The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League is now set following its qualification stages and drawing for the group stages on August 28. The Champions League is comprised of the 32 top European squads, with each country qualifying through success in their own domestic league. Last year’s final saw Spanish giants Real Madrid come back to beat fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid 4-1 after sending the game into extra time in the last minutes of regulation.
Four teams are drawn into Groups A through H, and each team plays each other twice for a total of six games apiece. The top two teams in every group will then move on to the Round of 16. Below are the groups, and there are some high caliber games to look forward to like Bayern-Manchester City, Juventus-Atletico, Real Madrid-Liverpool, and Dortmund-Arsenal.
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Even to those familiar with each Champions League team, it’s tough to forecast what will happen without looking at the odds to win each group. While some are expecting to win with relative ease (Barcelona -250, Real Madrid -400), others don’t have an underdog higher than +300 (Group C). Below are the odds to win each group at CRIS:
Group A: Atletico +100, Juventus +110, Olympiakos +1200, Malmo +7900
Group B: Real Madrid -400, Liverpool +350, Basel +2400, Ludogrets +9900
Group C: Leverkusen +250, Benfica +275, Monaco +275, Zenit +300
Group D: Arsenal -105, Dortmund +120, Galatasaray +1200, Anderlecht +3903
Group E: Bayern -143, Manchester City +185, Roma +800, CSKA Moscow +4900
Group F: Barcelona -250, PSG +230, Ajax +2402, APOEL +8400
Group G: Chelsea -400, Schalke +450, Sporting +1200, Maribor +6400
Group H: Porto +130, Athletic Bilbao +170, Shakhtar Donetsk +325, BATE Borisov +3400
While those are the odds to win each group, this year Real Madrid are the current favorites to win the entire tournament at +350 with German powerhouse Bayern Munich (2013-14 UCL winners) right behind at +400. Nothing is automatic but Real’s path looks to be a bit easier at this stage as Bayern will have to get through City, Roma, and CSKA to advance.
The table below shows the odds via Sportsbook.com for each of the remaining contenders and we’ll continue to update it as the tournament progresses.
Odds on August 28
Odds on August 22
Opening Odds on June 28
|Real Madrid (SPA)||+350||+350||+350|
|Bayern Munich (GER)||+400||+350||+325|
|Man City (ENG)||+1000||+1000||+1100|
|Atletico Madrid (SPA)||+2200||+2000||+1200|
|AS Monaco (FRA)||+5000||+4000||+2200|
|Athletic Bilbao (SPA)||+5000||+8000||+6600|
|AS Roma (ITA)||+5000||+5000||+6600|
|FC Porto (POR)||+6600||+8000||+10000|
|Bayer Leverkusen (GER)||+9000||+15000||+15000|
|Schalke 04 (GER)||+10000||+10000||+10000|
|Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)||+12500||+15000||+10000|
|Shaktar Donetsk (UKR)||+15000||+15000||+15000|
|CSKA Moscow (RUS)||+20000||+20000||+20000|
|FC Basel (SUI)||+50000||N/A||N/A|
|BATE Borisov (BLS)||+100000||N/A||N/A|
|NK Maribor (SVN)||+200000||N/A||N/A|
|Malmo FF (SWE)||+200000||N/A||N/A|
Spanish and German teams have the top odds to win it all, but the English boast four teams with +2300 or better odds. Will a Spanish or German side once again win the UCL title, or will a Manchester City or Chelsea take home the hardware?