Champions League betting guide

We’ve analysed every team competing in the 2019/20 Champions League and have given our verdict on who will win Europe’s premier club competition.

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Last season’s Champions League served up thrills and spills galore when both Liverpool and Tottenham flew the flag in May’s final – and if this season goes close to that, then punters are in for another thriller.

Liverpool fans are only just be getting their breath back following their memorable semi-final win against Barcelona, let alone lifting the trophy itself in Madrid, and now face the job doing it all again. First up for the Reds is a tough trip to Napoli in Group E, but Group A stages arguably the most exciting opening clash when Paris Saint-Germain host Real Madrid.

It is also with Madrid in Group A where we start our round up of this season’s 32 teams, all gunning for Champions League glory in Turkey on 30 May.



Real Madrid felt the full force of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure last season when reaching only the last 16 of the Champions League, before a below-par third in La Liga – they also failed to make the Copa del Rey final. The board’s answer to them bouncing back was to put Zinedine Zidane back in the hotseat, along with Chelsea’s top-scorer, Eden Hazard, while Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo also arrived at the Bernabeu.

PSG won’t make life easy for Madrid. Indeed, on the last two occasions the pair met in 2018 the difference was Ronaldo, who scored three times in the Spaniards 2-1 and 3-1 victories. Zidane’s men should have too much for Galatasaray – despite leading only 4-3 in head-to-heads – while Club Brugge haven’t faced Madrid since 1976, but line-up undefeated this season, including two qualification rounds.

Group odds: 4-5
Outright odds: 11-1
Last five finishes (latest first): L16, W, W, W, SF

Paris Saint-Germain boast a solid record in this competition, reaching the knockouts in eight of the last nine seasons.

Last year’s exit in the last 16 to Manchester Untied proved a disappointment having won the first leg at Old Trafford, and the fact PSG could still lose Neymar would be a big loss – this summer’s signings, Abdou Diallo (£29m) and Idrissa Gueye (£27m), won’t have the other European giants quaking in their boots. The good news is PSG still have Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria knocking the goals in this season.

Group odds: 5-4
Outright odds: 11-1
Last five finishes: L16, L16, L16, QF, QF

Galatasaray won the Turkish Super League for the fifth time in eight years last season, but need to step up if making a splash in this.

That was the theme last time when Cimbom failed to qualify for the group stages before exiting the last 32 of the Europa League. This term hasn’t exactly gone to plan either following the departure of leading scorer Henry Onyekuru to Everton, and the Turkish side face a tough opener away at Club Brugge, while both Real Madrid and PSG provide huge tests. They will need to capitalize on their daunting home fortress if progressing.

Group odds: 50-1
Outright odds: 500-1
Last five finishes: QR, NQ, NQ, L32, L32

Club Brugge reached the group stages for only the second time in six seasons last term, and will need improvement if making the knockouts.. Having finished bottom of the group six seasons ago, Blue-Black did finish third last time, but still seven points adrift of Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, prior to exiting at the first hurdle of the Europa League. The good news is they remain unbeaten this season, having knocked both Dynamo Kiev and ASK Linz out in the qualifiers.

Group odds: 80-1
Outright odds: 1000-1
Last five finishes: L32, QR, L32, QR, NQ


Bayern Munich will want to make amends for not making the last eight for only the second time in 13 Champions League campaigns – not that The Reds were disgraced in losing to eventual winners, Liverpool, in the last 16.

Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard were brought in to solidify the defence, while experience comes via Thomas Muller, Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and of course, Robert Lewandowski, who has been in excellent form. Lewandowski needs to keep sharp for their all-important trip to Tottenham on week two – a mouth-watering fixture that hasn’t taken place since 1983. As for Olympiakos, then Bayern took care of them 4-0 and 3-0 in the 2015 group stages, while they haven’t met Red Star since beating them 3-2 in the UEFA Cup 12 years ago.

Group odds: 8-13
Outright odds: 12-1
Last five finishes: L16, SF, QF, SF, SF

Tottenham enjoyed an amazing run to the final last time having pulled off memorable wins against both Manchester City and Ajax.

Although Spurs couldn’t get past the final hurdle against Liverpool, they will take heart from last season’s achievements and may well target this should their title bid slip away. Keeping Harry Kane fit would be a big plus, while Lucas Moura is on hand once more for a competition he loves, though Mauricio Pochettino may have problems should Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose leave the club. Bayern will be Spurs’ main hurdle in winning the group, but the north Londoners should qualify in front of Olympiakos and Red Star – both of whom are unlikely to cause Pochettino’s side too many headaches.

Group odds: 7-4
Outright odds: 28-1
Last five finishes: RU, L16, L32, NQ, NQ

Olympiakos have already endured a tough passage in just making the group stages, courtesy of six matches since mid-July. The Red and Whites deserve another crack at the group stages following last term’s runner-up slot in the Greek League, though they’ll need to lift their game by some margin if gaining a top-two spot in this group – they failed to make it beyond the group stages on their last three attempts.

Group odds: 25-1
Outright odds: 2000-1
Last five finishes: NQ, GS, QR, GS, GS

Red Star Belgrade were handed an even tougher path to the group by having to play eight qualifiers since July, getting past Copenhagen and then Young Boys last month. Those efforts mean the Serbians earn a second consecutive appearance in the group phase following last year’s first appearance since 1992, when it was the European Cup. Last year’s mission when drawn in the same group as PSG, Liverpool and Napoli will put them in good stead for this assignment, and it should be remembered they actually beat eventual winners, Liverpool, 2-0 at home.

Group odds: 66-1
Outright odds: 1500-1
Last five finishes: GS, NQ, QR, NQ, NQ


Manchester City went agonizingly close last season when a late Tottenham winner sent them out in the quarter-finals.

With Liverpool having also dismissed City at the same stage in 2018, Pep Guardiola will be hoping his side avoid English opposition in the knockout phase, and should have little trouble graduating from another kind group. The acquisitions of Rodri and Cancelo add strength to a squad that wasn’t depleted over the summer – bar the loss of Vincent Kompany – and it will be interesting to see if City learned lessons from the past if wanting to lift this crown for the first time.

Group odds: 1-6
Outright odds: 10-3
Last five finishes: QF, QF, L16, SF, L16

Atalanta’s debut in the competition has been well earned following a much improved third place finish in Serie A.

Duvan Zepata was responsible for the Black and Blues’ goals last season when they actually outscored every other side, while new signing, Luis Muriel, from Sevilla scored two on his Serie A debut. Being unexposed in the competition could work either way, with a lack of experience possibly catching them out, though being an unknown quantity could catch others out.

Group odds: 11-1
Outright odds: 200-1
Last five finishes: NQ, NQ, NQ, NQ, NQ

Shakhtar Donetsk proved a tough nut to crack in their group last season.

Despite losing both meetings with Manchester City (6-0 and 3-0), the Miners went undefeated in their other four games, only failing by two points to make the knockouts for the third time in six seasons. The Ukrainian side also boast a strong home record, losing just four of their last 23 home games in the Champions League, while also drawing 2-2 at home when transferred to the Europa League. Top scorer, Junior Morales, will be vital once more, as will both meetings with Atalanta – games that could decide who finishes behind City.

Group odds: 18-1
Outright odds: 500-1
Last five finishes: GS, L16, QR, GS, L32

Dinamo Zagreb won the uncompetitive Croatian League for the ninth time in 10 years last term, earning themselves another stab on the big-stage.

The Blues failed to get past the Champions League play-offs for the last two seasons, but made no mistake this summer in dispatching both Ferencvaros and Rosenborg – both Dani Olmo and Mislav Orsic were on target. The fact remains that Zagreb reached the group stage on six occasions in their history, but failed to progress on each time, hence why the bookies make them 100-1 to win the group.

Group odds: 100-1
Outright odds: 1000-1
Last five finishes: PO, NQ, GS, GS, PO


Juventus hoped their long wait to win this trophy again was over when signing Cristiano Ronaldo for last season’s competition, but not even the great man himself could bring the trophy back to Italy.

The Old Lady gave it a good try prior to being knocked out by Ajax in the quarter-finals, who along with Manchester United both dented Juve’s proud home record. However, there are new faces to help freshen things up, including Matthijs de Light, Danilo, Romero and ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, while the return of Gonzalo Higuain adds experience up front – all of which could contribute to ending Juve’s 23-year drought in this competition.

