Barcelona Installed As New Champions League Favourites

Martin Green

Thursday, April 11, 2019 9:01 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 9:01 PM UTC

Barcelona are the new favourites to win the Champions League after their comfortable 1-0 win over Man Utd at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

<p>Lionel Messi and co barely broke a sweat as they sealed the win and they appear to have one foot in the semi-finals. That has seen them leapfrog Man City to become the Champions League favourites, priced at just 5/2 (3.50) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a>. Pep Guardiola’s men have drifted out to 7/2 (4.50) following their shock 1-0 defeat away at Tottenham in their quarter-final first leg clash. Liverpool and Juventus are also now priced at 7/2.</p><p>The Reds swept aside Porto at Anfield, with goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino handing them a 2-0 aggregate lead. Juventus could only draw 1-1 with an exciting young Ajax side in Amsterdam, but they are expected to get the job done in Turin next week. Tottenham are 16/1 to win the tournament, despite that fine victory over Man City. It came at a huge price, as star striker Harry Kane suffered an injury that will keep him out for the rest of the campaign, and the bookmakers feel they will now falter. Ajax are 25/1, Man Utd have gone out to 40/1 and Porto are 250/1 outsiders following the first leg.</p><h2>Champions League qualification markets</h2><p>Despite losing 1-0 in London on Tuesday night, Man City are expected to turn the table on Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the second leg. They are the 4/6 (1.67) favourites with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> to qualify for the semis, while Spurs are out at 5/4 (2.25) with Ladbrokes. Guardiola made some bizarre selections in that first leg and City should be a lot more dangerous in attack if the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane are restored to the starting line-up.</p><p>Barcelona are just 1/14 (1.07) to qualify for the semi-finals at Man Utd’s expense, while Liverpool are priced at just 1/40 (1.03) to reach the next round. However, they cannot afford to sit back and soak up pressure in the reverse leg in Portugal, as we have seen several teams come unstuck by pursuing such a strategy in recent years. Liverpool may well go for the jugular, so the 11/10 (2.10) at <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank" title="Betway">Betway</a> on them winning the second leg looks tempting.</p><p>Ajax knocked out holders Real Madrid with a magnificent second leg performance in the last round, and they are 9/4 (3.25) with Betfair to pull off a similar feat in Italy next week. Juventus are as low as 1/3 (1.33) to qualify, but you can find 8/11 (1.73) on them winning the game in 90 minutes. That also looks like an attractive set of odds, as Juventus have been excellent at home this season and they battered Atletico Madrid in Turin in the last round.</p>
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