Tough Champions League groups and Manchester City seemingly come as a package deal, with the Citizens pencilled in to play Bayern Munchen, CSKA Moscow and Roma in Group E.
Opponents one and two were faced at the same point 12 months ago, but trivial, irony-tinged facts are going to do little to appease angry Citizens, whose side have drifted out from 12/1 to 13/1 in the aftermath of the draw.
Bayern have slightly swollen in the betting too after being pitted against the side that claimed a 3-2 victory at the Allianz at this stage last term – they can now be backed as 4/1 second favourites after switching places with Real Madrid at the head of the betting.
Holders Los Merengues are now the shortest priced side at 15/4, after being handed a favourable draw with Liverpool, Basel and Ludogorets.
Reds fans will be equally pleased given how badly things could have gone, with second place a target they can easily attain, despite the Swiss’ notable pedigree in continental competition.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have crept in from 25/1 to 22’s to lift the trophy for a sixth time in their history in light of this.
Arsenal are big movers in the opposite direction after being paired with Borussia Dortmund before the opening fence for the second time in two seasons.
Previously available at 18/1 after squeaking by Besiktas in their play-off round, the Gunners are now 22/1 offerings with a group containing die Schwarzgelben, Galatasaray and Anderlecht anything but a stroll, especially when you contrast that to the draw handed to cross-capital foes Chelsea.
The 2011/12 champions will play Schalke to complete the Premier League v Bundesliga rematch from last term, as well as a Sporting Lisbon side sheared of almost all of their prize pigs and Celtic’s conquerors NK Maribor.
With first place in Group G as good as guaranteed, the Blues have slimmed down from 15/2 to 6/1 and are very much worth a bet under the guidance of Champions League maestro Jose Mourinho.