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Real Madrid Not Favored to Win 4th Straight Champions League Title

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It may have taken some pre-karius goaltending, but Real Madrid lifted its third consecutive Champions League Trophy on Saturday, becoming the first club to accomplish that feat since Bayern in the mid-1970s and the very first to do so in the UCL era. Despite that, Real opened with +600 odds to win a fourth straight Champions League title next season with La Liga rivals Barcelona and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City pegged slightly higher on the UCL oddsboard.

This doesn’t come as a massive shock with Real facing an uneasy transfer window but after three years of European dominance, betting against Los Blancos is becoming hard on the wallet.

That said, their aging cast struggled to keep up with Barcelona in La Liga this season, finishing 17 points back of the Lionel Messi-led Catalonians, and if they begin the rebuild this summer, next year’s prospects of hardware could be grim.

Further down the opening oddsboard from Bovada, you’ll find the Champions League runners-up and at +1000, you’re not getting a good deal or anything but this is a club that’s just stuffed the coffers, aligning their silver-medal UCL run with a successful Premier League campaign that saw them finish fourth on the table. Already reeling in Fabinho on a 39-million pound fee, the Reds have been linked with countless outgoing stars and it looks like they’re set to become an absolute powerhouse.

Look for updates throughout the summer as transfers are completed and clubs are decimated but in the meantime, enjoy the opening odds and take them with a spoonful of salt.

Here is the complete list of opening odds for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League campaign:

2018-19 UEFA Champions League Odds
FC Barcelona+450
Manchester City+550
Real Madrid+600
Bayern Munich+700
Paris SG+900
Atletico Madrid+1400
Manchester United+1400
Borussia Dortmund+2500
Tottenham Hotspur+2500
AS Roma+4000
Inter Milan+4000
Schalke 04+6600
FC Porto+10000
FC Shakhtar Donetsk+15000
CSKA Moscow+20000
Lokomotiv Moscow+20000
PSV Eindhoven +20000
Dynamo Kiev+25000
Club Brugge+35000
Spartak Moscow+35000
AEK Athens+50000
FC Salzburg+50000
FC Viktoria Plzen+50000
Young Boys FC+50000
Standard Liege+100000

Odds as of May 29 at Bovada

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On to the Round of 16 we go in the UEFA Champions League and to the surprise of very few, it’s Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain who lead the way in the outright winner odds at +350 and +400, respectively.

Behind them in the odds at Bovada, it’s the usual suspects Bayern Munich (+550), Barcelona (+600) and Real Madrid (+800), a large gap, and then Manchester United (+1400), Liverpool (+1400), Juventus (+1800), Tottenham (+2200) and Chelsea (+2800).

While it’s a bit of a stretch to say any of the clubs in the latter group have a great shot at the hardware, it’s of great benefit to every other team in the competition to have Real and PSG squaring off in the upcoming round and you wouldn’t be labeled a loon if you placed a wager on one of the longer shots like Man U or Liverpool.

Other higher-profile matchups include Tottenham vs Juventus and Barca vs Chelsea with the first leg of each aggregate match happening outside of England.

Here’s the complete futures board heading into the Round of 16: 

UEFA Champions League Outright Winner 2017-18
Manchester City+350
Paris SG+400
Bayern Munich+550
FC Barcelona+600
Real Madrid+800
Manchester United+1400
Tottenham Hotspur+2200
AS Roma+4000
FC Porto+10000
FC Shakhtar Donetsk+20000

Odds as of February 8 at Bovada

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Groups have been drawn for the 2017-18 Champions League campaign and it’s the two-time defending title holders, Real Madrid, who will enter group play as the favorites, beating out Barca, Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain for the honors.

Although they pulled a tough draw, Real should have no trouble claiming top spot in Group H just months removed from becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in the UCL era. A third crowning would be absolutely unprecedented but given the state of some of the other heavyweights, it’s an achievable task for Rotten Ronnie and friends at their +400 price at Bovada.

While matches with Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund will be highlight fixtures, the two sides are not in the same class as Los Blancos and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Real wrap up group action with 18 points.

Bayern and PSG, who wound up in the same group, both have a shot at glory but it’s the Parisians who make a particularly interesting case at +600 after a lavish shopping spree that landed them Neymar and up-and-coming French superstar Kylian Mbappe.

