Champions League football is back this week with some blockbuster match-ups.
Manchester United host Paris Saint Germain whilst Tottenham face Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund at the home of English football.
Our expert takes a look at all of the best Champions League odds as football welcomes the return of Europe’s flagship club competition.
Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain
Just six weeks ago, this looked an almost impossible task for United to overcome, a toxic atmosphere both on and off the pitch had left Jose Mourinho’s side facing a season without silverware and any idea of progress.
Enter Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a man who has all but reinvented the definition of the ‘new manager bounce’. Registering 25 points from his first 10 league games in charge (a record in the Premier League era), the Red Devils have climbed from seven points adrift of fourth into the top-four for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.
Like any knock-out competition, you need to have a bit of luck on the way to winning a title, and United may just have struck gold on this occasion. PSG will be without star men Edinson Cavani and Neymar when they make the trip to Manchester, a duo who have had a hand in 10 of their side’s 17 Champions League goals scored this season.
We see United likely to draw first blood and take an advantage into the second-leg in Paris – you can get them to win here at 5/4 with Grosvenorsport.com.
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund
Given the damning circumstances Tottenham managed to overcome in securing qualification for the knock-out stages, it would be a hugely disappointing end to this year’s European campaign for Mauricio Pochettino and his players to exit at this stage of the competition.
What’s more unfortunate is that they are without two of their most important players for what could be a deciding fixture. Harry Kane and Dele Alli have often been the difference in big European ties, and the former has scored three in his last two Champions League appearances against Dortmund alone.
Their challengers have shown themselves to be a formidable test domestically and in Europe this season, losing just one Bundesliga match to sit five points ahead of juggernauts Bayern Munich at the top of the table.
A lot has been said of England’s rising star Jadon Sancho, who has been a mainstay on Dortmund’s right-flank throughout the season, scoring seven goals and notching nine assists in the league alone, contributing to a goal every 84 minutes for his side. There’s no doubt he’ll want to impress on his return to the homeland, and Spurs should be wary to the threat he can pose to Danny Rose, who is looking overworked in the absence of Ben Davies through injury.
It’s a tough one to call as Tottenham have shown a stern resolve this season when the odds are stacked against them, but I think Dortmund will have enough to run out winners on this occasion. You can get them to win with Sancho scoring first at 14/1.
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