We’ve now entered the knockout stages of the 2016-17 Champions League and pairings for the 16-team field will be released on Monday, December 12th.
Last year Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in the final to win the Champions League. However, they found themselves behind both Barcelona and Bayern Munich to win the 2016-17 Champions League Title when odds were released. The 32-team group play began play on September 13 and concluded on December 7. The final will take place on June 3, 2017 at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
For anyone unfamiliar, the Champions League is comprised of the best club teams around Europe (UEFA) based on last season’s results. This means that Leicester City, winners of the Premier League in England at 5000:1 odds, will have a chance to play giants like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Below shows the opening odds to win, and will be updated as the tournament progresses.
|Club (Country)||Dec 9
|Bayern Munich (GER)||+350||+400||+400|
|Real Madrid (SPA)||+500||+475||+475|
|Manchester City (ENG)||+1200||+900||+1200|
|Borussia Dortmund (GER)||+1400||+1700||+2500|
|Atletico Madrid (SPA)||+1400||+1400||+1100|
|Leicester City (ENG)||+4500||+5000||+8000|
|Bayer Leverkusen (GER)||+10000||+8000||+6600|
|Borussia Monchengladbach (GER)||N/A||+15000||+10000|
|CSKA Moscow (RUS)||N/A||+15000||+15000|
|Legia Warsaw (POL)||N/A||+50000||N/A|
|PSV Eindhoven (NED)||N/A||+16600||+15000|
|Dynamo Kiev (UKR)||N/A||+20000||+20000|
|Club Brugge (BEL)||N/A||+25000||+25000|
|Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)||N/A||+50000||N/A|
|FC Rostov (RUS)||N/A||+15000||N/A|
The top three contenders haven’t changed: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid remain the teams to beat in the Champions League this season. Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are close behind along with Manchester City, while darkhorses Arsenal and PSG hope to make a deep run. Leicester City have seen their odds move to +4500, but still remain a longshot to win the title. At this point I still don’t love any particular team enough to make a futures bet.
We’ll continue to update odds throughout the tournament as well as providing a more in-depth preview with value plays for the Round of 16.
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Below was written on August 26, 2016 prior to group play:
There were some surprising losses in UCL qualification including teams like Villarreal and Roma, while clubs like Legia Warsaw and FC Rostov were able to qualify at long odds.
3 of the top teams come from Spain’s La Liga, and Sevilla also opened with the 12th best odds of winning the title. Sevilla has won 3 consecutive Europa League titles, which is the tournament for the best teams who do not qualify for Champions League. They are an intriguing team to watch for but likely won’t sniff the title.
Are there any early leans you like, and would you consider placing a future bet this far in advance?