There’s still some questions at the back end but the attacking power of PSG was frightening even before its recent acquisitions. Expect Unai Emery’s club to blow the doors off Celtic and Anderlecht and easily qualify for the knockout stage.

Despite their price, Barcelona is a team to be careful with. They’re reeling – badly – from the departure of a certain Brazilian and they’ve been swinging and missing in the transfer market all summer. Ousmane Dembele was a great purchase but this is a club that I could see making an early Champions League exit if the off-field drama is not quelled.

The situation between the players in Camp Nou and the boardroom has been described as a “Cold War” and unless that’s cleared up in the near future, this is a football team that will not be much fun to bet on.

Other than Tottenham and Chelsea, the English sides got off easy, in this pundit’s opinion. Man United (+1000) drew Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow, Man City (+1100) got Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord, while Liverpool (+2000) somehow received the best draw of the lot, pulling Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor.

Group play will begin on September 12 when we’ll see fixtures between Barca and Juve, Spurs and BvB, Sevilla and Liverpool, as well as the can’t-miss matchup between Maribor and Spartak Moscow.

UEFA Champions League Outright Winner 2017-18
Real Madrid+400
Paris SG+600
Bayern Munich+600
FC Barcelona+700
Manchester United+1000
Manchester City+1100
Atletico Madrid+2000
Borussia Dortmund+3300
Tottenham Hotspur+3300
AS Roma+8000
FC Porto+10000
FC Shakhtar Donetsk+15000
Sporting CP+20000
CSKA Moscow+20000

Odds as of September 12 at Bovada

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Soccer is the sport that never sleeps and moments after Real Madrid lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy for the third time in four years, bookmakers got to work on the odds for the 2017-18 competition and most shops opened Barcelona as the favorites with the freshly crowned champs trailing closely behind.

It’s a little surprising to see Bovada give the benefit of the doubt to the club from Camp Nou after their less than graceful exit from the 2016-17 campaign but when you have three of the best five players in the world and some of the deepest pockets of any club on the planet, you’ll always be near the top of the table.

That sentiment also rings true for Bayern Munich at +550. They were taken out this year by the eventual champions and they’ve already broken the ice on their summer signings, stealing Serge Gnabry – former Arsenal man – away from Werder Bremen. The German giants are expected to once again load up and rumor has it they’ll attempt to lure Alexis Sanchez away from North London with a massive salary offer.

Real (+500) will obviously be in the conversation after a season in which they enjoyed a delightful double, also winning La Liga. The two-time defending champs will likely sell Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez to re-stock the coffers and with a slew of home-grown talent set to join the attack, look for the Spanish champs to make a splash on defense, an area where Real has “struggled” a bit of late.

England will be represented by a strong contingent that includes Manchester City (+1100), Chelsea (+1200), Manchester United (+1400), Liverpool (+2500) and Tottenham Hotspur (+2500).

Both Manchester clubs have already made huge splashes in the transfer market and United looks like it could have the deepest team sheet in all of England at the moment. That said, Chelsea ran train in the Premier League and has a team that’s constructed to succeed at the Champions League level. This could be the year where we see English club teams return to their former glory at the European level.

Make sure to check back throughout the summer as the cranks on the transfer engine start to turn and we start to see what teams will look like come time for kickoff.

UEFA Champions League Futures 2017-18

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • FC Barcelona +450
  • Real Madrid +500
  • Bayern Munich +550
  • Juventus +900
  • Manchester City +1100
  • Atlético Madrid +1400
  • Chelsea +1400
  • Manchester United +1400
  • Paris SG +1800
  • Borussia Dortmund +2500
  • Liverpool +2500
  • Tottenham Hotspur +2500
  • Monaco +3300
  • Leipzig +5000
  • Sevilla +5000
  • AS Roma +6600
  • Napoli +6600
  • FC Porto +8000
  • Benfica +10000
  • Ajax +15000
  • Besiktas +15000
  • CSKA Moscow +15000
  • FC Shakhtar Donetsk +15000
  • Hoffenheim +15000
  • Sporting CP +15000
  • FC Dynamo Kyiv +20000
  • Nice +20000
  • Olympiakos +20000
  • Celtic +25000
  • Feyenoord +25000

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June 3 is rapidly approaching and the odds for who will lift the Champions League trophy after Saturday's final are narrowing. Real Madrid opened as the odds-on fave to take home the hallowed hardware for the third time in four years but the gap between them and their challengers from Italy has been steadily closing.

