With the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League campaign around the corner, the enthusiasm and euphoria that follow the most prominent club competition in Europe are rapidly growing among football fans all over the world.
As much as twelve out of 32 participants have already lifted the famous trophy, with the defending champions Real Madrid looking to win their fourth successive title, this time under new boss, Julen Lopetegui. Apart from Los Blancos, the Catalan giants Barcelona, as well as, Atletico Madrid and Valencia will represent Spanish La Liga this season.
The Blaugrana seek their sixth Champions League title, hoping to overthrow the arch-rivals and end their dominance in international football. The two more former champions will challenge Ernesto Valverde’s team in the group stage, with PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan also managed to qualify after an impressive last season’s performance in their respective leagues. Still, the presence of Tottenham Hotspur in Group B may cause immense problems to both Barcelona and the Nerazzurri, especially considering the Spurs displays in the Premier League this year.
Meanwhile, after years of massive investments, it seems Paris Saint-Germain led by the likes of the most talented world’s duo, Neymar Junior and Kylian Mbappe, could finally wrap up the prestigious prize. However, the Parisians are allocated to Group C along with Liverpool, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade, which has already been identified as a group of death. The Merseysiders are keen to take one step further following the last year’s debacle in the big final, while Gli Azzurri can rely on Carlo Ancelotti, who is an expert when it comes to the Champions League football. As for the Serbian side, they have returned to the competition they won back in 1991, but with virtually no chances of advancing to the knockout stage whatsoever.
Group D that contains Porto, Galatasaray, Lokomotiv Moscow, and Schalke 04 could be the one of the lowest quality, but the hardest one to foresee. On the other hand, in Group E, the three sides that know how it feels to celebrate on the podium are going to face off against each other, with Bayern Munich, Ajax, and Benfica preparing to compete for their spot in the round of 16.
With many top outlets trying to get their names written down in history, it’s almost impossible to predict which teams will feature in the big final that shall take place at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, but the Champions League Betting tips offer great odds and the ultimate betting experience to all enthusiasts. Offers like Real Madrid to win the Champions League with 13/2 odds with bet365 or Barcelona championship win with 7/1 odds with bet365 are available here. Although Atletico Madrid have a unique opportunity to battle for the title in front of the home crowd, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City will all have their say this year. Judging by the quality of the contestants, it might as well be one of the most efficient Champions League editions in recent years, so for those who like to watch attractive football with plenty of goals on both ends, this could be their moment.
In the meantime in Group F, the Premier League holders Manchester City managed by Pep Guardiola, who desperately attempts to return to the top of Europe after an outstanding success with Barcelona, will have relatively easy task facing against the likes of the debutants TSG Hoffenheim, as well as, the French side Olympique Lyon and the Ukranian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
Group G is composed of AS Roma, Victoria Plzen, and CSKA Moscow that will have to deal with the holders Real Madrid, who are severely weakened by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.
On the other hand, profoundly strengthened by the arrival of the Portuguese superstar, Juventus will go after their first Champions League title since 1997, but with Manchester United and Valencia in Group H, their mission is going to be far from simple. Although Young Boys qualified for the final tournament for the first time in history, it seems they stand no chance against the aforementioned heavyweights.