Champions League Group H Round-Up – 13/09/17

Champions League Group H Round-Up – 13/09/17

Champions League Group H Round-Up

In our Champions League Group H betting preview we look at the best possible bets from both fixtures.

Real Madrid v APOEL

Real Madrid kick off as their new campaign as Champions League champions, by hosting APOEL at the prestigious Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have won the tournament in three of the last four seasons

It’s no surprise that once again Real Madrid stand as the favourites to scoop the Champions League trophy, especially when considering how they’ve gone through a fantastic record in recent years, winning the competition in three of the last four seasons and proving Zinedine Zidane to be the perfect man for the job. He’s been at the club for two of those three wins, taking over midway through the season to win achieve that first win in impressive style before leading for a whole term for the second, with the Spanish club’s players clearly taking inspiration from a manager who was so admired during his playing time at the Bernabeu.

They waved goodbye to James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata in the summer, only bringing in some young, defensively minded players in tandem, but that’s not to say that the Real Madrid squad is any way lacking. The number of appearances by promising attacking midfielder Marco Asensio is growing rapidly, with his shots on goal against Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup, as well as a simply stunning set of performances in the summer’s U21 European Championship. Unfortunately, Asensio will miss the game through a minor injury issue but Cristiano Ronaldo is available. He will turn thirty-three in February but he’s not looking like slowing down, enjoying an undoubtably strong year last season.

Marco Asensio has already looked a top talent for club and country

Thomas Christiansen’s departure to Leeds United has left a gap for APOEL

After an incredible season which saw manager Thomas Christiansen pick up thirty-one wins and ten draws from fifty-two games, achieving a reputable win ratio of nearly sixty percent, it was assumed that APOEL would struggle in their battle to keep hold of the promising Danish coach. Although very few even mentioned his name over the summer, he eventually moved to the exit door very late on, where Leeds United swooped in, replacing Garry Monk who dramatically departed to fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

Former Saudi league manager Giorgos Donis has taken his place, showing some consistency to the man he replaces, where they currently remain at the top of the league table. They’re the sort of side who shine predominantly in the Cyprus First Division but will easily falter when playing fixtures in Europe. Making appearances in Europe gives APOEL’s players a lot of experience at the big time but taking on a side such as Real Madrid is a major thrashing just waiting to happen. The squad is an odd mix of players from throughout the globe, but very few standout performers.

Thomas Christiansen was massively underrated at APOEL and has looked an absolute coup for Leeds

 Recommended Bets:

Real Madrid -2 Handicap (Best priced at 4/9 on Betfair) – BET HERE

Isco to score anytime (Best priced at 1/1 on Betway) – BET HERE

Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur face a difficult start in this year’s European challenge, as they welcome Peter Bosz’s reinvented Borussia Dortmund to Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino needs to improve Spurs’ form at Wembley Stadium

The pressure has been piled onto Tottenham Hotspur in the last few years, as Mauricio Pochettino began to push them up the table with aspirations as becoming one of the Premier League’s most threatening teams. Previous attempts in England have seen them finish in the top four over the last two terms but Europe is another issue entirely, with playing away from White Hart Lane coming as a problem, as this campaign has had them playing their time at Wembley Stadium while a brand new stadium is constructed for what’s hoped to be a bright future, but Spurs have failed to win both games at England’s regular hunting ground.

Star striker Harry Kane faced more hoodoo, failing to score in August, where he’s been seen as being not so prolific throughout the months in past years before going on to come out on top as the league’s top scorer. Taking on Everton in their most recent game had him coming out of the August curse and proving that it’s the only time where he can’t seem to finish, as he achieved a decisive brace over The Toffees. Tottenham don’t rest all of their attacking efforts on the shoulders of Harry Kane either, as Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and newly-signed Fernando Llorente also possess plenty of proven talent.

Fernando Llorente could be the perfect man to add some European experience to Spurs’ young squad

Doubters of Peter Bosz have been silenced by Dortmund’s top place position

It was presumed that Borussia Dortmund would have a quiet summer, pushing into third in the Bundesliga table late-on in the last season and making it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where it was only the incredible efforts of Monaco that could prevent them from making it any further. They’d dropped in their usual attacking intensity but nobody thought it would be enough to see Thomas Tuchel leave, who apparently parted company through a heated clash with the club’s officials. After plenty of speculation, Ajax manager Peter Bosz came in to take his place, surrounded by a lot of uncertainty from fans and neutrals the world over.

Worries over whether Peter Bosz would work as the right man for the job at the Westfalenstadion are now all but silenced after a simply fantastic start to their Bundesliga campaign, where Dortmund have won two and drawn one of their first three games to sit at the top of the table, with usual title-winners Bayern Munich trailing by five places. Barcelona came calling for winger Ousmane Dembele over the recent transfer window but there’s still more than enough quality in this team, including forward Marco Reus, rising star Christian Pulisic and sharpshooter Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who opted to stay after plenty of rumours he was leaving.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is an absolute goalmachine and already has two goals in three games this season

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score (Best priced at 4/7 on Betfair) – BET HERE

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime (Best priced at 1/1 on SkyBet) – BET HERE

Check out the rest of our Champions League Betting Previews HERE