Arsenal and Chelsea to lead Champions League clean sweep

Three defeats for the British sides in the opening Champions League means nothing as all four will progress through the group stages. That is the view of the Ladbrokes News readers.

Our latest poll asked you just how many of the teams from these isles would be scrapping it out in the last 16, and it was certainly a mixed reaction.

While just three per cent of you were of the pessimistic kind, suggesting that all four were facing an early exit, the remaining quartet of options received between 17 and 31 per cent of the vote each.

And the slender majority were erring on the side of optimism and backing Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United to all make it through.


Backing all four in their ‘To Progress’ market returns a fairly skinny 5/2 as a four-fold accumulator, perhaps indicative that all is not lost in their pursuit of European glory.

Chelsea are the shortest to get through at 1/22, and having turned on the style against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday, they would be well suited to translating their mid-week form to the Premier League.

At the other end of the scale (sort of), Manchester United are the biggest price to finish in the top two of their group at 8/13. They may be a defeat and a left-back down going into their remaining five games but in probably the weakest group of all their compatriots, many would still give them the nod.

Nevertheless maybe Louis van Gaal’s men were the side that 17 per cent of you thought would let the English down while the other three progressed.

Coming home in second place in the poll with 29 per cent was the suggestion that two from four is the best we can hope for.

One in five of you suggested that England would be represented by just one team in the last 16, but with at least two British sides making it through the group stage since the competition took its current form, they could be barking up the wrong tree.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.