Bayern Munich are now odds-on favourites to win the Champions League after their midweek destruction of Barcelona, with Borussia Dortmund tucked in behind following their equally impressive semi-final first-leg win over Real Madrid.
The Bavarians produced a thrilling display on Tuesday evening to hammer four unanswered goals past a shell-shocked Barca at the Allianz Arena, with Thomas Muller (2), Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben doing the damage.
Bayern appear to be hell-bent on making up for last year’s disappointment, when they were beaten in the final on penalties by Chelsea in their own stadium, despite dominating for large periods and seeing Robben miss from the spot in extra-time.
Barring a minor miracle next week, Jupp Heynckes’ men will reach a third final in four years and can be backed at a price of 3/5 to lift the trophy for the first time since 2001.
Barca, for whom Lionel Messi appeared to still be struggling with the hamstring injury he sustained against PSG in the quarter-finals, are rated as a 12/1 chance to pull off that miracle at the Nou Camp.
The Catalans were winners of this competition in 2006, 2009 and 2011 (as well as a European Cup success in 1992) but odds of 28/1 reflect the fact that their hopes for a fifth continental crown look extremely forlorn.
Meanwhile, Dortmund have been installed as 2/1 second favourites to win the Champions League after their extraordinary 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid at a boisterous Westfalenstadion.
Robert Lewandowski was the hero, bagging all four goals for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they built what looks to be a decisive lead over Los Blancos, for whom Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a consolation.
A trip to the Bernabeu will hold little fear for Dortmund – they have already drawn there this season – but punters who believe Real will successfully overturn the deficit can back them at 13/4 to reach the final.
Jose Mourinho had been hoping to secure a third Champions League triumph with a third different club and although that now appears very unlikely, his charges are still on offer at 10/1 to lift the trophy.