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Champions League Betting: Who are the favourites?

With the Group Stage draw completed, we’re less than two weeks away from the return of Uefa Champions League football.

The first thing to note for bettors is that three-time consecutive winner Real Madrid is not the favourite this year. Bet365 sees the Cristiano Ronaldo-less champions as fifth-favourites at 9/1.

Leading the pack is Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side has never lifted this trophy, but dominated the Premier League last season; most bookmakers price them at 9/2.

Real Madrid’s great rival, Barcelona, follows shortly behind at 6/1 with Ladbrokes. Much like City, Lionel Messi and co. swept domestic opposition aside but fell at the last eight to Liverpool last season.

Next in line is Juventus, the club Ronaldo left Real for this summer. SkyBet offers odds of 6/1, with Juve having reached two of the last four finals.

Paris Saint-Germain is always an interesting proposition. PSG has the high-profile stars but is yet to impose itself on the European stage. SkyBet is offering odds of 8/1 for an inaugural Champions League title.

The conversation would not be complete without Liverpool, last year’s finalist and priced at 12/1 by Ladbrokes to go one step further this time. Uefa Super Cup winner Atletico Madrid, at 14/1 with Betfair, is also always worth a mention.

At a somewhat longer price of 25/1 with the same bookmaker is Tottenham Hotspur, while two-time Champions League winner Jose Mourinho is 28/1 with Bet365 to guide Manchester United to glory.

Elsewhere, two groups offer potential value in the group winner market. In Group C, Sky Bet is offering PSG at 11/10, with Liverpool following closely at 5/4 and Napoli 5/1.

At the opposite end of the scale, the openness of Group D is demonstrated by Betfair’s odds. Porto is favourite at 17/10, with Schalke 6/4. Even Lokomotiv Moscow is a relatively short 10/3.

By Tim Poole
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