Despite being the reigning champions and winning the tournament twice in the last three years, Real Madrid is
Failure to win a domestic title since 2011/12 has seen Real Madrid fall behind Barcelona as the dominant force in Spanish soccer. Their infamous galácticos transfer policy (one major signing in the summer of every year) isn’t quite what it once was, but resigning Alvaro Morata from Juventus will certainly add more goals to their already lethal attack.
Whether previous competition form and one summer signing
In addition to winning La Liga six times in the last eight seasons, Barcelona also won the Champions League in 2014/15. It is no surprise to see them head the Champions League winner odds at 3.91* given their recent success and consistency in performing well against Europe’s elite.
Despite being the reigning champions and winning the tournament twice in the last three years, Real Madrid is third favourite to win the Champions League 2017 due to their La Liga struggles.
Recent acquisitions Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti and André Gomes will add even more strength in depth and
The only worry for Luis Enrique’s side is another potential showdown with Diego Simeone and Atlético Madrid (12.00*). Despite a less than impressive start to their La Liga campaign, Atlético always
Similarly to Barcelona, Bayern Munich
Since Sheik Mansour’s takeover in 2008, only European glory has eluded
Instead of new players like John Stones, Leroy Sané or Ilkay Gündogan grabbing the headlines this summer, it has been the arrival of their new manager, Pep Guardiola instead. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager
Man City appear to have adapted quickly to this new style of play and at odds of 10.98* to win the competition, numerous Champions League predictions are suggesting their new manager is already having a positive effect.
Competing in their first ever Champions League, Leicester City will be looking to repeat their shock Premier League success in Europe’s most prestigious soccer tournament. The reigning champions of England are 39.00* in Pinnacle’s Champions League betting.
The quick tempo and counter attacking soccer that helped them achieve what many
With a style of play that many of Europe’s elite clubs won’t be used to and a fairly easy group to qualify from, Leicester certainly
The best of the rest
Juventus (11.30*) and Borussia Dortmund (17.50*) are two sides that tend to feature heavily in Champions League predictions, along with Arsenal (29.00*) and PSG (19.00*) - who have been drawn against each other in group A.
One interesting statistic to note is that the past 12 Champions League winners have hailed from Spain (six), England (three), Italy (two) or Germany (one). This stat is reflected in Pinnacle’s Champions League betting, with teams from outside of these four nations being the biggest outsiders; Rostov FK (301.00*), Legia Warsaw (301.00*), Club Brugge (301.00*) and Dinamo Zagreb (301.00*).
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