Champions League winner odds: Messi swoop puts PSG favourites
Champions League winner odds
The group stage of the Champions League starts in September and the two favourites have been thrown together in a mouth-watering Group A which also comprises Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig.
Manchester City were the 3/1 favourites in the Champions League odds a few weeks ago but that was before PSG wrapped up an incredible summer transfer window with the capture of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
The French giants are 10/3 in the Champions League winner odds, narrowly ahead of Manchester City who lost last season’s final to Chelsea.
The signing of arguably the greatest player the world has ever seen has tilted the balance in favour of PSG to finally win the Champions League.
Messi made his debut from off the bench in the 2-0 win at Reims which maintained PSG’s perfect start to the domestic season but the club’s owners have their sights firmly set on winning the Champions League.
Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi have all joined the French revolution as the club hope to go one better than their appearance in the 2020 final.
City failed to bring Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo to the Etihad Stadium during the summer transfer window but back-to-back 5-0 wins against Norwich and Arsenal proved the Premier League champions aren’t faring too badly without a star striker.
Sergio Aguero’s departure has opened the door for the likes of Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus to impress Pep Guardiola and the addition of Jack Grealish has brought even more creativity to a side that is likely to be challenging on four fronts once more.
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City could make a January move for Erling Haaland, who has a well-publicised £75million release clause at Borussia Dortmund, and if they pull off that transfer their Champions League winner odds of 7/2 should shrink further.
Bayern had a miserable pre-season under Julian Nagelsmann and an unconvincing start to the Bundesliga meant the pressure was on the new coach in the early part of the campaign.
A hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski in a 5-0 victory over Hertha Berlin before the international break banished those thoughts and they are priced at 7/1 in the Champions League winner odds to win the tournament for a seventh occasion and second time in three years.
The Blues were surprise winners of last season’s competition and having improved their squad for the new campaign with the capture of Romelu Lukaku, they are 7/1 in the Champion League winner odds.
Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham have joined West Ham and Roma respectively and several other players have been moved on ahead of group clashes with 25/1 shots Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg and Malmo.
Best of the rest
Manchester United will have Ronaldo back in their ranks ahead of their opening clash with Young Boys on September 14 and are 9/1 in the Champions League winner odds.
Liverpool have a tough group involving La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, Italian giants AC Milan and last season’s quarter-finalists Porto and are 8/1.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication