With the Champions League group stages underway, it’s already shaping up to be yet another thrilling footballing contest. We’ve already seen some surprise results like Manchester City being beaten by Lyon, and Liverpool beating Paris Saint Germain, and so it’s time to look ahead to see who could win the 2018/19 Champions League.
Whilst Real Madrid won the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, it seems that many bookies aren’t fancying their chances this year. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spanish team have been suffering mixed form in La Liga, although their recent 3-0 Champions League victory over Roma shows that Gareth Bale can be counted on to deliver important goals when it counts.
Many football fans were surprised to find that Manchester City are still the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Champions League this year. Pep Guardiola’s team certainly didn’t start their campaign in style with a dismal 1-2 home defeat against Lyon, but with what should be straightforward games against Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk, most resources like www.bettingtips.net still think that Manchester City could be worth a bet.
But it’s Barcelona who represent perhaps Manchester City’s biggest challenge. The Spanish side thrashed PSV Eindhoven 4-0 in their opening Champions League game, and with Lionel Messi looking in rare form, it’s easy to see Ernesto Valverde’s team going all the way.
However, we can’t forget the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus and have helped the Italian side win their opening seven games in the Serie A. With a decent 0-2 away win against Valencia and further matches against a shaky Manchester United and the relatively unknown Young Boys, we think that Juventus could be in with a good chance of winning the top-level European club tournament for the first time since 1996.
What’s surprising is the fact that many bookies have Paris Saint Germain at relatively long odds to win the current Champions League. Despite having the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani, the team managed to make a mess of their opening Champions League game against Liverpool. This is why Liverpool have managed to creep up the rankings and could be a good outside bet for Champions League success this year. But with other top European teams like Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the running, it’s going to be virtually impossible to predict who will win this coveted football tournament.