After three matches, the English Premier League teams competing in the Champions League are getting a sense of where they are likely to finish in their respective groups. Manchester City kicked off their campaign in Europe poorly, but they have recovered and are the current favourites in the Champions League betting odds, at a price of 9/2.
The defending Premier League champions will be hoping to better their previous outing in the Champions League, in which they were defeated by fellow English club Liverpool in the quarter-final.
Starting off with a loss to French Ligue 1 club Lyon at home, Manchester City looked to have capitulated before the competition had even got going. They have since recovered though, picking up maximum points in their away games to German club Hoffenheim and Ukrainian side ShakhtarDonetsk. The latter victory held special significance, as no English club had ever won away to Shakhtar in a European competition.
Their final away match will be against Lyon, and City will be hoping to exact a measure of revenge following the result in the opening group match. For the fans, this represents the shortest journey and arguably the nicest place of the three to visit.
Their cross-city rivals Manchester United have started this season terribly under Jose Mourinho, who is managing the club for the dreaded third season. The Red Devils, who currently lie in 8th place in the Premier League, haven’t fared much better in the Champions League, losing at home to Juventus, drawing at home to Valencia and winning away at BSC Young Boys.
Their away trips to Juventus and Valencia will be tough, but at least the fans can enjoy the cities, even if the football fails to inspire.
Tottenham and Liverpool were given the toughest groups out of the Premier League sides. Liverpool were drawn against PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, while Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven were drawn in Tottenham’s group.
Liverpool have been able to beat both PSG and Red Star at home, but in their only Champions League away fixture so far, they lost against Napoli thanks to a last minute goal from Lorenzo Insigne.
Spurs on the other hand have yet to win a Champions League game this season, losing at home to Barcelona and away to Inter Milan before following that up with an away draw at PSV Eindhoven.
The following infographic takes a look at the money these fans will spend watching their team away in the Champions League.