Champions League: All English teams 7/1 to qualify for last 16
Matt Haynes | December 8, 2015
We take a look at each teams’ chances with one group game left to play…
As the Gunners prepare to take on Olympiakos in Greece, they will still be reeling from their 3-2 defeat at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger’s side can still qualify for the last 16, though, and must better the scoreline that their hosts beat them by previously to overtake their head-to-head record with away goals counting.
A 3-2 win in Arsenal’s favour would be enough to see them qualify on overall goal difference, while any victory (apart from 1-0 or 2-1) would mean that Wenger’s men progress.
Simply put, if the Blues beat Porto, then they will win their group, ensuring an easier tie in the last 16, though they will be wary of their 2-1 defeat in Portugal previously. However, Jose Mourinho’s side will also progress with a draw, though in second place. At Stamford Bridge they should be more than confident of taking the three points, such is their odds-on 19/20 price with Coral to do so.
If they can top Group G it could give them the confidence they need to push on and win the competition and quite possibly resurrect their Premier League form, though the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will need to step up and improve considerably on their current form.
Louis van Gaal’s side take on a tough Wolfsburg side who are 5/4 favourites to win the match. If this does happen, they will progress as Group B winners, meaning United’s chances of progression will be in jeopardy, especially if PSV Eindhoven secure at least a point.
It means, the Red Devils have to win, which will not only mean they qualify, but also finish first in the group, regardless of what happens in the other match.
While Manuel Pellegrini’s men have already qualified for the last 16, they will still not have given up hope of topping Group D. For this to happen, they need to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach and Sevilla to take three points off Juventus, with the Spanish side aiming for third place.
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