2017/18 Champions League Group G tips: RB Leipzig odds taken outright
FootyOn give 2017/18 Champions League Group G tips, with RB Leipzig odds taken over Monaco and Porto to win this pool.
Here’s a curious stat for you; Porto were in Champions League Group G last season with debutants in Europe’s elite club competition.
While the Dragons from Portugal managed to finish pool runners-up behind Leicester City in 2016, they have their work cut out to repeat that this term.
This is because Champions League Group G looks a lot more competitive in 2017 given the presence of new boys RB Leipzig, French Ligue 1 champions Monaco and Turkish counterparts Besiktas.
Porto famously gave Monaco a hiding in the 2004 final when managed by Jose Mourinho, but the rematches 13 years on will likely determine who progresses to the knockout phase.
Further evidence Monaco victims of own success
History – both from that time and beyond as well as more recently – shows Monaco are victims of their own success.
The Principality outfit get regularly raided whenever they do well and this summer has proved no exception to that rule.
Although Leonardo Jardim’s team have won the last two Champions League groups they were in, it’s hard to tip them this time.
Premier League clubs must take plenty of blame for dismantling Monaco’s latest successful vintage, with Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva both joining Manchester City and Chelsea capturing Tiemoue Bakayoko.
At the time of writing, prized attacking asset Kylian Mbappe has had his squad number taken off him as a loan move or permanent transfer to domestic rivals PSG nears.
Leipzig can make CL leap
There is far better value in siding with best-price RB Leipzig odds of 11/4 with Paddy Power to win the pool, because they have kept key assets Naby Keita and Timo Werner for now at least.
Midfield dynamo Keita will join Liverpool next summer, so the Bundesliga runners-up have a whole year to replace him.
Leipzig have let Scotland talent Oliver Burke return to Britain with West Bromwich Albion, but Portuguese winger Bruma covers that departure.
For all Monaco have prolific Colombia hitman Radamel Falcao and Poland centre back Kamil Glik at opposite ends of the pitch, the vultures have almost picked their squad clean of emerging talent.
These is no guarantee names recruited to replace those Jardim has seen sold will gel like last season.
Monaco remain credible candidates to progress from the pool, however, and Sky Bet have terrific 13/2 value about a straight forecast with them finishing second to Leipzig.
Porto primed for third place
Porto rely heavily on the Mexican contingent in their ranks for goals and guile. Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar is back in favour under new boss Sergio Conceicao and spent time on loan in Turkey with Besiktas last term, so will know plenty about them.
Another encouraging stat involving the Dragons is they’ve never lost to this Turkish team from four previous European encounters.
If that history proves true, then Porto should finish third and Sky Bet go a fine 5/2 about that.
Conceicao, a winger in his playing days, has established a strong domestic defence that began the Portuguese Primeira Liga with four wins to nil.
Besiktas have perhaps added a touch too much aggression to their ranks, meanwhile, in Brazil-born Portugal international Pepe and fellow defensive player Gary Medel – the Pitbull from Chile.
Are Besiktas boys over the hill?
Neither man has the best disciplinary record, while the Turkish Super Lig has some viciously competitive derby games between Besiktas and fellow Istanbul-based outfits.
There are also some old Premier League players that didn’t quite make the grade on their books, notably Dutch wingers Ryan Babel and Jeremain Lens plus former Spain striker Alvaro Negredo.
Like Portugal pair Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma, these are ageing elements of Besiktas’ roster and that may be their undoing.
They are even-money favourites with Sky Bet to finish bottom of the pool, because Beskitas have a few too many players who have seen better days.
RB Leipzig odds in the outright betting and for the straight forecast with Monaco make the most sense here.
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