After three hours and two attempts, the Champions League Round of 16 draw is complete.

The original draw on Monday morning was declared null and void after what UEFA called “a technical problem with the software of an external service provider” that saw Manchester United draw Paris Saint-Germain after being excluded from the pot to face Atletico Madrid, so it had to be re-done from scratch in the afternoon.

No issues on the second run, thankfully, and we have an inevitably cracking set of fixtures to enjoy in February.

Manchester City have strengthened their position as outright favourites at Betfred – into 11/4 from 3/1 – to win the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history after drawing Sporting, who have drifted out from 250/1 to 300/1.

Bayern Munich have also been cut slightly, coming in from 4/1 to 7/2 after a favourable tie with RB Salzburg who are the biggest drifters of the day – out from 150/1 to a whopping 500/1

Six-time European champions Liverpool remain 5/1 at Betfred after learning they will face Inter Milan, who are now 66/1 (was 50/1).

Chelsea evidently had Lady Luck on their side, avoiding all of the big dogs and drawing Lille not once, but twice. The reigning champs have been cut from 9/1 to 7/1 on the back of that, while the French side have slid from 125/1 to 200/1.

Red-hot Ajax drew Benfica (unchanged at 150/1) and are into 14/1 from 16/1, while Juventus are now 25/1 (from 33/1) having been drawn against Europa League holders Villarreal, who are also unchanged at 150/1.

The two big clashes of the round sees Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain – who avoided on another having been drawn together in the null and void edition – take on Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid respectively. Two absolute mouth-waterers, it has to be said.

All four have drifted in the betting – United and Real have gone from 14/1 to 16/1, while Atletico are out from 33/1 to 40/1 and PSG are now 11/1 (was 7/1).


Champions League Round of 16 draw in full:

RB Salzburg vs Bayern Munich

Sporting vs Manchester City

Benfica vs Ajax

Chelsea vs Lille

Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United

Villarreal vs Juventus

Inter vs Liverpool

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain


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