Man City favored to finally break through – The Daily Gazette


Manchester City have won just about everything you can win in European football over the past 15 years: the English Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, the League Cup six times and many UEFA Champions League matches.

The one line from Man City’s CV that’s missing? A Champions League trophy. They reached the European final for the first time two seasons ago, only to lose to English rivals Chelsea. Last year, Man City fell in the semi-finals to Real Madrid in a two-legged draw that ended 6-5 in favor of the Spanish club.

Real Madrid have won their record 14th European title, either in the Champions League or the European Cup, its predecessor. This time, Los Blancos beat fellow English club Liverpool 1-0 in the final.

Those clubs, along with European powerhouses Bayern Munich, Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Paris St. Germain and more are back in this year’s competition, which begins its group stage on Tuesday.

But the favorites are the team hoping to finally break through – Man City, who are listed at +250 at Caesars Sportsbook. They are followed by Liverpool at +500, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at +550 and Bayern Munich at +600. Real Madrid are the only other team under 10 to 1 at +900.

Only three other teams are even better than the 35 to 1 odds: Barcelona at +1400 and the other two English teams, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, both at +1600.

An English team is at -120 to lift the trophy, followed by Spain (+400), Germany (+500), France (+550) and Italy (+1200). Any other nation is +1800.

After six matches each in the group stage, the top two teams from each of the eight four-team groups – just like the World Cup – qualify for a knockout stage which begins in February.

From there, the Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, and Semi-Finals are home-and-away matches decided on aggregate score. The final is a unique match, which will be played this season on June 10 in Istanbul.

Man City are in Group G with Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and FC Copenhagen and are a heavy -400 favorite to win their group. In fact, every group has a favorite. The others are: Real Madrid (-400, Group F), PSG (-275, Group H), Chelsea (-275, Group E), Liverpool (-250, Group A), Tottenham (-200, Group D), Bayern Munich (-140, Group C) and Atlético Madrid (-110, Group B).

Below is a list of absolute odds, group stage odds and absolute odds for Europe’s second-tier tournament, the Europa League (two other English teams, Arsenal and Manchester United, are the favourites), all of Caesars Sportsbook:

Champions League winner odds

Manchester City (England), +250

Liverpool (England), +500

Paris-St. Germain (France), +550

Bayern Munich (Germany), +600

Real Madrid (Spain), +900

Barcelona (Spain), +1400

Tottenham Hotspur (England), +1600

Chelsea (England), +1600

Atlético Madrid (Spain), +3500

Juventus (Italy), +4000

Inter Milan (Italy), +5000

Borussia Dortmund (Germany), +5000

AC Milan (Italy), +6500

RB Leipzig (Germany), +10,000

Ajax (Netherlands), +10000

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), +10,000

Oporto (Portugal), +15000

Naples (Italy), +15000

RB Salzburg (Austria), +20000

Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), +25000

Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), +25000

Seville (Spain), +25000

Celtic (Scotland), +25000

Rangers (Scotland), +25000

Marseilles (France), +25000

Benfica (Portugal), +30,000

Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), +50000

Club Brugge (Belgium), +50000

FC Copenhagen (Denmark), +75000

Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic), +100000

Maccabi Haifa (Israel), +100000

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), +100000

Champions League group stage odds

group A

Liverpool -250, Ajax +550, Napoli +600, Rangers +1200

Group B

Atlético Madrid -110, Porto +300, Bayer Leverkusen +300, Club Brugge +1000

Group C

Bayern Munich -140, Barcelona +175, Inter Milan +550, Viktoria Pilsen +10,000

Group D

Tottenham -200, Eintracht Frankfurt +550, Marseille +550, Sporting Lisbon +650

Group E

Chelsea -275, AC Milan +275, RB Salzburg +1200, Dinamo Zagreb +5000

Group F

Real Madrid -400, RB Leipzig +400, Celtic +1200, Shakhtar Donetsk _6500

Group G

Man City -400, Borussia Dortmund +500, Sevilla +800, FC Copenhagen +5000

Group H

PSG -275, Juventus +250, Benfica +1200, Maccabi Haifa +10000

Europa League winner odds (+10000 and under)

(Note: The third-placed team in each Champions League group enters the Europa League in the knockout stage and will be added to the odds at that time)

Arsenal (England), +550

Manchester United (England), +600

Rome (Italy), +1200

Lazio (Italy), +2000

Real Betis (Spain), +2500

Real Society (Spain), +2800

Freiburg (Germany), +3500

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), +3500

Union Berlin (Germany), +4000

Feyenoord (Netherlands), +5000

Monaco (French League), +5000

Rennes (France), +6500

Braga (Portugal), +6500

Fenerbahçe (Turkey), +6500

Olympiacos (Greece), +8000

Bodo/Glimt (Norway), +10000

Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine), +10000

Nantes (France), +10000

Union St. Gilloise (Belgium), +10000

Red Star of Belgrade (Serbia), +10000

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