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2019-20 Champions League Odds: City, Bayern Race

2019-20 Champions League Odds

A two-way race has emerged atop the UEFA Champions League betting futures following the opening matches in the Round of 16. Manchester City continues to lead the way as +275 favorites, closely followed by Bayern Munich, who now sit at a strengthened +375.

The Citizens came away with an important 2-1 comeback victory in their first-leg matchup with Real Madrid, extending a run that has seen them compile an 11-1-2 win-draw-loss record in their past 14 matches across all competitions.

Manchester City Turns Focus to European Title

With a second straight Premier League title far out of reach, City has turned its focus to Europe with impressive results. The club has marched to a 5-2-0 record in seven Champions League matches this season, while outscoring opponents by a wide 18-5 margin. And faced with arguably the toughest matchup of any club participating in the Round of 16, City rose to the occasion, scoring a pair of late goals to hand Real just its second home loss of the season across all competitions.

Facing a two-year ban from Champions League play, a sense of urgency has now gripped Manchester City in their bid to claim their first-ever Champions League title. Since opening February on a two-match slide, City has rebounded with four straight wins. The club has also racked up steady numbers at Etihad Stadium, the site of their second-leg matchup with Real Madrid on March 17, going 14-3-3 in 20 outings across all competitions.

Bayern Makes Move on Champions League Odds

While City has been a steady performer all season long, Bayern has powered its leap up the Champions League odds with an impressive run of its own that has buried the memory of a shaky start to the campaign. The FCB opened their Round of 16 clash with Chelsea FC in convincing fashion, posting a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, and have now gone 8-1-0 during a nine-match unbeaten streak.

Pegged as a +700 wager on the UCL odds as recently as mid-February, Bayern has been dominant at times while going undefeated in seven Champions League outings this season. However, the continued uncertain health status of Robert Lewandowski remains a concern.

Lewandowski underwent surgery over the winter break to address a groin issue, and returned to action in spectacular form. The Polish striker has potted 11 goals in six UCL matches and sits as a -400 favorite to lead all goalscorers in this year’s tournament, but he has once again been sidelined by a knee injury that will force him to miss the second leg against Chelsea at Allianz Arena on March 18.

Further down the Champions League odds, Liverpool FC has dipped to +650 following a 1-0 first-leg loss to Atletico Madrid. FC Barcelona sits at +700 after settling for a 1-1 draw with Napoli in the opener of their Round of 16 matchup. Paris Saint-Germain then lags at +1000, just ahead of Juventus, which sits at +1100 following a 1-0 loss to Olympique Lyonnais.

Odds to Win the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League
Manchester City+275
Bayern Munich+375
FC Barcelona+700
Paris SG+1000
RB Leipzig+2200
Atletico Madrid+2500
Borussia Dortmund+2800
Real Madrid+4000
Tottenham Hotspur+8000

Odds as of March 3 at Bovada

How to Read UEFA Champions League Odds

When you check out any soccer sportsbook, you’ll see odds laid out like so:

Manchester City +350

FC Barcelona +400

Inter Milan +900

Lyon +1200

RB Leipzig +5000

In a traditional bet, you’d see the front-runner represented by the minus sign. In this case, the favorite is the team with the lowest odds and the rest are considered underdogs. Man City would be the fave here at +350.

Let’s say you’re looking at Lyon and believe they’ve got what it takes to win it all. If you were to bet $40 on them, you’d get a payout of $520 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $480. Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the offered odds and amount wagered.

What is a Champions League Futures Bet?

Any bet that you make on an event that will happen in time is a futures bet. Now, you’re probably saying, “But all bets are made before a game.” This is true; however, futures odds are released weeks or even months in advance. For instance, you could bet on the Champions League before the group stage begins.

When oddsmakers create the lines, they are not permanent and will shift as more games are played. If you see odds you like, it’s best to take them as soon as you can before the odds move so much they lose all value.