The Champions League market has the Bookmakers in full retreat as they have made French giants Paris Saint Germain favourites to lift the European Cup, but the displays from the five Premier League clubs have also prompted a big change in the odds.
European champions Real Madrid have been firm favourites since they re-captured the title in Cardiff in June, making it back-to-back wins for the Spanish colossus.
However, an in-different start to the new season from Real – coupled with PSG’s excellent one, has seen a re-think from the Bookmakers and now the French side are heading the markets.
“PSG were always expected to make an impact, we saw that before the competition started as they had already seen their odds more than halved from around 16/1 to 7/1 based on the summer transfer business,” revealed OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton.
“But such has been their impressive start to their Champions League campaign, Bookmakers have brought them in – with Punters lumping on Neymar and co. This has also seen the likes of Juventus and Atletico Madrid drift massively in the market.
“However, along with the PSG – the major movers in the market are the English. At the half-way stage of the Group phase, all five – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – are at the top of their groups, and again this has impacted the market.
“Premier League leaders Man City, particularly, have been attracting a lot of interest from Punters and Bookmakers have made them third favourites, behind only PSG and Real. Whilst United and Chelsea have stayed steady, Liverpool and Tottenham – both regarded as big outsiders pre-tournament – have seen their odds come in.
“Indeed, if you perhaps just wanted to be patriotic and back all five English sides, it is now 7/4 for a Premier League winner of the Champions League – this has been attracting interest as this was previously as large as 2/1.”
Champions League odds:
Paris Saint Germain 4/1
Real Madrid 9/2
Manchester City 6/1
Bayern Munich 8/1
Manchester United 12/1
Atletico Madrid 40/1
Any English winner 7/4