Bayern, not Real Madrid, now Champions League favourites


Bayern, not Real Madrid, now Champions League favourites

El Bayern Munich es el preferido para ganar la Champions League, según las apuestas.

Following Barcelona's thrashing at the hands of PSG in the first leg, their odds with bookmakers have been lengthened. Favourites for the title are now the German giants.

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All change with the bookies

The past week has seen a considerable change in the odds being offered by bookmakers on which club will lift the Champions League trophy in May. Before the first set of matches in the Last 16 got underway Barcelona were favourites, with many seeing the forward trident of Messi, Suárez and Neymar being potent enough to make up for any shortcomings elsewhere in the side. A Valentine's evening in Paris changed all that.

Messi and co. have a lot of thinking to do ahead of the PSG second leg.

Four of the five companies that we looked at - Bet365, Betfair, 888sport and Wannabet - are now offering punters over 40:1 for Luis Enrique's men to turn around the first leg against PSG and go on to dominate the competition. Bwin, it should be noted, are giving the Catalans a little more hope with odds of under 30:1.

German juggernaut top tip

Replacing the Spanish champions as most likely winners is Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich with Real Madrid seen as second favourites. Bayern dished out their own thrashing to Premier League side Arsenal with Arsene Wenger's outfit being given virtually no chance to make it to the quarter finals. Madrid's strong result at home to Napoli has them with one foot in the next round already.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema looking to maintain the form from the first leg.

Clearly, as well as incredible comebacks in the second legs, there is always the chance that some of the favourites are drawn together in the quarter or semi-finals which would put a whole new complexion on the running odds.

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A selection of bookies odds (decimal)

Bet365 Bwin Betfair 888sport Wannabet
Bayern Munich 3.75 3.75 3.75 3.75 3.75
Real Madrid 5 5 5 5 5
PSG 7 7 7 7 7
Juventus 9.5 8 9 9 9
Atlético Madrid 10 10 10 9 9
Manchester City 11 12 10 12 12
Borussia Dortmund 17 17 17 16 16
Sevilla 26 26 26 28 28
Barcelona 41 29 41 41 41
Monaco 41 34 34 46 46
Napoli 67 81 41 81 81
Leicester 81 67 51 71 71
Benfica 101 81 67 81 81
Porto 101 101 81 126 126
Arsenal 151 126 101 151 151
Bayer Leverkusen 151 251 101 126 126


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