City New Champions League Favourites After Kind Last-16 Draw
Manchester City are the new favourites for Champions League glory after pulling out Basel in the round of 16.
188BET have trimmed Pep Guardiola’s side to 4.50 for Champions League glory, as Xabi Alonso’s fingers handed them a favourable draw while some of the continent’s big hitters were paired together.
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Real Madrid have been on the drift through the autumn and into the winter, and the prospect of Los Merengues making it a hat-trick of Champions League wins was hit when they were pulled out alongside Paris Saint-Germain.
Cristiano Ronaldo and co against Neymar and his pals from the French capital is a mouth-watering prospect for the neutrals, but it is a headache for both clubs who have designs of going deep in the tournament.
Real, who were pre-season favourites for glory, can now be backed at 8.50 – while PSG have been edged out to 6.00.
It’s a long time until the Champions League resumes in February, with sides well capable of coming in and out of form – not to mention the prospect of injuries having a say. Ronaldo returned to scoring action in La Liga at the weekend and should he hit top form through the winter months, 188BET’s price of 8.50 for Madrid to win the Champions League could look an appealing one.
Chelsea were the only Premier League side not to top their group, and Antonio Conte’s Blues have paid a heavy, heavy price. There were a host of quality group winners lying in wait, but they pulled out the worst of all ties when Barcelona were shown to be their opponents.
It’s a tough draw for Barcelona, no doubt, but Chelsea will be cursing their luck – and they are now out to 26.0 with 188BET – while Lionel Messi’s Barca can be backed at 8.00.
Jose Mourinho can have few complaints about Manchester United’s draw after they were pulled out to face Sevilla. The Red Devils, who look destined to fall short domestically with City so dominant, could put their eggs in the Champions League basket and they can be backed at 15.0.
Tottenham Hotspur dominated a Champions League group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Spurs’ reward, if it can be called that, is a meeting with last season’s beaten finalists Juventus. That will be no easy task as the Serie A side are starting to find their feet after a slow start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs can be backed at 26.0, while Juve are 19.0.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would probably wish the round of 16 was this week, so well have they been playing. A two-legged meeting with Porto should not hold too many terrors for the Reds who are priced at 17.0 to go all the way in Europe.
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