2016-17 Champions League: Group Stage Betting Preview

2016-17 Champions League: Group Stage Betting Preview

The 32-team field for the best teams around Europe has now been set, and the 2016-17 Champions League Group Stage will begin September 13th. Below shows the odds to win each group as well as odds to advance via CRIS, and I’ve included some value picks you can find at 5Dimes:

Group ATo Win GroupTo Advance
PSG-135-2500
Arsenal+150-1667
Basel+1125+400
Ludogrets+4000+900

Arsenal at +150 to win the group looks pretty good, especially considering PSG is weaker than last season and have already dropped a domestic league game. The first game of this group is Arsenal at PSG, so if the Gunners can get at least a draw there, they’ll be the new group favorites.

Group BTo Win GroupTo Advance
Napoli+130-265
Benfica+150-250
Dynamo Kiev+700+150
Besiktas+725+175

Dynamo Kiev to advance at +150 looks intriguing, but I do like Benfica and Napoli to get through, and Benfica to win the group is also appealing. Over at 5Dimes, Benfica is listed at +185 to win Group B, and I think at those odds there’s definitely some value.

Group CTo Win GroupTo Advance
Barcelona-250-10000
Manchester City+250-1250
Monchengladbach+1400+350
Celtic+6600+1400

Barcelona to win the group and Man City to finish 2nd is really the only plausible outcome here.

Group DTo Win GroupTo Advance
Bayern Munich-303-5000
Atletico Madrid+250-1111
PSV Eindhoven+2800+425
FC Rostov+6000+800

Just like in Group C, it should be Bayern followed by Atletico in Group D.

Group ETo Win GroupTo Advance
Tottenham+170-265
Bayer Leverkusen+190-222
Monaco+300+100
CSKA Moscow+750+250

Monaco or CSKA Moscow could definitely advance from this group, and I like the value on Leverkusen at +190 to win the group outright. Tottenham being the favorites to win the group doesn’t give me a whole lot of confidence although they probably have the most talent in the group.

Group FTo Win GroupTo Advance
Real Madrid-265-10000
Borussia Dortmund+250-1111
Sporting+1500+325
Legia Warsaw+6600+1600

Real Madrid wins the group, followed by Dortmund, so more big faves are pushing through.

Group GTo Win GroupTo Advance
Porto+100-500
Leicester City+175-333
Club Brugge+600+185
Copenhagen+1200+300

At first glance, Leicester City at -333 to advance is noteworthy. It’s still hard to gauge how good they are, and although they’re in a somewhat easy group, I wouldn’t be too keen to jump on the newcomers to advance, and like Club Brugge at +185 to advance.

Group HTo Win GroupTo Advance
Juventus-225-2000
Sevilla+285-286
Lyon+800+155
Dinamo Zagreb+4000+700

Juventus should win the group, and at 5Dimes you can get Sevilla at just -200 to advance. I don’t normally like taking these bigger favorites to advance, but at -200 I think that’s too good to pass up.

You can also check out the latest odds to win the Champions League title.


Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached at dan.mcguire@sportsinsights.com.

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