Champions League Group H Betting Preview

Champions League Group H Betting Preview

Manchester United come into the Champions League hoping for a much improved season. Last year, an early exit did not sit well with United fans, particularly when taking Jose Mourinho’s supposed European expertise into account. After a slow start in the league, the Champions League gives Jose and his side a chance to start a fresh in a new competition. They even have a trip from Cristiano Ronaldo to look forward to after his move to Juventus in the summer. Bet UK have got the latest Champions League betting tips and odds, as well as a short factfile for each team in Group H.

Bet UK’s Boost for tonight’s fixtures is Bayern Munich, Juventus and Man United to win at 4/1*, boosted from 7/2.

Manchester United - 28/1* to win the Champions League

How They Qualified

Manchester United finished 2nd last season, their highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson led them to the title in 2013. Even after their most successful campaign in 5 years, United were still 19 points behind Manchester City in the title race. Jose Mourinho also came under criticism for the way that his United team played, often more negative than the fans were used to. A poor Champions League campaign ended in the round of 16 after being knocked out by Sevilla.

Best Champions League Campaign

With 2 Champions League successes under their belts, Manchester United can look back on an illustrious European history. Their 1999 win is always looked upon more favourably however. Drawn in an incredible group alongside Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Brondby, United faced an even tougher run to the final. They faced Inter Milan in the quarter finals, Juventus in the semi’s and then Bayern again in the final. That night in Barcelona is one of the greatest in United’s history. 1-0 down after 90 minutes, 2 injury time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Manchester United the win.

Manchester United to win Group H is 11/4 at Bet UK’s online sportsbook.

Star Player

Paul Pogba - Pogba might annoy fans with his inconsistent performances, but there is no doubting that he is a quality player. In a France shirt, he is unstoppable and at times it looks like his international form will transfer onto the domestic stage. In reality, when Pogba performs well, so do Manchester United.

Juventus - 7/1* to win the Champions League

How They Qualified

Juventus stormed to a 7th consecutive Scudetto last season, although they did come across more obstacles than they have grown used to in recent times. Napoli were their closest contenders, taking the title race down to the wire. The Old Lady had a poor start to the season by their standard, but recovered in plenty time to win Serie A again. In Europe, they reached the quarter finals before being knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid. Juventus were in within seconds of taking the tie to extra time, but a last minute Ronaldo penalty broke Juventus hearts.

Best Champions League Campaign

In 1996, Juventus were crowned European champions after a 4-2 penalty victory against Ajax. Overcoming Borussia Dortmund and Rangers in the group stage, Juventus beat Real Madrid and Nantes on their route to the final. At the time, Ajax were one of Europe’s strongest sides, boasting future stars de Boer, van der Sar, Overmars, Kluivert and Litmanen in their squad. Juventus also had a few stars in their squad, including Conte, Vialli, Del Piero and Deschamps. The final didn’t live up to high expectations, but will forever be remembered in Turin.

Star Player

Cristiano Ronaldo - The Portuguese striker has already conquered England and Spain, with his eyes now firmly set on Italy. After 438 games and 450 goals at Real Madrid, the 33 year old moves it Italy without showing any signs of slowing down. In terms of Champions League’s, he has won the competition 5 times, once at Manchester United and 4 times at Madrid. Many suspect this is why Juventus were so keen on signing Ronaldo, after coming so close in recent years.

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently 6/1* to finish top scorer in the Champions League with Bet UK’s sports betting.

Valencia - 125/1* to win the Champions League

How They Qualified

Valencia finished 4th last season, behind Spain’s 3 biggest teams. They enjoyed their most successful season since 2015, after 2 mid table finishes. At one point, Valencia looked like being the team that could break into the ‘Big 3’, as they went on a strong unbeaten run until December. Rodrigo’s impressive form earned him a call up to the Spain squad, where he started both games during the recent international break.

Best Champions League Campaign

At the turn of the millenium, Valencia reached 2 consecutive Champions League finals, but lost both times. In 1999-2000, Valencia were in a group with the previous year’s champions Manchester United, as well as 2 strong opponents in Fiorentina and Bordeaux. Drawn against Lazio in the quarter finals, a comprehensive 5-2 first leg win put the tie to bed. They did the same in the semi finals, beating Barcelona 4-1 in the first leg to relieve any pressure for the second leg. A Real Madrid team at the start of the Galacticos era was a step too far for Valencia, who were beaten 3-0 in the final.

Valencia not to qualify from Group H is 5/8 at Bet UK’s sports betting feature.

Star Player

Rodrigo - After a few loan spells in which Rodrigo failed to find a club that suited him, he has finally found his home at Valencia. Once of Real Madrid, Benfica and Bolton Wanderers, Rodrigo has been at the Mestalla for the last 4 years. Never a truly prolific striker, Rodrigo was normally played alongside a more potent goalscorer, and was expected to provide for him. Last season when being played more centrally, he managed 19 goals

Young Boys - 1000/1* to win the Champions League

How They Qualified

Young Boys finished top of the Swiss Super league for the first time in 32 years, eventually finishing 15 points ahead of Basel. Guillaume Hoarau, Roger Assale and Jean Pierre Nsame all contributed to one of the most impressive season in Young Boys’ history. The Swiss side have plenty of European experience in the Europa League, but have only made it past the group stage once.

Best Champions League Campaign

Young Boys have never made it to the Champions League Group Stage, although they have often been involved in the play off rounds. They famously beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the first leg of a play off match in 2010, before losing the second leg 4-0. Recent years have also seen Young Boys beating Shakhtar Donetsk across 2 legs, eventually winning 4-2 on penalties. Young Boys will be hoping for another historic season this year and make it past the Champions League group stages.

Young Boys to qualify from Group H is 14/1* at Bet UK’s sportsbook.

Star Player

Miralem Sulejmani - Miralem Sulejmani has top flight experience in Serbia, Holland and Benfica, perhaps most well known for his time at Ajax. Joining Young Boys from Benfica in 2015, many assumed it would be a step down for a player who had played for some of Europe’s biggest teams. Over the last 2 years, Sulejmani has emerged as a consistent performer for the Swiss side, providing both goals and assists throughout the season.

*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.

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