2017/18 Champions League Group F tips: Man City bets and Napoli odds appeal
FootyOn give 2017/18 Champions League Group F tips, with Man City bets and Napoli odds appealing in this pool.
Manchester City have never beaten Napoli in a competitive European game, but are better-equipped than ever to do so this season.
The Etihad outfit and Little Donkeys are the main forces in Champions League Group F.
This pool is completed by Dutch Eredivisie champions Feyenoord and Ukrainian Premier League winners Shakhtar Donetsk.
Despite the presence of those two league champs, neither are fancied to derail Pep Guardiola’s men, who are odds-on 4/6 favourites with BetVictor to win the pool.
The Citizens have overhauled defence, specifically the full back berths and brought in younger legs.
Kyle Walker has had Champions League exposure with Tottenham before, while Benjamin Mendy turned out in Europe’s elite club competition for Monaco last term.
Danilo, meanwhile, has a European Cup winner’s medal in each of the last two seasons from when he was with Real Madrid.
Stability of stagnation in Naples?
Napoli odds of 11/8 with Sky Bet, meanwhile, say they will finish as group runners-up after a quiet summer for Maurizio Sarri.
His Neapolitan team will certainly welcome that after seeing star forwards like Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain poached in years past.
The lack of transfer activity at the Stadio San Paolo may see them stagnate, however.
Since 2010/11, the Little Donkeys have been top three finishers in Serie A on all but two occasions and are fairly familiar with the Champions League as a result now.
Man City bets combine with Napoli odds nicely in a 13/8 straight forecast with Sky Bet, in which the former tops this group and latter comes second.
The Naples outfit have been pool runners-up on two previous occasions, and bearing in mind this year’s group looks more competitive than the one they won last year, that should prove to be the case again.
Shakhtar short on striking option
That just leaves the matter who will finish third and transfer to the Europa League knockout phase.
Shakhtar’s recruitment strategy has been to buy Brazilian talent and ship it over, yet Paulo Fonesca looks short on strikers.
There’s been a heavy reliance on Taison for goals, as alternatives up front include former Newcastle United loan Facundo Ferreyra.
Diminutive winger Bernard is still on the books, alongside veteran right back and skipper Darijo Srna, but Shakhtar look vulnerable.
Feyenoord, meanwhile, have kept hold of their star striker Nicolai Jorgensen, but sold some defenders and saw captain Dirk Kuyt retire.
The Rotterdam outfit are more accustomed to bringing talent through and selling it on, so Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men may be a better bet for third place.
Sky Bet go an enticing 15/8 about Feyenoord taking this spot in Group F, with Shakhtar 6/4 shouts for finishing last.
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