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Man City to win Champions League odds: Champions 7/4 after victory in Copenhagen

Manchester City are 7/4 to win the Champions League again this season after taking a two-goal lead in the first leg of their Round of 16 game against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.

The defending champions had been 15/8 for back-to-back successes before the game in Denmark but came through their first test of the knockout stage successfully and have their eyes on the biggest prize in European football again.

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City come through first test comfortably

City were not expected to have any trouble getting past Copenhagen in the first knockout stage of the Champions League and they were 1/4 to secure a first-leg victory and 1/80 to qualify for the next round before kick-off.

As it turned out there was a minor scare for the visitors during the game at the Parken Stadium but the champions were in full control for most of the night.

City got off to a perfect start when Kevin De Bruyne put them ahead after just 10 minutes as the home side were perhaps rusty in the early stages of their first game since their winter break.

However, things got more interesting when the underdogs scored a shock equaliser after 34 minutes as Magnus Mattsson pounced on an errant clearance by Ederson and levelled the scores. Both teams to score in the game had been 11/10, with City winning a match in which both teams scored on offer at 2/1.

City made their class count in the remainder of the match, though, and restored their advantage before the break as Bernardo Silva finished well with a neat flick.

The English team failed to add to their total for most of the second half, but found another late strike to make it 3-1 in added time as Phil Foden completed the scoring.

There were worries for City to come out of the game, though, as Jack Grealish was forced off with a muscle issue and Silva took a heavy whack on his ankle late in the contest.

Haaland favourite to be Champions League top scorer

Erling Haaland was not among the City scorers on Tuesday but he is favourite to score the most goals in the competition this season at Evs

Haaland is one of four players with five Champions League goals after Tuesday's matches, alongside Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid, plus Rasmus Hojlund, whose Manchester United team have been eliminated.

Haaland faces competition from two of his own team-mates too as Foden's goal in Copenhagen was his fourth of the tournament and Julian Alvarez is also on that mark.

Alvarez is 20/1 to be the tournament's leading scorer, with Foden available at 40/1.

City 8/11 to reach the final again

Pep Guardiola's team are bidding to reach the Champions League final for the third time in four years, having lost to Chelsea in the 2020-21 final and beaten Inter last season, both by the only goal of the game.

They are now 8/11 to reach the final this season, ahead of 7/4 Real Madrid and 2/1 Bayern Munich. Copenhagen's odds have gone right out to 500/1 for an unlikely appearance at Wembley in June.

Odds are also available on which teams will meet in the final and a match between City and Real Madrid, who beat Leipzig 1-0 in Germany on Tuesday, is currently favourite at 4/1. A game between City and Bayern Munich is 5/1, ahead of an all-English clash between City and Arsenal at 6/1.

The shortest-priced final match-up not featuring the defending champions is Bayern v Real Madrid at 7/1.

Another English success in competition is odds-on

With Newcastle and Manchester United going out at the group stage, Manchester City and Arsenal are the only remaining Premier League teams in the competition but it is 10/11 that one of them wins the trophy.

The Gunners don't begin their round-of-16 tie against Porto until 21st February but, like City, they won their group, finishing ahead of PSV, Lens and Sevilla.

City's group performance was more impressive, though, as they won all six of their games against Leipzig, Young Boys and Red Star Belgrade.

Victory for any of the four Spanish teams (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Real Sociedad) is 12/5 while the three-team German combination of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig is available at 10/3.

City are 1/3 to progress further in the competition than Arsenal, who can be backed at 9/4 to go further than the Manchester club.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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