We’re at the halfway stage of the last 16 in the Champions League and it’s looking like at least two English teams will be in the quarter-finals. Can a team from the English Premier League go on to lift the trophy?
Manchester City and Tottenham Leading Contenders
Overall it’s 6/4 (2.5) at SkyBet that an English team wins the 2018/19 Champions League. The last 16 has become a bit of an England v Germany showdown. Three of the four English teams face Bundesliga opposition and it’s not going too bad after the first legs.
Manchester City had a few problems in the first leg of their tie away to struggling Schalke 04. They trailed 2-1 with minutes to go but two late goals gave them a 3-2 lead to take back to the Etihad. That should be more than enough to take them into the quarter finals of a tournament they have never won.
They would love to win the Champions League and are 3/1 (4.0) at Unibet to do so. City are trying to win four trophies this season and even with their squad, that’s a tough assignment. Games are going to pile up and it’s only going to take one bad night for their dreams to fade and die.
Tottenham had their problems getting out of their group and had to rely on Inter failing to beat PSV at home to qualify. They beat Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at home in the first leg of their tie and must surely reach the last eight. With Harry Kane back and Dele Alli on his way, they might just cause some surprises. You can get 16/1 (17.0) at Betfair on them winning the Champions League this season. They do lack experience though and that may count against them.
Liverpool have it all to do after being held to a home goalless draw by Bayern Munich. Their opponents are back in form after a slow start to the season but at least Liverpool didn’t concede an away goal. Scoring in Munich would make it difficult for the home team, but Liverpool lost all three of their away group matches. It’s 12/1 (13.0) at SkyBet they get their name on the Champions League trophy.
Bye Bye United
Our final English representatives in the Champions League already look doomed. Manchester United lost their home first leg 2-0 to PSG and there looks no way back for them. Paul Pogba is suspended for the second leg and they have other injuries too. No wonder Bet365 have United at 125/1 (126.0) to lift the trophy.