Premier League teams in Champions League: Who will progress furthest?
FootyOn give Premier League teams in Champions League tips, on which English side will progress furthest in Europe’s elite club competition?
The PL has the unique distinction of five five representatives in this season’s CL group stage.
That is due to Manchester United lifting the Europa League last term.
Which of the quintet; Tottenham, Man Utd, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea will progress furthest, though?
Who looks the value bet among Premier League teams in Champions League tips?
Betway have a betting market open on which side will progress furthest.
Man City favourites, but could defence let them down?
Pep Guardiola has spent heavily on recruiting new full backs at Man City this summer, but no new centre half arrived at the Etihad.
The fragile fitness of City skipper Vincent Kompany notwithstanding, they are made 2/1 favourites to go further than any other Premier League team.
This is because Manchester City have an awesome attacking ensemble full of goals and guile.
In Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, Guardiola has pass-masters whose creativity ensures a hatful of chances for Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
When blessed with so much talent, Man City’s pool, Group F, shouldn’t pose any problems.
It’s just a case of how much further they can go into the knockout phase and whether central defence is strong enough.
Man Utd odds are value bet in market
Europa League winners United, meanwhile, have strengthened defence, midfield and attack over the summer.
Jose Mourinho is integrating Premier League new boy Victor Lindelof slowly, but has had no qualms about throwing his former Chelsea players Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku straight into the Red Devils XI.
As the Champions League group stage gets underway, Man Utd odds of 9/4 to progress furthest among the PL teams involved appeal.
Not only do United have yet another easy pool, Group A, on paper, but they top the Premier League alongside City on 10 points apiece.
Of the three English teams competing at Europe’s top table this term, the Red Devils look hungriest.
Mourinho, like Guardiola, has won the Champions League twice as a coach and is a better value bet in this market.
Can Chelsea cope with European campaign?
Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea return to European football with some squad issues unresolved.
Antonio Conte and the Blues hierarchy seemed pushed into very late deadline day deals for Danny Drinkwater – having sold Matic to Man Utd – and Davide Zappacosta.
Transfer activity overall at Stamford Bridge has to go down as a disappointment this summer, leaving Chelsea as losers despite Alvaro Morata’s arrival up front.
That is just as well with the ongoing dispute involving wantaway Diego Costa, but there were plenty of other targets the Blues just didn’t get.
Conte’s squad looks small and the presence of recent two-time Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid in their pool, Group C, means finishing top is far from certain.
There may just been too many players unproven at elite European level, leaving an 11/4 price about Chelsea going further than their Premier League rivals lacking merit.
Liverpool lacking quality at centre back
Keeping Philippe Coutinho is a big coup for Jurgen Klopp, whose man-management should ensure he is reintegrated at Anfield.
It’s not in attacking areas where his Liverpool side have questions to answer, however, on their Champions League return.
Just as the Reds stood firm while Barcelona courted Brazil creator Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar, so did Southampton over star defender Virgil van Dijk.
A commanding centre back is what the Merseyside outfit are missing and it was brutally exposed by Man City following Sadio Mane’s recent sending off.
Despite the presence of Sevilla in their Champions League pool, Group E, progress past Spartak Moscow and Maribor should be assured.
How much further Liverpool can go remains to be seen, however, and that is reflected in their 6/1 price.
Spurs overpriced if learning to cope with Wembley
While White Hart Lane is redeveloped, Tottenham are playing their home games at English football’s national stadium.
The hallowed turf of Wembley has not been a happy hunting ground for Mauricio Pochettino’s team so far, though.
Arguably boasting the best and most exciting starting XI in the Premier League, Spurs know they have a tough pool, Group H, on paper.
Real Madrid became the only side in the Champions League era to retain the trophy last term, while Borussia Dortmund always make their presence felt.
The latter may not be as strong as they seem, however, after recruiting a lot of young, raw talent for Peter Bosz to mould long-term.
If Tottenham can reproduce the take on all-comers mentality of Harry Redknapp’s European advantage with them at Wembley, then their status as 11/1 outsiders in this market may be wrong.
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