United 13-8 to stumble at next European stage

THE draw for the last 16 of the Champions League will be made in Nyon on Thursday morning and bookmakers' expectations are low for the three remaining British clubs.

Manchester United are 11-1 to lift the trophy but Arsenal and Celtic, who are set to face one of the group winners, are dismissed as 33-1 and 150-1 shots.

The Gunners are 8-11 with Hills to crash out in the first round of the knockout stages while Celtic are 1-4 to be eliminated in the last 16.

Hills make Manchester United 13-8 to fall at the first hurdle, 5-2 to lose in the quarter-finals and 3-1 for a semi-final defeat.

Bet365 go 80-1 about an all-English final but the market is dominated by Spain and Germany, who both have three representatives in the last 16.

The firm offer 7-4 that the final is between a team from La Liga and one from the Bundesliga.

United won their group but could still face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the knockout stages.

BetVictor make them 7-2 to be drawn against Jose Mourinho's men and 8-1 to qualify from that tie. The Red Devils are 6-1 to face Celtic.

There is more chance of British success in the Europa League, where last season's Champions League winners Chelsea are 13-8 to be the furthest-progressing Premier League team.

The Blues are 9-1 second-favourites for the tournament, behind defending champions Atletico Madrid, while Tottenham are next in the betting at 14-1 alongside Inter.

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Arsenal v Man Utd

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It says something about the quality of the Premier League that two teams with such obvious failings remain odds-on for a top-four finish, but victory for either side would put them in pole position to qualify for next year’s Champions League. Arsenal are tempting given their home advantage and superior all-round quality, but it’s hard to trust a side who look so mentally fragile.

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