Champions League winner: Newcastle odds-on to qualify from ‘Group of Death’
Newcastle are odds-on to qualify from Group G of this year’s Champions League despite being drawn in the toughest group.
The Magpies, playing at the top table for the first time in 20 years, face European giants PSG, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan, but are 11/5 to finish top of the group.
PSG are 6/5 favourites to win the group, with AC Milan and Dortmund 9/2 and 5/1 respectively.
“On their return to the Champions League, Newcastle have been drawn into this year’s ‘Group of Death’, however, we make Eddie Howe’s side odds-on to be one of the two teams to qualify from the group,” said Coral’s John Hill.
Newcastle are 25/1 in the Champions League winner odds, but holders Manchester City remain 2/1 favourites to retain their title after being handed a favourable draw against RB Leipzig, Crvena Zvezda and Young Boys.
City thrashed Leipzig 7-0 at the Etihad en route to an 8-1 aggregate win in the last 16, having beaten the Bundesliga side 6-3 at home during the group stage in the previous season.
Arsenal are back in the Champions League after a seven-year absence and are 10/1 to win the competition for the first time.
The Gunners face seven-time Europa League winners Sevilla, PSV and Lens during the group stage.
In Group A, Manchester United are up against 5/1 second favourites Bayern Munich, the team they beat in the 1999 final en route to winning the Treble, and also take on Galatasaray and Copenhagen.
The Red Devils are 20/1 in the Champions League winner odds and 15/8 to top the group.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid are 7/1 for a record-extending 15th title, with Liga rivals Barcelona priced at 12/1.
Last season’s runners-up Inter Milan are 25/1 to go one better, the same price as Serie A champions Napoli and Atletico Madrid, but Celtic are a distant 250/1 to repeat their 1967 success.
It is also evens with Coral for there to be an English winner of this year’s competition, while it is 5/1 for the final at Wembley to feature two English teams.
Champions League winner odds
2/1 Man City
5/1 Bayern Munich
7/1 Real Madrid
20/1 Manchester United
25/1 Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, Napoli, Inter Milan
40/1 AC Milan, Benfica
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication