Champions League Odds: Real Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern clear group favorites
Real Madrid has won more European championships than any other team on the continent with 10, and is the defending Champions League winner having topped Atletico Madrid for the Champions League trophy in 2014. Can they pull off the repeat? Los Blancos are -350 favorites to win Group B in this year's Champions League.
Real Madrid's toughest competition for the top spot in Group B is Liverpool, which is going off at +275 to win the group according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. (+1800 to win Group B) and Ludogorets (+10000) round out the group.
Group D looks too close to call on paper between Borussia Dortmund at +105 to win the group and Arsenal at +120. Turkey's Galatasaray (+600) could play into the decision while Anderlecht (+3300), home of U.S. international midfielder Sacha Kljestan, figures to finish at the bottom of the group.
Bayern Munich, which won the Champions League in 2012-13, is favored to win a star-studded Group E this season. Bayern is a -175 favorite to win the group over defending Premier League champion Manchester City (+200). AS Roma (+800) is a dark-horse contender to escape the group, while CSKA Moscow (+2500) will likely be in over its head.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola's former club and Spanish powerhouse Barcelona is a -250 favorite to win Group F over French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain. PSG, powered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has won the last two Ligue 1 titles and is going off at +200 to win Group F. Ajax (+1600 to win Group F) and APOEL (+10000) are the long shots in the group.
Chelsea is off to an excellent 4-0-0 start in the Premier League this season and is the clear favorite to win Group G at -400 over Schalke (+400), Sporting Lisbon (+800) and Maribor (+6600).
Rounding out the UEFA Champions League group winner odds at the sportsbooks:
Group A: Atletico Madrid -135, Juventus +135, Olympiacos +1000, Malmo +5000
Group C: Bayer Leverkusen +200, AS Monaco +225, Benfica +250, Zenit St Petersburg +450
Group H: Porto +135, Athletic Bilbao +150, Shakhtar Donetsk +300, BATE Borisov +2500