Champions League on Betfair: Strolls for favourites, joy for Foxes, but despair for Spurs

Segio Aguero scored a superb hat-track to help his Man City side to a 4-0 victory
Segio Aguero scored a superb hat-track to help his Man City side to a 4-0 victory

We saw goals galore during the first round of fixtures in the Champions League but it was mixed fortunes for the four English representatives. Mike Norman updates the latest odds after Gameweek 1...


"In the Champions League Winner market there's barely nothing to split Barca and Bayern who trade at 4.57/2 and 4.67/2 respectively, ahead of Real Madrid at 6.86/1 who required a stoppage time goal to see off Sporting Lisbon. Man City are the fourth favourites and can be backed at 11.521/2 after the opening round of fixtures."

Easy wins for market leaders


Manchester City opened their Champions League account for this season with a comfortable 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a superb ha-trick from Sergio Ageuro.

The Citizens had to wait 24 hours to start their campaign after their match originally due to take place on Tuesday night was postponed due to torrential rain.

But it was the German side that were completely drowned out when the game eventually got under way after Aguero put the home side 2-0 in front inside 28 minutes.

Pep Guardiola's men created many more chances to score but they had to wait until 15 minutes before the end of the game before Aguero completed his hat-trick after some smart play from the rejuvenated Raheem Sterling. Kelechi Iheanacho completed the scoring in stoppage time.

Man City may have won as easy as they liked but they failed to match the Tuesday night scorelines of Champions League favourites Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Spanish champion demolished Celtic 7-0 at the Nou Camp, that man Lionel Messi scoring his sixth Champions League hat-trick, while in Germany Bayern Munich thrashed FC Rostov 5-0.

In the Champions League Winner market there's barely nothing to split Barca and Bayern who trade at 4.57/2 and 4.67/2 respectively, ahead of Real Madrid at 6.86/1, who required a stoppage time goal to see off Sporting Lisbon. Man City are the fourth favourites and can be backed at 11.521/2 after the opening round of fixtures.


Stunning Champions League debut for Leicester


Leicester City marked their Champions League debut with a fantastic 3-0 win over Club Brugge in Belgium.

Last season's shock Premier League champions promised to give Europe's elite club competition everything they had and they were true to their word in the Jan Breydel Stadium, taking the lead inside just five minutes when Marc Albrighton punished a defensive mix-up to tap the ball home.

But it was Riyad Mahrez's stunning free kick on the half hour mark that put the Foxes in complete control of the match, and the Algerian scored his second of the night to seal the points from the penalty spot in the second half.

Claudio Ranieri's men - who have been matched at 100.099/1 to win the Champions League - now trade at 40.039/1 after tonight's victory, and they are currently the strong favourites at 1.42/5 to win Group G having been matched at 3.211/5 when the draw was made.


Decent start for Gunners but Spurs disappoint


Despite making some high profile changes, including preferring David Ospina in goal to Petr Cech, Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal side snatch a late equaliser away at PSG on Tuesday night.

The Gunners were behind after just 42 seconds and could have been dead and buried before half-time but for some poor finishing from Edinson Cavani, but Alexis Sanchez scored with his side's first shot on target with just over 10 minutes to go.

Wenger's men can be backed at 30.029/1 to lift the trophy, and at 2.26/5 to win Group A.

Elsewhere Tottenham have left themselves a tough task to qualify after losing their opening Group E game 1-2 to Monaco.

Over 85,000 turned out to see the Lilywhites at Wembley but the majority of the crowd were stunned into silence after the French side took an early 2-0 lead. Toby Alderweireld halved the deficit on the stroke of half time but Mauricio Pochettino's men were unable to find a second half equaliser.

Spurs are out to 75.074/1 won the Champions League this season.


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