Manchester City got the worst of the draw in the group stages of the Champions League and Roberto Mancini will be more than delighted to qualify against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
The Citizens had an unhappy experience last season, failing to make the knock-out phase and odds of 1/2 to get through have to be avoided. The bet is 6/4 not to progress with Jose Mourinho's La Liga champions, fresh from their recent success over Barcelona, the deserving favourites to top Group D at 4/5.
With Cristiano Ronaldo expressing his unhappiness at Madrid, City's interest will be heightened but Ronaldo won't be keen on going unless City are still involved in the Champions League.
The Madrid-City battles should provide plenty of interest in more ways than one.
Dortmund, the Bundesliga title winners for the last two seasons and German double winners, will be tough nuts to crack and 6/4 to qualify is well worth considering as is an interest at 7/1 to win the group.
Chelsea will be hard-pushed to hold on to the trophy but along with Man United and Arsenal, should come through the initial phase without too much difficulty, although the same can't be expected from Celtic who have Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow to deal with and are priced at 66/1 to top Group G and 4/1 to qualify.
Sir Alex Ferguson must have been smiling when he found Group H containing Braga, Galatasaray and Cluj.
United should take this section without too much trouble and are quoted appropriately at 2/7 and 10/1 to go all the way.
Chelsea (10/11) have just Juventus to worry about in Group E while Arsenal (8/11) should finish ahead of Schalke in Group B.
The firms go 11/8 that all four English sides make it to the last 16. Only two made it last season and the odds on a repeat are 5/1. Take the evens on three.
With the final at Wembley, an all-English final is on offer at 5/1 and it's 5/2 for an Premier League winner. However, the value has to be 9/1 for a German success.
Winning nationality: Evens Spain; 5/2 England; 9/1 German; 11/1 Italy; 14/1 French; 16/1 bar.