The English teams in this season's Champion’s League produced a mixed bag of results during last week’s group games.
Group B features Liverpool, Real Madrid, Basle 1893 and Ludogrets. Liverpool were away to Basle and were beaten 1-0 and according to Basle’s Paulo Sousa, it should and could have been a lot more with Brendan Rodgers stating that Liverpool had put on a disappointing display.
Meanwhile group leaders Real Madrid, won a hard fought game away at Ludogrets. The Bulgarian team are proving to be a bit of an handful and could still have some impact on who makes it through this group. Liverpool’s next game is home to Real Madrid on October 22nd.
Group D London side, Arsenal, are the British interest in this group which includes Anderlecht, Galatasaray and Group leaders Borussia Dortmund. Danny Welbeck proved his class by scoring a hat trick in front of home fans as Arsenal beat Turkish side Galatasaray 4-1, moving them into second place in the group. Their next game is away to Anderlecht on October 22nd.
Group E and Manchester City are flying the flag in this group which consists of Bayern Munich, AS Roma and CSKA Moscow. City unfortunately struggled at home against the well organised Italian team Roma where the Italians forced a 1-1 draw. The Blues are third in this group and really need to show their class if they are to progress.
Bayern Munich are already on 6 points and looking like the favourites to win the group with City’s next game away to CSKA Moscow on October 21st.
Group G and Chelsea are flying the flag with some pride for the UK. Having won one game and drawn the other, they top Group G on four points. The other teams in this group are FC Schalke, Maribor and Sporting Portugal.
Chelsea won away at Sporting of Portugal and are looking good to progress. Their next game is at home against NK Maribor on October 21st.
Paddy Power Bookmakers are offering Champion League Odds of 7/2 on Bayern Munich to win outright with Chelsea at 6/1 and Manchester City at 18/1.