Champions League Betting: City favourites before quarter-finals draw
Eight clubs are left in the Champions League, four are British and it looks more open than it has for several seasons - what's not to like? Says Max Liu ahead of Friday's draw.
"City, along with the other three British teams left in the tournament - Liverpool [6.6], Manchester United [14.5] and Tottenham [17.5] - will discover who they will play in the last eight at 11am on Friday."
Manchester City are [3.6] favourites to win the Champions League ahead of the draw for the quarter-finals.
City, along with the other three British teams left in the tournament - Liverpool [6.6], Manchester United [14.5] and Tottenham [17.5] - will discover who they will play in the last eight at 11am on Friday morning, when the draw takes place in Nyon, Switzerland.
There is every chance we will see an all Premier League tie and we could even see an all-Manchester tie. The quarter-final first legs will be played on Tuesday April 9 and Wednesday April 10 with return legs the following week on April 16 and 17.
City have never won the Champions League but their manager has won it twice - with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. He failed to win it during his three seasons with Bayern Munich and is determined to lift the trophy again.
For City, the Champions League is the logical next target, having won the Premier League title three times in the past seven seasons. However, so far they have choked - losing to Liverpool in last year's quarter-finals and going out to Monaco at the round of 16 stage in 2017.
This year, though, there are signs that City have worked out how to succeed in Europe. Tuesday's 7-0 win over Schalke was resounding and bettors believe this could be the Blues' year.
Barca and Juve next in the betting
It could be that the biggest obstacle facing City is Guardiola's former team Barcelona [4.5]. They were ruthless in dispatching Lyon 5-0 on Wednesday and, under Ernesto Valverde, are pursuing a domestic and Champions League treble.
This is also a big season for Italian giants Juventus [5.2] who went out to Real Madrid in controversial circumstance in the last season's quarter-finals.
The Serie A champions splashed out to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer and, watching the Portuguese score a decisive hat-trick against Atletico Madrid this week, it's evident that he and his team mates are determined to make this the season that the Old Lady brings the title back to Italy.
For Ronaldo, incidentally, it would be a fourth Champions League winners' medal in as many seasons.
Liverpool, United and Spurs are all on a roll
In winning 3-1 away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, Liverpool rediscovered the form that took them to last year's final. Jurgen Klopp's priority, we think, is the Premier League, but he's unlikely to sacrifice another crack at Europe's biggest prize.
Manchester United, meanwhile, go into the draw on the back one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history, after their away win in Paris. Twenty years on from scoring the winner in the final, could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steer them to an unlikely title?
And what about Tottenham who efficiently went about knocking out a strong Dortmund team in the round of sixteen? They could be the dark horses in draw.
And don't rule out Ajax [30.0] - this year's surprise package and conquerors of Real Madrid in the last round - and Porto [80.0] who shocked the continent when they won this competition 15 years ago under a young upstart manager who has since faded from view.