The Champions League group stages begin in September 17th. This is a look at who has the best odds to win their respective groups and the tournament as a whole.
The final 32 participants were separated into groups on Thursday, and there are some interesting ties for fans to look forward to. Defending champions Bayern Munich will be favorites, with teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid also strong contenders.
The odds will be based on the overall strength of the sides involved and their recent history in the competition, both group and knockout stages. It's a bit easier to determine odds in the group stages using the past group stages, but that changes in the knockout rounds.
For example, should Bayern Munich be the team with the highest odds of progression in the Round of 16 and quarter-finals, its because they would be the favoured team in any match-up during those rounds. The further into a competition a team goes with quality opponents, the less likely they are to progress.
The 2013/14 Champions League season will be an exciting one, so let's take a look at who has the best odds of success.