Matches in the group stage begin on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with the top teams in action. Let’s take a look at the odds at the online bookmaker to win the Champions League.
Sbg global lists Barcelona as the favorite to win the Champions League. They are +275 while Real Madrid is the second choice at +425. Three other teams have single-digit odds. Chelsea is +550, Manchester United is +725 and Inter Milan is +900. None of those odds are a great surprise although Chelsea sure looks like they could have some value at over 5-1 at the online bookmaker.
Inter Milan won the Champions League last season but they are not expected to be as good this year. Barcelona won it two years ago and they are going to be a real contender and they are the favorite. United won it three years ago and they are probably overvalued at 7-1.
More Futures – Bayern Munich is listed at 12.5 to 1 at the bookmaker as is Arsenal. AC Milan is 23-1 while AS Roma is 31.5 to 1. Tottenham has gotten a little bit of action as their odds have dropped to 37.5 to 1. Werder Bremen has gotten some action and their odds are 45-1. Lyon is 47-1 while Schalke 04 is 62.5 to 1. Valencia and Benfica are 63.5 to 1. One team that has seen their odds rise is Marseille. They are now 77.5 to 1. All of the other teams have huge odds at the bookmaker. Ajaz is 100-1; Shakhtar Donetsk, Rubin Kazan and Sporting Braga are 120-1. Panathinaikos is 140-1. Spartak Moscow and Auxerre are 150-1. FC Twente is 200-1. Bursapor is 235-1, FC Basel is 250-1, FC Kobenhavn and Rangers are 350-1 and CFR Cluj-Napoca is the longest shot on the board at 450-1 at the bookmaker.
Champions League History – Real Madrid holds the record for the most tiles as they have won it nine times. They have the longest winning streak of five straight times from 1956-1960. Juventus and Benfica hold the dubious distinction of most runner-up finishes with five each. Inter Milan won the title last year as they defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final.