Even though the UK is soon to leave the EU, English and Scottish clubs still dream of winning Europe’s biggest club competition each year and that’s not going to change.
With Arsenal, Man City and Celtic all in action – it could be a crucial night for their hopes to progress further in the Champions League this season – we were asked by you guys in our #WhatOddsPaddy segment on Twitter what the odds are on all three win. The answer is .
After successfully calling a 37/1 acca for you last night, we’ve decided to bring you a few reasons why ‘remain-ing’ true to their values could see this trio triumph in tonight’s 7.45pm kick-offs.
Arsene Wenger’s Gunners side come into the game on the back of an incredible run of form in both league and cup.
Since creditably drawing with PSG in their opening Champions League fixture, Arsenal have won their last six games on the spin. They’re huge favourites against their Bulgarian opponents Ludogorets Razgrad tonight, who are generally whipping boys in this competition.
Ludogorets did pick up an impressive point away at Basel on Match Day one, but they were utterly out classed by PSG at home in their next outing and they’ve lost their only other tie away against an English team 2-1 to Liverpool in 2012.
The Bulgarians have conceded in each of their last four contests as well, so a punt to fancy could be the alternative handicap of Arsenal (-1.0) at to add an extra bit more value to our treble.
When the draw for the Champions League group stages was made back in August, Manchester City’s trip to Barcelona was the tie that leaped off the page.
Pep Guardiola returns to his old stomping of the Nou Camp to face the bulk of the squad he left in 2012. He’s got his charges sitting on top of the Premier League, but that hasn’t stopped them being big underdogs tonight.
Barcelona sit fourth in La Liga and they haven’t had it all their own way of late. Their defence was rocked by the concession of FOUR goals to Celta Vigo in their last away trip, but they did get back on track with victory over Deportivo at the weekend.
Matters weren’t helped for Barca as rumours about Luis Enrique’s position started to swirl yesterday. They may be heavy favourites to win tonight, but don’t write off City just yet as they’ve only lost one of their last 15 matches.
Even though Celtic are just about underdogs at home later, they face a Monchengladbach side who are not in a good place.
The German side have been ravaged by injuries recently and find themselves without four frontline players tonight, including Thorgan Hazard – brother of Chelsea’s Eden. They are also three games without a victory at present.
Celtic Park has been an utter fortress for the Hoops, as they have won nine of their ten home games this season. Their only failure to win was the terrific 3-3 draw with Man City in the Champions League.
There seems is no reason to believe the Bhoys can’t conjure another magic European performance to round out our treble.