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Manchester City Drift

Manchester City are now 16/1 with BetVictor to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League and 200/1 to lift the trophy.

A 2-2 home draw with Ajax left the Blues needing to beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in their remaining two Group D fixtures, as well as hoping other results go their way.

After fighting back from 2-0 down, City were denied a crucial victory when a Sergio Aguero goal was ruled out for offside and then frantic claims for a last-ditch penalty were dismissed despite Mario Balotelli being held back in the box.

“We knew it was not offside, and on the penalty we were frustrated by the decision,” said defender Pablo Zabaleta. “We were frustrated and disappointed by the referee’s decisions, but in the end you can do nothing.

“Now it’s going to be really difficult, but mathematically we are still in with a chance, so we need to fight. The next game (against Madrid) is really important, against probably one of the best teams in Europe at the moment, so it’s going to be exciting.”

Arsenal also still have work to do in Group B after drawing 2-2 at Schalke, with the Gunners trailing the German outfit by a point and lying just one ahead of final opponents Olympiacos.

Arsene Wenger’s side are 28/1 to go all the way and the Frenchman said: “The group is open. I believe we are of course in a position where you want to win our home game.

“If we win, we have a 50% chance to be through because Schalke plays Olympiacos here. They are in a position where they have absolutely to win that game as well.

“It will of course depend on our result first against Montpellier and then we will see what happens here. It could go to the last game; we could, with luck, do it in the next game. Anyway, we are in a position where we must win against Montpellier.”

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