The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage draw is done. The four Premier League teams have clear paths to the knockout rounds. Barcelona drew the toughest group. Juventus may be challenged too. Manchester City yet again somehow managed the most favorable group.
The pairings improved Champions League title odds for City and Group G inhabitants RB Leipzig and Lyon. Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan got dinged for getting matched against Barcelona in the pseudo-Group-of-Death.
Champions League Group Stage Opening Match Lines
The odds are out for all of the opening group stage matches. Definitely a couple of interesting lines worth discussing.
|Inter Milan -335||Draw +420||Slavia Praha +950|
|Lyon -112||Draw +255||Zenit St Petersburg +320|
|Ajax -139||Draw +285||Lille +380|
|Borussia Dortmund +280||Draw +280||Barcelona -112|
|Chelsea -129||Draw +270||Valencia +360|
|Napoli +215||Draw +265||Liverpool +120|
|Benfica +150||Draw +250||RB Leipzig +175|
|Red Bull Salzburg -134||Draw +295||Genk +340|
|Olympiakos +325||Draw +270||Tottenham -118|
|Club Brugge +130||Draw +245||Galatasaray +210|
|PSG +130||Draw +240||Real Madrid +210|
|Atlético Madrid +170||Draw +230||Juventus +170|
|Bayer Leverkusen -210||Draw +320||Lokomotiv Moscow +600|
|Shakhtar Donetsk +850||Draw +410||Manchester City -305|
|Bayern Munich -1000||Draw +950||Red Star Belgrade +2000|
|Dinamo +240||Draw +245||Atalanta +115|
First, BVB opening at +280 at home against odds-on match favorite Barcelona (-112)? Borussia Dortmund is for real. They’ll have full throated home support. The +280 BVB win or +280 draw are worth a look.
Has Chelsea done anything this season to make you say, “they should be odds-on favorites against any major European club”? No. Didn’t think so. Valencia (+360) or the draw (+270) at Stamford Bridge is something to monitor after this weekend and the September 14th Chelsea matches.
Tottenham (-118), who may not actually even be that good right now, travel a long ways to Olympiakos (+325). Given their recent form, it’s within Tottenham’s range to drop points on the road in this opener.
Finally, Atlético Madrid (+170) essentially the same odds at win at home against Juventus (+170)? Same as last year, oddsmakers are way overvaluing Juve. Atléti all the way.
Where to Bet on Champions League in the US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.