Manchester City saw their involvement in the 2017/18 Champions League end at the quarter-final stage following defeat to eventual finalists Liverpool, however the bookmakers firmly expect Pep Guardiola’s men to taste European glory before long and the belief is that they will achieve this aim this term.
BetVictor Bookmakers go 9/2 that Manchester City will become European champions in 2018/19 after they received a favourable group-stage draw with the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Hoffenheim and Lyon in their sights. Their main rivals for the title – Barcelona – were handed a tricky group draw which will see them lock horns with PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur, the Catalans second-favourites to go all the way at 6/1.
Next in the outright market are Juventus at 7/1, new-boy Cristiano Ronaldo set to face his former employers Manchester United in the group stages of the competition.
There is usually a group of death in this competition and it features fourth-favourites Paris Saint Germain who will go head-to-head with the likes of Napoli and Liverpool in Group C. As for Real Madrid, they may have dominated the competition in recent seasons but they are out to 8/1 with some bookmakers despite being placed in what many consider to be a pretty routine group. Bayern Munich have avoided some of the other big-guns in the tournament and they are also 8/1 after they were placed alongside AEK Athens, Ajax and Benfica in Group E.
Champions League winner – BetVictor Odds
9/2 – Manchester City
6/1 – Barcelona
7/1 – Juventus
8/1 – PSG
8/1 – Real Madrid
8/1 – Bayern Munich
12/1 – Liverpool