Premier League involvement to enjoy as Tottenham and reigning top-flight champions Leicester City begin their campaigns.
Read on to find out our five Champions League group stage tips…
Juventus to sink Sevilla to nil
Juventus have been a dominant force in Serie A for many years, winning the title in the last five successive seasons, but they are aiming to have an impact on Europe’s elite club competition this term.
Massimiliano Allegri’s Old Lady collide with Sevilla in their Group H opener and are 11/8 to record a comfortable victory without conceding on home soil, having earned a routine 2-0 triumph in the only other ever meeting with their Spanish opponents at the Juventus Stadium.
Leicester to down Club Brugge in first CL clash
All eyes will be on the progress of Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes in this season’s Group G, after their remarkable domestic success last term, and they face Belgian outfit Club Brugge in their first ever Champions League game.
Leicester have previously featured in the European Cup Winner’s Cup and UEFA Cup in their history, but they are 6/4 to earn three points in their maiden appearance in the continent’s elite club competition.
Real’s Bale to bag brace over Lisbon
The Galacticos have never lost to close Portuguese opponents Sporting Lisbon before and, after a strong start to the season under club icon Zinedine Zidane, the defending European champions are aiming to make a statement showing in their Group F opener.
Real have won all three of their opening La Liga outings, with Wales international attacker Gareth Bale playing a starring role, including an opening day double against Real Sociedad. The in-form forward also bagged a World Cup qualifying brace recently, making him a promising 4/1 for another two or more anytime.
Lamela to fire past Monaco anytime
During their Europa League ventures last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs got the better of Ligue 1 outfit Monaco over two encounters, securing a comfortable 4-1 success at White Hart Lane and drawing 1-1 in the south of France.
The Londoners will again welcome Monaco to the capital, this time in their Champions League Group E opener, and Argentina attacker Erik Lamela is 7/4 to dispatch anytime, having hit a hat-trick in the home triumph last season.
Dortmund’s Aubameyang to strike first
German club Borussia Dortmund have endured a tough start to their season domestically, but the form of reliant frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a saving grace of late, after he clinically fired in a decisive double to help overcome Mainz.
The Gabon international sharpshooter was linked with a host of other top European clubs in the summer, but he is a tasty 5/2 to open the scoring for the Black and Yellows in their Group F match-up with Polish champions Legia Warsaw on their travels.