Arsenal out to 40/1 for Euro glory

Arsenal were the big losers in Thursday's Champions League draw, according to Sky Bet - but Chelsea saw their odds cut.

Last Updated: 29/08/13 at 18:42 Post Comment

Arsenal are now 40/1 to win the Champions League

Arsenal are now 40/1 to win the Champions League

Arsenal were the big losers in Thursday's Champions League draw, according to Sky Bet - but Chelsea saw their odds cut.

The Gunners were pushed out to an industry-best 40/1 (from 25/1) after being placed in the same group as Marseille, last year's runners-up Borussia Dortmund and big-spending Napoli, who had been the dangerous floaters in the fourth pot of seeds.

Chelsea, on the other hand, got off lightly with matches against Schalke, FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest now on the agenda.

They were duly cut from 11/1 to 9/1 making them the most likely English winners at this stage. They are fourth favourites overall.

Manchester United and Manchester City were also trimmed.

United were put in Group A alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad. They were moved in from 12/1 to 11/1 to lift the trophy in Lisbon next May.

A nightmare draw for City failed to materialise and, after two group-stage exits in the past two years, they would appear to have their best chance yet to progressing to the knockout phase.

Manuel Pellegrini's side will face holders Bayern Munich but also CSKA Moscow and Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen. Their odds shortened from 12/1 to 10/1.

Bayern's odds on becoming the first team to defend the trophy since the Champions League format was adopted remained the same at 7/2.

Barcelona are second favourites at 9/2 after drawing AC Milan, Ajax and Celtic - the Scots are now rank outsiders at 1500/1 for the trophy.

Real Madrid are next in the market at 11/2. They will face Juventus, Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen.

Sky Bet trader Chris Spicer said: "Arsenal were already considered a far longer price than the other Premier League sides having failed to strengthen in the transfer market this summer, but now they face a tough task in even making the knockout stages.

"However, their impressive record of making it through the group stages warrants respect, so we make them marginally odds-on to progress, certainly a better chance than poor Celtic."

It's 5/4 that all four English sides progress to the last 16 and 8/1 that Lisbon sees an all-English final next May.

Sky Bet make the competition most likely to be won by a Spanish club - that's a 6/4 shot.

English success can be backed at 5/2, with Germany 11/4 to keep a grip on the famous trophy.

The Leeds-based firm also offer a market regarding which British club progresses the furthest in the competition.

Chelsea are the 7/4 favourites followed by Man City at 2/1 and United at 9/4. Arsenal are out at 12/1 with Celtic big outsiders at 50s.

Champions League group-stage draw:

Group A
Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk
Bayer Leverkusen
Real Sociedad

Group B
Real Madrid
Juventus
Galatasaray
FC Copenhagen

Group C
Benfica
Paris Saint-Germain
Olympiacos
Anderlecht

Group D
Bayern Munich
CSKA Moscow
Manchester City
Viktoria Plzen

Group E
Chelsea
Schalke
FC Basel
Steaua Bucharest

Group F
Arsenal
Marseille
Borussia Dortmund
Napoli

Group G
Porto
Atletico Madrid
Zenit St Petersburg
Austria Vienna

Group H
Barcelona
AC Milan
Ajax
Celtic

Dates:
Matchday one - September 17-18
Matchday two - October 1-2
Matchday three - October 22-23
Matchday four - November 5-6
Matchday five - November 26-27
Matchday six - December 10-11

  • Posted at 1820 BST on 29/08/2013.


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