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Champions League: Holders handed favourable draw

Holders Chelsea have been cut to 7.5 in bwin’s Champions League winner odds after being paired with Lille in the last 16.

After finishing second in their group, the Blues were in danger of facing a daunting test but instead are hot favourites to get past the French outsiders.

Thomas Tuchel’s men upset Manchester City 1-0 in last season’s decider and will be hoping to claim back-to-back victories by winning the final in St Petersburg on May 28.

City also received a favourable drawas they will take on Sporting Lisbon and head the betting on 3.75 to lift this trophy for the first time.

Liverpool will be less enthusiastic about having to face Inter Milan and the Reds can be backed at 5.5 for a seventh success.

Manchester United fared worst of the English clubs in drawing Atletico Madrid and are 17.0 to go all the way in the Champions League betting.

The Red Devils were originally paired with PSG in a botched first draw but UEFA were forced to declare that void after a series of mistakes were made during the process.

“Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred,” a statement said.

“As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone.”

Bayern handed re-draw boost

When the balls were shuffled for a second time, PSG came out alongside 13-time champions Real Madrid and those teams are 10.0 and 17.0 respectively.

Bayern Munich were initially set to play Atletico but are now 4.5 second favourites after getting rank outsiders Salzburg.

Ajax won all six of their group-stage matches and have been trimmed to 15.0 after coming out alongside Benfica.

Last season’s Europa League winners Villarreal will take on Juventus, with those teams available at 201.0 and 21.0 respectively in bwin’s Champions League winner odds.

The first legs are scheduled for 15/16/22/23 February, with the second legs on 8/9/15/16 March.

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