UCL: 25/1 says Pep gets sent to the stands against Barcelona

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It has felt like an eternity, but finally – finally! – our Tuesday and Wednesday nights need no longer see us twiddle our thumbs with boredom, because the Champions League (proper) is back.

Ok, it isn’t back until next week, but that’s near enough for us to get goosebumps over that mythical, magical music…

And the group stage draw has handed us some humdingers to look forward to between now and Christmas too.

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will lock horns, so will Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, and then there’s the really big one, Manchester City versus Barcelona. The Guardiola derby.

City will join three other Premier League sides in Europe’s finest club competition this year, one of them competing for the very first time, and we’re offering a whole host of special markets.

Leicester have been drawn against Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen, but despite the quite winnable draw, we make the Foxes 4/1 outsiders to go furthest out of the British quartet in their inaugural Champions League campaign.

Arsenal and Tottenham are each 10/3 to last the longest in this season’s competition, with the Citizens touted as Britain’s best hope at 5/4.

It’s evens that all of England’s entrants qualify from the group stage, while Celtic – in City’s group – are 20/1 to turn that successful quartet into a fivesome.

All eyes will be on the two games between Pep’s current and former flames, with City heading to the Camp Nou on October 19, and Barca making the trip to Manchester on November 1.

The two sides have met four times in recent years, but it’s the Spanish giants who have triumphed every time.

We’re 6/5 that Guardiola can lead his new charges to victory over the La Liga aces, while 14/1 says City do a famous double over the Catalan club.

Should things all get a bit too much for the usually calm and collected Pep, we make it 25/1 the Spaniard gets sent to the stands in either contest.

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

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