Champions League soccer starts up again this week with the Round of 16 set to kick off. The top clubs in Europe are remaining for the quarterfinals, including five EPL squads and the reigning winners Real Madrid.
Here’s a look at the odds for online gambling and the favorites to claim the Champions League title in 2018 when the popular soccer tournament comes to a close on May 26.
Manchester City (+250)
City is way ahead of the table in the English Premiership but a rash of injuries comes at a bad time, with extra action due to Champions League play. City will be without Leroy Sane for its opening Round of 16 game versus Basel and continue to play without Gabriel Jesus and David Silva. Manchester City was 5-1 in group play, outscoring foes 14-5. Swiss club Basel finished second in its group, behind Manchester United, and scored 11 goals for in group play. That has the total for Tuesday’s Leg 1 match at 3 goals, with City pegged as a heavy -290 favorite.
Bayern Munich (+450)
The German super club is at the top of the table in the Bundesliga and finished second in a very challenging group with a 5-1 record and 16 goals. Bayern takes on top Turkish team Beşiktaş in the Round of 16. Manager Jupp Heynckes has been conscience of his rotation in recent weeks, keeping his players fresh and fit for a deep run in the Champions League tournament. Beşiktaş netted 11 goals in group play and with Bayern totaling 51 goals in Bundesliga action, this total is set at 3.5 goals for Tuesday.
Paris Saint-Germain (+450)
Paris Saint-Germain was nearly unstoppable in the group round, scoring 25 goals en route to a 5-1 finish in Group B which included Bayern Munich, Celtic and Anderlecht. The toast of Ligue 1 is tied as the second overall favorite to win the tournament despite running into defending title winners Real Madrid in the Round of 16. Madrid is not having a great year in La Liga, currently sitting fourth, and went 4-1-1 in group play, scoring 17 goals – nine from superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The total for Wednesday’s Leg 1 match is set at 3.5 goals with PSG pegged at +185 (Real Madrid +145) on the three-way market.
Barcelona has yet to taste defeat in La Liga play this season, scoring 60 goals to top the table. In group play of Champions League, Barcelona looked much less dominant with a 4-2 mark and only nine goals in those six contests. However, the conceded only one goal and will be strong on defense against Chelsea in the Round of 16, with defender Gerard Pique expected to be fit for Tuesday’s Leg 1 match. Oddsmakers have Barcelona as an EVEN money favorite and the total is 2.5 goals.
Real Madrid (+700)
The defending Champions League winners boast the best player on the planet in Ronaldo, but haven’t been meeting expectations in La Liga this season. That could all change with a step up in competition in the Round of 16. Madrid meets PSG in one of the most thrilling quarterfinal matchups, and some books have the defending champs set as +140 favorites versus Paris Saint-Germain in the three-way market, despite sitting behind them in the futures odds. Is Ronaldo enough to match a high-powered PSG attack?
Manchester United (+1,200)
There is a significant drop off in competition when you get beyond the top five Champions League contenders. Manchester United, which earned an invite into the tournament thanks to its win in last year’s Europa League (second-tier tournament), is second in the Premiership and 4-1 in its last five EPL games heading into Sunday’s game with Newcastle, with the lone loss coming to Tottenham on the road. United meets Sevilla in the Round of 16, set as a +140 fave in the three-way odds for Wednesday’s opening leg match.