Champions League Draw: Arsenal handed tough draw against Bayern Munich and Man City face Barcelona

Manuel Pellegrini's Man City face Barcelona in the Champions League
Manuel Pellegrini's Man City face Barcelona in the Champions League

Man City and Arsenal were both handed tough draws in the next round of the Champions League, but Man United and Chelsea will be reasonably content with their lot...

"Past their peak or not, the Spanish giants are third favourites for the title at 6.86/1 and the Citizens will need to be at their absolute peak to progress to the quarter finals."

Arsenal were left to rue their failure to top their group after being handed a fiendishly difficult tie against current European champions Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League. The draw has seen Arsene Wenger's charges shoot out to a big 36.035/1 to lift the trophy this season, having previously been matched at a low of 15.5 earlier in the season.

Manchester City were also dealt a big blow by being handed two games against Tata Martino's Barcelona in the next round, and although Barca are seen by many to be past the peak they hit a few seasons ago, Manuel Pellegrini would have undoubtedly preferred an easier tie in Man City's first venture beyond the group stages of this competition. Past their peak or not, the Spanish giants are third favourites for the title at 6.86/1 and the Citizens will need to be at their absolute peak to progress to the quarter finals.

Manchester United will be reasonably content with a match-up against Greek champions Olympiakos, and their draw shows perfectly the importance of topping one's Champions League group. Although United's league form has been patchy, they've been imperious in Europe under David Moyes and the new manager will be confident of reaching the quarter final where stronger competition will await.

Chelsea will also be happy with their next opponents, who arrive in the shape of Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray. Fans of a subplot will be eagerly anticipating Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge, and the powerful Ivorian will be desperate to show the west Londoners that he still has the ability to cut it at the top level. The 2012 champions are currently priced at 16.5 to repeat their Munich heroics and repeat that feat.

In the competition's other ties, Milan face Diego Simeone's high-flying Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg face last year's finalists Borussia Dortmund, Schalke take on Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen pit their wits against Paris St Germain.

Champions League Winner Odds

Bayern Munich - 3.65
Real Madrid - 5.95/1
Barcelona - 6.86/1
Atletico Madrid - 15.014/1
Borussia Dortmund - 15.5
Paris St Germain - 16.015/1
Chelsea - 16.5
Man City - 17.5
Manchester United - 18.5
Arsenal - 36.035/1
AC Milan - 65.064/1
Bayer Leverkusen - 160.0159/1
Galatasaray - 280.0279/1
Zenit St Petersburg - 370.0369/1
Schalke - 370.0369/1
Olympiakos - 400.0399/1


In the Europa League, manager-less Spurs were matched with Juande Ramos' Dnipro and are now 7.06/1 to lift the trophy, behind favourites Juventus 5.24/1 who will play Trabzonspor and Michael Laudrup's Swansea face a hellishly difficult tie in the shape of Napoli. The Swans are 36.035/1 to win their first European competition. Should Spurs progress, they'll face the winner of Benfica v PAOK and Swansea will be rewarded with either Porto or Eintracht Frankfurt.

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