Champions League Group H betting
Group H Champions League odds and tips
Group H looks like Arsene Wenger’s and Arsenal’s to lose in all honesty and the 1-2 odds at Victor Chandler for them to top the group must be snapped up early before it shortens up fast. Shakhtar Donetsk could be second best while Sporting Braga and Partizan Belgrade should give a good account but look the two most likely not to make grade.
Group H winner odds
The club from North London for all their football flair have come unstuck in the Champions League in recent years after they were beaten finalists in 2006. Their group opposition will attempt to disturb Arsenal’s scintillating football by adopting aggressive tactics. But Arsenal’s early season form seems to suggest that have much more resolve now and it would be a travesty if they weren’t to make it through to the last 16. The Gunners had to settle for third place once more in the Premier League last term and they can’t buy silverware of late, their last title success coming way back in the invincible 2003/04 season. They will certainly go quite far again in the Champions League but how far id the ultimate question. The 11/4 (William Hill) for them to get knocked out at the quarter-final stage seems very reasonable indeed.
Ukrainian champions Shakhtar were UEFA Cup winners in 2009 and are a real force in European competition but can they produce winning displays now up in Champions League grade? While this question remains unanswered for now, there seems no reason why not! The team are tough to beat at home and their UEFA cup winning campaign was certainly no fluke. Their squad has a somewhat Brazilian contingent to it and for that reason they will not be lacking in flair and can comfortably secure second place in Group H behind the Gunners. For this 10/11(Bet365) seems like a snatch for them to make the second round. They begin with a home tie against Partizan Belgrade and should get off to the perfect start at 4/9 (William Hill). Arsenal old boy Eduardo has transferred to Ukraine and he will sure receive a hostile reception when returning to the Emirates.
Portuguese runners-up last season, Sporting Braga and defied the odds to beat both Celtic and Sevilla to book their place in Group H. It will be very interesting to see how they fair in their debut Champions League season and the bookies seem reluctant to overprice them for Group H qualification at just 11/10 (Bet365). But their downfall might be on the road, Celtic ran out comfortable 2-1 winners at Parkhead in qualifying and they will face much sterner tests than the Hoops. Expect them to pick up nil points at the Emirates in their opener.
Partizan Belgrade have won the Serbian SuperLiga an unprecedented twenty-two times and had to go through qualifying to appear in last Thursday’s draw. They did however account for Anderlecht en route and for that performance they must be taken seriously. But the other three in the group just look far too strong and should outclass and outplay the Serbs this being reflected in the 1/7 (general) odds for them not to qualify. Picking up a point or two would prove a real achievement.
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