Champions League: Chelsea and Arsenal suffer as Man City smile

Gianni Infantino showed no signs of fatigue during the second of three major draws in 48 hours
Gianni Infantino showed no signs of fatigue during the second of three major draws in 48 hours

Man City cashed in on seed status by drawing Dynamo Kiev, while runners-up Chelsea and Arsenal were treated more harshly...

"Arsenal jumped out of the facing-Bayern-Munich frying pan straight into the fire of a double header with holders Barcelona, who drew Manuel Pellegrini's men at this juncture in 2013/14 and 2014/15. The Gunners have unsurprisingly shot all the way out from 25.0 to 36.035/1."

Man City have a huge chance to mark their fifth Champions League appearance with a first quarter-final venture after being paired with Dynamo Kiev, who haven't been beyond the last 16 since reaching the semi-finals in 1998/99. They have been backed in from 16.0 to 15.014/1 as a result.

The mammoth difference between finishing first and second was illustrated by the fate of the Premier League team who qualified without replicating the Citizens' table-topping escapades.

Arsenal jumped out of the facing-Bayern-Munich frying pan straight into the fire of a double header with holders Barcelona, who drew Manuel Pellegrini's men at this juncture in 2013/14 and 2014/15. The Gunners have unsurprisingly shot all the way out from 25.0 to 36.035/1.

According to Jose Mourinho, Chelsea were the side that all eight group runners-up were desperate to draw and it was Paris St-Germain who landed the prize.

The duo clashed over two legs in both of the last two seasons, with the Blues delivering on away goals in the 2013/14 quarter-finals, but losing by the same margin in last term's round-of-16. There isn't much between them in the outright betting, with Paris St-Germain 17.5 to Chelsea's 19.5.

Bayern Munich have drifted from 3.75 to 4.03/1 after being put together with 2014/15 runners-up Juventus, and third favourites Real Madrid have shuffled in from 7.2 to 6.86/1 on account of meeting Roma, who barely deserved to progress having accumulated six group-stage points.

The less glamorous ties rendered inevitably by the aforementioned all-star couplings pit Gent against Wolfsburg, PSV against La Liga co-leaders Atletico Madrid and Benfica against Zenit St Petersburg.

Over in the Europa League, Premier League trio Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool drew Fiorentina, FC Midtjylland and Augsburg respectively, with each playing the second leg at home as a result of being seeded.

8.07/1 tournament favourites Borussia Dortmund will oppose fellow former Champions League victors Porto, with holders Sevilla marking their return to the competition by taking on Molde.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

Gent v Wolfsburg
Roma v Real Madrid
Paris St-Germain v Chelsea
Arsenal v Barcelona
Juventus v Bayern Munich
PSV v Atletico Madrid
Benfica v Zenit St Petersburg
Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City


EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

Valencia v Rapid Wien
Fiorentina v Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund v Porto
Fenerbahce v Lokomotiv Moscow
Anderlecht v Olympiakos
FC Midtjylland v Manchester United
Augsburg v Liverpool
Sparta Prague v Krasnodar
Galatasaray v Lazio
Sion v Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk v Schalke
Marseille v Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla v Molde
Sporting Lisbon v Bayer Leverkusen
Villarreal v Napoli
St Etienne v Basel

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