Other Spanish giants, Real Madrid, are 11/2 at Betfred to win European glory and the price is skewed downward due to their reputation and largely thanks to Jose Mourinho taking the helm. Madrid have not progressed past the 2nd round of the competition in the last 6 seasons, a terrible record for a club with such stature.
English Champions Chelsea (5/1 Coral) will look to break their own European Cup hoodoo this year. The London team have been agonisingly close over the last few years with a raft of lost semi finals and a final defeat to their name. They should walk the group and be qualified after 4 games but, as ever, the test will be in the final rounds.
Manchester United, who do not seem themselves this season, are a 9/1 chance with Betdaq and with the possible loss of Rooney will begin to wonder if the glory of 1999 will have to wait a few more years. England’s other hopes, Arsenal and Tottenham, are 12/1 (Ladbrokes) and 40/1 (Sportingbet) respectively.
Last year’s champions Inter Milan are 14/1 at Stan James to retain their crown under Benitez.
Barcelona – 11/4 (888sport)
Chelsea – 5/1 (Coral)
Real Madrid – 11/2 (Betfred)
Man Utd – 9/1 (Betdaq)
Arsenal – 12/1 (Ladbrokes)
Inter Milan – 14/1 (Stan James)
Bayern Munich – 14/1 ()
AC Milan – 20/1 (Boylesports)
Tottenham – 40/1 (Sportingbet)
Roma – 50/1 (Bet365)