Champions League Group G Round-Up – 13/09/2017

Champions League Group G Round-Up – 13/09/2017

Champions League Group G Round-Up 

In our Champions League Group G Round-Up we look at the best possible betting tips for these fixtures.

FC Porto v Besiktas

Last seasons Portuguese Premeira Liga runners up FC Porto play host to Turkish champions Besiktas in this exciting group G clash.

The Portuguese giants have started well in the league

Porto have began the season in fine fettle, they’re currently top of the pile in the Primeira Liga after winning all 5 of their opening games and will look to carry this form into their European clash tonight in an eagerly anticipated fixture that will decide who takes the advantage going into the second leg in 2 weeks time. Sérgio Conceição’s men went up against Chaves in the league on Saturday and won convincingly 3-0 thanks to goals from Vincent Aboubakar, Francisco Soares and Moussa Marega. Before that, the boys in blue travelled to Braga and came away with all 3 points in a tightly contested 1-0 victory after Jesús Manuel Corona found the net inside 7 minutes. This promising start will undoubtedly give the hosts great confidence heading into this tie and possibly give them the edge when the final whistle is blown at the Estádio do Dragão.

It was a busy summer for the home side as they saw two of their most influential players from last season depart. Highly sought after striker Andre Silva swapped Portugal for Italy after completing his £34 million move to AC Milan, whilst 20 year old creative midfielder Ruben Neves traded the Premeira Liga for the Championship by signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in a move that shocked pretty much every football fan out there. This business, on paper looked like it may have had a negative affect for the Portuguese powerhouses, but it doesn’t seem to be troubling them so far. New boy Oliver Torres, bought from Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of £18 million has settled in nicely and seems to be proving his worth, whilst leading striker Vincent Aboubakar has netted 5 goals in as many games, second only in the top scorer list to Benfica’s Jonas.

Vincent Aboubakar has been on fire for Porto so far this season.

Besiktas are unbeaten in four

The visitors for this fixture go into this game with similar confidence to their opposition, they’ve started their domestic campaign in strong form, winning 3 and drawing 1 of their opening 4 fixtures. The Turkish titans won 1-0 when they travelled to Karabükspor at the weekend in a game they dominated from the outset, and before that came out on top in a 2-1 victory over Bursaspor, where goals from centre back Dusko Tosic and holding midfielder Atiba Hutchinson asserted their dominance in a match that the hosts again controlled throughout, retaining 64% possession over the 90.

The summer signing of ex Real Madrid hardman Pepe was a great bit of business completed by manager Şenol Güneş, he has really steadied the visitors back line and will bring a wealth of European experience to the side, something that will definitely help their chances going into this tie. Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has also been brought in and looks to have been a good signing, he’s another with Champions League pedigree and has got 2 goals in 4 so far this season, something he’ll be looking to increase tonight.

Besiktas coach Şenol Güneş will be hoping his side can continue their recent run of form.

Monaco v RB Leipzig

The French Champions welcome Germany’s latest success story to the Stade Louis II in this eagerly anticipated group G fixture.

Leonardo Jardim’s men seem to be coping alright without their recent departures

Monaco have well and truly hit the ground running this season, they go into this opening Champions League clash having won 4 of their last 5 league games and know that anything but a win would be a disappointing result against a team with very little experience in the world’s most elite club competition. The French outfit thrashed league rivals Marseille 6-1 a fortnight ago in their last home game, but went down 4-0 to Nice at the weekend, so it is sure to be a very interesting game for the mutual spectator.

The hosts were extremely busy this summer, they saw a flurry of personnel exit the club for mega money. Teenage sensation Kevin MBappe finalised his loan move to billionaire rivals PSG at the end of last month, with a fee for the 18 year old expected to be in the region of £178 million next season for his permanent services. Full back Benjamin Mendy also left for Manchester City, after the Premier League title hopefuls matched their £54 million valuation of the player. They did however reinvest that money, bringing in the services Lazio winger Keita Baldé and Stevan Jovetic from Inter Milan to name a few, which shows the ambition of the club and what they are aiming to achieve this season.

The Frenchmen don’t seem fazed after losing Kylian Mbappe to rivals PSG this summer.

Leipzig may be the new boys on the block but they’re here to stay

The visitors for this fixture have taken modern football by storm, their unique philosophy and impeccable facilities have divided opinions in recent years, with many branding the club as ‘too manufactured’ and ‘fake’. But that doesn’t seem to faze them in the slightest, they finished second in the Bundesliga last season in their opening campaign and look good value to give league titans Bayern Munich another run for their money this time out.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have started the season promisingly, they’ve won all four of their opening league games convincingly and will look to carry their recent form into tonight’s game against their French counterparts. The German’s have looked solid at the back so far this term, conceding just once in four outings but will definitely have their work cut out against a fearsome frontline this evening. Leipzig will look to dominate possession from the outset, they frequently bide their time and then catch teams on the break and are very good at doing so, but Monaco aren’t going to be easy to break down, making this clash a very exciting prospect.

The Champions League newbie’s will be keen to get the upper hand tonight against an experience Monaco side.

Recommended bets:

Vincent Aboubakar to score first (Best priced at 4/1 with BetBright) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best priced at 5/6 with BetStars) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 10/11 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE