Champions League Betting: Odds Shrink On Barcelona Triumph

Martin Green

Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019 7:54 PM UTC

Barcelona are now the 6/4 (2.50) favourites to win the Champions League after all manner of surprises at the quarter-final stage.

<p>Lionel Messi and co swatted aside Man Utd with relative ease to surge into the semis and set up a blockbuster tie with Liverpool. Bookmakers feel that whoever prevails in that clash will go on and lift the trophy. Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur will contest the other semi-final after both underdogs pulled off shock results in the last eight.</p><p>Spurs vanquished the mighty Man City on a pulsating evening at The Etihad on Wednesday night. It finished 4-3 to Pep Guardiola’s side and 4-4 on aggregate, but Tottenham made it through on away goals amid huge VAR drama. Ajax pulled off another stunning result to eliminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus side. The Dutch outfit had knocked out holders Real Madrid in the previous round and they now carry plenty of momentum into their semi-final tie against an injury ravaged Tottenham team.</p><h2>Champions League winner betting</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> now makes Barcelona the 6/4 (2.50) favourites, followed by Liverpool at 5/2 (3.50) and then Spurs and Ajax are both 9/2 (5.50). That suggests that whoever wins out of Barcelona and Liverpool will be the clear, odds-on favourites to beat either Ajax or Tottenham. Barcelona are 8/13 (1.62) to qualify for the final after Messi’s masterclass at Camp Nou to embarrass Man Utd, but Liverpool at 6/5 (2.20) is the most popular bet right now. The Reds thrashed Porto to reach the semis and they are on fire domestically too. They went to the final last year and look even better this time around after bolstering the midfield and bringing in Alisson to replace the hapless Loris Karius.</p><p>The bookmakers simply cannot split Spurs and Ajax and both teams are 10/11 (1.91) to qualify for the final. Tottenham will be missing Harry Kane, who is injured, while Son Heung-Min will also be absent for the first leg through suspension. That could leave them with a crippling lack of firepower against a sharp, technically astute Ajax team. Erik ten Hag’s men are earning rave reviews and Europe’s richest clubs will be queuing up to sign their exciting starlets in the summer.</p>
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