Champions League Betting: Real Madrid good value to open group stage with win at PSG

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Zinedine Zidane's men travel to Paris on Wednesday night and players can be on both sides of the bet with the Betfair Exchange

The first group games of the Champions League take place this week and Real Madrid’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain is set to be one of the highlights.

Zinedine Zidane’s men are outsiders in this clash, priced at 11/5 (3.20) with Betfair Sportsbook, but will certainly attract some interest considering they beat the French champions home and away in this tournament in 2018.

Despite injuries to the likes of Isco, Marcelo and Luka Modric, punters who put their faith in the 13-time European champions can get extra value on the Betfair Exchange, where a Real Madrid win is priced at 11/4 (3.75).

What is the Betfair Exchange?

The Betfair Exchange is the world’s largest sports betting exchange. It follows the model of a stock exchange but replacing share trading with betting odds on events in the world of sport, politics and entertainment. T&Cs apply.

On any betting market, there are two sides of the bet. On one side, there are those who think an event will happen (backers) and on the other, those who think it won’t happen (the layers).

The Betfair Exchange allows customers to bet against each other rather than a traditional bookmaker, meaning players can set their own odds which may be longer than regular sportsbooks.

Backers and layers get bets ‘matched’ as long as they agree on a price (the odds) that an event will or won’t happen.

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PSG vs Real Madrid Betting

Although Real Madrid’s dominance of the Champions League came to an end last season when they lost to Ajax in the last 16 of the tournament, the return of Zinedine Zidane to the helm could prove to be the difference.

The Frenchman won the competition three times in a row during his first stint as Real manager and will hope to get off to a good start in his first Champions League game since the 2018 final.

The 11/4 (3.75) quote on the Betfair Exchange will certainly be long enough to attract bettors, with Los Blancos unbeaten in La Liga this season and having beaten PSG in each of the three meetings between the sides.

How does the Betfair Exchange work?

By matching customers, rather than taking the risk itself, the Exchange provides the option to ‘lay’ - betting on something not to happen.

Betting against other customers removes the need for the margin that fixed-odds bookmakers incorporate into their prices and provides the opportunity for a more efficient marketplace, which is why you can often get better odds on the Betfair Exchange. Instead, customers pay a small commission, but on winnings only.

How do I sign up to the Betfair Exchange?

To sign up, simply follow this link or any of the relevant ones on this page and simply register for an account as usual.

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