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Champions League Betting – Outright Winner Odds
Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/2 odds 1,2.
Champions League Top Goalscorer Odds
Champions League Top Scorer Betting; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3.
|Miguel Andre Silva||200/1|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||200/1|
|Angel Di Maria||300/1|
|Wissam Ben Yedder||300/1|
|Jose de Jesus Corona||300/1|
|Kevin De Bruyne||150/1||100/1||100/1|
|Rafael De Araujo|
|Luuk De Jong|
|El Arabi Hilal Soudani|
|Jese Rodriguez Ruiz||2550/1|
History against Real Madrid as Barcelona top Champions League odds
Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in last year’s Champions League final to secure their 11th European Cup/Champions League trophy, writes Nick.
History is, however, against the Spanish giants if they have designs on adding their 12th in the 2016-17 competition because no team has been able to defend the trophy successfully since the switch to the current format in 1992. The bookies have taken note, with Real Madrid only third favourite in the Champions League odds at the time of writing (for the most up-to-date betting, see the comparison table above).
That statistic runs in contradiction to the general narrative of recent years, that being the concentration of power at the top of the European game. In the last five years, only eight different sides have reached the Champions League semi-finals, and all of them have belonged to the top four leagues: Spain, England, Germany and Italy. Those same four countries have also provided the competition’s last 24 finalists and 20 of its last 21 winners.
Real Madrid are, alongside Bayern Munich, one of two sides to have reached the last four in each of the last five seasons. Zinedine Zidane began his coaching career with a bang by winning last year’s competition just half a year into his reign. The club have made no big-name purchases over the summer and it remains to be seen whether he can build on that success with a younger and more Spanish-leaning squad this time around.
Bayern Munich have made a couple of high-profile additions and new coach Carlo Ancelotti is a Champions League specialist, having won the competition on three previous occasions as a coach in addition to his two triumphs as a player. A deep run seems likely for the current second favourites in the betting.
Barcelona were eliminated at the quarter-final stage last season and appeared to tire during the second half of the campaign. They have moved to bulk out their squad with extra cover in key positions this summer. They have quality throughout the side and possess in Lionel Messi (pictured), Luis Suarez and Neymar, the most potent attacking trident in European football. The bookmakers agree and Barcelona predictably head the Champions League odds.
Juventus were the losing finalists two years ago and just a couple of minutes away from eliminating Bayern Munich last time around. They have lost Paul Pogba but have bought well and have the necessary experience and tactical nous to go far.
Diego Simeone considered quitting in the wake of Atletico Madrid’s defeat in last year’s final but eventually elected to stay on and continue the club’s quest for their first Champions League trophy. His side’s strong defensive base is tailor-made for knockout football, while new signings Nicolas Gaitan and Kevin Gameiro add quality further up the pitch.
Manchester City failed to progress beyond the round of 16 in each of their first four Champions League campaigns but reached the semi-finals last season and will be hoping to build on that success. New coach Pep Guardiola is a two-time winner of the competition with Barcelona and has reached the final four in each of his six seasons as a coach. If anyone is going to lead City deep into the competition it is him. Man City are fifth favourites and currently double-figure odds in the Champions League betting.
Borussia Dortmund, runners up in 2013, were impressive in finishing second in the Bundesliga last season, have an exciting young coach in Thomas Tuchel and added a number of interesting players to their squad this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain are the most likely outsiders to threaten the hegemony of the top four leagues. They have fallen at the quarter-final stage of each of the last four seasons and have turned to a knockout-football specialist in the hopes of improving on that this year. Unai Emery arrives from Sevilla on the back of three consecutive Europa League triumphs and can be expected to form a cohesive and competitive side at the Parc des Princes.
Outside of the big guns, there are a number of teams who are unlikely to win the competition but who have a solid chance of reaching the quarter-finals and perhaps causing an upset once there.
Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and Tottenham Hotspur have all been drawn together in Group E and each have reasons to believe that they can progress beyond the group and further. Leverkusen and Spurs are stylistically similar, relying on a stifling high press and quick attacking combinations to overwhelm their opponents. Monaco, meanwhile, sit deep, soak up pressure and then break forward through quick passes into the channels.
Sevilla can be expected to provide some thrilling attacking football under the stewardship of former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli, while it will be intriguing to see how surprise Premier League champions Leicester City cope with only their fourth-ever European campaign.
Napoli averaged over two goals per match in Serie A last season with a well-structured attack. They have lost Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus but will still be a threat.
Arsenal have fallen at the last 16 stage in each of the last six seasons and there is little to suggest they are significantly improved this year. And the final British side, Celtic, have been drawn in a extremely difficult group from which it is very hard to see them progressing.
At this early stage the bookies are fairly dismissive of the chances of the UK sides, with Champions Leicester City priced, maybe correctly, as no-hopers. Man City appear to possess the best chance, albeit well behind the traditional European powerhouses in the Champions League odds.
- Remember to keep a close eye on this page and the betting updates in the comparison table above as the competition progresses.