Which Team Has Better Odds in UEFA Champions League’s Group Stage Matchday 1?
September 13, 2018
The group stage of UEFA Champions League starts on September 19, 2018 at Camp Nou, Barcelona with eight matches lined up. FC Barcelona will be going against PSV Eindhoven to kick off the day’s matches. Which between these two teams have higher odds of winning according to sportsbooks?
Bookies already released their own sets of odds as the UEFA Champions League is just a few days away from starting. For the first match, most claim that Barça will win against its opposing team.
FC Barcelona – 1/10
FC Barcelona currently stands as a 25-time Spanish champion. The team also holds the record of having been unbeaten at home for five years now in the UEFA Champions League. This 19th, Barça is playing at Camp Nou and is positive that its home court advantage will add to the team’s chance of defeating PVL.
Last season, Barça’s midfielder Carles Alena met an injury, leaving him out of the field for a couple of months. He underwent surgery for his hamstring tear in June which was supposed to rule him out of playing for at least three and a half months.
However, the midfielder was cleared from his injury earlier than expected. When asked about how he is coping with the recent surgery, he said:
“After the setback I now feel fine, getting up to speed and little by little I will feel better.”
He has been spotted training with Barça again, just in time for the upcoming season. Other than Alena, Philippe Coutinho, the team’s attacking midfielder and winger, has already come back to Barça, ready to compete in this year’s league after being out last season. Now having on board two of their strongest players and holding a stunning game record, the team is expected to win the upcoming match. In fact, Bet365 set their winning odds at 1/10.
PSV Eindhoven – 20
PSV has never won in the last eight seasons of the UEFA Champions League. The team also holds a record of W0 D5 L9 in Spain. These are two of the reasons Bet365 gave PSV’s odds of 20.
Recently, though, PSV signed Mexican player Erick Gutierrez into the team after a deal with C.F. Pachuca. The 23-year old midfielder was Pachuca’s captain with a record of playing 144 Liga MX games. One of these games included the Clausura which they won in 2016.Hirving Lozano, PSV’s winger, was Guti’s former teammate in Pachuca before signing with the Dutch club. Guti was interviewed by Lozano as to what he thinks of his transfer to PSV. He said:
“I’ll always give my best, it’s a great club, that’s why I chose there and you’re going to help me as well! I’m happy to be going there and we’re going to experience another adventure together.”
Many are eager to see how the Mexican player performs on board his new team. Will the new midfielder be an asset to PSV’s victory?
Given the big difference between the odds of PSV and of Barça, the former losing from its opponent will be a pull down to its odds of winning in its next matches. However, only the match will tell if the given odds have correctly predicted the expected game result.