Champions League Group F betting preview
BATE Borisov – Odds to progress: 9.50 – Tournament Winner: 950.00
Belarusian side BATE Borisov qualified by beating Champions League debutants Kiryat Shmona, and must surely expect to face a greater challenge in their group. They have never surpassed this stage of the competition, only reaching it on two other occasions (08/09 and 11/12). They have re-signed Alexander Hleb over the summer who began his
career at the club. He has plenty of experience at this level having played for some of Europe’s top teams in Arsenal, Barcelona and Stuttgart. Check out all the free bets available for this Group.
FC Bayern Munich – Odds to progress: 1.10 – Tournament Winner: 15.00
The four time winners, most recently in 2001, will have been disappointed to have lost in the final last May – especially seems as it was being hosted at their home ground. Over the
summer they have invested in potential, signing the highly sought after Javi Martinez for what is rumoured to be about ?32 million, and the winger Xherdan Shaqiri. They also brought in Mario Mandžukic who scored 20 goals for Wolfsburg last year and received praise for his performances at the European Championships over the summer. All of this will be supplemented by the talent already at the club, including Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez; the latter scored 8 Champions League goals last year.
Lille OSC – Odds to progress: 3.00 – Tournament Winner: 466.00
Lille had to come from behind to beat Copenhagen 2-1 in extra time to qualify for the group stages. They lost Eden Hazard to Chelsea over the summer but managed to keep hold of Mathieu Debuchy despite both strong interest from Newcastle United and the
player wanting to move. They also signed Salomon Kalou after he was released by
Chelsea, who has already got off the mark by scoring against AS Nancy in his
second competitive appearance.
Valencia – Odds to progress: 1.50 – Tournament Winner: 81.00
Although Valencia were knocked out in the group stages last year, they still showed that they had some pedigree competing in Europe by reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League where they lost to eventual winners Atletico Madrid. They signed Fernando Gago over the summer who had struggled to get many games at Real Madrid since Mourinho took charge. He still has league winning experience to add to the side though and at 26 years of age, should just be hitting his peak. They also have a proven goal scorer in Roberto Soldado, who has hit the back of the net 55 times in 98 appearances.
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