Sorry, I’ll be busy on Thursday night…
Manchester City look to be condemned to the indignity of Thursday night football and the Europa League, with Roberto Mancini’s men lengthening out to 5/2 with Bet365 and William Hill to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stage.
November 23rd, 2011
After falling to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli last night, qualification from Group B is now reliant on City beating Bayern Munich at home in two weeks time and hope that Napoli succumb to defeat against bottom-of-the-group Villarreal.
The result saw both Hills and 365 lengthen City from 1/3 to 5/2 to qualify for the latter stages, whilst Betfred have gone from 10/1 to best price 28/1 on City winning the tournament outright.
Cross-city rivals Manchester United also had a disappointing result at home, throwing away a 2-1 lead to draw 2-2 with Benfica, and they must get a result in Basel in a fortnight to qualify from Group C. William Hill do have them odds-on at 2/7 to make it to the last 16, with a price of 5/2 that they don’t.
Last year’s runners up remain fourth favourites for the tournament, drifting from 12/1 behind Barcelona (37/19, Bwin), Real Madrid (7/2, Coral) and Bayern (15/2, Victor Chandler).
Over on Betfair, Chelsea are 1.6 to be the British team that progresses further although that price is likely to alter following their match in Leverkusen tonight, ahead of Manchester United at 2.35, Arsenal (who are at home to Borussia Dortmund tonight), at 3.38 and City at 4.
An all British final in Munich is at 12/1, with 33/1 available on the European showpiece being a Manchester derby.