Champions League preview: Man City face dangerous Monaco and Leicester make daunting trip to Sevilla

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Champions League preview: Man City face dangerous Monaco and Leicester make daunting trip to Sevilla

Jack Rathborn

Manchester City vs Monaco: BTTS (8/11 Ladbrokes)

Monaco are the best team in Europe that you haven’t been watching; Leonardo Jardim’s side are the top scorers amongst the top five European leagues with a massive 76 goals from just 26 Ligue 1 games.

Les Rouges et Blancs are bursting with pace and talent all over the pitch and could thrive on City’s come-forward approach at the Etihad. Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe represent just two precocious talents, while the pace and power at full-back with Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy will be worth close attention too.

Monaco are a lengthy 9/2 for the win, but both teams to score is a safer bet, given the uncertainty surrounding Pep Guardiola’s side in Europe, which is available at 8/11.

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid: Under 2.5 goals (3/4 with Boyle Sports)

Which Bayer Leverkusen are we getting here? Is it Jekyll or Hyde? That would make this game a damn sight easier to map out. Roger Smidt’s side have been disappointing in the Bundesliga this season but have risen to the big occasion in Europe, as shown by wins over Monaco and Tottenham. Their canny ability to remain unbeaten in the groups shows us Atletico may find it tough at the BayArena. With Javier Hernandez striking five in his last three games, the Mexican is a strong candidate to score anytime at 9/4 with Ladbrokes.

Diego Simeone’s side are tried and tested in Europe and have been knocking on the door for years with two heart-wrenching final defeats. They bounced back well this campaign though, topping their group ahead of Bayern with a controlled approach to games that saw over 2.5 goals occur just once in their six games.

While overs have hit in each of Bayer’s last four games, this one should be a little more cagey with the disciplined Atleti happy to dig in, despite their superior talent, as they did away at PSV last season in the last 16. So it’s the under 2.5 goals at 3/4 with Boyles Sports.

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Porto vs Juventus: Juventus to win 3-0 (6/5 with Boyle Sports)

Who can stop the Old Lady right now? This is a well-oiled machine that really has all the ingredients to win the whole thing now they have a fantasista in Paulo Dybala – who netted one sumptuous free-kick against Palermo and struck a post with another – with a proven finisher in Gonzalo Higuain, who has a point to prove in the Champions League as a protagonist for a legitimate contender.

Porto represent a kind draw for Massimiliano Allegri’s side to generate some confidence as other rivals, such as Barcelona, fall around them.

The Estadio do Dragao is never an easy place to visit, but with an additional day’s rest due to Serie A permitting the Bianconeri to play Palermo last Friday, confidence brimming and a hunger to announce themselves as a serious threat in this competition, the away win at 6/5 with Boyle Sports looks on.

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during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and UC Sampdoria at Juventus Arena on May 14, 2016 in Turin, Italy.

Leicester vs Sevilla: 3-0 (8/1) and 3-1 (11/1) correct score (both with Ladbrokes

This is where the fairytale viciously turns into the nightmare, isn’t it? Leicester have naively neglected their domestic form to relish the European stage, which they likely did not need to given how poor their group was.

Nonetheless they topped it in impressive fashion, but now they face a daunting trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan where they may face the bizarre situation of looking in the mirror of last season against a Sevilla side that embodies much of the great things that made the Foxes successful.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side will attempt to suffocate Leicester in the rare moments when they do have the ball and with Steven N’Zonzi ever so impressive as the pivot, the risk of the Spanish side being hurt from careless turnovers is minimal.

Leicester can stretch the game with their wide options and could well grab an away goal, but a home win with at least a two-goal cushion seems probable: 3-0, available at 8/1 with Ladbrokes, or 3-1, available at 11/1 with Ladbrokes, could be high reward plays here.

Back 3-0 here.

Back 3-1 here.