Champions League Tips: Our five best bets for tonight’s action
Tonight sees the final Champions League group games. Then the real fun begins...
December 7th, 2016
Leicester City are into the last sixteen of the Champions League but Tottenham Hotspur have fallen at the first hurdle. Indeed the Foxes join Arsenal and Manchester City in the knockout stages having won their group in emphatic fashion, however elsewhere across the continent numerous clubs have yet to learn their fate in the tournament and we bring you what we reckon to be the standout picks for tonight’s action.
Legia Warsaw v Sporting Lisbon
A place in the Europa League is the prize awaiting the winner of this match and we’ll be siding with the visitors to grab this consolation prize. Sporting triumphed over Legia to the tune of 2-0 in the last meeting between the sides in Portugal and they head into this match having enjoyed some excellent form with wins in five of their last six outings. Indeed Lisbon have only lost to Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in the group stage and we don’t envisage Warsaw following this lead tonight.
Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco
Both Monaco and Leverkusen have already secured their place in the next round of the Champions League and as such this clash is effectively a ‘dead rubber’. The German side have won just once in their group campaign with Monaco certainly the pace setter in the group. Indeed with little riding on this game we expect a relatively dour affair and with seven of Bayer Leverkusen’s last nine European outing ending all-square, there is nothing to suggest why we won’t see the spoils shared in Germany tonight.
Juventus v Dinamo Zagreb
Juventus enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 over Sevilla in their last Champions League outing with the result that the ‘Old Lady’ leapfrogged their Spanish rivals at the top of the Group H table. They can further cement their pole position by sealing all three points at home to Zagreb tonight and with the Croatians managing no points whatsoever from their group campaign, we fancy the hosts’ chances of sealing the win which would see them progress as group winners. Juve won the reverse fixture 4-0 and another emphatic victory looks on the cards tonight.
Lyon v Sevilla
Sevilla’s disappointing defeat to Juventus cost them their top spot in the group and as such a win against Lyon is an absolute necessity should they wish to climb back to the top. Clearly they would also be looking to Juventus to slip up against Zagreb and whilst we expect Sevilla to keep their side of the bargain, the ‘Old Lady’ won’t be surrendering her position quite so easily. Sevilla have been solid in this tournament and should claim all the spoils against a Lyon side which have been underwhelming, although it will be little consolation as the Spaniards settle for second place in Group H.
Brugge v Copenhagen
Leicester City secured top spot in Group G with plenty of room to spare, however second place is still up for grabs with Copenhagen looking for the win which could conceivably send them above FC Porto should the Portuguese slip-up against the Foxes. The Danes will be confident of sweeping past a Brugge side which have suffered five defeats from their five group outings, however Porto will also be confident of brushing aside a Leicester City outfit which have little to play for. Copenhagen won the reverse fixture 4-0 but we feel that even with a win they will be dropping into the Europa League after tonight.