The best online betting sites in the United Kingdom have already opened bets on the winners of Europe’s most prestigious club competition. So which team will win the trophy according to the bookies? The answer may surprise you.
Real Madrid (9.00), who won the last three tournaments but will have to continue without coach Zinedine Zidane and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, only reached the joint fifth spot on Unibet Sportsbook’s list. Liverpool, last year’s runners-up, are one spot lower (13.00).
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The summer transfer season had a major influence on the official Champions League 2018/2019 odds. Here is our list of the top 5 teams that could become the new champions—complete with a walkthrough on their newest transfers.
5. Paris SG (9.00)
The kings of Ligue 1 were not lucky in the previous Champions League season, where eventual winners Real Madrid ousted them in the round of 16. Recent transfer news, however, give them cause for hope for getting their revenge.
Despite rumors of a transfer to Real Madrid, Paris SG will get to keep Kylian Mbappé. The 19-year-old prodigy was on loan from Monaco in the previous season, but his move had been completed by now. Mbappé’s potential to decide games hardly needs introducing: he became the second teenager (after Pelé) to score in a World Cup final. This feat is even more impressive considering the circumstances: he was struggling with a back injury at the time.
Paris SG has also just signed legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, whom they had been intending to buy since 2009. Coupled with the likes of Neymar and Thiago Silva, Paris SG is a force to be reckoned with.
4. Bayern München (8.00)
Robert Lewandowski, who has been described as one of the “top three strikers in his position worldwide,” will be kept in Bayern for at least another year despite the Polish star’s desire to seek “a new challenge” in a different club.
Lewandowski, along with his German teammates in Bayern, has underperformed in the World Cup. They will be hungry to make up for what happened in Brazil at least on club level.
3. Juventus (7.00)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s donning the zebra-striped Juventus shirt made online sportsbook news in Italy and opened the door for profitable bets on Ronaldo’s next season. The Portuguese scoring powerhouse could indeed bring the Championship League trophy to “The Old Lady.”
Juventus have been very close to becoming the champions (they went all the way to the final in the 2016/2017 season) but somehow seem to miss out every time. They have made it clear that they had purchased CR7 specifically in order to improve their Champions League chances. Juventus will be one of the most determined teams on the pitch.
2. Barcelona (7.00)
Barcelona is one of the strongest clubs and their Champions League 2018/2019 odds are unsurprisingly good. With the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Ivan Rakitic in their ranks and with Ousmane Dembele having recovered from his injury, Barcelona needed little change for the upcoming season. They still acquired the Brazilian Malcom and Bayern’s Arturo Vidal, though.
1. Manchester City (6.50)
Pep Guardiola’s side has shown its potential in their pre-season US tour, where they defeated Liverpool, Bayern and Chelsea. A fan favorite team because of their commitment to attacking football, Manchester City is expected to go further than they managed to in the last season, when they were knocked out by Liverpool in the quarter-finals.
The side is rich in young talents, including World Cup debutants Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus, and Phil Foden, who won the FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball and the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year awards last year. With the more experienced Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho securing the midfield and the young but influential Ederson standing in the goal (he had been called the most important signing in Guardiola’s entire career), this is arguably the most dangerous team in the Champions League.
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