Juventus began its Champions League campaign with +1200 odds to win the whole thing and now, just days before kickoff in Cardiff, the Serie A winners have made it all the way down to EVEN odds in futures markets. That line still makes the Zebras the underdogs, with Real being offered at -120 over at online shop Bovada, but it means books are giving them a chance in the contest and we could have a classic on our hands.

Gareth Bale, who was born in Cardiff, is not expected to suit up and that’s led to speculations that the Welsh star is on his way out of Madrid. For Manchester United fans, this will be an interesting story to monitor throughout and in the lead-up to the UCL final with much of the transfer talk pointing to Bale joining the English giant.

If you’re looking for picks for the final, watch the video in the header of this article and for all your UCL prop betting needs, check out this article.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of May 31 at Bovada

  • Real Madrid -120
  • Juventus EVEN

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The journey to find the 2016-17 European club champion is set to conclude in Cardiff, Wales on June 3 with both sides of the final now set after a semifinal round that most will tell you was a little anticlimactic.

Although they let Atletico back into the tie by conceding two early goals in the away half of their Madrid Derby, the result was never really in doubt for Real. Cristiano Ronaldo and company advanced past Diego Simeone’s club to make it to their third Champions League final in the last four years and they’ll be looking to convert that berth into a 12th all-time Champs League title for the club – a number that would extend their already record tally.

Basically walking to the other half of the final, Juventus topped AC Monaco by an aggregate score of 4-1 and will be coming into Cardiff with a truckload of confidence. The Serie A powerhouses haven’t won UEFA’s club trophy in over 20 years so this is a lofty opportunity they won’t be taking lightly.

Bovada has the odds for the penultimate contest fairly close but has given the slight edge to Real, pegging them as the -125 favorite, making Juventus a -105 underdog.

Juve is a club that has an excellent chance to get this done. Not only are their defensive tactics the envy of Europe but they have a group of forwards in Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic that are about as dynamic as you can ask for. It’s hard not to be high on the Zebras in this spot given their underdog status and if 39-year-old superstar goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has his way, Juve will not only win, they’ll be keeping a clean sheet as well.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • Real Madrid -125
  • Juventus -105

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After the first legs of two incredibly lopsided semifinals, the lines for UEFA Champions League futures have shifted drastically. The odds of either Monaco or Atletico getting through to the final in Cardiff were already slim. Now? They’re downright hopeless.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored all of Real Madrid’s goals in a 3-0 home-leg beat-down of crosstown rival Atletico and that performance has more than likely put his team through to the final UCL game of the year for the third time in four years and locked up the competition's scoring title for the Portuguese striker. Bovada has pegged Real as the -125 favorite to hoist the trophy for the second consecutive season and with a three-goal hole to climb out of, Atletico is being offered at a long-shot price of +4000.

As for their second leg, Atletico opened as a slight +160 home underdog and that would seem to offer decent value. Real will probably park the bus until their opponents score a goal or two and I see few scenarios where they win this game outright. That analysis would also give heed to the draw on the three-way moneyline that can be had at +245.

In the other semi, Juventus walked all over Monaco on the Red and White’s home pitch and will now take a 2-0 lead back to Italy where the Zebras will attempt to finish the job and book their ticket to Wales. Juve (EVEN) comes in right behind Real in UCL futures and with a Monaco comeback incredibly unlikely, you may want to take this line now if you feel the Italians have a shot against a Spanish superpower in the final.

Opening as a -155 favorite for their home leg, Juve will likely handle their business in Italy. The White and Blacks have dropped the W in just three of their 26 matches on home turf this season and they’ve won 13 consecutive matches at Juventus Stadium. Good luck Monaco, you’re going to need it.

Juventus vs AS Monaco: Leg two
Juventus-1652.5 (-125) OVER
AS Monaco+4502.5 (+105) UNDER

Odds as of May 8 at Bovada

Atletico Madrid vs real Madrid: Leg Two
Atletico Madrid+1602.5 (-130) OVER
Real Madrid+1552.5 (+105) UNDER

Odds as of May 8 at Bovada

Champions League Futures

Odds as of May 8 at Bovada

  • Real Madrid -125
  • Juventus EVEN
  • Atletico Madrid +4000
  • Monaco +4000

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Ding dong the witch is dead. Or wizard or whatever but what I'm trying to say is that the great and magical Lionel Messi and his Barcelona football club have been eliminated from Champions League contention, failing to reach the competition's coveted final for a fifth time in 12 years.

