Champions League Draw: Group By Group Winner Odds Revealed
The Champions League group stage draw took place in Monaco on Thursday, with 32 teams from across the continent learning their fate for the first phase of the 65th edition of Europe’s premier competition.
Manchester City have been cut in to 10/3 (+333) favourites after a kind draw, while holders Liverpool are a best price of 7/1 (+700) with William Hill and 888Sport after being drawn as the top seed in Group E.But we start with Group A which features two heavyweights in PSG and Real Madrid - both in the 10/1 (+1000) region in the Champions League winner market - likely to be battling it out for top spot.
Group A Winner Odds
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Ligue 1 champions PSG have continually fallen short in Europe under their Qatari ownership, but they will hope things can be different this time around.
Madrid, meanwhile, will be desperate to get back on their continental perch, with Club Brugge and Galatasaray set to compete for third place.
Group B Winner Odds
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Tottenham Hotspur finished as runners-up in 2018-19, and they may well finish in the same position in Group B this year.
Bayern Munich will be many people’s favourites for first place in this segment, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men will at least fancy their chances of progressing to the round of 16 ahead of Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade.
Group C Winner Odds
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Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the trophy in Istanbul in May, although they were also heavily fancied this time last year before ultimately coming unstuck in the last eight.
However, Pep Guardiola’s should have little trouble negotiating a group featuring Atalanta, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb.
Group D Winner Odds
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Juventus overturned a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last-16 clash last season, and Diego Simeone’s side will be out for revenge in 2019/20.
Bayer Leverkusen should not be written off, but Lokomotiv Moscow are clear underdogs in Group D.
Group E Winner Odds
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Liverpool won the tournament for the sixth time in their history last season and will be looking to become only the second team to retain the trophy in its current format.
Napoli will push them hard in Group E, as they did at the same stage last season, with Red Bull Salzburg and Genk unlikely to do anything more than make up the numbers.
Group F Winner Odds
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This season’s group of death is undoubtedly that which contains Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter and poor old Slavia Prague - Group F.
Barca have been reliable in the group phase before coming unstuck after Christmas in recent years, but they should not necessarily take it for granted that they will finish ahead of both Inter and BVB here.
Group G Winner Odds
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Zenit Saint Petersburg, who were in Pot One because they won the Russian title last term, are in the most open of the eight sections.
RB Leipzig were in Pot Four but may well be the strongest team in Group G, which is completed by Lyon and Benfica.
Group H Winner Odds
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Group H is also difficult to predict. Chelsea won the Europa League last season but are in transition under Frank Lampard, as are Ajax after losing several key men this summer.
Valencia and Lille will also have ambitions of making the knockout stage.