Odds to win the Champions League 2018/19
With the draw for the UEFA Champions League having been made this past Monday morning (17 December) those clubs looking to make their mark on Europe’s premier club competition can begin to plot their next moves.
Pep Guardiola, who Has already won this trophy with Barcelona, is now trying to make a mark at Manchester City, and there will be more than a few people who will be happy with the draw, with the current Premier League champions having been paired with German outfit Schalke. On paper at least, it looks to have been one of the most straightforward tasks that the English club could have been handed, with Schalke currently languishing in the bottom half of the Bundesliga.
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In addition, the Germans finished five points behind FC Porto in the group stages and are unlikely to cause City too many problems. The Citizens are the favourites to win the continental title and are priced at just +300 to do so.
However, Guardiola’s former charges over at Barcelona are unlikely to go down without a fight. The Catalan club were eliminated at the quarter-final stage following a 3-0 loss to AS Roma, and coach Ernesto Valverde will be desperate to right that wrong this time round – Barça have been drawn against Lyon in the round of 16.
Given the relative kindness of the draw and their excellent form in La Liga, Barcelona will fancy their chances of going all the way in 2018. They are priced at +450 to get their hands on the crown.
Coming in slightly higher, at +600, is Italian league champions Juventus. They have made the Serie A title their own for well over half a decade now and, to be considered one of the truly great sides of the era, will need to land a Champions League crown – something Cristiano Ronaldo was brought in for.
Juventus have, however, been handed one of the tougher round of 16 ties against Atletico Madrid. With the 2018 final set to be held at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the Spanish club may well be worth an outside bet at +1200.
And, of course, the defending champions cannot be forgotten. Real Madrid made modern history by winning the title for the last three seasons, and will take on Dutch giants Ajax in the next round. As such, Real have not lost a knock-out tie since all the way back in 2015, but a disappointing start to life in La Liga sees them priced relatively long, at +1200, to win a fourth Champions League crown in a row.
Two prestigious Underdogs
And finally, there are two clubs who are trying to push themselves to the forefront of modern football. One of those is PSG, who have made Ligue 1 little more than a walking procession over recent years.
Having scored 17 goals in the group stages they now take on a desperately out of sorts Manchester United side looking to add to Jose Mourinho’s misery. PSG are at +700 to win the Champions League, with Manchester United all the way out at +5000.
Having made the final last year and now sitting atop the Premier League table, Liverpool are priced at +1000 to go one better in Europe this term. They take on Bayern Munich in the round of 16 who come in at the higher price of +1400.