Soccer Picks: Champions League Group A Odds & Predictions

Monday, September 2, 2013 8:00 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 8:00 PM UTC

If you like your football, then you will love your Champions League. Let's look at some of the best betting lines for Group A and see if there are any chicken dinner soccer picks to be had.
<p style="text-align:left"><strong style="font-size:1em">The Champions League Group A.</strong></p> <p>However when the best of the best face off you have to be a clever better to make money out of it thankfully that's what your Humble Handicapper is here for.</p> <p><img src="" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" style="font-size:1em" />The picks have been made and we’re now in the group stages I'm going to cast my gambler’s eye (first) over Group A. Group A boasts Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Bayer Leverkusen and Shakh’r Donetsk.</p> <p><strong>Enough with who is in it….WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?</strong></p> <p>With a competition like this one really need look  no further than the bookies to see who’s in with a shout of winning it. needs to say the book is fancy to win. And they seem to like the Germans, some bookies are offering odds as low as 7/2 on Bayern Munich to lift the trophy come next May. No real surprise that just after the German giants is a duo of Spanish sides, that’s Barcelona and Real Madrid who are at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively. Then next we see an English side, with Chelsea offered up at 9/1 at most <a href="" title="sportsbook reviews">sportsbooks</a>.</p> <p><strong>What Has This to do with Group A</strong></p> <p>You might wonder what all this has to do with Group A, but just behind Chelsea running as high as 14/1 you find Manchester United at the first side to picked by the  bookies to lift the Trophy.</p> <p><strong>Also Rans, Running Late</strong></p> <p>Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk are very much just making up the <a target="_blank" title="Soccer Betting Odds" href="/betting-odds/soccer/">soccer betting odds</a> in this competition as most bookmakers have them around the 150/1 mark to be lifting the trophy. Still of course have to be in it to win it but some sides have considerably better chance than others.</p> <p>Bayer Leverkusen are not much better off as they go high as 125/1 for our <a target="_blank" title="Soccer picks" href="/soccer/">soccer picks</a>, but offered up elsewhere around 80/1 mark. </p> <p><strong>Big Odds But Big Odds for a Reason</strong></p> <p>If you can't wait for the final, you can always bet on who will come out top of the pile in Group A. surprise that it's Man Utd at 5/6 posted by the bookies to be the group winners, and then there is a large drop-off as we have Shakhtar Donetsk at 5/1, Bayer Leverkusen at 6/1 and bringing up the rear Real Sociedad at 7/1. </p> <p>It looks like a foregone conclusion, about who’s going to come out on top (and bottom) as Manchester United are 1/6 to qualify and Real are 3/10 to finish bottom of their group.</p> <p>Manchester United even have the advantage of having their first game at home and I expect them to run away with this group.</p> <p>Prediction: Manchester United come out on top, but I doubt the tournament winner will come from Group A.</p> <p><a href="/soccer/free-picks/soccer-picks-champions-league-b-group-odds-prediction-a-33158/" title="Group B Champions League" target="_blank">Let's look at the odds for group B</a>~</p>
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