- Manchester City looking for first Champions League title
- Liverpool look to repeat and claim title No. 7
- Tottenham will hope to get back to final and finish the job
While almost any club on the planet would be thrilled to achieve a domestic treble, there was something anti-climatic about the way Pep Guardiola’s side clinched the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season.
That’s largely because the Spanish manager and his players would have spent their summer jealously glancing towards Liverpool, and thinking about the trophy they covet most.
With their eyes set on the title this season, they’ve opened as the favorite to be the last Premier League team standing in this year’s edition of UEFA Champions League.
Furthest Progressing Premier League Team
Odds taken 8/30/19
Out for Revenge
Being knocked out by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the the quarter-final stage in back-to-back seasons surely have City out for revenge. Their hunger will have intensified after witnessing the all-English final in Madrid last June, that if not for a controversial VAR offside call in the final minutes could easily have featured City instead of Spurs.
So which English club will progress the furthest in this season’s competition? Based on Thursday’s draw, each member of the quartet, which includes Chelsea, should be favoured to reach the knockout stages.
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In Group B, Tottenham are secondary favorites behind Bayern Munich to advance from the group at -500. Meanwhile, Manchester City, as favorites to win the entire competition at +350, are a virtual shoe-in to be in the last 16 with odds of -5000 to progress.
Liverpool and Chelsea are both the favourites to make it out of their groups and into the knockout stages at -1600 and -350 respectively.
Which Team Advances Furthest?
Manchester City will have their sights set squarely on the Champions League after back-to-back Premier League successes. On the other hand, Liverpool are equally desperate to end a domestic title drought that stretches back to 1990.
If early-season form is any indicator, Chelsea are in somewhat of a transition year under new manager Frank Lampard. As a result, it’s no surprise to se them tied with Borussia Dortmund as 10th favourite to win the Champions League at +3300.
On the north side of London, last year’s Champions League runner-up Tottenham have had an up-and-down start to this year. Of course, that hasn’t been helped by rumoured tension between manager Mauricio Pochettino and club chairman Daniel Levy.
But as one of just seven men to have won the Champions League as both a player and a manager, this should be the year that Guardiola leads Manchester City into the winner’s circle next June.
Pick: Manchester City (-185)
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