By Joe Short | | 4 mins
Man City’s UCL Exit Sees Liverpool and Barca Odds Shorten
Tottenham scraped into the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday with a pulsating aggregate victory over Manchester City that had goals, VAR and late, late drama.
Raheem Sterling’s ‘winner’ was cancelled out in stoppage time, gifting Spurs safe passage into their first ever Champions League semi-finals.
And the incredible scenes in Manchester taunted the online bookmakers, with odds on the outright Champions League winner fluctuating wildly.
Progress at the Etihad Stadium has seen Tottenham’s Champions League winning odds plummet.
Shrewd punters who backed the north London club before kick-off could have landed Spurs at 14/1 (+1400). Now Spurs are 4/1 (+400) to lift European football’s greatest club trophy.
Spurs Goals Affect Liverpool and Barca
Yet the big drama of the night when it comes to the Champions League betting odds was in the markets for Liverpool and Barcelona.
For while Barca had already qualified for the last-four and Liverpool were well on their way to beating Porto, the absence of City has seen their respective odds shrink.
Amazingly, every time City went ahead in their tie with Spurs, Barca and Liverpool’s tournament-winning odds widened, only to contract again.
Upon full time, punters started driving Liverpool’s price down and plenty snapped up early odds of 13/5 (+260) after their triumph in Porto on Wednesday night.
By Thursday morning, that price had gone and now traders are offering odds of 2/1 (+200) on a sixth European victory for the Reds.
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Barca Odds Come In
As for Barcelona, their odds have come in hugely from where they were a month ago.
When the Champions League quarter-final draw was made back on March 15, Barcelona’s odds on winning the competition shot up. Betway had them as high as 4/1 (+400) as punters sided with Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resurgent team.
Fast-forward a month and not only have Barca dispatched with the Red Devils in routine fashion, but those Champions League winning odds have come in to 6/4 (+150).
Ajax See Mass Movement
Ajax have seen the most movement in the market, with the Dutch giants priced at a staggering 400/1 (+40000) to win the competition back in August.
Those odds have now come in to 4/1 (+400) alongside Spurs — and with one of these sides guaranteed a place in the final, punters are expected to take advantage of the odds now before they narrow later.
In comparison, Barca were 6/1 (+600) in August to win the Champions League. Punters could have got Liverpool at 14/1 (+1400), and Spurs at 25/1 (+2500).
About the Author
Joe Short, a contributor to Bookies.com, is a freelance journalist and former editor at the Daily Express, covering various sports, including soccer, darts and tennis.