Champions League Odds Update: Stop this happening again
The first round of Champions League group stages takes place next week, with Liverpool and Spurs playing tough opponents. Max Liu reports on the match odds, group and tournament winner markets...
The Champions League returns next week, with matches across the eight groups taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, in UEFA's new staggered kick-off format (two matches kick-off at 17:55 before the remaining six at 20:00).
Spurs and Liverpool face tricky opponents on Tuesday
Of the English clubs, first up is Tottenham's visit to Inter Milan on Tuesday (17:55). Spurs are [2.84] to get a result at San Siro, with the draw an appealing [3.3]. Getting out of Group B will be challenging for Mauricio Pochettinho's men, with Barcelona, who host PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, [1.51] to finish top.
Later on Tuesday evening, Liverpool host Paris Saint-German in what could be the first thriller of the season's Champions League. The Reds scored a record 47 goals as they finished runners-up last term and there's no reason to think they will slow down in 2018/19. Their opponents, who boast Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in attack aren't exactly goal-shy either, so overs bets could well be the way to go in this one.
You can get [12.5] on Jurgen Klopp's team going one better and winning Europe's biggest prize this season.
Manchester clubs aiming to start with wins
Will this be the year that Manchester City win the Champions League for the first time in their history? Pep Guardiola has won it twice, with Barcelona, but City have never got beyond the last eight and the tournament has proved to be a major stumbling block in their bid for sporting greatness. But bettors believe in City and make the blues [5.6] favourites to go all the way this season. They will certainly expect to start with a win when they host Lyon on Wednesday (20:00).
Manchester United have won Europe's premier competition three times but they have started the season in the doldrums and are a massive [36.0] in the winner market. That's about right, after United whimpered out in the last 16 against Sevilla last season. Jose Mourinho will be hoping for much better, starting with an away win to Swiss team Young Boys on Wednesday evening.
Until Real Madrid won a second successive Champions League title in 2017, no team had managed to retain the competition. The following season, Los Blancos went one better and pulled off a hat-trick, although they relied on Sergio Ramos dislocating Mo Salah's shoulder in the process.
After a summer of upheaval at the Bernabeu, which saw head coach Zinedine Zidane and star man Cristiano Ronaldo depart, Real are [11.0] to win a fourth Champions League in a row. Bettors rate them behind PSG [9.2], Juventus [8.8] and Barcelona [6.8], as well as the aforementioned City.
But be warned, Real have made a strong start to the La Liga season under Julen Lopetegui, taking maximum points from their opening three matches and scoring ten goals. Their first match of this campaign, against Roma on Wednesday, won't be easy but the Spaniards should be strong contenders in 2018/19.