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Betting: Real Madrid worthy favourites to secure a hat-trick of Champions League titles

Who are you backing for the Champions League this season? Will it be the usual suspects in the finale come 26 May in Kiev? Or will we see a contender emerge from the pack?

888Sport have a huge range of markets available ahead of the tournament, from the outright winner and top goalscorer options to over 250 markets on many of this week’s games. What’s more, if you’re a new player, there are £30 in free bets on offer when placing a £10 wager.

Few will be surprised to see Real Madrid lead the winner market at a joint industry-best price of 4/1 (5.0). Zinedine Zidane’s men have proved incredibly consistent over the past few years and having won back-to-back European crowns, Los Blancos will have their sights set on a third.

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Perhaps the most interesting team this season are Paris Saint-Germain. Having regularly fallen short in the knockout stages, the Ligue 1 outfit have splashed the cash in order to elevate themselves to Europe’s top table. Will the signings of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves make PSG serious contenders? They’re now 13/2 (7.50) second favourites to go all the way and are clearly being respected by the odds compilers.

Bayern Munich are 7/1 (8.00) to emerge victorious under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti, who has tasted success on this stage no fewer than three times, twice with AC Milan and most recently with Real Madrid in 2014.

7/1 (8.0) is also available on a Barcelona side who have started the campaign in red-hot form, taking an early lead at the top of La Liga. The Catalan giants may have had a troubled summer, but they can’t be overlooked on this stage having won the tournament as recently as 2015.

Both Manchester clubs are available at 11/1 (12.0) with 888Sport as the English contingent go in search of a trophy that has eluded them in recent seasons. Chelsea, who are an industry-best 18/1 (19.0) this time around, were the last Premier League side to emerge victorious but do any of them have what it takes to rival the market leaders?

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While there is plenty of hype around the likes of City, United and PSG, the best bet looks to be in keeping faith the holders. Even as market principles. backing Real Madrid at 4/1 (5.0) should hold plenty of appeal given their European pedigree and deep squad depth, essential if teams are to compete on multiple fronts. Zidane has created a winning machine at the Bernabeu, a side designed to dominate on the European stage and few teams will be able to compete with them if they continue to produce the kind of top class performances that we’ve become accustomed to.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the top scorer for the past five seasons (joint in 14/15 with Neymar and Messi) and shows few signs of slowing down. Isco is finally demonstrating just how exceptional of a talent he can be, rivaling Gareth Bale in the forward line and the emergence of 21-year-old Marco Asensio is a huge boost too. The experience of their recent wins make Real Madrid worth favourites but at a best price of 4/1 (5.0) with 888Sport they still look a tasty selection to go all the way once again this season. 

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