The Champions League returns this week with Arsenal and Man City in action on Tuesday, before Leicester and Tottenham take the reins on Wednesday. The four English clubs have had differing fortunes in their first three games but qualification remains in their own hands. Find out below.
A 1-1 draw in Paris, followed by two convincing home wins against Basel and Ludogorets, sees Arsenal sitting joint top of Group A. Level on seven points with PSG, both sides can qualify for the first knockout round with two games to spare, if they beat Ludogorets and Basel on Tuesday. Arsenal v PSG in week five should decide top spot. The Gunners are 1/3 to win this week and best-price 25/1 to win the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola came to Man City with Champions League success as a priority. However, having brushed Monchengladbach aside in week one, they could only manage a point against Celtic and lost 4-0 at the Nou Camp. Whatever the result against Barcelona this week, City will qualify with wins against Celtic and Monchengladbach. Pep’s side are 19/10 to beat Barcelona on Tuesday and 12/1 to win the tournament in his first season.
Tottenham’s Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start with a defeat to Monaco at ‘home’. Daniel Levy’s decision to play their home games at Wembley could come back to haunt them should they fail to qualify. With just three points separating table-toppers Monaco, and bottom side CSKA Moscow, this group is well up for grabs. Currently in second-place on four points, Tottenham host Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday where a win would significantly boost their chances. They’re 21/20 to win the game, and 50/1 to become champions of Europe.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have taken to the Champions League like a duck to water. There’s no doubt Leicester got a favourable draw but with three wins from three and yet to concede a goal, the Foxes sit five points clear of both Copenhagen and Porto, and two points from their final three games will guarantee their qualification. They look a very long 13/5 to win in Denmark on Wednesday, and are best-price 50/1 to go all the way. We’re not writing them off…