With domestic football set to return after the Christmas festive period next week, defending Premier League champions, Manchester City remain distinct betting favorites to land their first UEFA Champions League title victory this season, ahead of a February last 16 return.
Sitting second in the Premier League table behind rivals, Arsenal by five points, City, under the guidance of former European Cup winner, Pep Guardiola, along with 15 other sides, will make their return to the elite European competition in February – with the Citizens attempting to secure thief rist European Cup success.
Progressing atop a group containing Borussia Dortmund, Copenhagen, and Sevilla, City managed to land 15 points in the group stage, going unbeaten in the process.
Dumped out in years since the ‘City Project’ began and in years since achieving now-comfortable qualification domestically, City have been drawn against German side, RB Leipzig over the course of two legs.
Attempting to join cross-town rivals, Manchester United, London side, Chelsea and Merseyside outfit, Liverpool at the only English clubs to lift the modern UEFA Champions League, markets are currently offering Guardiola’s side as low as 13/8 to win the competition outright – the best odds amongst their compatriots to boot. New Jersey soccer sportsbooks offer betting and wagering on UEFA Champions League out-right victors.
German side, Bayern Munich are considered second betting favorites to win the UEFA Champions League, having dropped their crown to last season’s winners, Real Madrid. The Julian Nagelsman side have been drawn opposite prior finalists, PSG – having defeated the Paris side to win the crown back in 2020.
Another side yet to achieve European Cup success come in the form of PSG, with the Parisian club sitting as outsiders at 7/1 – as they look to be backed by a FIFA World Cup winning, Lionel Messi in their last 16 draw against Bayern.
The aforenoted, Liverpool struggled earlier this season – especially in their first outing against Napoli, and have been drawn against last season’s winners, Real Madrid in February.
Matching with Los Blancos in last season’s final, a second half goal from Brazilian forward, Vinicius Junior saw Jurgen Klopp’s side put to the sword in a disappointing end to the season, which also saw them pipped to the Premier League title.
Once winning the UEFA Cup (now UEFA Europa League) title during their history, the aforenoted, Napoli – led by Nigerian upstart, Victor Osimhen, are available quite short at 10/1 to win their first UEFA Champions League as well, having progressed alongside Liverpool in their group.
The Luciano Spaletti-led outfit have been drawn against German-side, Eintracht Frankfurt in February’s last 16 outing – with the latter attempting to go on better than their impressive UEFA Europea Final penalty shoot-out win over Rangers last season.
Chasing their stunning fifteenth European Cup success, Real Madrid; the most prolific and successful side in the competition’s joint history, sit as firm outsiders at 11/1 to win back-to-back crowns, with an aging squad and injured talisman in the form of Karim Benzema set to draw Liverpool next year.