Italian superclub Juventus kept Messi, Neymar and Suarez at bay in a scoreless draw at the Camp Nou and moved on to the semifinals after dominating Barca at home to win the tie 3-0 on aggregate. Bovada has pegged Juve with +160 odds to take down the whole tournament after their upset over the best-attacking club in the world and if they get Monaco (+800) in the draw, I really like that line.

Hopefully, you hopped on their line last round when they were being offered at +1000 but if not, no worries, hindsight is 21-21. Sorry, bad Paulo Dybala joke.

The value play here is obviously Atletico Madrid, however. The third-place La Liga club got by Leicester City in their quarterfinal draw for a joke and with a backline that can defend the best teams in Spain, I like their chances to reach the Champions League final for the third time in the last four years.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Real Madrid after their impressive extra-time win over juggernaut Bayern Munich. Real received more than their share of help from the refs in the quarterfinal contest and if the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Madridians keep getting every call like they did against the German club, +160 seems like good value.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of May 2 at Bovada

  • Real Madrid +160
  • Juventus +180
  • Atletico Madrid +400
  • Monaco +800

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With all that’s going in the footy world right now, it’s easy to forget about the Champions League but with the quarterfinal round upon us, we can take a brief pause from the domestic league races and continue the journey to find Europe’s best club.

The latest odds from Bovada have Barcelona (+250) ahead of giant Bayern Munich (+300) and fellow Spanish super team Real Madrid (+500). Atletico Madrid is the first team in the chase pack at +600 with Borussia Dortmund (+900), Juventus (+1000), Monaco (+1400) and Leicester City (+3300) rounding out the eight.

What I always recommend at this stage of a tournament like this is to fade the top teams and look for some middle-tier value. With Atletico lined up to face Leicester City after a favorable draw for Diego Simeone’s club, Antoine Griezmann and company could be the best bet on the board. Madrid’s moneyline for their home leg with LCFC is -330 and that shows the kind of faith bookmakers have that Craig Shakespeare can lead his minnows to victory against Atletico.

Other than that, every other tie should be incredible, must-watch football. Monaco-Dortmund is certain to be a goal-fest while Juventus-Barcelona will be a cerebral chess match. The gem of the lot, however, is most definitely Bayern vs Real. Carlo Ancelotti will go head-to-head with Zinedine Zidane in a teacher-grasshopper situation as the former French superstar tries to usurp his mentor in two managers’ first ever meeting.

For individual game picks for the first leg of the quarters, check out the video at the top of this article.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of April 11 at Bovada

  • Barcelona +250
  • Bayern Munich +300
  • Real Madrid +500
  • Atletico Madrid +600
  • Borussia Dortmund +900
  • Juventus +1000
  • Monaco +1400
  • Leicester City +3300

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On to the UEFA Champions League quarters we go after the most outrageous round I’ve personally ever seen in the competition. The Round of 16 played host to three incredibly unlikely comeback victories – Barcelona’s 6-5 win over Paris Saint-Germain being the most impressive of the bunch – and it also saw Leicester City go through Sevilla after tallying just six total shots on target during their tie with the Spanish club.

Heading into the second leg of their Round of 16 tie vs PSG, Barca was down four-to-nil and had become a +4000 long shot over at Bovada to become the competition’s outright winner. Three goals in the final seven minutes, however, fueled a 6-1 victory at the Camp Nou and helped Barca rally to its improbable aggregate victory. 

With the world back in balance, Barcelona (+250) has reclaimed its title as the betting favorite heading into its quarterfinal matchup with Juventus but the Spanish giants are followed closely by Bayern (+300), Real Madrid (+500) and Atletico Madrid (+600).

It’s becoming standard to see three Spanish clubs in the makeup of the final eight of the Champions League and with all three avoiding each other in the quarters, the chances at least one makes it to the final in Cardiff are incredibly high.

The second half of the futures board is made up by Borussia Dortmund (+900), Juventus (+1000), Monaco (+1400) and Leicester City (+3300). Of those teams, Juve and Dortmund are the only teams that have won the competition but the Zebras have been crowned just once in their last five visits to the final since 1996.

