Winner Odds in UEFA Champions League For Group H

Steven Suarez

Saturday, September 6, 2014 5:01 PM GMT

Now that the Champions League draw has been finalized and we've got a clear picture on how the groups are laid out, we can start breaking down the soccer futures odds. In Group H, Porto and Athletic Bilbao are the favorites to advance, but it may not be that straight forward.

Group H is one of the more wide open groups in the competition. It doesn't feature an outright world-class team in the mold of Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, but three of the four sides have a legitimate chance of advancing, which should make for some very interesting matches.

 

Porto
Odds To Advance From Group H: -275
Odds To Win Group H Outright: +137.5

The Dragons are considered the favorites to win the group, with Athletic Bilbao a close second.

Porto finished third in the Portuguese Liga last season, and in Europe they were knocked out in the Europa League quarter-finals after failing to advance from their Champions League group. The team reached the semi-finals in both domestic cups as well.

Jackson Martinez will be at the heart of everything the Dragons do going forward. He scored 29 goals overall for the club last season, and has already been instrumental in Porto's qualification this term.

 

Athletic Bilbao
Odds To Advance From Group H: -250
Odds To Win Group H Outright +150

After fighting past Napoli in qualification, the Lions were able to stamp out a place in the Champions League, and they've got a great chance of advancing in this wide-open group.

Last season, Bilbao finished fourth in the highly competitive La Liga, with Aritz Aduriz leading the way with 16 league goals and 18 goals overall. Aduriz has already contributed some goals this season and will play a crucial part in the Lions' campaign.

So far in league play this term, Bilbao has lost at Malaga and beaten Levante at home, giving them three points through two fixtures. The Lions will open their Group H account against Shakhtar Donetsk on September 17th.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk
Odds To Advance From Group H: -110
Odds To Win Group H Outright: +333

The Ukrainian Premier League champions from last season, Shakhtar Donetsk have looked good so far in their title defense in 2014-15.

The Miners have won each of their first five league fixtures while posting a stellar goal differential of +12. They're well on their way to finishing on the summit once again, though their main focus will be on the Champions League.

Though they don't have the superstar names like some of the other clubs in the competition, Shakhtar Donetsk have terrific chemistry, and they're certainly worth considering as a value soccer pick out of a winnable Group H.

 

BATE Borisov
Odds To Advance From Group H: +700
Odds To Win Group H Outright: +2000

The long-shots in the group are BATE Borisov. The Belarusian Premier League champions face a huge mountain to climb, but stranger things have happened, and it's not like it's the most daunting group out there.

The minnows also have the advantage of being well in to their domestic season, so the fitness should be there. BATE is currently in first place in the league, with a goal differential of +34, though Dinamo Minsk are only two points back.

It's obviously unlikely we'll see this Belarus outfit advance, but it could be worth some small action given the nature of the group.
Free Soccer Picks: Take Porto win the group, while Shakhtar Donetsk advances in the second spot as your soccer picks for Group H