Which Club Will Survive Champions League Round of 16?
February 23, 2018
The excitement in UEFA Champions League 2018 continues as the second leg of the tournament’s Round of 16 stage will determine next month the eight teams that will advance to the quarterfinals. But which teams have better odds of succeeding in Champions League Round of 16 this season?
One way to answer this question is to go through outright odds for the Champions League in different Bitcoin sportsbooks. Here are the bookies’ eight favored teams that have what it takes to score more goals in the quarterfinals.
1 | Manchester City
City is the bookmakers’ favorite this season. William Hill gives it 4.00 odds while Bet365 sets them at 4.33. This makes Manchester City the first English Club to be the top favored team in the Champions League in a long time.
Having gone through a trophy drought, Man City is on the road to a quadruple trophy this season. This achievement is attributed to how Pep Guardiola improved his roster by taking out the players responsible for the club’s lack of performance last season and bringing in quality footballers despite the costs.
Manchester City has the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, and David Silva to deliver the offensive. It also has quality defense from Danila, Kyle Walker, and Ederson Moraes to balance City’s offensive performance. The proper mix of players can help Guardiola take City to the finals and win the quadruple.
2 | Barcelona
Barcelona started the season strong with just two draws against Espanyol and Chelsea. William Hill puts them at the second favored spot with 5.00 odds along with Bet365’s6.00.
Neymar’s transfer was an advantage for Barcelona wherein it has helped vitalize the club members. Players like Jordi Alba, Gerard Deulofeu, and Sergi Robert have achieved quality performance throughout the season. Apart from the quality players, Barcelona has the powerful defense performance of goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen and Lionel Messi’s increased involvement with the ball. Odds are very high for Barcelona to dominate in the Round of 16 because of its players.
3 | Bayern Munich
Sportsbooks have Bayern Munich as a close third favorite for this season. William Hill gives them 5.50 odds to win the championship this season, while Bet365 gives them 6.00.
Bayern has a record-breaking 14-win streak this season with its recent victory against Besiktas, 5-0. Robert Lewandowski is a large factor in the club’s streak with 27 goals in his 32 appearances in this season. Even with a low stability in defense, Jupp Heynckes’ men have a shot in the next round with his club’s offensive performance.
4 | Real Madrid
The pressure is on for Real Madrid to be the champion again this season. William Hill and Bet365 give them 6.50 to successfully defend the title.
Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s answer to Barcelona’s Messi. Ronaldo scored 10 goals and five assists this season. In terms of defense, Sergio Ramos has the performance to block the likes of Neymar and other star strikers in the Champions League. The odds still favor Real Madrid to be back in the quarterfinals and defend the title this season, thanks to its lineup.
5 | Paris Saint-Germain
PSG’s performance this season puts the club as runner-up candidates this season. Both William Hill and Bet365 give it 11.00 odds to win the Champions League.
Conceding goals is PSG’s glaring weakness. This was made apparent in the club’s match against Real Madrid during Leg 1 of 2 wherein PSG conceded two goals in seven minutes.
Unai Emery’s men have the firepower to be a powerful force in the Champions League. Lack of defense and not finding the answer to the club’s mistakes, however, will get PSG as far as the quarterfinals only. Bookies will give the team better odds for the finals when Emery finds the solution to the team’s defense and take down Real in the upcoming match next month.
6 | Liverpool
Bitcoin sports betting sites give Liverpool the same odds of 11.00 as PSG. Liverpool’s odds are based on the club’s current standing in the league. The team’s records show that it deserves better odds than PSG. There were no conceded goals throughout this season with three clean sheets so far. Liverpool managed to take down Manchester City in the FA Cup this season, 4-3. Even without Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool can reach the quarterfinals and be a serious contender for the finals.
7 | Tottenham
The seventh favored spot goes to Tottenham for drawing with Juventus at their home turf in Italy. William Hill and Bet365 set the Spurs at 15.00 to take the title.
In the last Juventus match on Feb. 14, Mousa Dembele was in total control of the midfield after the first seven minutes of the game. Dele Alli provided 19 assists to Harry Kane which led to the team’s first goal. Christian Eriksen scored the draw with a 40-yard goal. The club’s performance forces online sportsbooks to see the team taking a spot in the quarterfinals and be a fair contender for the League’s cup.
8 | Manchester United
Manchester City’s rival is no stranger to the Champions League quarterfinals. For this season, however, William Hill and Bet365 put them at the eight favored spot with 21.00 odds to win.
Manchester United have three UEFA Champions League titles under its belt. It even has strong offense and defense options this season in the likes of Romelu Lukaku who scored 11 goals across United’s first 10 games.
The low odds given to United are likely because of Tottenham and Liverpool’s outstanding performance during the group stage. United is a shoe-in for the quarterfinals despite the odds because of its lineup.