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Man City favorites to win Champions League after round of 16 draw


Manchester City remain top in Champions League betting after a controversial round of 16 draw saw them land at Sporting Lisbon, and they are 3-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes to do better than last year and claim a first European crown.

The Citizens played second fiddle to Chelsea in last season’s trophy decision and the market is once again dominated by the Premier League with the Blues and Liverpool also in the top four in betting.

Pep Guardiola’s side were originally twinned with Villarreal but due to technical errors in the initial draw UEFA declared them a draw and resumed everything later today.

But while City should be unfazed by the new draw, Liverpool and Real Madrid curse their luck.

The Merseyside men thought they were going to play at Red Bull Salzburg but now have to face Serie A leaders Inter Milan as Real take on French heavyweights Paris St-Germain rather than Benfica.

Liverpool are 11-2 with Betfair for Champions League glory while Los Galacticos were pushed to 20-1 with Hills after clinching a tie with the Parisians.

The companies have paid on both the original draw and the revised draw while Betfair has confirmed that all firm bets placed on the exchange after the initial draw will stand.

Bet365 go 4-6 over another English Champions League winner this season with City cited at 11-8 to be the most advancing Premier League team in the competition.

Chelsea have not been affected by the carnage as they have drawn twice at Lille, although Manchester United are delighted to face Atletico Madrid instead of star-studded PSG.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are 7-1 to repeat last season’s exploits while the Red Devils are 16-1 to give Ralf Rangnick immediate success, having been 22-1 before the UEFA blunder.

Bayern Munich, who at 7-2 are the smallest of the non-English sides, also got a result and were backed after the draw which saw them take out Red Bull Salzburg instead of Atletico Madrid.

There has also been money for Eredivisie leaders Ajax, who are 14-1 after drawing against Benfica, while Villarreal face Juventus.

Barcelona v Napoli is the Europa League’s most scorching qualifying game and the Catalan giants are 8-1 with bet365 to lift the trophy.

Rangers face tournament favorites Borussia Dortmund 11-2, while Sevilla, who have won the competition a record six times, are 7-1 after being paired with Dinamo Zagreb.

Porto v Lazio and Leipzig v Real Sociedad are two other landmark playoff encounters.

This season’s new format means the eight group winners, including West Ham 12-1, will advance directly to the round of 16 to be played in March.

Leicester will face Danish side Randers, who are making their first European knockout stage, in the Europa League playoffs and Celtic will face Norwegian club Bodo / Glimt.

Tottenham or Dutch team Vitesse will face Rapid Vienna in their play-off, which will be determined by the outcome of Spurs’ last group game against Rennes, which has been postponed.

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FIRST POSTED 5:45 PM, DEC 13, 2021


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