As Merseyside works off its biggest hangover in over a decade, British bookmakers have decided to publish their odds for next season’s Champions League.
And despite last night’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham to claim their sixth European title, at 9/1 Liverpool are ranked no higher than joint third favourites – along with Real Madrid – to lift next year’s trophy.
City Outright Favourites
Outright favourites are this year’s English domestic treble winners Manchester City who are quoted at 5/1 by most bookmakers including Betfair and Ladbrokes, although Betway have stretched their own offering to 6/1, according to Oddschecker.
Just behind City sit Barcelona on 6/1 [Coral, Ladbrokes and 888] although a small number of bookies including Betfred and Betvictor are pricing Man City and Barcelona as joint favourites.
This year’s final was the first in six years not to feature either Messi or Ronaldo, the two dominant figures in world football for at least a decade now – and as he turns thirty-two years of age later this month, Messi will be conscious that, with four CL medals under his belt, time is running out to match Ronaldo’s own tally of five.
PSG, Bayern and Juventus are currently sitting behind the leading pack, each quoted at in and around 10/1 – with Spurs sitting further back again on 22/1.
Chelsea are quoted at 33/1 whilst this year’s surprise package and neutrals’ favourite Ajax have been priced at no higher than 40/1 after a planned series of summer sell-offs that will leave them poorly positioned for next year’s campaign.