Leicester Can Win Tie Of Two Cities
Manchester City are the favourites to win the Champions League after drawing Schalke in the last 16. The Premier League champions have never been the champions of Europe but they have won the League Cup three times in the last five seasons. That suggests the club takes the competition seriously but team selection could be key to the outcome of their quarter-final tonight at Leicester.
City are a price to win the tie in 90 minutes that they would be to win a Premier League meeting playing the first string. However, injuries and the inclusion of some fringe players make them too short to back. Leicester’s motivation could be at a higher level as the League Cup is their best chance of winning a trophy. At the relative odds LEICESTER are the team to back at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
The tie of the first knockout round in the Champions League is Liverpool against Bayern Munich. As manager of Borussia Dotrmund Jurgen Klopp took on Bayern and came out on top on several occasions. Clubs from the same league and group opponents can’t be drawn together in the last 16 which means the four Premier League clubs have been kept apart and they could all qualify for the quarter-finals.
Tottenham are slight favourites to eliminate Borussia Dortmund but Manchester United are not fancied to get past the champions of France, PSG. It’s 16/1 with bet365 that the FOUR EPL teams advance to the next round. Last season two from four clubs won their ties at this stage. ENGLAND are 13/8 to be the nationality of the winner of the Champions League. Spain have three teams competing in the last 16 and are second favourites having won this market in the past five seasons followed by Italy, France and Germany.
On a moderate day for racing ahead of the Christmas festival meetings at Kempton and Leopardstown in Ireland Catterick stages a five-runner handicap chase over almost two miles at 2.40. On ratings there’s about three lengths separating the field and nine pounds in the handicap. MIDNIGHT CHILL is the marginal preference in a tight contest and the horse can be backed at 11/8 with Coral.