Champions League Groups Draw 2017 – Betting Odds & Predictions

Tough draws for Celtic and Spurs


The UEFA Champions League was draw was made on Thursday, August 24th and so now all the participants know what they will be up against in the group stage. England has five representatives in the group stage after Liverpool came through their play off round tie against German side Hoffenheim. So they will join Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham in the group stage and of them all, it was Spurs who really got the short end of the stick as they have been drawn alongside current champions Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. That’s a shocker of a draw for them.

Champions League Groups 2017/2018 Infographic

Of the English participants, it is the two Manchester clubs who have come out best in the draw. Celtic came through a solid qualifying campaign as well to reach the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League and they have a nightmare of a draw as well because they have to contend with Bayern Munich and PSG. This is the first time since the 2007/08 season that there have been six British clubs in the group stage and there was an all-English final that season as Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties. The group stage section of the UEFA Champions League starts on September 12th and 13th

UEFA Champions League Winner Odds

Team Betting Odds
Real Madrid 7/2
Barcelona 7/1
Bayern Munich 7/1
PSG 7/1
Manchester United 11/1
Manchester City 11/1
Juventus 14/1
Chelsea 16/1
Atletico Madrid 20/1
Liverpool 20/1
Napoli 33/1
Borussia Dortmund 33/1
Spurs 40/1
bar 66/1

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Group A
Manchester United, Benfica, CSKA Moscow, FC Basel

A nice easy draw for Manchester United in the group stage of the Champions League, just what they would have wanted and they are 1/2 odds on favourites at bet365 to win the group. There may be a couple of tricky away games for them, particularly in Moscow, but there should be more than enough on home soil for the Red Devils to coast in this group. They aren’t likely going to sweat at all in this one and Benfica look the strongest to follow them through to the next round as runners up. This will be the fourth time that United and Benfica have been paired together in the group stage, the most recent encounter being in the 2011/12 season when there two draws. United hold a W3 D2 L1 record from their six previous Champions League games against the Portuguese side. This is the third time that United have faced CSKA Moscow, with United hold a W2 D2 record from their previous group stage matches.

Group B
Bayern Munich, PSG, Anderlecht, Celtic

This is a stinker of a draw for Celtic frankly and they are 66/1 outsiders to win the group here. The Bhoys finished bottom of their group last season but as long as they can hold their own against Anderlecht there should at least be a route through to the Europa League for them. So at the top, you are going to have a big showdown between Bayern Munich who are 4/5 to win the group and PSG who are 10/11 at bet365. There should be some cracking games between the pair. This is the fourth meeting between these two in the competition, the other three being in the group stage as well. Bayern are down in the head to head actually with a W2 L4 record in the Champions League against PSG and the French side are good value to come through and win the group here having been boosted by the arrival of Neymar.

Group C
Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Karabakh

This is no easy group at all here for anyone. Chelsea are 11/10 outright favourites at bet365 to win the group but will face some tough games against not only Madrid but Roma as well. This should be a wide open battle between the three of them because no-one is going to fancy a trip to Rome. Will Chelsea’s home form be able to stand up enough to see them battle through? Chelsea have met Atletico Madrid twice before in the Champions League and have a W1 D2 L1 record against the Spaniards. This will be the second time that Chelsea have been paired up with Roma in the Champions League after their 200/09 group stage meetings which produced a home win for each. This then is a wide open group. There should be some good games here. Karabakh created history by becoming the first ever Azerbaijani side to make it through to the group stage.

Group D
Juventus, Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos

Well, there are some real heavyweight clashes around the group stage of the Champions League this season. We get a great Juventus v Barcelona head to head in this one and they are the two favoured to get through to the knockout stage of course. Barcelona are 4/6 odds on at bet365 to win the group with Juventus trading at 6/5. Juventus and Barcelona were paired up last season in the Champions League with Juventus coming out on top in the quarter final clash with a 3-0 aggregate their defensive holding up tremendously strong to blank the Spaniards. There may not be much to choose between them. The two have played five previous Champions League matches and the record is even with two wins and two draws.

Group E
Liverpool, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow, Maribor

Liverpool will be more than happy with the draw that they have received in the group stage here. After coming past Hoffenheim in the play off round, the Reds have been rewarded with a comfortable draw. Liverpool are 4/7 odds on at bet365 to win this group. The only real challenge to them will be Sevilla but Liverpool should collect enough points on home soil, where they are a real attacking force, to put them in line for qualification to the next round. Liverpool and Sevilla have only met once before and that was back in May last year when they came together for the Europa League final. The Spaniards won that 3-1.

Group F
Man City, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Feyenoord

The Citizens won’t be unhappy with this draw at all. They are strong odds on 1/2 favourites at bet365 to win the group here and there’s nothing much standing in their way. Napoli will contend and compete and will, more likely than not follow the Citizens through to the knockout stage. Manchester City and Napoli met in the group stage of the 2011/12 campaign and the Citizens only picked up a point in the two games. They have come a long way since then though of course and will be confident of going through as group winners.

Group G
Monaco, Porto, RB Leipzig, Besiktas

This is one of the more lopsided groups with Monaco and Porto both strong favourites to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament. Monaco slightly edges things at a price of 5/4 with bet356 to win the group, but Porto are a pretty handy side. It will just be interesting to see how the French side handles themselves after a summer of selling players which may give the Portuguese side a chance to top out the group at 5/2 value.

Group H
Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia

What a nightmare for Spurs. They will be looking at the draws that Liverpool, Man City and Manchester United have gotten and will be thinking “why us?”. This is just brutal because not only do they have to contend with the current reigning champions and outright favourites for this year’s tournament, Real Madrid, but there is Borussia Dortmund to deal with as well. In last season’s group stage draw Dortmund and Real Madrid were together and those meetings produced two 2-2 draws in the group stage. Dortmund have lost just two of their last eight Champions League games against Madrid (W3 D3 L2) so are no pushovers. Spurs met Dortmund in the 2015/16 Europa League and lost 5-1 on aggregate against them. Spurs had to contend with Real Madrid in the 2010/11 Champions League and lost 5-0 on aggregate against them.

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