English teams finally on their way up in the Champions League

Having not reached the semi finals of the Champions League since 2012, the English teams are faring better in this season's competition.

English teams finally on their way up in the Champions League

After the opening two games Leicester City have a 100% record on their Champions League debut. Arsenal and Man City have both started unbeaten but managed draws away from home whilst Tottenham begun their campaign with a defeat at Wembley. Though an unfamiliar line-up compared to previous season's this year's teams will be hoping to make the latter stages of the competition.


Arsene Wenger will be hoping his team can progress further than the last 16 for the first time since 2009/10. After a 1-1 draw in Paris, they put in a superb display at The Emirates against Basel to win 2-0. With Alexis Sanchez starting the season in fine form, Wenger will be hoping he can fire Arsenal into the next round. At 1/16 it looks like a certainty that Arsenal will qualify out the group stages. In recent times, Arsenal have finished second in their group and faced one of the European giants in the first knockout round. They will surely be desperate to avoid the same fate this year and look reasonably likely to at odds of 11/10. With a home game against PSG, Arsenal fans will surely believe that it's a task that they can achieve.

Leicester City

Leicester are making their debut in the competition and they look like a team who have been there for years. After an impressive 3-0 win in Belgium against Club Brugge, they followed up by beating FC Porto 1-0 thanks to Islam Slimani, who has a prolific scoring record against Porto. Leicester will head into the back-to-back games against FC Copenhagen with confidence that they can dispatch the Danish team. Having looked unlikely to make inroads in the competition when they first qualified they are now almost certain to make the knockout stages and are odds-on favourites to win the group.

Manchester City

Man City and Pep Guardiola have had a great start to the season in the Premier League and Champions League, remaining unbeaten to this point. Guardiola has a fantastic record in the Champions League but he tougher challenges lie ahead with back-to-back games against his former club Barcelona coming up. Qualification from the group looks all but assured but it is the all important top spot that looks more and more unlikely. Man City will likely have to beat Barcelona after their 3-3 draw with Celtic if they are to achieve that feat. If they don't top the group, who they face in the first knockout round could decide how far they will go in this season's competition.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have the toughest group out the four but it’s a group which they are capable of winning. After an opening defeat to Monaco at Wembley, they managed to pick up three points against CSKA in Russia. With Harry Kane currently injured and Mauricio Pochettino refusing to give a timeline on how long he’s out for, Spurs will have to grind out results if they are to qualify out the group. With it expected to be tight, Tottenham have been priced at 1/2 to qualify out of their group, which shouldn't be too much of a problem. At 8/5 they are the favourites to finish top of the group though and should they manage to do that, they could go further in the competition than most expected.

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