Barcelona should give Juve’s stout backline all they can handle but if there’s any club that can keep the likes of Messi, Neymar and Suarez at bay, it’s Juventus. 10/1 is a good price for the two-time European champions and if they manage to get by an aging Barca squad, that price will be slashed.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of March 22 at Bovada

  • Barcelona +250
  • Bayern Munich +300
  • Real Madrid +500
  • Atletico Madrid +600
  • Borussia Dortmund +900
  • Juventus +1000
  • Monaco +1400
  • Leicester City +3300

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After a wild first week in the round of 16, we've seen a major shift in Champions League futures and Barcelona – one of the best teams in the world – has become a long shot to win after their 4-0 embarrassment in Paris.

If you still believe in the Spanish club, now is your time to strike. Lionel Messi and company are now 40/1 at Bovada to take home the hardware but will need to score at least four goals in their home leg against PSG to have any hope of advancing to the quarterfinal round. Don't write them off, though, as Barca has scored four or more goals seven times in all competitions since December.

Bayern, which completely dominated Arsenal in Germany, replaced Barcelona for top spot on the board and has moved from +400 to +275 thus making Real Madrid the value bet at +400. 

As for the fixtures this week, we'll see a battle between Manchester City (+1000) and Monaco (+3300) and I'll be taking a flyer on the Ligue 1 club to move on after seeing what PSG did to Barca. Atletico Madrid (+800) will head to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen (+125000), Porto (+10000) will host Juventus (+750) and Leicester (+6600) will look for just its third win this calendar year when it travels to Spain to battle Sevilla (+2500).

I liked Juve a little more when the price was around +1000 but I still think they move on easily to the next round and with Barca now likely out of the picture, the road to the trophy has likely become tangibly less treacherous.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of February 21 at Bovada

  • Bayern Munich +275
  • Real Madrid +400
  • Paris SG +600
  • Juventus +750
  • Atlético Madrid +800
  • Manchester City +1000
  • Borussia Dortmund +1400
  • Sevilla +2500
  • FC Barcelona +4000
  • Monaco +3300
  • Benfica +6600
  • Leicester City +6600
  • Napoli +6600
  • FC Porto +10000
  • Arsenal +12500
  • Bayer Leverkusen +12500

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The cushion between the Champions League group stage and the round of 16 feels about six weeks too long but it's finally back and the first elimination stage is shaping up to be one of absolute quality. Here's a quick look at the futures table heading into this week's games.

No surprise to see Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on top at Bovada and in all likelihood, one of those teams will probably win. They are the three best football teams in the world and, honestly, it's not very close. I'm a little surprised to see Real not on top here but fair play to Barca – they're the most popular club in the world. If you were looking to make a bet on any of the big three, Real is probably the way to go. Bayern is not the same cohesive club we've seen in past years and Barca has had its issues.

If you're looking for some outside value, however, it couldn't hurt to take a peek at teams in the second tier such as Atletico Madrid (+900), Manchester City (+1000) and Juventus (+1100). Atletico seems to go deep in this competition almost every year, City is surging up the Premier League table and Juve – as per usual – is crushing the competition in Serie A. Of those teams I think Juve has the most quality and their commitment at the back end is impressive. Adding Gonzalo Higuain in the summer has given them some extra teeth in the transition game and I see them bossing FC Porto in the round of 16.

Anything is possible, of course, but you're probably stretching for value if you're looking at any teams beyond Borussia Dortmund at +1200. Sure, teams below them have some arrows pointing in their direction, but none are on a level even close to the Barcas, Bayerns and Reals of the world. If you are feeling a little audacious, however, I would suggest a sprinkle on Sevilla. The Spanish club is the only team to beat Real in La Liga competition this season and as we've seen from Atletico in the past half-decade, these second-tier La Liga teams tend to fare very well in the Champions League.

Check out the breakdown of the UCL futures and upcoming fixtures in the video above, hit me up on twitter @robtrocity to discuss and take a look at the odds list below to see if there's anything you think I missed.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of February 14 at Bovada

  • Barcelona +300
  • Bayern Munich +400
  • Real Madrid +450
  • Atletico Madrid +900
  • Manchester City +1000
  • Juventus +1100
  • Borussia Dortmund +1200
  • Arsenal +2200
  • Paris St Germain +3300
  • Sevilla +3300
  • Leicester City +5000
  • Napoli +6600
  • AS Monaco +6600
  • FC Porto +10000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +15000
  • Benfica +15000

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Very little has changed in Champions League futures odds since our last update but three games have been played. With half of group play games all done and dusted, I thought it would be beneficial to get you caught up on what we’ve seen so far and whether any value teams have emerged from the depths.

