Manchester City’s unbeaten run in English Premier League coming to an end this past weekend following their 4-3 defeat from Liverpool, but that result apparently still not affecting the bookmakers odds on their success this season.
Not only being the main favorite to wrap up the league, but many football betting sites also have them as top candidates of grabbing Champions League glory by the end of this season, beating the likes of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Although they don’t actually have a perfect group stage record due to their 2-1 away defeat in the unimportant final fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk, but Pep Guardiola’s side dominant performances simply made many people in awe.
Moreover, the fact that City have a relatively winnable knock out stage drawing against Swiss outfit, FC Basel, certainly makes bookmakers along with football experts are confident that they will get into the next round without much problems.
Meanwhile, some other top teams were forced to battle against each others such as PSG that will be facing up against defending champions, Real Madrid, while Barcelona must challenge Chelsea.
Results of those big match clashes can instantly changes the current favorites seeding, since those that are previously labeled as the top candidates might be replaced by the teams that beat them.
That situation pretty much put City in such high seat for now as with their talent and overall form, many believes they can have such comfortable path even if they advanced into the quarter finals.
However, it remain to be seen now whether Guardiola’s men can react positively following their defeat from Liverpool in the league as teams in Europe might give more attention on that match to find out Man City’s weaknesses.
Still, unless they somehow suffered a shock exit from Basel, it’s very likely that the Etihad based outfit will remain as top favorites by most of the odds to win Champions League, unless there’s massive drop in their performances in the next coming weeks.
Aside from Man City, Bayern’s second place is also quite interesting as despite finishing second in their group behind PSG, but being matched up against Turkish champion, Besiktas somewhat put Robert Lewandowski and co rising high on the odds list.
Paris Saint-Germain themselves are also strongly tipped as favorite after their massive spending this summer, but being drawn against Real Madrid makes thing slightly complicated for Unai Emery’s team, even if Los Blancos are not performing that well this season.
Listing on the odds again, Man City’s chance of winning the UCL this season being placed in the region of 3.5 to 4.5 by several betting sites, which are basically the highest among all.
Bayern in second placed was valued in between 5.5 t0 6.5, while PSG for now are set at 6.00 to 6.5, a pretty strong numbers considering the opponent they must face.
Barcelona that are currently flying in La Liga comes up next as their numbers varies in mostly between 7.00 to 7.5, still above their arch rival, Real Madrid which due to their drawing against the French champion is being favored in such various numbers from 7.5 to 9.5.