Champions League on Betfair: Messi hat-trick dampens Pep's Nou Camp return

Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick to help Barcelona beat Manchester City
Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick to help Barcelona beat Manchester City

Pep Guardiola's return to the Nou Camp was spoilt by a Lionel Messi hat-trick as Man City lost to Barcelona, but there was better news for Arsenal, Leicester, and Spurs in Gameweek 3 of the Champions League. Mike Norman updates the latest odds...

To Win the Champions League;

- Barcelona 4.47/2
- Bayern Munich 4.57/2
- Real Madrid 7.26/1
- Atletico Madrid 12.5
- Man City 14.013/1
- Juventus 14.013/1

*Odds correct as of 22:00, Wednesday 19 October

Pep Guardiola's return to the Nou Camp turned into a nightmare as he witnessed his Manchester City side produce a catalogue of errors in a 4-0 defeat to Barcelona.

The star of the show, not surprisingly, was Lionel Messi who scored his 37th hat-trick in a Barca shirt, but the little Argentinian had the opposition to thank for virtually gifting him his goals.

A Fernando slip, a Kevin de Bruyne misplaced pass, and Ilkay Gundogan's wayward backpass all contributed to City's downfall, and if that wasn't bad enough goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was shown a straight red after his own error resulted him handling the ball outside of the box.

Neymar, just minutes after missing a penalty, scored a fourth late in the game to complete the rout.

Following the win Barcelona shortened marginally to 4.47/2 in the Champions League Winner market, though with Bayern Munich (4.57/2) and Real Madrid (7.26/1) also winning in Gameweek 3 the front three in the betting remain largely unchanged.

Man City drifted slightly after tonight's defeat and can now be backed at 14.013/1 to lift the trophy in May.

Gunners thrash Ludogorets to state their ambition

Arsenal made it seven successive wins in all competitions with a 6-0 thrashing of Bulgarian Champions Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's men took their tally of goals scored in those seven matches to 23 with the win, the highlight being a hat-trick by Mesut Ozil and a quite stunning chip by Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners are tied at the top of Group A with PSG, six points ahead of qualification, and they can be backed at 24.023/1 to win this season's Champions League.

Spurs favourites to top Group E after German stalemate

Tottenham secured a vital point away at Bayer Leverkusen thanks largely to the brilliance of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The France international made a string of excellent saves in a game that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino labelled as 'must win' prior to kick-off. But with Monaco only managing a draw at CSKA Moscow the Lilywhites are now in a strong position to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.

Tottenham sit second in Group E, a point behind Monaco, and with two of their remaining three games at home (Wembley) to the two clubs below them in the table the Betfair Sportsbook make Pochettino's men Even money favourites to top the group, ahead of Moncaco at 13/8 and Leverkusen at 7/2.

Spurs can be backed at 48.047/1 to win the Champions League.

Foxes continue to make hay

Leicester maintained their 100% start to life in the Champions League with a 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

The victory - thanks to Riyad Mahrez's 40th minute strike and a quite superb late save from Kasper Schmeichel - means Claudio Ranieri's men have now won three from three in Group G, all without conceding a single goal.

The Foxes are five points clear at the top of the table, and with a home game against the group's whipping boys Club Brugge - who they beat 3-0 away from home - still to come, look certain of making it through to the last 16 of the competition.

Ranieri's men are available to back at 50.049/1 to win the tournament outright.

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