As always, Bovada has you covered for all your Champions League betting needs and has lines up for futures where the order of the top six remains unchanged with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid leading the pack.

Barca’s +275 odds are the best on the table and considering how they’ve handled their group so far, it’s tough to argue. Through three games – all wins – the Spanish juggernaut has outscored its opponents 13-1 and dismantled Manchester City in Pep Guardiola’s return to Barcelona. Monchengladbach was the only team that gave Barca any sort of grief. Luckily for Lionel Messi and the rest of the boys at Barca, their next game against the German club will come in Spain. It’s hard to see this team dropping any of its group stage games and is on its way to an easy draw in the early stages of the elimination bracket.

Bayern’s odds have shifted slightly with their impressive run in group play so far but it’s another German club, Borussia Dortmund, that has really caught my attention. They have seven points through three fixtures with their only non-win coming in a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is averaging a goal per game and has a decent shot to challenge the top goal scorers in Europe if his team keeps it up. BVB is +1200 to take the grand prize in June just four years after finishing as runners-up to their German rivals in 2013.

The English teams are struggling a bit out of the gates as Tottenham and Manchester City both sit second in their competitive groups with four points each. Leicester City, however, is the most surprising team of the whole lot – par for the course, I guess. The defending Premier League champions are one of just three teams to have nine points through three games, the other two being Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Despite their early success, Leicester will not go far in this tournament. Claudio Ranieri’s 4-4-2 has left other clubs baffled so far but I think we will see the teams they’ve already played enjoy much more success in their second matchup – like we’ve seen in the Premier League this season.

As I just mentioned, Atletico Madrid is the third team with nine points and I always like to give them an endorsement. They’ve finished as runners-up two of the last three years and their stifling defensive style and dangerous counterattack lends itself so well to this type of competition. Among the teams in the top six, Atletico will be the only one I back with my own money.

Here are the rest of the odds from Bovada and make sure to check out my article on the Champions League goal scoring futures as well.

Champions League Futures

Odds as of October 31 at Bovada

  • Barcelona +275
  • Bayern Munich +335
  • Real Madrid +550
  • Juventus +1000
  • Manchester City +1200
  • Atletico Madrid +1200
  • Borussia Dortmund +1200
  • Paris St Germain +2000
  • Arsenal +2200
  • Leicester City +3300
  • Napoli +5000
  • Tottenham Hotspur +5000
  • Sevilla +6600
  • Bayer Leverkusen +10000
  • FC Porto +12500
  • AS Monaco +12500
  • Benfica +15000
  • Lyon +20000
  • Sporting Lisbon +25000
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach +25000
  • Dynamo Kyiv +30000
  • PSV Eindhoven +50000
  • Basel +50000
  • FC Copenhagen +50000
  • CSKA Moscow +50000
  • Beşiktaş +50000
  • Celtic +50000
  • Club Brugge +75000
  • Dinamo Zagreb +100000
  • Ludogorets +100000
  • Rostov +100000
  • Legia Warsaw +150000

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With the groups set for Champions League soccer, let’s take a look at how teams fared in the draw and how the futures odds have changed based on matchups. For each group I will pick my favorite squad to move on from round-robin play and how I think they might do beyond the group stage.

Group A

Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are clearly the class of Group A. If one of those two teams doesn’t move on it will be a massive upset. Arsenal has once again done next to nothing in the transfer window and will not have the offensive firepower required to compete in the late stages of the Champions League bracket.

Pick: Paris Saint-Germain

Group B

This group could be one of the most competitive of the eight. Napoli, however, has the most weight behind them and should be able to easily move on. The Italian club is a minnow next to clubs like Barcelona, Bayern and Manchester City and they should not make it far in the bracket.

Pick: Napoli

Group C

Fans in either Man City’s or Barcelona’s camps have to be feeling a little stiffed by this draw. Barcelona is the favorite to win the Champions League and Man City is the fifth favorite. The best part of this grouping is that we get to see the return of Pep Guardiola to Barcelona. Man City has looked pretty brilliant in English competition and Barca may be on their way out as stalwarts of the Champions League.

