Champions League Odds: Man City the team to beat as Ronlado heads back to Manchester United

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The Premier League holders maintain favouritism to be crowned European champions ahead of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain

 Manchester City were drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim. That has seen them remain at the head of the market but have moved from 5/1 (6.0) to 9/2 (5.50) with bet365.

According to Opta data, 40% of Champions League winners have come from Group F – where City have been drawn this season – while Group G is the only one not to have produced a winner.

As usual with this elite competition though, there is little to choose between several leading candidates and the market has remained wide open according to the bookmakers.

Aymeric Laporte Manchester City 2018-19

Barcelona face a tricky looking group that also includes Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan. The Catalan giants are now available at 6/1 (7.0). Spurs for their part are 20/1 (21.0).

Manchester United began the day as 25/1 (26.0) shots but Jose Mourinho's side have drifted further to 28/1 (29.0) after being draw in Group H with Juventus, Valencia and Young Boys.

Juve were one of the teams at the head of affairs according to the odds compilers before the draw and they remain there, although the Old Lady's price has moved from 6/1 (7.0) to 13/2 (7.50).

That will see Cristiano Ronaldo visit his former side of course, having won the competition with the Red Devils before four more victories with Los Blancos including each of the last three editions. There has been plenty of interest in the Serie A holders to conquer Europe since they signed the Champions League’s all-time leading scorer but their group looks far from straightforward.

Champions League Winner odds post draw

Liverpool (11/1 from 10/1) have been handed an extremely tricky assignment. The Reds will face Paris Saint-Germain (7/1), Napoli (50/1) and Red Star Belgrade (500/1).

Bayern Munich are now 10/1 (11.0) and the Bundesliga holders will face Benfica, Ajax and AEK Athens in Group E.

Real Madrid may be the holders but having seen Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane depart since their triumph over Liverpool in the summer, bet365 made the reigning European champions a 9/1 (10.0) chance pre-draw.

Champions League Winner odds post draw 2

They'll clash with Roma - semi-finalists from last season - plus CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen and remain as 9/1 (10.0) chances to make it four victories in a row. Two of Madrid’s last three wins have come despite finishing second in their group.

Their city rivals have been beaten finalists twice in this competition and Atletico Madrid are 12/1 (13.0) having been drawn in Group A with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge.

Champions League Group Stage Draw in Full

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan

Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys

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