Group odds: 8-11
Outright odds: 12-1
Last five finishes: QF, QF, RU, L16, RU

Atletico Madrid enjoyed some memorable Champions League campaigns during recent years, but there is a suspicion they may have missed their chance.

Not that Diego Simeone will buy into such a theory, and he’ll again lead the Mattress Makers into battle where they’ve made a reasonable start to the domestic season. Among the goals this term is £113m record signing Joao Felix, who replaces the huge loss of Antoine Griezmann. Atletico won all four Champions League home games last term, but only one on the road, an area Simeone knows needs improving on if going deeper this time.

Group odds: 7-4
Outright odds: 20-1
Last five finishes (latest first): L16, L32, SF, RU, QF

Bayer Leverkusen nicked fourth spot in the German league last term, earning them a return to this competition following a three-year absence.

You need to go back to 2002 for the last time The Company XI made an impact, reaching the final during the Michael Ballack years. Peter Bosz will look to both Kai Havertz (20 goals last term) and Kevin Volland (15 goals) to deliver on their return to the big stage, but they’ll have their work cut out to escape the group against Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

Group odds: 14-1
Outright odds: 750-1
Last five finishes: NQ NQ L16 GS L16

Lokomotiv Moscow finished runners-up behind Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russian League, giving them another crack at this competition following last season’s bottom-of-the-group placing. The Steam Locomotives’ only strength came at home, with their sole success coming on home soil against Galatasaray, while not disgraced in losing 1-0 to Schalke 04, along with scoring against Porto in a 3-1 defeat. An August stumble in the league, however, puts them on the backfoot ahead of their opener at Bayer Leverkusen.

Group odds: 66-1
Outright odds: 1000-1
Last five finishes: GS NQ NQ NQ NQ


Liverpool gained a considerable slice of compensation for finishing runners-up in this two seasons ago, going onto lift the famous trophy itself last May. The question is: can they defend their crown?

Winning back-to-back titles is an achievement the club knows something about having done so during the eighties, while Real Madrid also demonstrated the feat can be done in recent times. The concern is whether Jurgen Klopp goes after the Premier League. True, the Reds almost coped by winning both last term, but the fact remains only Manchester United recorded the Premier/Champions double some 20 years ago. Klopp has a strong enough squad to make a bold bid, but everything went their way on a memorable journey to Madrid last season, and repeating that is asking a lot.

Group odds: 1-2
Outright odds: 7-1
Last five finishes: W, RU, NQ, NQ, L32

Napoli can count themselves a shade unfortunate not to have reached the knockout phase last season, as they were drawn in a very tough group featuring PSG and Liverpool.

Only two points split the trio in the end, with The Blues actually level on points with Liverpool (but for goal scored), while remaining unbeaten at home – in fact, the Italian outfit lost only four home games in Europe from their last 28; admittedly, they lost 0-1 to Arsenal in the subsequent Europa League. Indeed, the Stadio San Paolo is a major weapon for Napoli, and with Hirving Lozano and Kostas Manolas both excellent signings for the club, Carlo Ancelotti’s men can be expected to go well again if tightening up their defence – they leaked seven in their first two Serie A games last month.

Group odds: 3-1
Outright odds: 50-1
Last five finishes: GS, L32, L16, NQ, QR

RB Salzburg proved rampant in landing last season’s Austrian title, courtesy of 51 goals in 22 games, and one defeat.

Moanes Dabour was responsible for 20 of the goals, and though he left for Sevilla in the summer, The Bulls continued their goalscoring spree by netting 27 goals in their opening six victories this season. While they’ll need more in this group, there wasn’t much between them and Napoli when they clashed in last season’s Europa League – the Italians sneaked through 4-3 on aggregate. That will give Salzburg confidence ahead of their first crack at the group stages.

Group odds: 20-1
Outright odds: 500-1
Last five finishes: QS, QS, QS, QS, QS

KRC Genk are another club making a rare appearance at this stage having last reached a group in 2011-12 when failing to win any of their six games. The Belgian champions pipped Club Brugge to the title last term, but need significant improvement if wanting to make it out of this ultra-tough group. Top scorer, Mbwana Samatta, with 20 league goals last time and five in six this season, will prove vital.

Group odds: 100-1
Outright odds: 1000-1
Last five finishes: NQ, NQ, NQ, NQ, NQ


Barcelona need to forget last season’s dramatic semi-final exit against Liverpool and go about proving to the rest of Europe they are capable of going all the way.

It’s fait to say that result at Anfield had an effect on the Catalans, as they won only two of their next five competitive games, including defeat in the Copa Del Rey final, before an opening day defeat against Athletic Bilbao in August. No doubt, last season’s La Liga champions will pick up, but it may take time for new signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong to adapt, suggesting this could be an ideal time to play them. Having said that, Barcelona did win their last 13 groups at this stage – on each occasion by margins of 8, 2, 4, 3, 7, 4, 2, 2, 1 4, 6, 8 and 6 points last season.

Group odds: 2-5
Outright odds: 11-2
Last five finishes: SF, QF, QF, QF, W

Borussia Dortmund shared top spot with Atletico Madrid in last season’s group, losing just once at the aforementioned club in Spain, while not conceding in three home games.

Things got tougher in the knockouts, however, when losing 4-0 on aggregate to Tottenham, but the fact they reached two quarter-finals in the last six years shows their pedigree, and the addition of Mats Hummels and Nico Schulz should seal holes at the back – as witnessed during their 2-0 German Super Cup win over Bayern Munich in August.

Group odds: 9-2
Outright odds: 40-1
Last five finishes: L16, L16, QF, NQ, L16

Inter Milan ‘s return to last season’s Champions League following a six-year absence resulted in a creditable third place behind Barcelona and Tottenham, where they finished level on points with the latter.

Once again, The Black and Blues find themselves in a tough group, while the loss of Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi could prove costly, but a form of compensation arrived via Romelu Lukaku and Valentino Lazaro, with the former scoring in his first two Serie A games. Inter remained unbeaten in three home games last term and will again look to the San Siro as a place to pick up points, including against Slavia Prague, whom they will see as their main rivals in reaching the last 16.

Group odds: 7-1
Outright odds: 66-1
Last five finishes: L16, NQ, NQ, NQ, NQ

Slavia Prague’s fans will be happy to see their side in the group stages having failed in qualification for the last two seasons, but they’ll do well to win a game in such a daunting group. The Red and Whites remains an attacking side who netted 79 times in the 2018-19 Czech league and are unbeaten this campaign, but the fact they only scrapped past CFR Cluj 1-0 on aggregate in qualification suggests an uphill task ahead against a powerful trio of European giants.

Group odds: 150-1
Outright odds: 1500-1
Last five finishes: QS, QS, NQ, NQ, NQ


RB Leipzig return to the Champions League for only their second attempt having made their debut in the competition just two years ago.

The Red Bulls weren’t disgraced on that occasion when third in their group, winning twice and only three points behind runners-up Porto. That experience will put them in good stead for this challenge, and one they approach in fine fettle as the Bundesliga leaders. Much of that can be credited to Timo Werner, who decided to stay at the club and scored in each league outing, while ex-PSG winger, Christopher Nkunku, has also netted for his new club.

Group odds: 2-1
Outright odds: 66-1
Last five finishes: NQ, GS, NQ, NQ, NQ

Lyon acquitted themselves well from a tough group featuring both Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk, prior to meeting Barcelona in the last 16.

The Kids fought out a 0-0 draw at home before succumbing 5-1 at the Nou Camp, but showed enough to suggest they can escape what is not the most testing of groups this time around. Losing Tanguy Ndombele, Nabil Fekir and Ferland Mendy won’t help, but signing Memphis Depay (four goals in four games) to accompany Moussa Dembele (17 goals last season including two in this competition), provides strength up front.

Group odds: 5-2
Outright odds: 125-1
Last five finishes: L16, NQ, L32, L32, NQ

Benfica seek to become only the second Portuguese club to lift this trophy following Porto’s success in 2004 – the same team who dished up their only defeat this season.

Last month’s 2-0 home loss to Porto was a wake-up call for Bruno Lage’s side, who lost the services of striker, Joao Felix, to Atletico Madrid for £113m. Attempting to fill those boots are Raul de Tomas and Carlos Vinicius, who between them managed just one goal this campaign, unlike midfielder, Pizzi, who netted six. Three clean sheets this term highlights Lage’s solid defence, and more of that could see them go further than when third behind Bayern Munich and Ajax last season.

Group odds: 4-1
Outright odds: 150-1
Last five finishes: GS, L32, L16, QF, L32

Zenit St Petersburg’s achievement in landing the Russian title earned them a place among the big boys in pot one, yet they actually line-up as outsiders to win the group.

Their three rivals in the pool may want to take caution, though, as the Lions won the group on their last appearance in 2015-16, taking care of Gent, Valencia and Lyon. This has a similar feel too, with none of the first dozen in the betting to win the trophy present in this group, but the Russian outfit need to step up on their domestic form where they won only three of their last six, while striker, Artem Dzyuba, needs to keep delivering in front of goal.

Group odds: 6-1
Outright odds: 250-1
Last five finishes: NQ, NQ, NQ, L16, NQ


Chelsea’s odds of 33-1 seem realistic for a side whose three Champions League appearances during the last five years failed to see them get beyond the last 16.

The loss of influential hitman, Eden Hazard, is a hole last season’s Europa League champions need to fill if wanting to make an impact on their return, though the evidence on domestic shores of late offers hope. Tammy Abraham has started brightly, but lacks European experience at this level, as does manager, Frank Lampard. The one positive is the average form shown by both Lille and Valencia in their current domestic campaigns, which may allow The Blues through.

Group odds: 6-5
Outright odds: 33-1
Last five finishes: NQ, L16, NQ, L16, L16

Ajax lit up last season’s competition prior to exiting at the semi-final stage having earned plenty of admirers.

The concern is that the surprise element may not prove as effective this time around, while the loss of key players such as Matthijis de Light and Frankie de Jong could find them out during a long season, hence, why the bookies offer 100-1 for them picking up the famous trophy for the first time since 1995. On a positive note, the Dutch outfit’s first appearance beyond the group stages last term provides an ideal springboard, while neither of their group rivals will give Ajax sleepless nights.

Group odds: 11-4
Outright odds: 100-1
Last five finishes: SF, QR, QR, QR, L32

Valencia experienced a season of two halves, finishing with a late rattle to make the Europe League semi’s (lost to Arsenal), before snatching fourth in the league. As for their showing in this, then third spot behind Juventus and Manchester United wasn’t a disgrace, with their only two defeats coming against the Italian giants. A solid home record could again prove vital for Los Ches, who face two tricky openers away at Chelsea, before welcoming Ajax.

Group odds: 7-2
Outright odds: 100-1
Last five finishes: GS, NQ, NQ, L32, L16

Lille’s superb 2018-19 season in which they finished runners-up behind PSG sees them back in this competition for the first time in five years.

The bad news is that Nicolas Pepe, who struck 22 league goals is now at Arsenal, while Rafael Leno (8 in 16 games) is at AC Milan, leaving Jonathan Bamba (13 goals) and Loic Remy (7) to lead the attack, along with new signing, Victor Osimhen (five goals in four outings). Two early defeats in the league remain a concern, but The Great Danes find themselves in a workable group, and may well up their game.

Group odds: 10-1
Outright odds: 500-1
Last five finishes: NQ, NQ, NQ, NQ, QS


What is noticeable glancing back at past winners of the Champions League is that there weren’t many shocks, with the majority having already made a final at least.

Last 15 Champions League Finals

2018Real Madrid3-1Liverpool
2017Real Madrid1-1 (pens)Juventus
2016Real Madrid3-1Atletico Madrid
2014Real Madrid4-1 (ET)Atletico Madrid
2013Bayern Munich2-1Borussia Dortmund
2012Chelsea1-1 (pens)Bayern Munich
2011Barcelona3-1Manchester United
2010Inter Milan2-0Bayern Munich
2009Barcelona2-0Manchester United
2008Manchester United1-1 (pens)Chelsea
2007AC Milan2-1Liverpool
2005Liverpool3-3 (pens)AC Milan

Last year’s all-English final broke the domination of Spanish sides who were responsible for seven of the previous 10 winners, plus two runners-up (Atletico Madrid). The bookies, however, took note of last season’s interruption in proceedings by installing English clubs in two of their first three in the betting, with 7-2 about Manchester City, 5-1 Barcelona, 7-1 Liverpool and 10-1 Real Madrid.

Keeping track of which nations ruled during certain eras remains a trend that stretches back decades, with Spain providing the winner five times from 1955-1960, Holland supplying four during 1970-1973, England accounting for six from 1977-1982 and then from Spain again on seven occasions from 2010-2018.

Last 10 years


Despite Spain providing six of the last 10 winners, the bookies make England the most likely country to boast this season’s winner at 6-4.

6-4 England (Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham)
5-2 Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia)
13-2 Italy (Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta, Inter Milan)
7-1 Germany (RB Leipzig, B Leverkusen, B Munich, B Dortmund)
8-1 France (PSG, Lille, Lyon)

It’s also worth noting the majority of recent winners weren’t far away in this competition during the previous season, as the following list shows:

YearWinnersPrevious season
2018Real MadridWinners
2017Real MadridWinners
2016Real MadridSemi-final
2014Real MadridSemi-final
2013Bayern MunichRunners-up
2010Inter MilanLast 16

Liverpool became the latest club to gain compensation for going close the season beforehand, and should the pattern continue in terms of teams who made last season’s quarter-finals, then the following list could provide this season’s winner:

Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham.

Ajax were exceptional last term but lost a couple of key players to their rivals, while Manchester United were outclassed when failing to score against Barcelona in the last eight, and it’s hard to see how they could close that gap.

Rivals, Manchester City, on the other hand boast enough class to mix it with the big guns, despite making a habit of failing to beat domestic rivals in the competition, with both Tottenham and Liverpool knocking them out the last twice.

If the Citizens learn form that – or even better, avoid domestic rivals in the knockouts – then they could get to the semi’s or beyond. Pep Guardiola will also want to put those wrongs right by winning this trophy with City – a target that may become his main focus if early ground in the title race is lost.

As for the aforementioned finalists from last season, then Tottenham have to be respected, as it would be easy to view them as a side who received luck in making the final. It appears unlikely Spurs will challenge for the Premier League, so it may prove that Mauricio Pochettino showcases his managerial talents on the European stage once more.

The reverse may be true of Liverpool, though, as their fans badly crave the Premier League trophy to join an illustrious set of silverware at Anfield, and the manner in which they’ve gone about their business in the league suggests it could well be their priority.

That leaves Barcelona and Juventus.

Juventus were professional in dismissing Atletico Madrid in the last 16 before being shocked by Ajax by a narrow 3-2 aggregate margin. There is still plenty of mileage left in Cristiano Ronaldo’s legs, and with new faces Matthijs de Light, Danilo, Romero and the returning Gonzalo Higuain adding strength, Juventus should go well again at 12-1.

Barcelona also went unbeaten throughout the group stages before dismissing Lyon (5-1 on aggregate) and Manchester United (4-0 on aggregate), but were pipped by Liverpool (4-3 on aggregate) in the semi’s. Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong join the side for the new campaign, which admittedly hasn’t started with a bang, but there is enough time for them to gel during the group stages before peaking when it matters in the knockouts.


Although Barcelona never got their hands on the Champions League trophy last season, their star player, Lionel Messi, did at least finish top scorer – the fifth time in 10 years. Indeed, Messi, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, dominated this accolade during the last decade.

2019Lionel Messi12Barcelona
2018Cristiano Ronaldo15Real Madrid
2017Cristiano Ronaldo12Real Madrid
2016Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar16Madrid, Barcelona
2015Cristiano Ronaldo10Real Madrid
2014Cristiano Ronaldo17Real Madrid
2013Cristiano Ronaldo12Real Madrid
2012Lionel Messi14Barcelona
2011Lionel Messi12Barcelona
2010Lionel Messi8Barcelona

Unsurprisingly, the bookies make the “big two” their leading fancies once more, with Messi 4-1 and Ronaldo 5-1.

Several points bigger on 8-1 is Sergio Aguero, who last season bagged six goals in the competition, as he did in 2016-17, with Mohammed Salah 10-1 having netted five Euro goals in their title winning challenge, though he actually hit 10 the season before – the sort of tally that won this award down the years.

If Manchester City do enjoy a successful competition, then Aguero’s teammate, Raheem Sterling, might represent fair each-way value at 12-1, with Barcelona’s new hitman, Antoine Griezmann, a frothy 25-1.

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