Champions League Odds
The group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League is well and truly underway and there have been some cracking matches already. Could there be a surprise winner of the tournament this year? Here is a look at the odds for this season’s champions. All odds below are available at Paddy Power.
Barcelona – 10/3. Barcelona have already sent out a strong message that they mean business this season by thrashing Celtic and Manchester City. They have the most powerful front-line in world football and for any defence it’s going to be a horrid time trying to contain Messi, Suarez and Neymar. It’s not only the deadly attacking trio that makes them favourites but their strength in depth all over the pitch. On the other hand though, they can be beaten. Manchester City showed this as they beat the Spanish outfit in England. At the moment though, if you are going to back anyone to win it, Barcelona looks a safe bet.
Bayern Munich – 7/2. The Germans last won the competition in 2013 and their fans will be desperate to win it again this year. They consistently make it to the latter stages of the competition and you can be sure that they will be there and thereabouts again this season. By their standards they have had a poor Champions League campaign so far and will finish in second spot in their group behind Atletico. Bayern are, however, managed by Carlo Ancelotti who has an incredible record in the Champions League. He is the only manager that has won Europe’s premium competition on three occasions and this should be a good omen for Munich fans.
Real Madrid – 9/2. Last season’s champions will want to do it again this time round and will be relying heavily on their main man Ronaldo. The Portuguese didn’t endure the best of starts to the season but in recent weeks has absolutely stormed into from scoring goals at will. Gareth Bale was also having a season to remember but he will be out of action until next year and Madrid will want him ready for the knockout stages of the competition. Just like the two aforementioned teams, they have a massive squad full of International superstars who can propel them to another major trophy. Madrid hasn’t hit top gear so far this season but once they hit their stride they could destroy any other team on the planet. They are well worth betting on to become champions once again.
Atletico Madrid – 9/1. The only Spanish team that is able to compete consistently with Real Madrid and Barcelona. Atletico have made a fine start to this season’s Champions League campaign. They faced a tricky group with Bayern Munich being their main rival but they have easily managed to win the group and will be hoping for a kind draw in the round of sixteen. In recent years they have proved a handful for any European opposition and are a very tricky outfit to break down. Up front it’s obvious who their danger man is. Antoinne Griezmann has become one of the world’s best strikers and is able to score when it matters most. They will be quietly confident of going all the way this season.
Manchester City -12/1. Pep Guardiola’s troops come in at good odds if you are willing to take a bit of a gamble. While City have the players to go all the way; there is still a lot of work ahead of them. They have already been taught a lesson as Guardiola’s return to Spain ended in a 4-0 hammering by his former team. They did get sweet revenge however when they beat Barcelona in Manchester but it was still not enough to pip Barcelona to top spot in the group. City have more often than not been handed tough draws in the competition and it looks as if they will face one of the ‘big boys’ after ending up second in their group. Perhaps Guardiola has a few tricks up his sleeve and his immense experience could help City become surprise champions.
Juventus – 12/1. The Italian giants have won the Serie A for the last five seasons and are seemingly unbeatable in Italy but when it comes to dominating Europe they haven’t been able to reach the same level. It is hard to believe that the last time Juventus won the Champions League was way back in 1996. Italian football could do with a major boost and if they were to claim European glory it would a phenomenal feat.