Champions League: Four English Teams Remain but what are their chances?

Christmas will soon be upon us but many football fans will already be looking beyond the festive season and into the New Year. Across Europe, the focus is on the Champions League and with the groups now out of the way, we’re now approaching the excitement of the knockouts.

It hasn’t been plain sailing for any of the English teams involved but all four have made it through and will take their place in the last sixteen. Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs are all here and with the draw having just been completed, let’s take a look at the early ante post prices for their upcoming ties.

Schalke 04 vs Manchester City

After a slow start to their campaign, Manchester City won four of their six matches to qualify as Group F winners. Pep Guardiola’s men are one of the favourites for the trophy but before we get to the final stages, City have been drawn against German side Schalke.

The Bundesliga outfit finished as runners up in second place behind Porto in Group D but their qualification was comfortable enough as they headed Galatasaray by seven points. Manchester City will be happy to have been drawn away in the first leg and they are favourites for an opening win at best odds of 5/11 with Unibet. The draw on the night follows at a top price of 17/4 with William Hill while victory for Schalke completes matters at 6/1 with 888Sport.

We only have the prices in for the first legs of these four games but you can take an early punt on the To Qualify betting. At the time of writing, only William Hill are offering prices and they have Manchester City at a very short 1/14 to go through while Schalke are out at 13/2.

Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are through to the last sixteen thanks, in the main, to two stellar performances against Juventus. In the remaining games against Young Boys and Valencia, the Red Devils struggled so it’s tough to know what to expect when United take on Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG topped Liverpool’s section and are favourites to win the first leg at best odds of 11/10 with 10Bet and SportPesa. The same two bookmakers have victory for Manchester United available at 5/2 while the draw on the night completes things at 27/11 – also with 10Bet and SportPesa.

If we switch to the To Qualify betting, things become much clearer with PSG way in front at 1/4 with Manchester United some way behind at 11/4 – both with William Hill once again.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Borussia Dortmund

Spurs have already pulled off something of a miracle to get to this stage so they won’t be too daunted with their draw against German side Borussia Dortmund. Having taken just one point from their opening three games, Mauricio Pochettino’s men beat PSV and Inter Milan before a stunning performance away to Barcelona took them through.

Tottenham performed well against the same opponents in the Group Stages of last season’s competition but in this campaign, overcoming Dortmund will be a much more daunting task. When the draw was made, the Germans were enjoying a nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga but it’s Spurs who start as favourites to win the first game at a top price of Even Money with SportNation and RedZoneSports.

Completing the result market is a win for Borussia Dortmund at 28//11 with 10Bet and SportPesa while the same bookmakers have the best odds on the draw at 13/5.

In the To Qualify market, William Hill currently have both teams available at the same price of 5/6.

Liverpool vs Bayern Munich

Like Spurs, Liverpool left it late in terms of qualification and the Reds have also drawn German opposition in the last sixteen. At first glance, their draw with Bayern Munich looks to be a tough one but the Germans are struggling to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

For the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool are favourites for the win at a top price of Even Money with 10Bet and SportNation while victory for Bayern follows at best odds of 271/100 with Royal Panda. The draw completes this game at 45/17 with 10Bet and in the To Qualify betting, William Hill have Liverpool at 8/11 and Bayern Munich at Even Money.

Verdict

It may seem unlikely that we will see all four English teams progress to the quarter finals but Spurs, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs have confidence and the momentum to progress. Only Manchester City have been drawn away in the first leg and that’s an advantage so expect the Citizens to breeze through comfortably against a weaker Schalke side.

Over two legs, the greater quality of PSG should come through against a Manchester United team whose season has been mixed but there could be some value in the draw here. At Old Trafford on a big European night, United have the capacity to lift themselves, as they did against Juventus and a share of the spoils is a good option.

For Spurs v Dortmund, we expect Tottenham to come unstuck against a Dortmund side who are much stronger than the team that the North Londoners faced a year ago. It’s tempting to go for the away win in the first leg but we’ll play safer and take the 5/6 on Borussia Dortmund to qualify.

That just leaves Liverpool and Bayern Munich and this looks to be the hardest game to call in the To Qualify betting. In the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool should prevail with a noisy Anfield behind them and Even Money represents a reasonable price here.

The tips here, with the exception of the Spurs v Dortmund game, relate to first leg ties only and these are due to be played between February 12th and February 20th, 2019.

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