City remain favourites for Champions League after 6 goal demolition

man city champions league favourites after 6-0 shakhtar donetsk.
Man City celebrate a goal during their 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk, a win that sees them remain Champions League favourites.

It may well have seen one of the most bizarre penalty decisions in years, but in all honesty, Raheem Sterling’s toe stubbing fall didn’t really have any impact on the match, as City smashed six goals past the hapless Shakhtar Donetsk to all but seal their place in the next round of the Champions League.

As a result of all this, City retain the tag of favourites to win their first ever Champions League with Betfair, they are currently 7/2 with most of the bookmakers. After City come Barcelona at 5/1, Juventus at 6/1, and Bayern at 10/1.

Like City, Barcelona and Bayern are as good as through, and Juventus are still in the driving seat in Group H, despite their shock 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United.

Manchester City are flying at the moment, their 6-0 win, seeing them bring up the half a dozen for the second match running, following their 6-1 thrashing of Southampton in the Premier League last weekend. It also seen backers of over 5.5 goals again in the money.

Next for City is the big one, the Manchester Derby. With United having found some form lately, this all of a sudden looks a more tricky fixture for the blue half of Manchester.

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Juve cut for Champions League glory after Ronaldo €100M transfer

The most remarkable transfer in the football world – so far – this summer, has seen Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid, to join Italian giants Juventus, in a deal reportedly worth over €100 Million.

The signing of Ronaldo has shown intent on the part of the Italian giants, and suggests they are looking to target winning the Champions League again. And with Juve’s dominance of Serie A over recent years, it gives Ronaldo a golden opportunity to add the domination of another country’s domestic league to his already impressive CV.

The signing has also seen a bit of a shift in the betting to win the 2018/19 Champions League. ‘The Old Lady’ are now into joint third favourites at 7/1 – ironically the same price as Real Madrid – with Betfair to be the champions of Europe for the first time since 1996, when they beat Ajax on penalties in Rome.

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The current favourites are Manchester City, at 11/2, followed by Barcelona at 13/2, and then Juve and Real Madrid. In fairness there isn’t a great deal between Europe’s elite in the betting, with both Bayern and PSG
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Ronaldo hysteria has already seen the Italian giants sell over half a million shirts, reportedly within 24 hours of the transfer being announced. For anybody wondering why on earth Juve are spending over one hundred million euro on a player only a few months shy of his 34th birthday, and the amount they are paying him in wages as well, when you see shirt sales like that and realise the commercial value such a signing brings, it is easy to see why they seemingly had little hesitation in parting with the cash.

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Juventus fans flock to buy Ronaldo shirts

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Will The Champions League Final Provide A Goals Rush?

Having watched the two respective Champions League semi-finals involving Real Madrid and Liverpool, I think it’s safe to say defending isn’t a skill either side are very adapt at.

Real Madrid conceded 3 goals against Bayern Munich over their two legs, which doesn’t tell the true story as there could and should have been a lot more success for the Germans. While Liverpool conceded a massive 6 goals against Roma, although in defence of Klopp’s men, there was a couple of questionable penalties included.

Popular betting offers suggest that bookies and punters alike are expecting plenty of goals when Madrid and Liverpool meet in Kiev at the end of the month. Over 2.5 Goals (90 mins betting only) is only 1/2, Over 3.5 Goals is at 6/5, and Over 4.5 Goals is 3/5, all of which suggests they are expecting goals.

It’s not all been doom and gloom at the back for Liverpool in this season’s Champions League though. In fairness to Klopp’s side, they defended brilliantly against the free scoring Manchester City in the 1st leg of their quarter-finals, although they more than rode their luck during the second leg at the Etihad.

Even so, the way Liverpool put their bodies on the line in the 3-0 1st leg win, showed that they can defend resolutely when required. Although to counter that argument, they were all over the place in the last 10 minutes of the 1st leg against Roma, letting on 2 late goals to give Roma hope. They were then no better throughout the whole of their second leg, while conceding another 4 goals.

Madrid will sense opportunities against Liverpool. Both centre back Dejan Lovren, and goalkeeper Loris Karius, look to have mistakes in them. Full backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson both look like great prospects, but Alexander-Arnold is vastly inexperienced, and is likely to be targeted by Madrid. While Robertson is great at going forward, but is far from the finished article when it comes to defending.

