Oddsmakers firmly believe the UEFA Champions League crown either won’t leave Spain or will head to Germany.
Serving as the last three teams to claim Europe’s most coveted title, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and defending champion Real Madrid are considered the top favorites to claim Champions League following Thursday morning’s group stage draw.
The Catalans, armed with the lightning-in-a-bottle attacking trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar, lead the highest tier of favorites at +300, followed by Bundesliga’s Munich at +400 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Madrid at +500, according to odds from sportsbook Bovada.lv.
Serie A’s Juventus lead the second tier of favorites at +1000, with Premier League’s Manchester City next up at +1200, and last season’s runner-up Atletico Madrid at +1400.
Leading off Group C, which has already been slapped with the unfortunate label of “Group of Death,” Barcelona will have to battle City for one of the top two seeds in order to advance but may not have trouble with groupmates Borussia Monchengladbach (a long shot at +15000) and Scotland’s Celtic at +35000. The Catalans failed to defend their 2015 and fell to Atletico in the quarterfinals last season.
Munich, who’ve faced little trouble on the domestic front and won Bundesliga four years running, will battle Atletico as well as the Netherlands’ PSV Eindhoven and Russia’s Rostov in Group D. It was Atletico that outdueled the German titans 2-2 on aggregate last year.
The reigning titleholder Los Blancos share Group F with 2012-13 finalist Borussia Dortmund, as wells as Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon, and Poland’s Legia. Ronaldo and company have reached the semifinals for six straight tournaments, claiming two championships in that span.
Meanwhile, oddsmakers have given Arsenal and Tottenham better odds than reigning Premier League champ Leicester City. The Gunners have the best chance of any English team at +2500, with Spurs next up at +3300 and then Leicester at +4000. No English team has claimed Champions League since Chelsea beat Munich in the 2012 finals.
Dinamo Zagreb, FC Copenhagen, Ludogorets, and Rostov are listed as the biggest long shots at +50000.
Odds To Win 2016-17 Champions League
Bayern Munich +400
Real Madrid +500
Manchester City +1200
Atletico Madrid +1400
Paris Saint-Germain +1400
Borussia Dortmund +1600
Leicester City +4000
Bayer Leverkusen +8000
AS Monaco +15000
Borussia Monchengladbach +15000
Sporting Lison +20000
CSKA Moskva +20000
Dynamo Kiev +20000
PSV Eindhoven +25000
Club Brugge +30000
Legia Warsaw +40000
Dinamo Zagreb +50000
FC Copenhagen +50000