Champions League Group G Round-Up – 07/12/16
Champions League Group G Round-Up – 07/12/16
In our Champions League Group G Round-Up we look at the best possible betting tips for these fixtures.
Club Brugge v FC Copenhagen
FC Copenhagen travel to Belgium on Wednesday night knowing that a victory over Club Brugge could potentially see them qualify for the last 16.
Club Brugge have endured a horrific European campaign this term and sit rock bottom of Group G without a single point. Heavy early defeats set the precedent for the Belgians, they went down 3-0 on the opening day to Leicester City before losing 4-0 to their opponents in this one Copenhagen which left them with too much to do. They then narrowly lost their next three outings and whatever happens here they will finish bottom of their group.
Brugge’s five straight defeats is the clubs worst losing streak in Europe and they are one of only two clubs – the other being Dinamo Zagreb – who have no wins and no points in the competition to date. Their recent record at home is no better with five defeats in their last six European ties at Jan Breydelstadion.
For Copenhagen qualification is on the line so they will be going all out for three points in this one. The Danes have only ever reached the last 16 on one ocassion in their history, back in the 2010/11 campaign, so victory and progression would be a huge step in the right direction for them. Ståle Solbakken’s men have been solid on the road in Europe this term and including qualifying matches they have lost just one of their five matches on the road – a 1-0 defeat to group winners Leicester City.
They will be looking to Danish striker Andreas Cornelius to fire them to success with him being their greatest goal threat. The 23-year-old has netted 12 times in 26 appearances so far this season, including six in Europe. Cornelius had an ill-fated spell in English football when he joined Cardiff City a few years ago, but after moving back to his home country he appears to be getting back on track to fulfilling his potential.
FC Copenhagen to win (Best priced at 11/10 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Andreas Cornelius to score anytime (Best priced at 17/10 with Betfair) – BET HERE
FC Porto v Leicester City
Leicester City can afford to relax when they travel to Portugal to take on Porto on Wednesday evening.
The Foxes have already qualified for the last 16 of this seasons Champions League after an almost flawless group campaign. They have won four of their five outings in Europe so far this term, with the only match they did not win being an away draw at FC Copenhagen. They have already claimed a 1-0 win over Porto this season, with Algerian Islam Slimani bagging the winning goal. Slimani has a great record of scoring against Porto dating back to his Sporting Lisbon days, he scored four times against them last season and was nicknamed the ‘Dragon Slayer’ by the Lisbon fans.
Their form in Europe has been in stark contrast to that in the Premier League where they have struggled in their title defence. They in fact have more points from five Champions League matches than they do in 14 Premier League matches which is a pretty astonishing stat. Their defence has been solid in Europe and they have conceded just one goal which has been the main reason behind their success.
This is a much bigger match for Porto than their opponents as qualification is on the line for them. They currently sit in second place with FC Copenhagen just two points behind them but know that they need to win as a draw will not be enough should the Danes beat Club Brugge. They have a good record when facing English sides at the Estádio do Dragão having won seven of the 16 fixtures, losing just three. They recently ended a five match winless streak at home by beating Club Brugge 1-0 on match day four which will boost their confidence ahead of this one.
The Portuguese outfit have struggled to score goals on a regular basis in this seasons competition having managed just four in their four matches so far. Andre Silva has bagged two of those goals and is the clubs top scorer this season with 10 in all competitions. They will look to him to fire them to victory in this one, he will fancy his chances against a Leicester side that has already qualified and therefore may not put everything into this match.
FC Porto to win (Best priced at 4/11 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 5/4 with Betfair) – BET HERE
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Watch the highlights from Leicester’s 3-0 win over Brugge here: