Who plays who in the 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw?
Who plays who in the 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw?

Champions League group stage draw: Tough pool for Tottenham

2017/18 Champions League group stage draw throws up tasty ties

Several tasty ties have come out of the 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw.

Who plays who in the 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw?

Who plays who in the 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw?

Tottenham face a tough ask to get through the knockout phase as the 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw paired them with holders Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team are playing all their home games at Wembley, with Group H completed by Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia.

Los Blancos face Dortmund in the group stage for the second successive season and 4/1 outright favourites.

Spurs, meanwhile, are out to 40/1 in lift the European Cup with Sky Bet.

Costa subplot surrounds Chelsea’s Atleti encounter

Premier League champions Chelsea have been drawn in Group C, meanwhile, which pairs them with Roma of Serie A, Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag and Atletico Madrid.

The Blues’ wantaway frontman Diego Costa wants to re-join Atleti, but this La Liga side are banned from registering players until January.

Antonio Conte created the Costa controversy when texting the Brazil-born Spain striker to say he was no longer part of his plans at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are 16/1 shots with BetVictor for a second European Cup success following the 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw.

Kinder draws for Manchester duo and Liverpool

Manchester United’s pool – Group A – is pretty favourable, as the Red Devils play Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow. Jose Mourinho’s men have been cut from 14/1 into 11/1 outright with Sky Bet.

Liverpool, who qualified for this round by coming through the play-offs, will also fancy their chances in Group E.

Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Slovenian side Maribor are the opposition for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, who are 22/1 chances with Paddy Power.

Manchester City in Group F face Feyenoord, Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk; so, like United, Pep Guardiola’s team face two national champions and are 11/1 chances with betway.

Celtic clash with Neymar and battle Bayern

Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, has to prepare Celtic for encounters with PSG, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht.

It is huge ask for the Bhoys to keep out the likes of the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar and Robert Lewandowski.

Smart money may be on the Hoops bagging third place in Group B, however, and a Europa League knockout phase spot.

Juve and Barca renew acquaintances

Last season’s Champions League finalists Juventus meet 2015 conquerors Barcelona in Group D, which also contains Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon.

The 2017/18 Champions League group stage draw is completed with French Ligue 1 champions Monaco paired with newcomers RB Leipzig.

Bundesliga boys Leipzig will fancy their chances of making it through this pool, Group G, which also contains Besiktas and Porto.

2017/18 Champions League group stage draw in full

Group A

Benfica
Manchester United
Basel
CSKA Moscow

Group B

Bayern Munich
PSG
Anderlecht
Celtic

Group C

Chelsea
Atletico Madrid
Roma
Qarabag

Group D

Juventus
Barcelona
Olympiakos
Sporting Lisbon

Group E

Spartak Moscow
Sevilla
Liverpool
Maribor

Group F

Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester City
Napoli
Feyenoord

Group G

Monaco
Porto
Besiktas
RB Leipzig

Group H

Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Tottenham
APOEL Nicosia

Seedings/Pots

Pot 1

Real Madrid (holders), Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow

Pot 2

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United

Pot 3

Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas

Pot 4

Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, APOEL Nicosia, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

Best-price Champions League outright betting

Real Madrid 4/1 (from 9/2), you can get with Paddy Power
Barcelona 13/2 (from 7/1) with BetVictor and betway
Bayern Munich 13/2 with BetVictor
PSG 7/1 with BetVictor
Manchester City 11/1 (from 12/1) with BetVictor and betway
Juventus 14/1 with Sky Bet, BetVictor, Paddy Power and betway
Manchester United 11/1 (from 14/1) with Sky Bet and BetVictor
Chelsea 16/1 (from 14/1) with BetVictor
Atletico Madrid 20/1 (from 16/1) with Sky Bet, BetVictor, Paddy Power and betway
Liverpool 22/1 (from 25/1) with Paddy Power and betway
Borussia Dortmund 33/1 with Sky Bet, BetVictor, Paddy Power and betway
Tottenham 40/1 (from 33/1) with Sky Bet
Napoli 40/1 (from 50/1) with BetVictor, notably halved into 25/1 with Sky Bet
Monaco 80/1 (from 70/1) with Sky Bet
Celtic 500/1 with Sky Bet, BetVictor and betway
Bar 80/1 and bigger

Odds accurate as of 18:30 BST on Thursday, August 24.

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