Liverpool will also be looking to exploit Real Madrid weaknesses. Left back Marcelo – similarly to Andrew Robertson – is far better going forward, than he is at defending, and he is far more cavalier than his Liverpool contemporary, at times completely abandoning his defensive duties.

In the midfield area Madrid may have the far superior ball players in Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, but they can also be a touch negligent when it comes to defensive responsibilities – this could be an area Liverpool will be looking to exploit on the counter attack with the explosive running power of Salah, Firmino and Mane.

The Liverpool midfield has a totally different remit, with the discipline and work rate of James Milner and Jordan Henderson, providing cover to their defence, unlike Madrid.

There are plenty of strengths and weaknesses on both sides. Neither side totally convinces, and it could come down to tactics, big game experience which would suit Madrid, work rate which would probably favour Liverpool, or just some good old fashioned fortune on the night, when it comes to picking a winner.

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The Champions League final is being played in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

The match is being played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday 26th May, the match kicks off at 7.45pm, UK time.

Madrid are the favourites to lift the trophy (by any method) at 8/11, Liverpool are 11/10. In 90 minutes betting, Black Type have Madrid at 6/5, with Liverpool at 15/8, and the draw at 13/5.

No major surprise to see that Ronaldo is the 3/1 favourite in First Goalscorer Betting, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah isn’t too far behind at 7/2.

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PSG crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid last night, and Liverpool also cruised into the last 8, with a 5-0 aggregate win over Porto.

Tonight we see two more English clubs hoping to join Liverpool in the last 8, with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, both in action.

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In outright winner Champions League Betting, Manchester City are still favourites at 16/5 with 10Bet to win the trophy outright, Real Madrid are now into 4/1 second favourites after knocking out early season favourites, PSG, in Paris last night.

Man City the big winners in the Champions League draw

I think it would be fair to say that the big winners from today’s Champions League, Round of 16 draw, are the Premier League leaders, Manchester City.

In Champions League betting prior to the draw, French league leaders PSG were the favourites, that has now all changed after they drew holders, and previous third favourites, Real Madrid, in the tie of the round. While Pep’s City drew Basel, a match they are expected to comfortably win.

Round of 16 Draw In Full

  • Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur – 13 February & 7 March
  • Basel v Manchester City – 13 February & 7 March
  • Porto V Liverpool – 14 February & 6 March
  • Real Madrid v PSG – 14 February & 6 March
  • Chelsea v Barcelona – 20 February & 14 March
  • Bayern Munich v Beşiktaş – 20 February & 14 March
  • Sevilla v Manchester United – 21 February & 13 March
  • Shakhtar Done V Roma – 21 February & 13 March

With one of the main favourites set to go out in the next round, this has resulted in Manchester City being installed as 16/5 favourites with Betfair to lift their first ever Champions League trophy.

Bayern Munich are next in the betting at 4/1, with PSG at 5/1, and the two Spanish giants both at 15/2.

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There is a further 8 Champions League fixtures being played on Wednesday night, so there are plenty of matches to pick from for your Champions League accumulator bet.

In Champions League Betting, despite suffering a 3-1 reversal at the hands of Bayern Munich tonight, French giants, PSG are still the favourites to lift the trophy on 26 May, 2018.

PSG V Chelsea – Paddy Power Money Back with Eden Hazard again

Paddy Power’s love in with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard continues tonight, as they are again offering money back as a free bet on all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match, if Eden Hazard scores at any time during the 90 minutes.

This looks to be an intriguing match tonight, with what looks on paper to be two fairly evenly matched teams. It promises to be a tactical battle, and this is usually the time that Jose Mourinho’s skills come into fruition.

I can’t see Chelsea going to Paris, and going all out for the win, but I’m sure they will be looking for the vital away goal, while trying to keep the match close and tight. Players of the rarity and class of Hazard are vital in such tight contests.

The draw looks a good bet tonight, and at the moment the draw is a top price of 12/5 with Bet365 (who also have £200.00 in sign up offers available to new customers and a £50.00 Free Mobile Bet for existing customers). As a result of the bookies expecting a tight match, Under 2.5 goals is also very short, it is currently as short as 1/2 with some layers.

