Let’s look at the American, Decimal and Fractional Futures Book odds for all 32 teams participating in group stage and make a couple of Matchday 1 picks as well as a Props, a Group Stage, and Champions League tourney winner.
Can We Expect More Spanish Domination to Come in 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Play?
Group Stage play of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League will begin next week (Sept. 13-14) with Matchday 1 so the big question is can anyone stop the Spanish domination in this tournament which has seen a La Liga side win three straight years—Real Madrid in 2016 and 2014 and Barcelona in 2015—and five of the L8 years with either Cristiano Ronaldo and Los Blancos or Lionel Messi and Barca bringing home Europe’s most coveted trophy. And this time around, there will be no Chelsea (12-14-12 in 2015) representing the English Premier League after the Blues finished in 10th place with long-shots Leicester City (23-12-3) not only making history and rattling some British sportsbooks soccer odds, but also qualifying for this prestigious tournament where Jamie Vardy and the Foxes (+137 to win Group G, Bet365) will begin Group Stage play in the very winnable and non-Group of Death Group G alongside FC Porto (+125), Club Brugge (+600) and FC Copenhagen (+800). Leicester City’s first match will be in Belgium against Club Brugge on Sept. 15 at Jan Breydel Stadium in Brugge (BT Sport Extra; Leicester City +145, Club Brugge +185, Draw +215; Total: 2½u -142, Intertops).
The Knockout Phase (Round of 16) in the UEFA Champions League begins on December 12 with the Final scheduled to be played at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and with the L4 winners having either been Barcelona, Real Madrid or German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich (“Will Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid Win the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League?,” Yes Even, No -120, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook), it’s a good bet that two of these three teams meet again in the Final in Wales in early June. Let’s take a look at the opening Futures Book (Outrights) numbers to win the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League tournament from Online sportsbook Intertops, which is offering a 200% Sign-up Bonus for new customers and which gets an A grade in our Best Sportsbooks list.
2016/17 UEFA Champions League — To Win Outright (Intertops, September 5)
Barcelona 3/1 +300 4.00
Bayern Munich 4/1 +400 5.00
Real Madrid 5/1 +500 6.00
Manchester City 11/1 +1100 12.00
Juventus 12/1 +1200 13.00
Atletico Madrid 14/1 +1400 15.00
Paris Saint-Germain 14/1 +1400 15.00
Borussia Dortmund 16/1 +1600 17.00
Arsenal 25/1 +2500 26.00
Tottenham Hotspur 40/1 +4000 41.00
Sevilla 50/1 +5000 51.00
Leicester City 50/1 +5000 51.00
Bayer Leverkusen 66/1 +6600 67.00
SSC Napoli 66/1 +6600 67.00
Benfica 80/1 +8000 81.00
FC Porto 80/1 +8000 81.00
Lyon 150/1 +15,000 151.00
AS Monaco 200/1 +20,000 201.00
Borussia Monchengladbach 200/1 +20,000 201.00
CSKA Moscow 200/1 +20,000 201.0
PSV Eindhoven 200/1 +20,000 201.00
Sporting Lisbon 200/1 +20,000 201.00
Dinamo Kiev 250/1 +25,000 251.00
FC Basel 250/1 +25,000 251.00
Besiktas JK 400/1 +40,000 401.00
Club Brugge 400/1 +40,000 401.00
Celtic 500/1 +50,000 501.00
Ludogorets Razgrad 750/1 +75,000 751.00
FC Copenhagen 1000/1 +100,000 1001.00
FC Rostov 1000/1 +100,000 1001.00
Legia Warsaw 1000/1 +100,000 1001.00
NK Dinamo Zagreb 1000/1 +100,000 1001.00
- Odds Fractional, American, Decimal
Analyzing the Eight 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Groups
The toughest of the eight UEFA Champions League Group Stage groups in terms of the top two clubs has to be Group D with Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, and FC Rostov, while the most competitive of the groups should be Group E with CSKA Moscow (+600 to win Group E, Bet365), Bayer Leverkusen (+187, Bet365), AS Monaco (+600, Bet365) and Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur (+164, Bwin). Defending champions, the ideal soccer pick, Real Madrid (6/1 to win Champions League, Intertops) should have a fairly easy time breezing through Group F with Borussia Dortmund (+200 to win Group F, Bet365), Sporting Lisbon (+1200) and Legia Warsaw (+5000) while Spanish rivals Barcelona (-250 to Win Group C, Bet365) and Lionel Messi should also have a fairly easy run through its Group C with Sergio Aguero and Manchester City (+275), Borussia Monchengladbach (+1000) and Scottish side Celtic (+3300).
Group A seems like a foregone conclusion with Paris Saint-Germain (-137 to win Group A, Bet365) and Petr Cech and Arsenal (+162) likely finishing 1-2 and FC Basel (+800) and Ludogorets Razgrad (+3300) likely knocked out before the Knockout Stage in December. Group B may be a little more competitive than Group A, with Benfica (+187 to win Group B, Bet365), Napoli (+100), Dinamo Kiev (+650) and Turkish side Besiktas (+700) all fighting to make it to that Final 16 with not really having a legitimate shot of doing much beyond that point. And Group H also looks like the oddsmakers top two clubs going through with GK Gianluigi Buffon and Italian powerhouse Juventus (-175 to Win Group H, Bet365) and upstart Spanish side Sevilla (-225) probably making it to the Knockout Stage with Lyon (+700) and Dinamo Zagreb (+2500) hopefully enjoying the experience this Fall. This Champions League tournament will probably play out very similarly to the last five.
UEFA Champions League Props Pick: Will Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich Win the UEFA Champions League? Yes, Even at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook
UEFA Champions League Winner (outrights) Pick: Real Madrid 5/1 at Intertops