With the mid-season break for many European leagues now here, we take a look at betting on soccer futures, some of the most fun bets you can make before an event happens.The first future we look at is the UEFA Champions League. which is now taking a break until mid-February. The draw for the Round of 16 went down yesterday and there are a couple of juicy tilts in store.
Soccer futures are those bets that you see before a game or tournament happens. Items like 'who will win the championship' or 'who will finish as the tournament's leading scorer' are the norm. In Canada, we usually see them on sports TV before a season or competition begins and they use fractional odds such as Spain being 2-1 favourites to win. They are a whole lot of fun and really make a tournament interesting before it even kicks off.
We'll be using decimal odds as that is the most utilized odds format used in Canada.
To win the Champions League title, we are not surprisingly seeing FC Barcelona favoured with odds of 3.25, which dipped 50 cents after the Catalan club drew AC Milan. After topping its group with 13 points from a possible 18, Barca look set to go far again in the competition, but with the unfortunate news coming this week that head coach Tito Vilanova is stepping down because of a recurring cancer and the need for treatment, will Barca be able to focus on the tasks at hand or will it be a motivator to win it for their skip?
Last year's runner-up, Bayern Munich, had to put behind the epic disapointment of losing the title at home and so far the German side has done a great job in doing so, generating the same record as Barca during the group stage. Bayern's performance at home has been nothing short of spectacular; winning all three matches while averaging four goals per game at the Allianz Arena. Bayern is listed at 7.00 (down two dollars after the draw) which is something to definitely ponder given its quality in this competition and in the Bundesliga. Though Arsenal is a big name club, Bayern is a different class this year and should be able to advance to the quater-finals.
Despite finishing in second place in its group behind Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid is offered at 5.50 after drawing Manchester United, an increase of one dollar, while the German side that finished tops ahead of Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax is currently at 8.50, also down a dollar post-draw.
Manchester United is the most favoured English club, but its odds went from 12.00 to 15.00 when it drew Real Madrid, while Arsenal jumped up five dollars to 36.00 as result of landing Bayern Munich. Juventus leads the way for Italian sides with odds of 12.00 (down four dollars) to hoist the Henri Delaunay Trophy, whereas AC Milan increased an incredible $40 and is now at 101.00.
Who has the largest odds to win the tournament you ask? Well that honour would belong to Galatasaray, which is issued at 251.00 to win its first European title.
I am personally feeling Bayern Munich, and with odds of 7.00 it certainly raises my eyebrows just a bit.
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