The Champions League will be returning next week, with leg 2 of round 16.
Four games are scheduled for March 10th and 11th where we will see RB Leipzig play Tottenham (1-0 aggregate), Valencia face Atalanta (1-4 aggregate), PSG face Dortmund (1-2 aggregate) and Liverpool face Atletico (0-1 aggregate).
The following week we will see the remaining 8 teams go head to head to see who will face each other in the quarter and semi-finals.
So who are the odds on favourites to take away this year’s title, will it be reigning champions Liverpool? Who, until their recent defeat at Anfield remained unbeaten for the whole of the Premier League or will Atletico send them packing at Anfield next week?
At the time of writing, the Bet365 favourites are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with odds of 11/4 to win the competition outright. It would mean a lot to the team, especially after their recent 2-year Champions League ban after seriously breaching the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
BetFair are offering 5/2 for a City win, with 7-times in a row Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich just slightly behind with odds of 7/2.
Paddy Power are giving slightly better odds than Bet365 and the same at Betfair at the time of writing – offering 5/2 for City to take this year’s title and the same odds as Betfair and Bet365 for Bayern.
Most of the major sports betting sites are also offering you an extra chance to scoop up some cash by giving you double the chance to pick the winners. With Betfair, Manchester City or Bayern Munich currently hold the favourite position with odds of 10/11, shortly followed by City or Liverpool at 7/5.
Barcelona are also a team to watch in this tournament; they’ve been playing pretty consistently during this tournament and have solid odds as high as 15/2 with Paddy Power. The three-time winners and 5-time semi-finalists could be looking to get their fourth Champs League title this year.
So, overall it’s pretty clear that Man City seem to be a shoe in for the bookies this year, which has been the case since the tournament started. Bookies are especially confident now since they made that comeback against Real Madrid – a first in Champions League history.
Liverpool’s odds of winning have dropped, likely due to their recent number of defeats in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. And finally, with crazy odds as high as 500/1, it seems no one particularly has any faith in Chelsea or Valencia winning the title this year; though both are 3 goals down on aggregate. Nevertheless, it’s not like we haven’t seem comebacks like this before.
What are your thoughts for the outright winners of the 19/20 cup? Will Manchester City be able to take it home?