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Barcelona and Manchester City the joint Champions League favourites

Wed, Oct 10, 1:30pm by Staff Writer

Barcelona and Manchester City are joint $6 favourites to win the 2018-19 Champions League after two group games.

Barcelona has recorded two wins from two starts, including a 4-2 win at Wembley against Tottenham last week. They are currently atop group B, tied with Inter Milan.

It’s been a bumpy start for the reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Citizens dropped their first home game in the competition French side Lyon before going down 1-0 against Hoffenheim on matchday two. They recovered to record a 2-1 win and are in second spot in group F.

Juventus, Atletico & Dortmund undefeated

Cristiano Ronaldo’s new club Juventus has defeated Valencia and Young Boys convincingly to be atop group H.

The Italian club is $7.50 to win the Champions League and has a blockbuster match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in a fortnight’s time.

French champions PSG are in one of the toughest Champions League groups this season, drawn alongside Liverpool and Napoli.

After losing its first match 3-2 at Anfield, they bounced back with a commanding 6-1 win against Red Star Belgrade. They are $9 to win the Champions League.

Spanish superpower Real Madrid ($10) is without Cristiano Ronaldo this season and is struggling both in the Champions League and La Liga.

A shock 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow has the Spaniards in second spot in group G, behind the Russian side.

Bayern Munich ($10) had a 2-0 win at Benfica in its opening game in group E, followed by a 1-1 draw with group leaders Ajax ($101).

The German champions should progress to the knockout rounds, with their group rounded out by Greek club AEK Athens.

Atletico Madrid ($11) is the standout team in group A, with the Spanish team joined by German club Borussia Dortmund ($51) at the top of the group standings.

Both teams have won two games to open their campaign and meet in Dortmund on matchday three.

English teams with plenty of work to do in the Champions League

Liverpool ($10) secured a last-gasp 3-2 win against PSG in stoppage time and gave up an 89th minute goal in a limp performance against Napoli to sit second in group C.

It has been a struggle this campaign for English sides Tottenham ($81) and Manchester United ($41).

Tottenham is winless from two starts after losing to Inter Milan ($51) and Barcelona.

United drew 0-0 against Valencia ($201) at home and is struggling for form both in the Champions League and English Premier League.

Chelsea’s good form extends to the Europa League

Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the English Premier League has translated to European play, with the Blues two from two in group L.

They are the $4.50 favourites to win the Europa League after wins against Greek club PAOK and Hungarian side MOL Vidi thus far.

Fellow English side Arsenal made a deep run in this tournament last year before bowing out at the semi final stage.

The Gunners are $6.50 to win the Europa League after recording multiple goal wins against Vorskla Poltava and Qarabag.

Sevilla is a perennial threat

Spanish club Sevilla has won three Europa League titles this decade and is a proven force to be reckoned with in this competition.

They had a 5-1 win against Standard Liege on matchday one before a 2-1 loss in Krasnodar. They are third favourites to win the Europa League at $11.

AC Milan is atop group F after two wins from two starts and is an $18 shot at winning this competition. The Italian club has defeated Dudelange and Olympiacos thus far, but has away matches in Athens and Betis still to come.

Two clubs with affiliations to the Australian company Red Bull, RB Leipzig ($26) and RB Salzburg ($23) are both in group B and enjoying good campaigns so far.

The two clubs met on matchday one, where the Austrian club RB Salzburg was victorious 3-2.

They are joined in group B by Scottish champions Celtic ($91) who have three points from two games.

Their bitter rival Rangers ($81) is on top of group G after a 2-2 draw at Villareal and a 3-1 home win against Rapid Wien.

Champions League

Barcelona $6

Man City $6

Juventus $7.50

PSG $9

Real Madrid $10

Bayern Munich $10

Liverpool $10

Atletico Madrid $11

Man Utd $41

Borussia Dortmund $51

Napoli $51

Inter Milan $51

Tottenham $81

Roma $81

Europa League

Chelsea $4.50

Arsenal $6.50

Sevilla $11

AC Milan $18

RB Salzburg $23

Lazio $26

Villarreal $26

RB Leipzig $26

Bayer Leverkusen $26

Eintracht Frankfurt $34

Zenit St. Petersburg $34

Sporting Lisbon $34

Betis $34

Marseille $41

Krasnodar $51

Dynamo Kiev $51

FC Copenhagen $51

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