Punters can get 17/10 for an English team to conquer Europe in bwin’s Champions League winner predictions following the draw for the last-16 stage.
Manchester City are rated the most likely Premier League side to lift the trophy at 15/4 after they were paired with German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
Blues boss Pep Guardiola said: “I learned when I was in Germany how big and important and historical a team Gladbach are. I respect the beauty of their football.
“They were able to go through and played an exceptional game against Shakhtar after Shakhtar beat Real Madrid twice.
“All I can say is, I want to arrive in the best condition when we play them. We want to compete as best as possible and go through.”
Liverpool are 6/1 in the Champions League winner odds after also being drawn against Bundesliga opponents in RB Leipzig, who eliminated Manchester United by beating them 3-2 in the final round of group games.
Former Reds striker Ian Rush had no hesitation in declaring: “It’s going to be a very difficult game.”
Chelsea are available at 18/1 after being pitched against Atletico Madrid in what Frank Lampard described as “the toughest draw we could have had”.
The Blues boss added: “When you go on current form, how they’ve been in La Liga, European experience, quality of team and player, I think most people would say that.
“But we have to have belief in ourselves and you’re going to have to beat these sort of teams if you’re going to win the Champions League, so it is what it is.”
Bayern backed to retain title
Holders Bayern Munich will take on Italian outsiders Lazio and are 5/2 favourites in bwin’s Champions League winner predictions.
The French side were finalists last season but will have bad memories of facing Barca in 2017, when their 4-0 first-leg lead was overturned in a dramatic 6-1 defeat at the Nou Camp.
PSG sporting director Leonardo said: “This team has a great tradition, it won’t be easy to play them in the round of 16, but it’s always the same in the Champions League.
“In order to go all the way, when you have ambitious aims, you have to face teams of that calibre.”
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his native Portugal with Juventus to take on Porto and the Italian giants are 10/1 to go all the way.
Juventus director Pavel Nedved is taking nothing for granted, though, after being upset by Lyon at this point last season.
“At this stage in the Champions League, all of the teams are very strong,” he told UEFA.
“As I said last year, when we drew Lyon and we went out, these teams are used to playing these games.”
Real Madrid meet Atalanta and the 13-time champions of Europe can be backed at 14/1.
Atalanta are 50/1 and president Antonio Percassi commented: “We’re going to be facing a great team in the history of world football. It’s going to be another great experience for us.”
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