English Sides Set for Another Year of Euro Struggle

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English Sides Set for Another Year of Euro Struggle

James Capps

The Champions League is back…

And in totally unrelated news, the nationwide search for online football streams is set to skyrocket this week.

Totally unrelated. Honest.

If you manage to make it that far (or decide to not be a cheapskate and invest in BT Sport) you will probably be most drawn to the glamour tie of Tuesday night. Paris St Germain entertain an Arsenal side that needed a last-minute penalty to beat Southampton at the weekend. PSG weren’t exactly convincing themselves after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to St Etienne.

The Parisians may be weakened by the loss of talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but they’re significantly strengthened by their sale of David Luiz to Chelsea. But don’t let the departure of Zlatan put you off backing a home win at 10/11.

I’d send David Luiz back to PSG for that hat, alone.

Yes, really, 10/11. I couldn’t believe it either. Back it here.

The other game featuring an English side on Tuesday night sees Man City entertain Borussia [ctrl + v] Mönchengladbach for the second successive season in Europe. The blue Mancunians are on fire, and they’re going to batter somebody sooner or later. A home win at the very least, but have a think about backing them with a -1 head start in the handicaps.

The banana skins are served up on Wednesday night if you’re supporting the English clubs. Leicester travel to Belgium to face Brugge for their Champions League bow, but stay well clear of them after their iffy start to the season. Brugge at 2/1 for the home win is something not to turn your nose up at. Home wins are worth their weight in gold in Europe, and I fancy the Belgians.

Wednesday’s other English-featured game sees Spurs face Monaco in their temporary adopted Champions League home of Wembley Stadium. The change of venue takes away the territorial edge, and Monaco are no mugs. Think about taking the draw with Boyle Sports at 14/5.

Joao Moutinho’s Monaco will provide a stern test for Spurs on Wednesday.

There’s an honourable mention for the game over in the Netherlands, where PSV face last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid. Atletico are rock solid at the back and I’m expecting a classic away performance from them. Atletico Madrid to win 1-0 is short at 9/2, but they are king of the 1-0s. Back under 1.5 match goals at 17/10 if you want a more cautious yet pricey addition to your accas.

There’s also action in the Championship on Tuesday night. Newcastle are good news at 11/10 to continue their good recent form against a QPR side that looked lacklustre in their home draw against Blackburn at the weekend. Cardiff looked dangerous away from home in their unfortunate defeat to Norwich on Saturday, so they’re well worth a go to win at Preston. You can get odds of 11/5 with Ladbrokes.

El Capitano’s tip of the day: PSG at a huge 10/11 to beat slow starters Arsenal

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Man City, Basel, Leeds and Newcastle returns a lovely £102 with Ladbrokes.