The premier European club competition, the Champions League, is back underway which means there is plenty of top-class football to look forward to until the final on May 26 in Kiev. The tournament is also a great opportunity to find a few winners if you like betting on the Champions League. Here are some tips for the 2017/18 renewal of the competition.
Real Madrid to win the tournament – 4/1
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Real Madrid have dominated this competition for the past two season as they lifted the trophy in 2016 in Milan, while earlier this year they became the first team to retain their title. Going into the 2017/18 campaign, Real still look to be the best side in Europe. Their second half performance against Juventus in the 2017 Champions League final was as good as it gets in club football. They blew a very good defensive football team away in a breath-taking display. PSG are many people’s tip this season after they spent £400 million the summer on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The French club may well dominate Ligue 1 with some big scorelines each week; however, they still don’t look to be anywhere near the standard of the champions. Therefore at 4/1, Zinedine Zidane’s team appear to be great value to make it a hat-trick of consecutive wins. Real Madrid have also been a popular Oddschecker football tip in La Liga this season where they are odds-on to defend their league championship.
Neymar to be the top goalscorer – 16/1
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the top goalscorer charts in the Champions League over the last couple of decades and rightfully both men are at the top end of the betting this year again. If you fancy taking a chance at a bigger price this season, Neymar could be a good bet at 16/1 to break their stronghold. The Brazilian is going to be the leading man at PSG and as long as they have a deep run into the latter stages of the tournament, he should be challenging in the scoring charts. PSG have been drawn with Anderlecht and Celtic and often the player who is the top scorer in the Champions League, gains the majority of their goals from the group stages. It hard to see PSG going all the way just yet in Europe, however, they broke the world record on Neymar to put them in serious contention so they can expect the Brazil international to give them something in return for their Euros.
The latest round of Champions League games take place on September 26, while the opening knockout games begin on February 13.