All Champions League OddsPublished September 22, 2009 by OCR Editor
Barcelona firms to 4/1 favorite, just ahead of arch-rival Real Madrid.
With the first UEFA Champions League match day already behind us, reigning champions Barcelona have firmed to 4/1 favoritism at most online bookmakers, followed closely by arch-rivals Real Madrid at 9/2. But the bets don't stop there, and it's worth shopping around at the various bookmakers to see what specials are on offer.
Ladbrokes currently has Manchester United as an equal-third 5/1 chance to lift the Champions League trophy, but for the ambitious punter it is also offering a whole range of trophy combinations for the Red Devils in 2009/10. United are 12/1 to win the Champions League/Premier League double and 40/1 to repeat the famous treble of 2000, when it became champion of England and Europe and also won the FA Cup. The odds of United winning an unprecedented quadruple by also winning the Carling Cup, a tournament it does not put great effort into, are a long-shot 150/1.
William Hill Sports has some enticing odds on the Champions League's top goalscorer. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is predictably the betting favorite at 4/1, but he is followed closely by VfL Wolfsburg's Brazilian striker Grafite, 8/1, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 9/1, and Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka, 10/1.
At Paddy Power, one can try their hand at predicting the group winner. Group A is shaping up as the closest one to call. Bayern Munich is 8/13, Juventus is 9/4 and Girondins de Bordeaux is 9/2 to upset their more highly-fancied rivals. Only Maccabi Haifa, 150/1, is out of the picture.