The 3 Best Bets In The Champions League: Tottenham In For A Nervy Wembley Debut & Relief For Leicester


City Slickers To Go Big At The Etihad

For Pep Guardiola the remit at Man City is simple. Win the Premier League and make the club a consistent threat in Europe, before ultimately winning the Champions League. He spoke after the Manchester derby about how the team were not yet ready to challenge in European competition but they will be more than ready for Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Spaniard has had a massive impact already at the Etihad and the mood around the club is ridiculous after the wonderful win at Old Trafford at the weekend. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have somehow become even more influential in this Citizens side and they will be dictating play once again in midweek.

Sergio Aguero should return to the side and chomping at the bit to get on the end of some of the stunning passages of play that he witnessed at the weekend.  

A 3-1 loss to Freiburg at the weekend doesn’t bode well for Monchengladbach and if they expect to come to the north-west and sit back against a rampant City outfit they could be in serious trouble. They got hit for four here last season, expect a similar outcome.

Man City to score over 3.5 goals 3.95

 

 

Leicester Can Be Fearless Foxes Again

Leicester haven’t exactly gotten off to the greatest of starts to their Premier League title defence. Shipping four goals at Liverpool at the weekend was evidence that this season will be a very different one to the incredible nine months they enjoyed on their way to greatness last term.

However, they have bagged themselves a rather nice looking group in Europe and you can’t help but feel they will treat the Champions League as their ‘free shot’, as it provides some welcome relief from trying to live up to their Herculean effort in 2015/16.

An away trip to Club Brugge eases Leicester in and it may give them the chance to sit back and hit their opponents on the counter, the tactic that essentially won them the title. You can throw all the clichés a this one about the Foxes being an unknown quantity but that is bang on.

The pace that they have amongst their ranks should bear fruit here and Ahmed Musa, a man with experience of this competition, could have a lovely time if he’s given the nod.

Musa to score and Leicester to win 5.60

 

Wembley Woe For Spurs?

Tottenham head to Wembley for their opener and it’s a sell-out. A combination of cheap tickets and massive enthusiasm from those who can’t get themselves into White Hart Lane every week has made this into a huge spectacle.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked more like themselves against Stoke at the weekend and there are signs that they do have the wherewithal in their squad to challenge for the title once again. However, the Champions League is a very different proposition and for a number of the Spurs stars this is unknown territory.

Monaco have started well in Ligue 1. The Principality are top of the league and haven’t been shy in front of goal, plundering an impressive 10 goals in just four outings. This will not be anything like the 4-1 victory the London side enjoyed I the Europa League.

It might be a big ask for the French side to win this clash but they will definitely cause problems, especially it Spurs struggle to adapt to their temporary home. It could easily get a bit Arsenal 98 if they aren;t careful.

Monaco win or draw 2.17