The Champions League is famous for throwing up some anomalous results. It doesn’t always give us the complete unexpected – but it often does.
This time around – it seems no-one thinks that Bayern Munich can possibly be beaten. With Betfair, the largest betting exchange in the world which you’d think would have things about right, Bayern are very warm favourites to retain the trophy at around 5/2.
And as they showed last year – they’re one heck of a force to be reckoned with. Also, they haven’t put a foot wrong in the qualification campaign and with Barca old boy Pep Guardiola at the helm; surely nothing can go wrong … or can it?
Football history always shows us that pride goes before a fall – so it’s wise to factor this in when looking for value. So if you’ve decided to have a bet on the overall winner of the Champions League this year – then Barca represent excellent value for money at slightly better than 9/2 with Betfair at the time of writing.
If anyone had been able to offer you those odds this time last year – you would, of course, have snatched their hands off. But such is the nature of football; people always seem to look too closely at very recent history. But longer term history had demonstrated, time and time again, that this is not the wisest course of action, particularly for gamblers looking for value.
For the teams next on the list including Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – it’s difficult to envisage them actually winning the trophy overall.
But when it comes to next year’s final on the 24th of May next year in Lisbon, there would seem to be an excellent chance that Barcelona will be one of the two teams contesting the trophy. And you can be sure that ifthey are – there won’t be anything like the 9/2 currently on offer to lift the trophy.