2017/18 Champions League Group E tips: Liverpool bets and Sevilla odds make sense
FootyOn give 2017/18 Champions League Group E tips, with Liverpool bets and Sevilla odds looking good.
Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool players who remember the 2016 Europa League final loss to Sevilla have all the motivation they need going into their Champions League pool this season.
The Reds let a half-time lead in Basel’s St Jakob-Park slip as silverware ebbed away to the Bathtubs in 25 minutes after the break.
Sevilla start Group E at Anfield on September 13 and Liverpool could field most of their starting XI from that Europa League final.
By contrast, and bear in mind their last encounter was just 16 months ago, the Bathtubs can only call on around half their side.
A strong business model at Sevilla means they remain the team most likely to challenge the Reds at the top of this pool, though.
Bathtubs behind Reds worth a bet
If backing Liverpool bets with Sky Bet, then punters get an odds-on 8/11 price for them to win Group E.
Considering they’ve kept Philippe Coutinho and the Bathtubs continue to be drained of talent, a wiser bet involves Sevilla odds of 11/8 for them to finish second.
Although this price is shorter than the 15/8 on offer for an outright pool win, the Andalusian outfit are under new management yet again.
Eduardo Berizzo took Galician provincial fortress club Celta Vigo to the semi-finals of both the Copa del Rey and Europa League, losing in the latter to last term’s winners Manchester United.
He has some pedigree, then, but how much longer can Sevilla sustain relative success when coaches and players alike are poached?
Berizzo provides some continuity with predecessor and fellow Argentine boss Jorge Sampaoli, but what keeps the Bathtubs in the hunt is smart spending.
Who has splashed cash best?
Liverpool’s approximate £80,000,000 outlay this summer has secured Klopp three signings in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.
Sevilla, meanwhile, have spent around three-quarters of that on transfer fees and brought in twice as many bodies.
Discounting Dominic Solanke, whose valuation over an Anfield switch from Chelsea will be decided by a tribunal, and the Bathtubs bringing Jesus Navas back on a free from Manchester City, the €64,000,000 spent by Sevilla has remodelled defence and midfield.
Full backs Sebastien Corchia (Lille) and Lionel Carole (Galatasaray, loan) continue a recent penchant for purchasing defenders from neighbouring France.
Denmark centre half Simon Kjaer is also a well-regarded addition at the back from Fenerbahce.
A new-look Sevilla midfield was necessary, meanwhile, because captain Vicente Iborra and Vitolo were sold for a combined €50,000,000.
Back to the future in Seville?
Ever Banega and Navas returned to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while boss Berizzo worked with winger Nolito at Vigo.
Guido Pizarro is a well-regarded deep-lying midfielder who was playing in Mexico and Sampaoli has capped for Argentina.
These names, alongside Colombia striker Luis Muriel, have to gel like the successful Sevilla sides that have dominated the Europa League.
Whether they can resist a Liverpool attacking line-up including Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Salah and Daniel Sturridge remains to be seen.
With Group E completed by Slovenian side Maribor, who have little going for them, and a Spartak Moscow side relying on Quincy Promes for goals and guile, this pool looks fairly clear cut.
Sky Bet’s 15/8 straight forecast combining Liverpool bets and Sevilla odds on the Bathtubs finishing runners-up behind Klopp’s crew is another attractive punt.
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