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Man City short-changed, Chelsea laughing after Champions League draw

| 27.08.2015

The draw for the group stage of the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League is complete and once again Manchester City have been handed a tricky assignment in European football’s elite competition.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will have to negotiate difficult ties against Serie A champions Juventus, Europa League holders Sevilla and Bundesliga dark horses, Borussia Monchengladbach in Group D.

However, bookmaker Ladbrokes are still confident about the Citizens’ chances of getting out of the group with odds of 3/4 that City top the standings and as short as 1/6 that they qualify. 

Elsewhere, Chelsea (2/7 to win their group, 1/20 to qualify) will probably be the happiest of the English sides with regards to how the draw panned out.

The Premier League champions have been matched up against Porto, Dynamo Kiev and outsiders Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group G.

Louis van Gaal and Manchester United (17/20 to win their group, 2/9 to qualify) also can’t have too many complaints after PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg were announced as their opponents in Group B.

Meanwhile, Arsenal (11/4 to win their group, 1/6 to qualify) are likely to challenge Bayern Munich for top spot in Group F with Olympiacos – a side the Gunners have been paired with in four of the last seven seasons.

The draw in full is below.

Group A:

Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo

Group B:

PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg

Group C:

Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, FC Astana

Group D:

Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Moenchengladbach

Group E:

Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov

Group F:

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos, Dinamo Zagreb

Group G:

Chelsea, FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H:

Zenit Saint-Petersburg, Valencia, Lyon, Gent

Latest Ladbrokes Champions League specials:

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all to Qualify WAS 8/11 NOW EVENS

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all to win their groups WAS 14/1 NOW 20/1

Sergio Aguero Top Champions League Goalscorer WAS 16/1 NOW 20/1

Wayne Rooney Top Champions League Goalscorer WAS 28/1 NOW 40/1

Alexis Sanchez Top Champions League Goalscorer WAS 25/1 NOW 33/1

Diego Costa Top Champions League Goalscorer WAS 25/1 NOW 33/1 

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.