2017/18 Champions League Group H tips: Tottenham odds value for third place
FootyOn look at 2017/18 Champions League Group H tips and Tottenham odds in a tough pool for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Spurs are set for Luka Modric and Gareth Bale reunions as they welcome the Croatia playmaker and Wales wing wizard’s Real Madrid to Wembley on November 1.
As if the prospect of Mauricio Pochettino’s team playing the Champions League holders isn’t daunting enough on its own, their pool also contains 2014 finalists Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham odds to win Group H are a best-price 5/1 with Paddy Power, because they haven’t fared well when previously paired with these teams.
Well-beaten by Bernabeu boys and BVB before
Pochettino encountered Dortmund in the Europa League knockout phase the season before last and Spurs lost 5-1 on aggregate.
Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored three goals across the two legs, while fellow Westfalenstadion forward Marco Reus struck twice.
Real Madrid also put five past Tottenham during Harry Redknapp’s tenure in the 2011 Champions League quarter-finals.
Current UEFA player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo scored home and away in that tie against a team containing future Bernabeu teammates Modric and Bale.
If the form of these previous fixtures are any indicator, then Spurs should struggle – especially as their Wembley record is poor.
Tottenham odds still value in different markets
This all leaves Tottenham odds of 11/10 with BetVictor to be eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage tempting.
Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia complete this pool and Pochettino should certainly be targeting six points from those games.
It is very difficult to make a case for further Spurs success, given their late dip into the transfer window for an area – defence – that didn’t really need strengthening.
Another attractive price, however, is Tottenham odds of 6/5 with Sky Bet to finish third in this pool.
Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund forecast worth a flutter
Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos are the only team in the Champions League era to retain it, so command real respect.
Madrid and Dortmund did battle in last season’s group stage with both encounters ending in 2-2 draws.
Real have the advantage here, though, because they get a tough trip to Germany out the way in the second match of this pool.
Knowing Dortmund are back at the Bernabeu in December, for what could effectively be a dead rubber, plays into Zidane’s hands.
A straight Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund forecast at 7/4 with Sky Bet in which the holders win the group makes sense.
Little has changed since last term when Los Blancos proved two points better off in their pool than Dortmund.
The forecast is better value than taking Real Madrid to outright win the group, because they are odds-on.
Dortmund, meanwhile, appeal at 11/8 to finish runners-up as they are under new management in ex-Ajax boss Peter Bosz, who was a Europa League finalist last term.
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