Champions League Odds
Chelsea enter this season’s Champions League looking to defend the title they collected by beating Bayern Munich on penalties, but that does not instantly mean that they will be popular with punters to triumph again.
Not since AC Milan in 1990 have a team won Europe’s elite club competition in successive years, although Manchester United did reach the final in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009.
The Spanish challenge is expected to be especially strong, with the tournament’s most successful Real Madrid aiming for a first victory in over ten years.
After victories in 2009 and 2011, Barcelona will also be out to extend their record of lifting the trophy every other year and they are unsurprisingly favourites given their recent performances in the tournament.
Supporters of the Spanish giants will additionally appreciate Champions League odds as the competition provides some rare decent prices.
Domestically, both Real Madrid and Barcelona are regularly 1/6 or shorter to win a typical La Liga game. However, with the standard of competition greater in the Champions League, especially in the knockout rounds, the prices are more punter-friendly.
Although Champions League betting on the tournament winner will be popular with punters, match betting is also worth paying attention to.
As many as 100 markets are available for most Champions League games, including first goalscorer, correct scoreline and whether a specific match will feature over or under 2.5 goals.
Meanwhile, a number of players will be looking to prevent Lionel Messi waltzing off with Champions League top scorer honours for the fifth season in succession.
His tally of 14 for Barcelona last season was the most ever in a single season, despite Barcelona failing to reach the final.
Manchester United pairing Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie will be among those attempting to better Messi, alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero from Manchester City and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.