Manchester City are main favorites to win UCL

Manchester City are main favorites to win UCL

After the Champions League round of 16, only Man Utd, Ajax, Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Barcelona are left in the tournament. However, bookmakers have kept their opinion in calculating the favorites.

The first play-off round of the Champions League ended on Wednesday. It gave us several sensations in person of Real Madrid’s elimination by Ajax, Atletico did not withhold the advantage of two goals against Juventus and Bayern lost at home to Liverpool 1:3 after 0:0 at Anfield. Manchester United also surprised the football world. Solskjaer’s team without the players of the first squad kicked out the French PSG, having won away 1:3 after the domestic defeat 0:2.

Probably, the most interesting match of the mid-week, Bayern-Liverpool, drew attention of most football fans. The Bavarians were not considered the favorites in the pair before the start of the confrontation; however, the goalless draw away changed everything.

The Munich team hit against the impenetrable defense of Klopp at home, which was helped by three midfielders of Wijnaldum, Milner and Henderson (later Fabinho). Thanks to 4-3-3 formation by Liverpool, the Reds’ midfielders had an advantage of one footballer more in every part of the pitch, pressing the opponents.

Although Alaba constantly played with the main goalscorer of Klopp’s team, Salah, that did not prevent Mane from opening the score in the match. However, by the end of the first half, Bayern equalized the score with Matip’s effort, who cut the ball to his own net. In the second half of the match, the game predictable. Bayern, forced to score more, left free zones behind. Another corner kick after Liverpool’s counter-attack ended in a goal to Neuer’s net, which van Dijk added to his asset. By the end of the match, Mane made the score final with a header.

However, that did not influence bookmakers’ opinion. Manchester City are the main favorites of the tournament, although they eliminated at this stage the problem and humble Schalke, with the aggregate score of two matches 10:2. The odds on the Citizens’ triumph in the Champions League are 3.35. Barcelona are second in the list of the main contenders for the cup. One can bet on Blaugranas for 4,00. Juventus are third, having defeated Atletico in an exciting two-match battle – 4.50. And the aforementioned Liverpool conclude the four – 5.00.

Experts said that Klopp must make an emphasis on the English championship, but the German wouldn’t be himself, if he wouldn’t try to defeat Bayern. Liverpool advanced and now they will find out their opponents for the quarter-finals. After the draw, which will take place on Friday, the set may change, but that will hardly affect Guardiola’s team, which this season looks do kill.