Five new Champions League faces to look out for
Champions League football is back on our screens, and that got Coral’s football experts thinking. There will be new players turning out in Europe’s elite club competition and that means there’s money to be made.
Here are five players new to the Champions League that could make an immediate impact.
Cameroon forward Aboubakar swapped Ligue 1 outfit Lorient for Porto this summer, and could be in line for a full debut in the Dragons’ game against Belarusian team BATE Borisov. Odds of 5/1 say this versatile attacker, who can play as a striker or on the wing, will score the first goal.
Ivory Coast right back Aurier caught the eye when playing for his country at the World Cup. PSG loaned him in from Toulouse off the back of those displays in Brazil, as cover for the injury-prone Gregory van der Wiel.
Aurier may have taken over from the Netherlands player first-choice for Laurent Blanc in this berth. PSG, who are reigning France champions, are 6/4 to keep a clean sheet against Dutch counterparts Ajax.
Roma’s Argentine attacker must use the Champions League as a vehicle for gaining international recognition. Erik Lamela managed to break into La Albiceleste’s squad off the back of his exploits in the Eternal City, so it can be done. Iturbe is 7/4 to break his Giallorossi duck anytime against CSKA Moscow.
Last season’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid have paid a price for reaching such dizzying heights. Players have been sold, including star striker Diego Costa. You almost feel sorry for Diego Simeone, having to replace his leading man up front year on year. This time all Atleti’s eggs are not in one basket thankfully.
Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann are the most illustrious signings in attack, but potential Champions League debutant Raul Jimenez has made the move to Spain from Mexico. The former Club America frontman showed real promise under Miguel Herrera, and now another Latino manager will be looking to get the best out of him.
Jimenez is an 11/2 chance to round off the scoring in La Liga champions Atletico’s Champions League opener against Greek counterparts Olympiakos.
We always bill Robert Lewandowski as a prolific Pole, but compatriot Milik may well wrest that moniker away if his fine form for Ajax continues. The 20-year-old striker has two in as many outings for the reigning Eredivisie champions. Milik could make a major name for himself by scoring against PSG, and is 11/4 to net anytime.