Domestic success has been a formality for Paris Saint-Germain for the past seven years, but the one trophy they want more than any other continues to evade them.
The French giants have found new ways to get eliminated from the Champions League each season, but after racking up 16 points in a group phase that saw them beat Real Madrid 3-0 at Le Parc des Princes, there is hope that things could be different for them this term.
PSG were priced as high as 12/1 by some UK bookmakers to win Europe’s premier competition before the start of the tournament, but their impressive form has seen those odds come crashing into 7/1.
Even though the price has dropped significantly, 7/1 may still represent excellent value as the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria hit their stride.
Saying that it is now or never for Thomas Tuchel’s side may be an exaggeration given their financial might and exceptional pool of talent, but it is unknown whether Neymar will remain in Paris beyond this campaign, and Mbappe will undoubtedly be the subject of serious interest.
On top of the possibility of players leaving PSG, there is the prospect of perennial finalists such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich getting over their respective minor blips and returning to their usual dominance from next season onwards, if not before.
Barcelona are priced at 6/1 with Bayern’s odds the same as PSG’s at 7/1. Extraordinarily, Real Madrid are at 18/1, behind Juventus (12/1), who have somehow not won the Champions League since 1996 despite five final appearances and 12 Serie A titles since then.
The two betting favourites are Premier League outfits Manchester City and Liverpool, with new UK bookmakers hardly being able to separate them.
Considering Liverpool’s pedigree in Europe which they displayed as they lifted the trophy for the sixth time last year, and the fact that the Reds are set to win the Premier League at a canter, some may be surprised that City are slightly favoured by some football betting sites.
The last 16 draw always has an impact on the Champions League betting odds, and PSG’s task could certainly have been easier than the Borussia Dortmund tie they are faced with.
Les Parisiens will take encouragement from some of the defensive frailties that have hampered Dortmund of late, but the 2013 finalists are devastating going forward – especially with the recent addition of Erling Haaland.
Top UK betting sites have PSG as strong favourites at 1/4 to qualify, but they are no strangers to being upset in this competition, and the loss to Manchester United last season will still be fresh in the memory.
The two-goal deficit that the Red Devils overturned in Paris last March paled in comparison to the four-goal lead that vanished against Barcelona in 2017 as PSG suffered a 6-1 second-leg defeat in Catalonia.
PSG cannot afford to hand the initiative to Dortmund in the first leg, which takes place on Tuesday February 18th at Signal Iduna Park. The odds for an away win are 21/20, with the Bundesliga side priced at 9/4.
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