The Champions League finally returns on Tuesday and Wednesday after being out of our lives for way too long.
A lot has happened in football since Real Madrid lifted Europe’s premier club competition in late May – Portugal bores their way to the Euros, Paul Pogba transfer saga went on longer than Fergie time and England actually won an international game.
Some things stayed the same however, Arsene Wenger is still as tight as Cristiano Ronaldo’s shorts and Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League to win the competition.
Home form is all important if your side are to progress from the group stages.
So, we’ve picked out a five teams in an acca to be victorious at home at over 11/1 as the Champions League opens its doors for business.
After taking over from Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery is the man charged with trying to quell the thirst for European success from PSG’s moneybags owners.
They’re currently on a six-match winning streak at the Parc des Princes and also went through the last Champions League campaign unbeaten at home – knocking out Chelsea along the way.
With Arsenal’s backline conceding five goals in their last three Premier League games – including four at home to Liverpool – you just can’t see them taking all three points on Tuesday.
Add in that PSG have managed to ship David Luiz back across the English Channel, you can see why they are favourites for a home win.
Staying in Group A, it’s really difficult to see past FC Basel scoring a victory at home against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at .
The sides have met four times recently in the Champions League and Basel hold the upper hand with three victories to one over Ludogorets in the head-to-head record, including winning both of the previous two meetings at the St Jakob Park.
If you need more convincing to back Basel, you need look no further than their current form. The Swiss side are not only unbeaten, but they’ve won every game they’ve been involved in so far this season.
Even with a Manchester derby to come on Saturday, City should have more than enough resources to see off Monchengladbach at in a Group C.
Sergio Aguero is free to play in the Champions League despite his Premier League ban, so City should unleash the little Argentinean on the Germans Tuesday night.
The stats also back a City win at home given that Monchengladbach shipped six goals over two games to the Blues in last season’s competition.
Delving into Group H, Lyon to claim all three points at home against Dynamo Zagreb at is the fourth leg of our acca.
Lyon maybe overshadowed by PSG in France, but are led by the Arsenal coveted Alexandre Lacazette. He’s notched six goals in his last three games and his side have won their last six home games, stretching back to April of this year.
Despite beating Arsenal in their Champions League opener last year, Zagreb have found themselves a level below the group stages, losing the rest of their five ties after that. So it’s difficult to see them overturning the home side in this one.
Even though Tottenham are the ‘home’ side, their return to the Champions League against Monaco will take place in Wembley Stadium with work on the club’s new £400m stadium restricting the capacity of White Hart Lane.
You only have to go back to last December to look at the last match in England between the teams as Spurs ran out convincing 4-1 winners.
Erik Lamela picked up a hat trick that night and we have him at , with Tottenham at for a win on Wednesday.