2022-23 Champions League odds: Manchester City favored for 1st title
We are less than two months away from the UEFA Champions League kicking off group stage play.
While there's some qualifying play to go through first, most of the teams - and all realistic contenders - have already booked their tickets.
Let's dig into the odds.
|Red Bull Leipzig||+8000|
|Red Bull Salzburg||+30000|
Manchester City sit as the favorite to win their first-ever Champions League title. Despite their dominance in the Premier League and a never-ending supply of money, they just haven't gotten over the hump on the biggest stage. Man City came close in 2020-21, falling 1-0 to Chelsea in the final. The market figures things will be different this time as Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling have been replaced by a powerful, true striker in Erling Haaland. With the 21-year-old superstar spearheading a lethal attack and Kalvin Phillips improving an already strong midfield, Man City looks as potent as anyone.
Paris Saint-Germain had an up and down season in 2021-22. Although Kylian Mbappe was rumored to leave the club, PSG managed to keep the band together with Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and, when healthy, Neymar leading arguably the world's best front three. The team is hoping a pair of notable transfers from Portugal - Nuno Mendes and Vitinha - will improve their depth and give the club some meaningful minutes.
Liverpool will be seeking a fourth Champions League final in six years. They're retooling on the fly, so to speak, and are spending a pretty penny to bring in 23-year-old Darwin Nunez to infuse some more finishing, power, and youth into the front three. Outside of bringing in the Uruguayan forward to replace veteran Sadio Mane, who is off to Bayern Munich, Jurgen Klopp and Co. mostly made moves around the edges. They'll be banking on their already established talent, experience, and cohesion to take them the distance again.
Rounding out the sub-+1000 teams are Bayern and Real Madrid. The former is going through a bit of a transition period. Bayern granted Robert Lewandowski the departure he was hoping for and made a big place for Mane to reshape their attack. They'll be very good once again.
Real Madrid, last season's Champions League winners, look poised to threaten again. The club didn't get Mbappe, who was long rumored to be heading there, but they added more talent to an already great side. Madrid paid nearly $90 million for Aurelien Tchouameni and signed Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea on a free transfer to add to an already loaded backline.
There are plenty of interesting storylines and questions surrounding the next wave of teams. Can Thomas Tuchel maximize Sterling to help Chelsea get to the next level?
Who will be this year's Cinderella team that reaches heights no one expects?
Those questions, and many more, will soon begin to be answered in what should be a thrilling season of Champions League action.
Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ToddCordell.