Knockout Phase Draws Near

With the domestic leagues in Europe on a break this week with the last World Cup qualifying matches the Champions League is taking a week off as well. Matches resume on November 26th with only two group matches remaining until the knockout phase. 

Bet365 has last season’s champion Bayern Munich as the betting favorite to win the Champions League followed by Barcelona and Real Madrid. (The bottom of the page has the complete CL odds.). 

For the most part of the clubs that were favored to advance are likely to do so with the one exception being Juventus. Juve sit in last place in their group, but if they win their last two encounters with FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray, where they will be betting favorites in each match, they will advance to the final 16. 

A few of the key matches in the next round of Champions League play are Juventus hosting FC Copenhagen, Basel hosting Chelsea, Celtic hosting AC Milan, and Bayer Leverkusen hosting Manchester United. 

Bet365 not only has the Champions League overall winner odds, but also group odds and top goal-scorer odds. 

With two group matches reaming here are the Group odds for the ones still, sort of, up for grabs. I say sort of, as Group A and Group F are the only ones that are relatively close. 

Group A 

Manchester United -225
Bayer Leverkusen +225
Shakhtar Donetsk +1000

Group F 

Arsenal -162
Napoli +220
Borussia Dortmund +600

Top Goal Scorer 

Odds makers at Bet365 have odds posted for many players, but only decent odds for three in Christiano Ronaldo at -163, Lionel Messi, at +275 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at +550. Ronaldo has eight goals in the completion followed by Ibrohimovic with six and Messi, who scored two goals in the last CL match against AC Milan, also with six. 

Champions League Futures Odds: 

Bayern Munich +250
Barcelona +450
Real Madrid +500
Chelsea +1400
Paris Saint-Germain +1400
Atletico Madrid +1400
Borussia Dortmund +1600
Manchester City +1600
Arsenal +1600
Manchester United +2000
Juventus +2500
Napoli +3300
AC Milan +6600
Bayer Leverkusen +10000
FC Porto +15000
Schalke 04 +15000
Shakhtar Donetsk +20000
Zenit St Petersburg +25000
Galatasaray +25000
Benfica +30000
Olympiakos +40000
Ajax +75000
Basel +75000
Marseille +100000
FC Copenhagen +100000
Celtic +150000
Austria Vienna +500000
Steaua Bucharest +500000