Real Madrid 7.00 to win Champions League
Real Madrid finish runner-up in Champions League group, although they can’t face Bayern, Dortmund, Barcelona or Atletico in next round.
It wasn’t a bad outcome for Real Madrid in the end. The current European champions let a 2-0 lead slip against Borussia Dortmund, although Zinedine Zidane’s team can’t play the majority of the big guns when the Champions League last sixteen draw is made on 12 December.
Real can’t be drawn with Dortmund because they qualified from the same group, with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid also off the radar because they’re Spanish clubs.
That leaves the possibility of facing Arsenal, Napoli, Monaco, Leicester or Juventus, with Real favourites to beat all of those teams and a last sixteen pairing with the Foxes could make them Champions League favourites.
Odds of 7.00 (bet365) that Real win this season’s competition looks pretty fair, with Barcelona nearly half that price at odds of 4.25 with Unibet . Barca have gone through as group winners and the Catalan side can face PSG, Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen or Porto in their next match.
It looks like a gimme for Luis Enrique’s team to reach the last eight, although they could easily face Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid or one of the other big teams at that stage and they were beaten 3-1 at Manchester City earlier this term.
Ladbrokes offer 5.00 that Bayern Munich win this season’s competition and the German side are safely into the hat although they face the possibility of meeting Barca, Juventus or Arsenal in the final sixteen, with the draw likely to change the odds considerably.
Atletico Madrid have been steadily moving inwards since the competition began and Ladbrokes offer 11.00 that Atleti go all the way this season, with Diego Simeone hoping to avoid Manchester City although Porto or Benfica would represent an attractive opponent.
City could be facing a tricky old game next up. While Arsenal, Barcelona and Leicester are out of the question, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Dortmund and Juventus all lie in wait. It’s hard to know which team Pep Guardiola would prefer to face out of those sides.
Manchester City are 13.00 (bet365) to win this competition, with Juventus available at 15.00 and the Italian side are slightly unlucky that they are the sole realistic threat from their country.
Dortmund look an interesting bet at 15.00 and the German side could tackle any top team successively, with Thomas Tuchel’s side missing Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the draw, while they also dodge Atletico and Barcelona by virtue of finishing top.