Pick: Manchester City

Group D

Another group that is pretty top-heavy. Bayern and Athletico matched up in one of last year’s semifinals with the team from Madrid moving through. This one is basically a toss up but Athletico’s pressing style of play so well suits the aggregate format in knockout play. They have come up just short of winning two of the last three years and Diego Simeone is just crazy enough to will his team back to the final.

Pick: Athletico Madrid

Group E

As a Spurs fan, it would be a little too self-deprecating to pick any other team out of this group to succeed. Do I think they win? No. I do, however, think they grab the top spot in this fairly competitive group. Let’s hope that’s not just my bias speaking.

Pick: Come On You Spurs

Group F

Borussia Dortmund is under new management after the Klopp regime ended last season and will have a chance to immediately show their valor against Real Madrid, the reigning champs. I’m sick of the whole Ronaldo act – time for a change.

Pick: BVB

Group G

In what is probably the weakest group that resulted from the draw, Leicester will compete in the Champions League for the first time in their history. At +5000 they have the best odds to win out of teams in their group but I think they falter under the European microscope.

Pick: FC Porto

Group H

If Juventus is to win this year, it will be in the horn of Paul Pogba. His sale gave Juve the money they needed to round out their starting 11 with some scoring. They were almost impossible to score on last season and could have an Athletico-esque Champions League run if their backline holds firm.

Pick: Juventus

Odds to win the Champions League in 2017

Odds as of August 30 at Bet365

  • Barcelona +300
  • Bayern Munich +400
  • Real Madrid +500
  • Juventus +1200
  • Manchester City +1200
  • Atletico Madrid +1400
  • Paris St Germain +1400
  • Borussia Dortmund +1800
  • Arsenal +2500
  • Tottenham Hotspur +3300
  • Leicester City +5000
  • Napoli +6600
  • Sevilla +6600
  • FC Porto +6600
  • Bayer Leverkusen +8000
  • Benfica +8000
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach +15000
  • Lyon +15000
  • Sporting +20000
  • Monaco +20000
  • CSKA Moscow+20000
  • Dinamo Kiev +20000
  • Basel +35000
  • PSV Eindhoven +35000
  • Beşiktaş +50000
  • Celtic +50000
  • Club Brugge +50000
  • Ludogorets Razgrad +100000
  • Rostov +100000
  • FC Copenhagen +100000
  • Dinamo Zagreb +100000
  • Legia Warsaw +100000

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It’s about a month from the beginning of Champions League and once again, Barcelona has opened as the favorite to take down the European competition after their quarterfinal exit vs the eventual runners-up, Atletico Madrid. Qualifying is still ongoing so teams on this list are not necessarily guaranteed to make the final tournament.

Online shop Bovada has tagged Barca with an early +300 line to take down the Champions League with Bayern Munich (+400) and defending champions Real Madrid (+500) trailing close behind.

+500 seems like decent value for Real as they have won two of the last three years and still have one of the best starting 11 in the entire world.

Manchester City is offering serious value at +1200 to be crowned club champions of Europe. This is probably my favorite line on the board as they are now managed by Pep Guardiola, a man who has won the Champions League when he oversaw the German juggernaut who play their soccer in Munich.

We’ll be seeing some fresh Premier League faces in this year’s tournament as the Tottenham Hotspur (+4000) are making their first Champions League appearance since the 2010-11 season and Leicester City (+8000) will enter the tournament for the first time ever. Leicester has not competed in a European club tournament since they appeared in the EUFA Cup in the 2000-01 season.

Last year’s Champions League Final came down to penalties in which Atletico was edged by Real. +1200 is very good value for an Atletico team that has made two finals in the last two years and has come dangerously close to winning the tournament in both appearances.

Odds to win the Champions League in 2017

Odds as of July 20 at Bovada

  • Barcelona +300
  • Bayern Munich +400
  • Real Madrid +500
  • Manchester City +1200
  • Atletico Madrid +1200
  • Paris St Germain +1400
  • Juventus +1400
  • Borussia Dortmund +2200
  • Arsenal +2500
  • Sevilla +4000
  • Tottenham Hotspur +4000
  • Napoli +5000
  • Bayer Leverkusen +6600
  • Leicester City +8000
  • Roma +8000
  • Villarreal +8000
  • FC Porto +10000
  • Benfica +10000
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach +10000
  • Basel +15000
  • Lyon +15000
  • PSV Eindhoven +15000
  • Beşiktaş +20000
  • Dinamo Kiev +20000
  • Club Brugge +25000
  • Celtic +30000