Champions League on Betfair: Man City scramble to Celtic Park draw

Two goals from Theo Walcott won the night for Arsenal against FC Basel
Two goals from Theo Walcott won the night for Arsenal against FC Basel

There were wins for Arsenal, Leicester and Spurs in Gameweek 2 of the Champions League group phase, but Premier League leaders Man City had to come back from a goal down three times in an entertaining draw at Celtic. Mike Norman updates the latest odds...

"In the Winning Nation market Spain can be backed at 2.26/5, Germany at 3.39/4, and England at 6.05/1."

Pep Guardiola's perfect winning start as manager of Manchester City was ended in Glasgow tonight as his side could manage just a draw at Scottish champions Celtic.

It could have been worse for the Citizens however as three times on the night they had to come from a goal down before eventually sharing the spoils.

Goals from Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, and Nolito cancelled out a Sterling own goal and a brace from Moussa Dembele in a highly entertaining affair at Celtic Park.

Despite the draw Man City remain strong contenders to lift this season's Champions League and are currently trading as fourth favourites at 11.521/2 in the Winner market.

Mixed fortunes for market leaders

The three clubs ahead of Man City in the market suffered mixed fortunes in Gameweek 2 as Real Madrid were held 2-2 at Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich lost to Atletico Madrid, while Barcelona were the only winners, securing all three points with a 2-1 away win at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Barcelona remain the favourites to lift this season's trophy at 4.3100/30, just ahead of Bayern at 4.77/2, while Real can be backed at 7.26/1.

In the Winning Nation market Spain can be backed at 2.26/5, Germany at 3.39/4, and England at 6.05/1.

Gunners continue to fire

Arsenal's excellent recent form continued with a dominant 2-0 win over FC Basel at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's men - who went into the game on the back of four straight Premier League wins - never looked in any danger and could easily have won by a bigger margin, but two goals from Theo Walcott were enough to take the points on the night.

The Gunners are level with PSG at the top of Group A and can be backed at 30.029/1 to win the competition outright.

Foxes lead the way and Spurs back on track

Leicester made it two wins from two in Group H thanks to a 1-0 victory over FC Porto, taking the Foxes five points clear of their Portuguese rivals who sit third in the standings.

Claudio Ranieri's men have taken to the Champions League like ducks to water, winning their second game in succession thanks to a solitary Islam Slimani - who had a stunning goalscoring record against Porto when at Sporting Lisbon - strike midway through the first half.

Tottenham bounced back from their opening-game Wembley defeat to Monaco by taking all three points with a 1-0 win in Moscow.

The Lilywhites - without a quintet of big-name players due to injury including Harry Kane - moved up to second in Group E with the win, which was achieved by in-form Son Heung-min scoring his fifth goal in as many games.

Tottenham can be backed at 60.059/1 in the Champions League Winner market while Leicester are just slightly more fancied, available to back at 55.054/1.

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