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Champions League 2018 / 2019 – Outright Winner Betting
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Man City Heading Champions League Odds Looks Optimistic
Real Madrid will certainly not have an easy ride in their attempt to win the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season during the 2018-19 campaign, writes Nick.
Madrid are the most successful team in the history of the European Cup, renamed the Champions League in 1992. They have lifted the trophy on 13 occasions, six more than any other side, and have dominated the competition in recent years. But this time the bookies have them as fifth favourites at the time of writing in the Champions League odds.
Victory over Liverpool in last season’s final made Madrid the first team in the Champions League era to win the competition three times in a row, and globally, the first since Bayern Munich in the mid-seventies. Only Madrid themselves have won four in a row, as part of their five consecutive triumphs in the European Cup’s first five years, from 1956 to 1960.
The summer departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane do, however, create some doubt around Madrid’s chances of again retaining their crown this time around. They have an otherwise stable squad of proven winners in this competition, but there are plenty of other viable candidates to lift the trophy who will be ready to seize upon any weaknesses.
Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona always figure highly in the big UK bookmakers’ Champions League betting lists, despite the fact that they have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in four of the last five seasons. They cruised to last season’s Spanish league title, have won the Champions League three times in the last decade and have made some solid additions to their squad.
The other potential favourites are a mix of established and new powers. Bayern Munich and Juventus both fall into the former category and certainly have the necessary talent to put together deep runs. Juventus have been losing finalists in two of the last four seasons and will hope that the arrival of Ronaldo can help push them over the finishing line.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain fall squarely into the latter category. Their respective Middle-Eastern owners have pumped an awful lot of money into them without yet receiving reward in the Champions League. Man City made the semi-finals in 2016 but fell to Liverpool in last season’s quarter-final, while PSG have gone no further than the last eight and have actually been eliminated at the round-of-16 stage in each of the last two seasons.
Of the two, Man City look better placed to challenge this time around, although their status as the pre-tournament favourites with many of the oddsmakers looks a little optimistic.
Liverpool swashbuckled their way to last year’s final and have undoubtedly improved their squad in the transfer market, although a tough group, alongside PSG and a Napoli side now coached by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, could yet trip them up early if they aren’t careful. Atletico Madrid, twice losing finalists in the last five years, have also strengthened well in the off-season and will have designs on finally going all the way and lifting the trophy.
Tottenham Hotspur and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are the other two English entrants. Both have received potentially tough group-stage draws, but Spurs showed last season that they are capable of traversing such obstacles. While they are unlikely to go all the way, an improvement on last season’s last-16 exit is a distinct possibility. In a group with Juventus and Valencia, Man Utd would perhaps offer better value on a not-to-qualify Champions League betting odds market.
Bayern aside, the German contingent doesn’t look like much to write home about. Dortmund are probably the strongest of them but can’t be expected to progress much further than the round-of-16. Italy, on the other hand, has a pretty strong field this season, including the Roma side who produced a thrilling comeback to defeat Barcelona en route to last year’s final four, although the group-stage draw has not been kind.
It is necessary to go back 15 years, to Mourinho’s Porto side, to find the last time a team from outside England, Germany, Italy and Spain won the Champions League. Indeed, 22 of the last 23 runnings of the competition have ended with victors from one of those four countries. The new rules for this season, which saw each of those four leagues receive the direct passage of four teams to the group stage, certainly won’t help end that dominance.
PSG are clearly the most favoured side from outside that foursome and in truth, it is very difficult to see another potential contender. If you are looking for some outside value in the Champions League odds, Porto have received a pretty favourable group-stage draw and could be worth a punt as a genuine outsider. The winners of the tussles between Ajax and Benfica in Group E and Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F could also be capable of a surprise or two once the knockout stages come around.