By Joe Short | | 3 mins
Odds Clarify The Scale Of Liverpool’s Task Against Barca
Liverpool’s chances of winning a sixth European Cup appear over after their 3-0 defeat at Barcelona in Wednesday’s semi-final first leg.
And online sportsbooks have acted swiftly to make the Reds the big outsiders to win this season’s Champions League.
Liverpool had headed into Wednesday’s tie as the 2/1 (+200) second favourites behind Barcelona to win the Champions League this term.
But two goals from Lionel Messi and a Luis Suarez opener at the Nou Camp means Barca are now on course to reach a ninth European Cup final.
And Liverpool’s price has accordingly inflated. Bookies Sportnation now have Liverpool at 18/1 (+1800) to win the Champions League.
Can Liverpool Overcome Barcelona?
Liverpool reached the Champions League final last season but a repeat of that feat this term now looks unlikely.
The 3-0 scoreline did not reflect Liverpool’s strong performance in the Nou Camp but they were undone by Messi and Suarez.
Liverpool have enjoyed plenty of iconic European nights at Anfield but this would surely be the greatest if they were to overcome the deficit next Tuesday.
Karamba have priced Liverpool at evens (1/1) to beat Barcelona in the second leg, But the Reds are 34/1 (+3400) to win 4-0. Jurgen Klopp’s men would need five goals were Barca to score on Merseyside. A 5-1 win is considered unlikely at 52/1 (+5200).
Champions League Winner Odds Movement
Barcelona’s 3-0 triumph saw their 15/8 (+188) price on winning the Champions League fall further. Betway have the Spanish giants in at 4/9 (-225) to win the competition.
Ajax come in next at 100/30 (+333) after they beat Tottenham 1-0 in London during their semi-final first leg on Tuesday.
Spurs are now 10/1 (+1000) to win the competition, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men facing a difficult task to overhaul Ajax in Amsterdam, before then likely facing Barcelona in Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Meanwhile, Messi’s 600th goal for Barcelona — a stunning free-kick from range — puts him on 12 Champions League goals for the season and he is almost certain to win the golden boot, so much so that betting has now been suspended on that market across the board.
It also boosts Messi’s chances of claiming a sixth Ballon d’Or at the end of the season, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar both labouring in club football this side of Christmas.
The Ballon d’Or winner may well be a toss-up between Messi and Brazilian Neymar, and who can steer their respective nations to Copa America glory in the summer.
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.