Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic were all handed tough assignments and bookies are subsequently confident that the trio will all be knocked out.
United have the shortest odds to win the competition, at 12/1 from 10/1 via Ladbrokes, after they were paired with Real Madrid (7/2 from 9/2). Ladbrokes also offer 20/1 for Jose Mourinho to run down the Old Traffford touchline as he did when managing Porto while Sir Alex Ferguson is 100/1 to do the same.
The Gunners meanwhile, are now out to 33/1 ahead of their two-legged tie against Bayern Munich and Celtic, who are 3/1 to get past Juventus are Ladbrokes’ 150/1 joint outsiders with Galatasary.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes told Betrescue: “We’re not banking on many, if any, of the British sides making it any further in this competition. The odds now suggest the trophy is going to Spain or Germany.”
He added: “We’re licking their lips in anticipation for United’s clash with Madrid. If either of the managers end up running down the Old Trafford touchline, punters will be celebrating in the same way.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
Champions League winner
Real Madrid 9/2
Bayern Munich 7/1
Borussia Dortmund 7/1
Manchester United 12/1
Shahktar Donetsk 28/1
FC Porto 331
Schalke 04 33/1
AC Milan 50/1
All British final 33/1
Barcelona – Manchester United final 16/1
Real Madrid – Barcelona final 8/1
All British sides out in the next round 6/4
All British sides through in the next round 28/1