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Champions League Odds: Liverpool and the Best Bets To Win
We preview the UEFA Champions League odds as the classic European tournament returns this September. Let's have a quick look at the odds of the favourites.
- Manchester City 4.50
- Barcelona 6.00
- Liverpool 7.50
- Real Madrid 9.00
- Bayern Munich 13.00
Last year's champions, Liverpool, are at great odds to repeat as champions although no English club has achieved in nearly 40 years.
Other contenders include fellow Premiership club Manchester City, the slight favourites, the Spanish powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid, and French club Paris Saint-Germain. Let's break down the Champions League winner odds.
To get a better understanding of these odds, let's look at five historical numbers that tell the story about the Champions League winners:
- 13: the most UEFA Champions League trophies won by a single club, Real Madrid.
- 6: Liverpool's Champions League wins, the most by any English club and the third-most all-time
- 9: the amount of times Liverpool has been in the Champions League Finals; they have a 6-3 record
- 3: Atletico Madrid's Champions League Finals' losses; they have lost all three of their appearances
- 7: the record for most losses in a Champions League Final, held by Juventus
Liverpool and the Top Contenders Odds
Odds on Liverpool to win Champions League are at 7.50.
Despite being the defending champions and being a world-class team filled with talents like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, the tournament is filled with many other great teams.
And no team outside of Real Madrid has repeated as champions since AC Milan almost 30 years ago. Liverpool are solid bets to finish on top, but if it's not them, here's who else could:
Manchester City (4.50)
Manchester City are the slight favourites according to the Champions League winner odds.
The English juggernaut just achieved the rare domestic treble by winning the Premiere League, the FA Cup, and the EFL Cup this past season.
Led by offensive stars Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, Man City is loaded with talent and will be tough to stop even if they always seem to fall short in the Champions League.
Speaking of falling short, Barca has been a let-down in the last four tournaments as they seem to be making a habit of getting upset in spectacular fashion.
But this team is still at its peak with Lionel Messi not slowing down after leading all scorers last season.
With other talents like World Cup champ Antoine Griezmann and Arturo Vidal. Although they didn't get Neymar back, they are long overdue to win another title.
Real Madrid (9.00)
No Ronaldo? No problem.
Real Madrid didn't win the Champions League last year but still did well until running into the Dutch superpower, Ajax (who were minutes away from making the Final).
The cupboard is far from empty as Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, and Marcelo outline that there is life left in this dynasty. Don't be shocked if Real Madrid makes good on their Champions League odds with another deep run.
Champions League Winner Odds: Other Contenders
With 32 teams competing in this year's tournament, there are plenty of other teams who could make a mess of the Champions League winner odds.
In the last few years, teams like Tottenham and Atletico Madrid made it all the way to the Finals despite not being in the top-six in Champions League odds.
Here are a few potential Cinderella stories:
Bayern Munich (13.00)
The once-mighty German club has struggled in Champions League play and the change in managers isn't helping their case.
Still, Bayern still boasts world-class players like Robert Lewandowski up front and Jerome Boateng on the back end.
The odds are against the pieces aligning for this team, but if it does, Bayern can take out any team. At these odds, you can get a contender with an underdog's price.
Borussia Dortmund (34.00)
Even though Dortmund has been outplaying Bayern in domestic play, they are even bigger longshots according to Champions League odds.
Thanks to getting stuck in the Group of Death, they will have to fend off Barcelona and Inter Milan. And if they get out, they will need to have some luck and face a not-so elite team.
But if Tottenham had a run last season, there's no reason to think Dortmund can't.
The epic collapse in the semifinals last season may still have this club and their supporters reeling. But that meltdown overshadowed what was a brilliant run from this club including eliminating both Real Madrid and Juventus.
It's still tough to pick this team over the elite squads, but as past tournaments have shown, all they need is a good draw and it starts by being in a manageable group.
How to pick the Champions League Final odds
Picking the Champions League Final odds can be a daunting exercise. With 32 teams and at least ten squads who have a realistic shot at the title, it can be a crapshoot. And last year's tournament, while being very exciting for fans, was horrible for gamblers.
Those who "chalked" (bet the favourites) were ripping their hair out as Barcelona and Manchester City were eliminated in stunning fashion.
But keeping some betting principles in mind, you can at least keep yourself from throwing away money.
Firstly, bet on the odds, not on the team. Odds indicate the probability of success and some teams are overrated while some are being looked over. The odds are adjusted based on the bettors, who are people and are prone to bias and prejudice.
Don't bet too much on favourites and pick more than one team. We suggest betting on a powerhouse team then throwing a little bit on potential underdogs. You never know what might happen!
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