The Champions League is back with a bang next week! Can Chelsea retain the trophy or will the big guns like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have their say?
This season, Unibet is offering sharp prices again in both live and pre-match markets. Alongside this, our stonking 0-0 insurance offer returns (last year we gave back over £100,000 to our loyal punters), where customers get their money returned on all losing Correct Score, HT/FT and First/Last Goalscorer bets on that match!
FC Barcelona are the market favourites to lift the trophy this time around, priced at 3.40, the winners of 2006, 2009 and 2011 are expected to play a major role again, but there are doubts about their form after their highly successful coach Pep Guardiola decided to step down at the end of last season.
Barca's arch enemies Real Madrid are priced at 5.00 to win the Champions League and 1.90 to reach the semi-finals. Jose Mourinho is desperate to become the first coach to win three Champions League titles with three clubs, after he sealed it with FC Porto and Inter. To do so, he first has to get through what is seen as the toughest group ever - with Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax.
Behind the two Spanish teams, Manchester United are priced at 8.00 to win their fourth European Cup title. With the spectacular signing of Robin van Persie, bought from Arsenal (who are 20.00), Sir Alex Ferguson is trying to have his success years relived. Meanwile, money bags Manchester City are 10.00 to win and 2.50 to get through the quarter-finals whilst Bayern Munich reached the final last year and are 12.50 to win and 3.00 to reach semis.
Reigning champions Chelsea are priced 14.00 to shock everyone and triumph again, and some would argue that their squad is stronger this year than last, despite the loss of Didier Drogba.
Unibet's head of Sportsbook Erik Bäcklund said: “Despite losing their iconic manager, Barcelona are still the most backed team to triumph this year seeing 35% of the money, with their Spanish rivals Real Madrid close behind with 20%.”
“The English clubs are not being backed heavily despite an English winner last year. Personally I like Borussia Dortmund as an outsider at 40.00, and it is a shame that they have landed such a tough group as I fancied them to shock a few teams this year.”
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