Champions League Draw

The Champions League draw was announced on Monday and it was kind to some and unkind to others. Bayern Munich has the best betting odds to win the Champions League and will be tested in their first round match up.

In a dream first round match up between a couple of clubs that are leading their domestic leagues reigning champion Bayern Munich faces Arsenal. Bayern only lost one match in group play and that was facing a Manchester City squad that crushed Arsenal in their last match 6-3.

Manchester City faces Barcelona in another great first round match up. Man City has been great at home this season, especially on offense, and in group play they beat Bayern Munich on the road. Barcelona easily won Group H and the bad news for Man City is that Lionel Messi should be back for this tie.

AC Milan has had a season for forget in Serie A, but have been solid in Champions League play. However, they are matched up with Atletico Madrid, who is tied with Barcelona atop the La Liga table.

Chelsea and Manchester have to be more than happy with their draw for the first round. Man U will face an Olympiakos squad that has the lowest odds to win the Champions League. Chelsea will face Turkish squad Galatasaray, who knocked Juventus out of the Champions League in the last match.

Here are the first round match ups:

Manchester City vs. Barcelona

Olympiakos vs. Manchester United

AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris St Germain

Galatasaray vs. Chelsea

Schalke vs. Real Madrid

Zenit vs. Dortmund

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich

Here are the betting futures for the Champions League from Bet365.

Bayern Munich +225
Real Madrid +400
Barcelona +550
Borussia Dortmund +1200
Chelsea +1200
Paris Saint-Germain +1200
Atletico Madrid +1400
Manchester United +1400
Manchester City +1600
Arsenal +2800
AC Milan +5000
Bayer Leverkusen +12500
Galatasaray +20000
Zenit St Petersburg +25000
Schalke 04 +30000
Olympiakos +40000