Champions League Betting Preview
Barcelona proved to be a force a year ago, reclaiming the La Liga title before outscoring opponents by a 31-10 total en route to their first Champions League title since 2011. With a roster featuring the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, expectations of another big season await the club, who lead the way as +300 favorites in Champions League betting at Bet365.
Barcelona has plenty of company atop the Champions League odds, with three-time defending Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich closely trailing at +500. The Bavarians were also a force early on in last season's Champions League, but will be looking for vengeance after being knocked off by Barca in the semifinal.
Real Madrid will also be gunning for Barcelona in both the upcoming La Liga season and Champions League. After being edged by Barcelona for top spot on the La Liga regular season table, the Whites were denied a Champions League showdown with their rivals when they were knocked off by Juventus in the semifinal but enter the new season with strong +550 Champions League odds at Bet365.
Defending Premier League champion Chelsea will be gunning for their first Champions League title since 2012, and round out the list of favorites with strong +800 odds. Manchester City sits alongside Atletico Madrid and PSG atop the middle of the pack with +1600 odds, followed by Juventus and Manchester United at +2000, and Arsenal at +2500.
Wolfsburg joins Valencia at +5000, trailed by five teams at +6600 including Roma, FC Porto, Benfica, Sevilla, and Lyon. Monaco is listed at +8000 at Bet365, ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, Lazio, and Zenit St. Petersburg at +10000, and Shakhtar Donetsk at +15000.
CSKA Moscow is deadlocked with Fenerbahce and Sporting at +20000, followed by Dynamo Kiev, PSV, Ajax, Basel, and Olympiakos at +25000. Viktoria Plzen, Gent, Club Brugge, Panathinaikos, and FC Salzburg each sport Champions League odds of +100000, while Celtic is the distant +200000 longshot.
2015/16 Champions League Champion (odds as of July 30 at Bet365)
Bayern Munich +500
Real Madrid +550
Manhester City +1600
Atletico Madrid +1600
Manchester United +2000
FC Porto +6600
Bayer Leverkusen +10000
Zenit St. Petersburg +10000
Shakhtar Donetsk +15000
CSKA Moscow +20000
Dynamo Kiev +25000
Viktoria Plzen +100000
Club Brugge +100000
FC Salzburg +100000