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.
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.
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
Real Madrid (holders), Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United
Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas
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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