Champions League: Arsenal draw Bayern again but it's easier for City and Foxes

Blame Ruud, Gooners!
Blame Ruud, Gooners!

It's a case of déjà vu for Arsenal as they draw Bayern Munich again in a Champions League knockout phase. Joe Dyer assesses the reaction from the Betfair markets following this morning's Champions and Europa League draws

"City are the 13.012/1 joint fifth favourites to lift the trophy but must beware of Monaco. Second in Ligue 1, Leonardo Jadim's outfit impressed throughout the group campaign, producing a classic away performance to start the competition with a defeat of Tottenham at Wembley. Their only defeat of the group phase came when they'd already qualified."

Arsenal's Champions League hopes suffered a knock when the Premier League's second-placed team drew Bayern Munich in the last 16 phase in today's draw.

The Gunners, out to 27.026/1 to win the competition, have met Bayern in the last three Champions League campaigns, exiting at the hands of the German giants in 2013 and 2014, winning at home but losing 5-1 at the Allianz Arena in last season's group stage.

Though top of the Bundesliga, 5.24/1 Champions League second favourites Bayern are still bedding in under Carlo Ancelotti not quite the almost unstoppable force of previous seasons. They are neck and neck with Leipzig in their domestic league and failed to win their Champions League group, admittedly finishing second to last year's beaten finalists, Atletico Madrid.

Early betting puts Bayern as the 1.331/3 favourites to progress from the two-legged clash.

The draw gave the competition's other remaining Premier League sides decent opportunities to make it to the quarter-finals, though both clashes will be competitive. Manchester City meet Monaco, who twice beat Spurs to top Group E, while Leicester will face Sevilla.

City are the 13.012/1 joint fifth favourites to lift the trophy but must beware of Monaco. Second in Ligue 1, Leonardo Jadim's outfit impressed throughout the group campaign, producing a classic away performance to start the competition with a defeat of Tottenham at Wembley. Their only defeat of the group phase came when they'd already qualified.

Sevilla sit third in La Liga, one behind Barcelona and seven off Real Madrid. The away tie will be key for Leicester, the Spanish side have a phenomenal home record in the league and were unbeaten in the group phase of the Champions League. Outright odds marginally favour Sevilla - they trade at 44.043/1 with the Foxes a few ticks back at 50.049/1.

In the Europa League, Manchester United will face St Etienne in the last 32 while Spurs have a showdown with Gent.

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