UEFA Champions League is easily the most challenging and thrilling football league in the world. The 65th edition of the league begins tomorrow. The competition will come alive only at the later stages. Still, there are some marquee matches in the first week itself, which offer some attractive options for online betting as well.
There are 32 teams spread over eight groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to the next stage, while the third-placed team will be transferred to the Europa League. The group composition is as follows:
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad
Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kyiv, Beşiktaş
Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Celtic
Group D: Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov
Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco
Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw
Group G: Leicester City, Porto, Club Brugge, FC Copenhagen
Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb
The following matches will take place on Wednesday and Thursday:
Thursday, 14 September
FC Basel vs Ludogorets Razgrad
Manchester City vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bayern Munich vs FC Rostov
PSV Eindhoven vs Atlético Madrid
Barcelona vs Celtic
Dynamo Kyiv vs Napoli
Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal
Benfica vs Besiktas
Thursday, 15 September
Tottenham vs Monaco
Real Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon
Club Brugge vs Leicester City
Juventus vs Sevilla
Legia Warsaw vs Dortmund
Lyon vs Dinamo Zagreb
Porto vs K FC Copenhagen
Bayer vs CSKA Moscow
Arsenal have the toughest of fixtures among the English clubs. They take on Paris Saint Germain away from home. Arsenal have recovered from a poor start and registered back-to-back wins in the EPL. PSG have gone the other way in the French Ligue1: after winning their two matches, they lost to Monaco and then were held to a draw by Saint-Étienne at home. The Parisian side is low on confidence. Arsenal, if they can find the right rhythm, can make the most of the opportunity.
In the other Anglo-French soccer clash of the week, Tottenham have a tough assignment at home against Monaco. The French side has been in red hot form in the Ligue1, topping the points table with an unbeaten record. The Spurs too are unbeaten in the EPL, but they have not been as convincing as they were in the last season.
Manchester City take on Borussia Mönchengladbach at home and Leicester City meet Club Brugge away from home. Both teams have unproven European credentials.
Perhaps the best match for online betting would be Juventus vs Sevilla. While Juventus will start as favourites, Sevilla always punch well above their weight in the European fixtures. Another close encounter would be Atlético Madrid’s away fixture against PSV Eindhoven.
Tricky fixtures await the other Spanish giants. Real Madrid will face Sporting Lisbon, while Barcelona will have to deal with Celtic.
Exciting matches are on offer and great opportunities for placing bets. Check out the odds of 12Bet for UEFA Champions League group matches.
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