Nov 22: Champions League Preview

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AT the start of the season people laughed when bookies rated Leicester 10 times more likely to win the Champions League than defend their title.

Bookies were spot on with the prices – and now the Foxes are 25 more times likely to rule in Europe than retain their Premier League crown. They are 40-1 to win the Champions League and 1000-1 for the Premier League.

Let’s face it – their fairytale will be over when they come up against the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but for now Claudio Ranieri’s men can dream on.

Victory against Bruges tonight is likely clinch top spot in Group F and should lead to a winnable last-16 tie.

Leicester launched their campaign with a 3-0 win in Belgium and have yet to concede a goal. Bruges have failed to win in nine in a row ties v English clubs and haven’t keep a clean sheet.

They are rock bottom with no points and just one goal so a home win at 1-2 with Coral looks nailed on. For better value take Leicester to win to nil at 11-8 with McBookie.

They say there’s nothing like a Dane (or something like that) and Copenhagen can help Leicester to top spot by beating Porto at home.

Victory will lift the Danes, whose only defeat was an unlucky 1-0 at the King Power, into second spot and they are 11-5 with McBookie.

Copenhagen are have allowed opponents the fewest shots on target in the Champions League this season and face a side who aren’t as strong as great Porto sides of the past.

But the Danes are without striker Federico Santander and Andreas Cornelius and with that team news I can’t back them. Could be a low scorer.

Spurs could be out if they fail to win in Monaco and it’s a tall order against a side who beat them 2-1 at Wembley.

Last season the teams drew 1-1 in the Europa League and a repeat would suit the home men and put them through.

A point is no use to the English side and as they need to at least net take both teams to score at 9-11 with Unibet.

Radamel Falcao has rediscovered his form with five goals in three games and is 2-1 at 10bet to score again.

Harry Kane has returned with three goals in two outings and is also 2-1 at Coral to hit the target. But he is an injury doubt while Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele are also struggling. Erik Lamela (hip), Toby Alderweireld (leg) and Ben Davies (ankle) are all out.

The other game in Spurs’ group sees Bayer Leverkusen travel to CSKA Moscow determined to make amends for throwing away two points at home after throwing away a two-goal lead.

CSKA midfielder Roman Eremenko hit the equaliser in Germany but has since received a two-year ban for an anti-doping offence. Bayer haven’t been in brilliant form but should get the job done here at a best 11-10 with William Hill and Betfred.

And if they win in the early game that will pile the pressure on Spurs who will then have to beat Monaco to survive.

Biggest game of the night is possibly in Group H where Sevilla entertain Juventus needing a draw to go through. Boss Jorge Sampaoli insists he’ll send his team out to win and whatever the result one of the giants can only come under pressure from Lyon if they beat Dinamo Zagreb away.

Juve are minus Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Andrea Barzagli and Medhi Benatia but a draw sort of suits both sides and it could be played out that way.

When you consider the players Juve are missing the Europa League holders shouldn’t lose so Sevilla draw no bet could be the shout at 16-19 with Marathonbet.

Lyon are too short for me at 4-7 with Ladbrokes but they beat the Croats 3-0 at home and drew away to Juventus.

The French have to win so what about Lyon to score 2+ at a slightly better 4-6 or star striker Alexander Lacazette to score at 39-40 (what was wrong with just making it evens) at 888sport.

In Group F it’s a fight for first place between Dortmund and Real Madrid – they meet in the Bernabeu on matchday six – and both should win well. Thomas Tuchel’s side’s confidence will be high after beating Bayern Munich at the weekend but they are no bigger than 1-9 at Marathonbet at home to Legia Warsaw.

It was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who notched at the weekend and that’s 15 goals in 14 games. He is 11-5 at bet365 and McBookie to score first.

Another man in form is Cristiano Ronaldo and he returns to his first big club Sporting and will be keen to put on a show. Ronaldo slammed a hat-trick in a sensational 3-0 win at Atletico Madrid at the weekend and is 3-1 with bet365 to score first in Lisbon.

Real are 4-6 at bet365 and 8-15 with Ladbrokes to score two or more as they try to make up for letting two points slip when held 3-3 in Poland last time out.

Bets to Consider

Leicester to win to nil

Monaco v Spurs btts

Falcao to score

Bayer Leverkusen (5pm)

Sevilla draw no bet

Lacazette to score

Aubameyang to score first

Ronaldo to score first

 

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