Back to outright match betting, and if you fancy a PSG victory, it is a best price of 23/20 with BetVictor. PSG have been steadily drifting over the last 24 hours, having been around even money and just above at the start of the week.

Chelsea on the other hand are a best price of 16/5 with Coral. It is the draw that seems to be getting backed though, and I’m not sure how long the 12/5 will last for though.

Like with Bayern Munich last night though, it is sometimes risky backing the away team, as they can often be content with a scoring draw, or even losing by the odd goal as long as they get an away goal. In the case of backing a Chelsea win tonight though, 16/5 represents far better value than the 4/9 available on Bayern last night.

In terms of qualifying from this tie, the bookies can’t seem the separate the two teams. Most go 10/11 or 5/6 on both sides to qualify, you can get Evens on PSG with Betfair Sportsbook though.

Manchester United 20/1 For Champions League Glory

They may have made it through in spectacular style last night, but bookies and punters alike don’t seem to be rating Manchester United’s chances of going any further in this season’s Champions League – as to put it politely, United are eight favourites out of the eight teams left in the competition.

It was a great win for United last night. A lot of people were writing them off, and I thought there was a strong possibility that they wouldn’t be able to keep a clean sheet. They started the night at odds against to qualify (Olympiakos were 5/11 favourites, United 2/1), so it was by no means a certainty that they were going to get through.

Despite qualifying though, punters still don’t think there is any realistic chance of them winning the competition. United are currently last in the betting, at a best price of 20/1 with SkyBet (£30.00 Free Bet for New Customers).

To put it into some sort of perspective, you can get shorter odds on Moyes in the sack race. He is currently a best price of 12/1 with SkyBet to be the next manager to leave his position. In fairness, these odds are suggesting that neither outcome is likely to materialise.

United do seem to have saved their best performances for Europe though. If they could get some form together that 20/1 could be massive.

Pundits were quick to point out on Sky Sports last night that Moyes hadn’t been picking Ryan Giggs lately. This suggests to me that it was because Moyes has been looking for combinations for next season, in other words he hasn’t been picking his strongest starting XI.

He isn’t going to be experimenting in the next round of the Champions League, he will surely be picking his best eleven.

There are no weak teams left in the tournament at this stage, but even given that, if Manchester United can avoid the obvious three of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the next round, they will still have a slight chance of progressing further.

Bayern are still the favourites at a best of 2/1 with Ladbrokes, followed by Real Madrid at 4/1 with Bet365, and Barcelona also at a best price of 4/1 with Totepool.

Manchester United V Olympiakos – Money Back Specials

Last chance for Manchester United tonight as they attempt to overturn a 2 goal deficit in the second leg of their Champions League tie at Old Trafford.

Some might even say that it’s a last chance for David Moyes tonight as well, as it would appear that punters and bookies are anticipating another United failure, as Moyes has again been cut in the betting to be the Next Manager To Leave His Post.

On Monday, Moyes was available at a general 7/2, with a best price of 9/2. He is now 3/1 with most firms, with 4/1 at William Hill the stand out price.

Onto the actual match tonight, and the 4/7 on a United win with Paddy Power is the stand out price, most other bookies have United at 1/2 or 8/15. United are a best price of just over 2/1 on the Betfair exchange to qualify for the next round.

Olympiakos are a best price of 5/11 with Unibet to qualify, and if you fancy them to inflict yet another home defeat on David Moyes’ team tonight, they are a best price of 6/1 with Stan James to win in 90 minutes. The draw is 39/11, again with Unibet.

Onto the Money Back Specials and if Manchester United manage to qualify tonight, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on tonight’s match (90 minute betting only) as a free bet.

BetVictor are giving a refund on losing Correct Score, First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer, Scorecast & Half-Time/Full-Time bets, if 4 or more goals are scored during the match (again, 90 minute betting only). This refund will also be in the form of a free bet.

And finally, if s goal is scored in injury time, Unibet (£25.00 Deposit Bonus Available To New Customers) will refund all losing Correct Score, Halftime/Fulltime, First Goalscorer and Last Goalscorer bets. You will need to opt-in to be eligible for the offer, the link is on the Unibet Promotions page.