As the new darlings of European football, it is a surprise to see Bayern Munich as generously priced as 9/2 to claim next year’s Champions League title.
After beating Dortmund 2-1 to land a fifth European Cup, FC Hollywood are behind only 4/1 Barcelona in the betting to take next year’s renewal of the competition.
And with former Barca boss Pep Guardiola set to take the Allianz Arena reins this summer, it is reasonable to suggest that the Bavarian giants could be even stronger next term.
That is a frightening prospect, especially considering that under Jupp Heynckes’ stewardship this season, the Bundesliga champions have lost just three games across all competitions.
Luis Suarez’ rumoured arrival at the club would serve only to strengthen them further, and there is credence to the notion that Bayern’s 9/2 price for next year’s Champions League won’t be around for long, should signings such as that materialise.
Indeed, after soundly thumping Barca via an 8-0 aggregate scoreline over two legs in this year’s tournament, it is somewhat strange to see the La Liga giants enjoy favouritism for next year’s competition.
The Catalans appear a dwindling force somewhat, and despite wrestling back the Spanish championship this term, Tito Vilanova’s men have been stifled all too easily on occasions in Europe this term.
A tendency to succumb when sides adopt an ‘in-your-face’ approach to facing them will again be of huge detriment to Barca’s chances next term, whilst Bayern appear tremendous prospects again, in light of their ability to adapt to different formations and playing styles dependent on the nature of the match in which they are involved.
After reaching three Champions League finals in the past four years, Die Roten look well overpriced at 9/2 to become the first side in over 20 years to land consecutive European championships.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.