If you’re looking for value in this year’s Champions League for a bit of a long-shot punt, you’re going to have to think laterally. After all, this time last year, you would have got an incredibly good price on Bayern Munich – whilst on beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund who came so close, you could have almost named your price.
As things stand at the moment, though, Bayern Munich are favourites to repeat their success under the stewardship of former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola – priced at around 7/2. After them, we have Barcelona available at 9/2 and Real Madrid at 5/1.
Of the three, Real look the best value based on their capabilities and sheer presence – but even they aren’t great value. If you want better value still, you have to cast a wider net to include Chelsea at 9/1 third favourites or Manchester City at 14/1. Both these clubs’ multi-billionaire owners would love Champions League success – but at Chelsea it seems it has to arrive in the right way. Roman Abramovich was clearly delighted when the Blues won the Champions League two years ago – but all football fans know they weren’t the best team in the semi-final or the final, and weren’t playing the most attractive football.
These days, Spain and Germany are seen to be in the ascendency in club football, followed by England then Italy and France. It’s hard to see a French club winning just yet, notwithstanding Paris Saint-Germain’s enormous budget; it’s just too soon. But the Italian clubs Juventus and AC Milan have real recent pedigree in the competition and at 16/1 and 50/1, respectively, represent the real value seekers’ bets in this season’s Champions League.
Of course you may prefer a punt to nothing in Europe on something that would really change your life like the euro Millions draw – so read more here if you’re interested. You’re very unlikely to land the incredible €190 million maximum jackpot, but if you did you could perhaps help dictate who’s going to win the Champions League this season or next!
Until then, though; don’t follow the herd because the unexpected does happen now and again in this competition and value is value, after all.