Champions League winner odds: City favourites after last-16 draw
Outright Champions League betting ahead of the round of 16
The Champions League winner odds have been updated after the draw for the round of 16 was finally made and Manchester City are the favourites for glory.
The draw had to be done twice after a software error during the first attempt but the line-up for the first knockout stage is now confirmed.
Here we look at the updated prices in the outright market.
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Manchester City (13/5)
City reached the final for the first time last season and are now favourites in the Champions League winner odds to be crowned European champions for the first time.
They won their group at the expense of PSG and are in fine form in the Premier League, having won six successive matches to go top of the table.
Being drawn with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon should not worry City boss Pep Guardiola but the failure to sign a world-class striker in the summer following Sergio Aguero’s departure could come back to haunt them.
Bayern Munich (7/2)
Bayern were one of three teams to win their Champions League group with a perfect record of six wins from six and are dominating in the Bundesliga once again too.
Their 3-0 victory over Barcelona helped condemn the Spanish giants to the Europa League and Bayern will be hopeful of a second European title in three years and their seventh overall.
Being paired with RB Salzburg in the round of 16 was a further boost, with Salzburg being the first Austrian representatives to make it to the knockout rounds of the competition.
Bayern did the double over Salzburg in the group stage last season by an aggregate score of 9-3.
Liverpool are the third favourites in the Champions League winner odds and another all-English final looks a realistic prospect.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also won all six of their Group B fixtures despite being in a tough group which included Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan.
In the last 16 they will face Milan’s city rivals Inter, which will mean a return to the San Siro where they came from behind to win 2-1 on Matchday 6.
Mo Salah has arguably been the best player in the world this season and if the Egyptian stays fit, the Reds will fancy their chances of conquering Europe once again.
Three of the top four teams in the Champions League winner odds are English and Chelsea are 15/2 to retain the title they won in May thanks to their victory over City.
Their squad arguably looks even stronger this season after the summer signing of Romelu Lukaku, although the Blues had to settle for second place behind Juventus in Group H after only drawing with Zenit St Petersburg in the final round of matches.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have been drawn with French side Lille, who are in the bottom half of Ligue 1 as they struggle to reproduce last season’s title-winning form, so reaching the quarter-finals should not be too much of an issue.
Paris Saint-Germain (9/1)
PSG were the favourites in the Champions League winner odds at the start of the group stage but have drifted having finished second in their group behind Manchester City.
They won all three matches at home but failed to win any of their three away games, drawing at Club Brugge and RB Leipzig before losing 2-1 at City.
Any team featuring a front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe has to be serious contenders to go all the way and win the competition for the first time but they paid the price for finishing second when they were drawn against Real Madrid in a mouth-watering last-16 tie.
Best of the rest
Ajax were one of the three teams to win all six group matches and they were the second highest scorers with 20 so deserve plenty of respect.
Manchester United are the outsiders in terms of the Premier League contingent and are 20/1 ahead of their tie with Atletico Madrid (33/1), against who Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored two Champions League hat-tricks.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication