The form of the top teams around Europe means next month’s excitement surrounding the return of Champions League is starting to build. With so much intrigue, here is Jack Ogalbe with his Champions League Tips for who could lift the trophy on May 26 in Kiev.
Manchester City to Win Outright @ 7/2 - BET NOW
Manchester City currently lead the betting and are many people’s favourites to lift the trophy.
Following their glittering start to the campaign, City have found themselves grinding out victories in recent weeks, a habit usually associated with successful teams.
With the Sky Blues still in the running for four trophies, Guardiola will likely have to rotate but when he gets his first-choice XI on the field, they are capable of smashing anyone.
Having never made it past the semi-finals, questions remain over their Champions League pedigree but on current form, and with Basel to come in the last-16, they look primed to re-write their history.
Despite pulling out of the Alexis Sanchez deal, Man City are jot short of fire power and with creative assests such as Kevin De Bryne, David Silva, Raheem Sterring and Leory Sane playing some of the best football of their lives this season, expect the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus to step up in to the deeper stages.
PSG to Win Outright @ 11/2 - BET NOW
Paris Saint-Germain are second in the betting but much like City, their Champions League history is less than glittering.
A semi-final appearance in 1995 is their best ever performance and although they have reached the quarter-finals on a number of occasions, doubts remain over their ability to convert their domestic dominance into European glory.
Following last season’s traumatic elimination by Barcelona, PSG spent big on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to create a monstrous forward line alongside Edinson Cavani.
The investment paid off in topping a group also including Bayern Munich and despite losing at Lyon on Sunday, Les Parisiens are in electric form. But as the pressure mounts on the French side to throw their weight round in Europe, it will be key for the senior players such as Thiago Silva to ensure that the expectations of one of Europe's newest football superpowers doesn't overwhelm their natural abilities in the later stages of the comeptition.
Much like Pep Guardiola, Unai Emery knows how to win in Europe, claiming three Europa League titles at Sevilla and his nous, combined with the firepower available, means they are certainly worth a look in the Champions League betting.
Barcelona to Win Outright @ 13/2 - BET NOW
Despite sitting well clear at the top of La Liga, and coming through a group involving Juventus, Barcelona have been a bit of a slow burner this season.
Ernesto Valverde has injected calm into the squad following a frantic summer and his tweaks have added a bit more steel to their fluid shape. Paulinho has stunned critics by oiffering creativity and goals to the Catalan side, and with the January acquisition of Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina to enhance their creativity and offer cover at the back the Barceona side could be saving their best for the second half of the season.
Chelsea will be dangerous opponents in the last 16 but with Ousmane Dembele likely to be fit, he will add an extra verve to their attack and look to expose the Blues out wide.
Lest we forget, the Blaugrana also have Lionel Messi and that alone is enough to make them contenders.
Real Madrid to Win Outright @ 8/1 - BET NOW
Bayern Munich might be shorter in the Champions League odds but their soft centre, and European shortcomings in recent years means Real Madrid could have a better chance. Before you jump up and question the call, consider they are the double reigning champions and can afford to channel all of their energies into this competition following a disastrous run in La Liga.
There is a feeling that we are approaching the end of an era at the Bernabeu but it would be typical of them to produce one last stand.Even when they have poor seasons, by their standards, in La Liga, the reigning champions always manage to pull something out the bag in the Champions League which is why they have managed to win three out of the last four Champions Leagues, including beating local rival Atlético Madrid twice in the final.
Ronaldo might not be having the best of seasons thus far, but the return of Karim Benzema and a goalscoring Gareth Bale to reunite the BBC attacking trio is a huge boost for the 12 times winners
PSG await in the last 16 and with experience on their side, Los Blancos could well emerge as European champions for the fourth time in five years.
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