The bookies at bwin have reacted to Real Madrid’s contentious victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford last night by making the Spanish title holders joint-favourites to go on and win the Champions League for a record tenth time.
The 2-1 win over the Premier League leaders – who were 1-0 in front on the night and 2-1 ahead on aggregate before Nani was controversially sent off by referee Cuneyt Cakir for a high foot on Alvaro Arbeloa – has seen Jose Mourinho’s side cut to 5/2 for European glory.
That is the same price as Bayern Munich, who lead Arsenal 3-1 going into their second leg at the Allianz Arena next week, and with Arsenal a 200/1 shot to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time, it seems certain that England will not have a representative in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 1996.
Punters registering with bwin today can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on Real Madrid to win the Champions League would return £70 if successful.
Borussia Dortmund are next in the betting at 11/2 after their impressive 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk gave the German champions a 5-2 aggregate victory.
Barcelona are also 11/2 joint-second favourites, despite trailing AC Milan 2-0 from the first leg at the San Siro. The Rossoneri are 18/1 to win their first Champions League title since 2007.
Fellow Italian side Juventus, who have one foot in the last eight after a 3-0 first-leg victory away at 2499/1 outsiders Celtic, are 10/1 to win the Champions League, with Paris St-Germain an 18/1 shot. PSG are 2-1 up against Valencia (250/1) ahead of their second leg.
Schalke are 50/1 as they prepare to resume battle with Galatasaray, who are 100/1 after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.
Portuguese champions Porto are also 50/1 to repeat their 2004 success after a 1-0 first-leg victory over 150/1 chances Malaga.