The Champions League kicks-off this week and English champions Manchester City are favourites to take the title in.
Pep Guardiola’s brilliant side were favourites last season but were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Despite this, Bookmakers firmly believe City are the team to beat with their nearest rivals in the betting market being Spanish giants Barcelona at 6/1 and Italian champions Juventus – now led by Cristiano Ronaldo, following his summer move from Real Madrid – at 13/2.
Indeed, despite winning three-years in succession defending champions Real are only rated 7/1 alongside Paris Saint Germain, despite the fact Madrid are looking to win for a fourth successive occasion, a feat not seen since the inception of the European Cup when Madrid won five in-a-row, something never done since.
Liverpool are the second best English side ahead at 12/1 ahead of Man United at 20/1 and Spurs the outsiders of the Premier League clubs at 22/1 – but English win is the most fancied outcome.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton explained: “The Bookmakers are playing it safe, sticking with Manchester City as favourites, they are not taking them on despite the fact more money is coming for Liverpool.
“We are told that Juventus have seen a lot of money over the summer, following Ronaldo’s move – whilst defending champions Real Madrid have not.
“Bookies certainly feel that there is a real chance of an English win for the first time since Chelsea in 2012 – with a Premier League winner priced at just 2/1.”
Selected Champions League odds:
Champions League – Winner Outright
9/2 Man City
7/1 Real Madrid
8/1 Bayern Munich
12/1 Atletico Madrid
20/1 Man United
Champions League – Winning country
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