There are eight countries represented in the last-16 stage of this season’s Champions League, and the good people up in bwin towers have given punters the chance to go mob-handed into the final few rounds of action by laying on a market for the oversized trinket’s destination.
Spain @ 23/20
It’s no surprise to see the bulk of the Iberian peninsula at the head of affairs, with current holders Real Madrid, vanquished 2013/14 finalists Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, who won the Champions League three times between 2005-11, all still going well.
Germany @ 9/4
Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munchen have made the Champions League final a whopping five times since 1999, winning the tournament twice to add to three victories under the old ‘European Cup’ moniker.
Germany also have 1996/97 winners Borussia Dortmund, who lost 2-1 late on to FC Bayern in the final just over two years ago, fighting their corner.
England @ 15/4
Considering 2011/12 champions Chelsea only fell at the semi-final hurdle to Atleti last term, the ‘home of football’ looks a sizeable price to house the trophy for the fourth time this century.
Premier League title holders Manchester City are still alive, and Arsenal look to have finally caught a break, despite finishing second in their group, by drawing Monaco at the last-16 stage.
Italy @ 28/1
Juventus are the only Serie A team left in the competition, with the Old Lady attracting the same 28/1 quote in the outrights.
France @ 28/1
Punters mulling over the 33/1 top price with bwin about Paris Saint-Germain emerging victorious in May might be better off taking these slightly shorter odds on the off chance Monaco make a run to the final, as they did in 2003/04.
That being said, the principality look vulnerable after a mediocre Ligue 1 season so far.
Any other (Switzerland, Portugal or Ukraine) @ 33/1
Porto were Monaco’s vanquishers 11 years ago, under current Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho, and they join Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk and Switzerland’s Basel in this grouping.
It’s hard to see any of the three prevailing, but you’d love to be on at 33/1 if one started getting a run going.