With the home straight of the Premier League around the corner, the race for Champion’s League is hotting up. So, who are the favourites to take the (realistically) available qualifying spots? In this article, Peter Watton, from matched betting specialists OddsMonkey, looks at each team’s chances.
Arsenal’s chase for the UEFA Champions League received a hammer blow with the news that their ability to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window has been hamstrung by a lack of transfer funds.
Gunners boss Unai Emery would have been hoping for a transfer kitty as they look to keep pace with the leading quartet in the Premier League.
Champions League entered knock-up phase, and the first legs will be played in the forthcoming ten days.
Here is the list of all first round matches: Borussia Dortmund versus Benfica, Barcelona versus PSG, Napoli versus Real Madrid, Arsenal versus Bayern Munich, Monaco versus Manchester City, Atletico Madrid versus Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus versus Porto and Leicester City versus Sevilla.
The duo Premier League giants Manchester City and Arsenal came away with the historic wins in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The Sky Blues beat Barcelona 3-1 at their home turf – at the Etihad Stadium, while the Gunners overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat Ludogorets 3-2 away thanks to Mesut Ozil for his late winner as the north Londoners came from behind to claim the victory.