Champions League: Bettors back English clubs after impressive results

The managers of the fifth and sixth favourites to win the Champions League
The managers of the fifth and sixth favourites to win the Champions League

How have the betting markets reacted to the first batch of results in the Champions League round of 16? Max Liu assesses the odds.

"City are the outright favourites 4.47/2, following their 4-0 victory over Basel in midweek. City have never won the Champions League but, in Pep Guardiola, they have a manager who won it twice with Barcelona, although he failed to repeat that success with Bayern Munich."

It's ten years since Tottenham won a trophy but, after their impressive comeback in Turin in midweek, could they end that drought by winning the Champions League? Spurs are 16.5 to claim European football's premier title and, when you consider that they've already defeated defending champions Real Madrid this season, that price looks fairly appealing.

Their 2-2 draw with Juventus stands Spurs in good stead to progress and they're firm favourites at 1.422/5 to qualify from the tie.

Liverpool had an easier task but their 5-0 win away to Porto was still a stunning achievement. The tie is a mere formality for Jurgen Klopp's team and the nature of their victory on Wednesday has seen their tournament winner market odds shorten to 11.521/2.

The Premier League team that bettors believe is best-equipped to win the Champions League is Manchester City. In fact, they're the outright favourites 4.47/2, following their 4-0 victory over Basel in midweek. City have never won the Champions League but, in Pep Guardiola, they have a manager who won it twice with Barcelona, although he failed to repeat that success with Bayern Munich. Barca, who play Chelsea in their round of 16 first leg next week, are 6.411/2.

Defending champions Real Madrid are 1.392/5 to reach the next round following their 3-1 win over PSG in the Spanish capital. It wasn't exactly emphatic at the Bernabeu, however, and bettors make Madrid, who've been struggling this season, only 7.06/1 joint-third favourites with Bayern to win the competition.

Like Guardiola, Jose Mourinho has won the Champions League twice and his Manchester United team face Sevilla in other tie featuring a Premier League team next week. United travel to southern Spain for Tuesday's first leg. They're 1.422/5 to qualify from the tie and 23.022/1 in the tournament winner market. United aren't the force they used to be but, when you consider that they won the Europa League last season and that Mourinho's style of football is arguably ideal for two leg ties, that price starts to appeal.

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