One Week Down: A Relook at the Champions League Favourites

This week’s Champions League action certainly proved to be an intriguing one with a number of shock results as some of the giants got off to a shaky start.

The likes of Real Madrid, PSG and Borussia Dortmund all got off to slow starts, while Liverpool and Manchester City were steady, while Barcelona and Bayern were, well, Barcelona and Bayern.

If you’re thinking of having a punt on the outright winner, then now is a good time to do so. According to what’s on the Bookies Offers homepage, there are plenty of great offers suitable for this market, and we’d certainly strike while the odds aren’t overly favouring one particular side…

Bayern Munich

Pre-tournament Bayern were neck and neck with Manchester City when it came to the outright favourites, but they’ve sneaked ahead after demolishing Atletico Madrid 4-0 in their first outing.

They proved worthy winners last season and have only improved their side with the addition of Leroy Sane and Douglas Costa. Robert Lewandowski will be the man sides need to keep quiet though and he’s had a good start to the season once again.

Manchester City

The Champions League is pretty much Pep Guardiola’s main target at Manchester City, but he’s failed so far and it could well be last chance saloon, with rumours he may depart at the end of the season.

City are priced at 7/2 with most bookmakers and once again they’ll prove dangerous and have few problems in the early stages. They’ve had a shaky start to the Premier League, but had no issues dispatching Porto 3-1 on Wednesday evening, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Ferran Torres and Phil Foden impressing once again.

Can they do it this time? History would say perhaps not but you get the feeling they can’t be too far away.

Liverpool

It’s a competition Liverpool know how to win and at 11/2 many will be tempted by them. They beat Ajax 1-0 in their opener to get off to a solid start, but there are defensive woes in the side and it’s been a difficult start to the season for them. They’ve been thrashed by Aston Villa and lost Virgil van Dijk potentially for the season in the Merseyside Derby just a few days ago.

Against the top sides in Europe they will be vulnerable and that could be fatal in the knockout stages.

Barcelona

Barcelona have to win something this season if they’re to keep Lionel Messi happy and it seems make or break for them. The Champions League would be a huge coup for them, and they’re priced at 12/1 to win it.

They had a great start to their campaign, beating Ferencvaros 5-1 with Messi bagging a penalty and should cruise through the Group Stage no problem. It’s when it comes down to the higher quality sides where they’ve really been found out in recent years, and it’s perhaps the main reason Messi does want to leave.

It’s up to Ronald Koeman to get the side to the final, and maybe, just maybe they might keep the Argentinian maestro.

PSG

It was the final last year, but can it be one step further this time around? They were poor against Manchester United in their opener, but almost grabbed the win before the Premier League side went down the other end and snatched the victory.

Making their way through the group shouldn’t be a problem though but a run to the final seemed relatively lucky last time out and we’d fancy a Quarter Final finish in the 2020/21 season.