Top Favorites to Win 2019-20 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool emerged victorious over Tottenham in a drab 2019 UEFA Champions League Final to claim their sixth trophy in the biggest competition in Europe. It’s never too early to talk about the next UEFA Champions League tournament, though.
With a new champion crowned, Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at some of the top UEFA Champions League favorites for the 2019-20 campaign.
Top five UEFA Champions League favorites for the 2019-20 season
Manchester City (+480)
Despite their lack of European pedigree, Manchester City open as the early favorites to win the UCL 2019.
They’re only going to get stronger after emerging victorious in the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola seemingly confirmed to stay on next season.
Captain Vincent Kompany has moved to Anderlecht in a player-coach capacity, while they’ve offered Benfica starlet Joao Felix a contract. They can beat anyone on their day, and they’re likely to get close to the Final at the very least.
The Spanish side were embarrassed by Liverpool after they were torn apart despite being up 3-0 after the first leg of their semifinals matchup.
Former Reds midfielder Philippe Coutinho has struggled since moving to the Catalan side, and reports suggest that no team has been willing to accept on his wage demands as they attempt to move him on to bring in reinforcements.
Antoine Griezmann has been touted as a potential signing, but Barca have denied reports that they’re after the French international striker.
His goals would be important, as striker Luis Suarez only managed one from 10 games in the UCL.
The 2018-19 winners had more than enough in the tank to see off a Tottenham team that never looked likely to claim the trophy.
Liverpool have reportedly made a £71 million offer for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, who would undoubtedly be an upgrade over Xherdan Shaqiri.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the club are aiming to make at least two new signings. A strengthened side would be among the UEFA Champions League favorites to reach a third final in three years.
Real Madrid (+800)
Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, as well as Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic. This should further boost the chances of Real Madrid as one of the favorites to win UCL 2019.
La Real moved quickly to cover some cracks that have appeared since they won the Champions League a historic three times in a row in 2017-18.
Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm, and he’ll be aiming to win another European trophy by the end of the season.
One player expected to make way is Gareth Bale, but he’s reportedly facing similar problems to Coutinho when it comes to his wage demands.
The French champions have been rocked by rumours surrounding the future of Kylian Mbappe, who reportedly desires to join Zidane at Real Madrid.
PSG need to replace Gianluigi Buffon, with the legendary keeper likely to join Barcelona on a short-term deal.
Tottenham (+1600) reached the 2019 UEFA Champions League Fiinal without spending a penny, but their first XI could be torn apart by circling rivals interested in a cheap deal or two. New additions could include Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.
Juventus (+1000) are another favourites to win UCL 2019. They are still led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick against Switzerland in the Nations League to take his team through to the final. Maurizio Sarri should soon be confirmed as their new manager after his release from Chelsea, although Jose Mourinho is also in the running for the top job.
Manchester City, Barcelona, Liverpool, and Real Madrid, as mentioned above, are among the UCL Champions League favorites for the 2019-20 campaign. You can bet on them as early as now.
For those who are new to betting on soccer or are only starting to be fans of UEFA, you can check out our pieces which have the basics of Champions League explained. We also have a UEFA Champions League guide for further reading about the tournament and betting on it.