The new football season is well underway, and the best leagues in Europe are already preparing us for yet another exciting year.
Of course, the most anticipated competition is the Champions League that’s starting in only a few days. Bookmakers have already compiled their odds and made their predictions about who’s going to be crowned the new European champion next spring.
There is a wide range of betting offers when it comes to the Champions League and other football competitions. In this article, we will focus only on the outright winners.
Paris Saint-Germain spent ridiculous amounts of money in the last few years, trying to form a squad that will represent the prime candidates for the Champions League trophy. However, their efforts so far have been futile, as the superstar-filled team failed to go past the round of 16 in their last three attempts.
The most important thing for PSG is that Neymar is definitely staying. After many talks about him returning to Barcelona, the deal wasn’t made, so the Brazilian attacker will continue his career in France for at least another year. Right now, the bookies give PSG the odds of 11.00.
Cristiano Ronaldo has left, and it seems that Real’s chances to keep dominating the Champions League have left with him. Despite that, Real Madrid is still considered one of the candidates for this season’s trophy.
Real’s squad got stronger after they managed to sign Eden Hazard and brought James Rodriguez back after lending him to Bayern for a couple of years. The Spaniards will also be able to count on their veterans Modric, Bale, and Sergio Ramos, among other top-class assets. The bookmakers give Real the odds of 10.00.
The title defenders have won their sixth Champions League trophy last year and moved to third place on the all-time list. The Reds also started their Premier League campaign rather well and it’s not surprising that bookmakers feel like they are one of the favourites to win the CL again.
There hasn’t been much of a change in Liverpool’s squad this past summer. The main figure of the team from Anfield is still Mohamad Sallah, alongside Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Virgil van Dijk, and the team’s captain Jordan Henderson. According to top bookmakers, Liverpool has the odds of 7.50 to defend the title.
As we’ve mentioned before, Barcelona wasn’t able to bring Neymar back from PSG, but they still have a great team that is hoping for the first Champions League title since 2015. They were defeated by Liverpool last year in the semis despite having a huge lead coming into the second leg.
They will do all it takes not to disappoint their fans again. Messi and the crew seem eager for the new season to start. The Catalonians have somewhat of a tough group with Borussia and Inter, but they should advance to the knockout stage without question. The bookies give them the odds of 6.00.
Manchester City is doing great on the homefront, winning the last two Premier League titles. However, the Sky Blues haven’t justified their expensive roster in the Champions League in the last few years. In the last two seasons, they were kicked out in the quarterfinals by Tottenham and Liverpool, two teams they had no trouble with in the PL.
Is it finally City’s turn to become the European Champions for the first time in history? The bookies seem to think so since they gave the team from Manchester the most favourable odds of 4.33.