Champions League

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.

Real Madrid Look to Make History

Last season Real Madrid won the Champions League and they look to be the first squad ever to repeat as champions this season. They have the best Champions league betting odds along with Bayern Munich, who are both at 4/1.

Man City vs Barcelona Odds

Manchester City plays host to Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League and while they are the underdogs they will win. Man City is in third place in the England Premier League only three points back from a Chelsea team they beat in their last match.

No surprise that City is the underdog, as even though they won their last match they were winless in their previous two. That includes losing their first home match of the season to Chelsea at the beginning of this month.

Does Arsenal Have a Chance?

Arsenal is in the lead in the Premier League and is solid on both sides of the pitch, but do they have any chance at beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League? The Gunners face the German giants and the Champions League defending champion in the first round of the knockout stage.

Last season in the knockout stage Bayern beat Arsenal en route to their fifth Champions League trophy.

CL First Leg Odds

The first leg of the Champions League matches do not begin until February 18th, but the odds for the first match are already posted at Bet365. Hare are the first leg match ups in the Champions League and their betting odds.

Manchester City (+160) vs. Barcelona (+163) Draw +240

Perhaps the best match up in the first round with Manchester City, who is undefeated at home in the Premier League and has scored the most goals, facing Lionel Messi and Barcelona.

Olympiakos (+240) vs. Manchester United (+110) Draw +240

Champions League Draw

The Champions League draw was announced on Monday and it was kind to some and unkind to others. Bayern Munich has the best betting odds to win the Champions League and will be tested in their first round match up.

In a dream first round match up between a couple of clubs that are leading their domestic leagues reigning champion Bayern Munich faces Arsenal. Bayern only lost one match in group play and that was facing a Manchester City squad that crushed Arsenal in their last match 6-3.

Last Round of CL Matches

The last round of Champions League matches take place next week and obviously there are some big ones. Most of the clubs that were favored to advance have done so are in good shape to progress.

Juvetnus got off to a bad start in Champions League play, but they have regrouped and the Italy Serie A leader travels to Turkey for a HUGE Group D match to face Galatasaray. It is pretty simple, as the winner of the match will advance to the knockout phase.

Champions League Action

Champions Play resumes on November 26th and while a few clubs have advanced to the knockout phase there are some big matches in the next round.

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.). 

Is Juventus is in Trouble?

While most of the soccer giants are in good shape in Champions League play the same cannot be said about Juventus. They played to a 2-2 draw at home against Real Madrid in their last match and they sit in last place in Group B with three points behind Real Madrid with 10 points and FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray with four points apiece.