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Real Rule Europe, But Bookies Fancy Barca

Champions-League-TrophyDespite winning the competition for the third time in four years, most bookmakers do not make Real Madrid the favourites to win next season’s Champions League.

Zinedine Zidane’s men overcame a slow start to beat Juventus 4-1 in Saturday’s final in Cardiff, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to cement his place as the competition’s top goalscorer for the fifth successive year.

Real have a legitimate claim to be the dominant force in European football, yet Barcelona are the favourites for the 2017/18 Champions League, just as they were last year.

Barca, who will be under the stewardship of new coach Ernesto Valverde, are a best price of 5/1 with Bet365 & Sky Bet, while Real can be backed at 6/1 with BetVictor.

Manchester City, the favourites for the Premier League title, are rated as England’s best prospects at 14/1 with Paddy Power, with champions Chelsea a 16/1 chance with the same firm. Manchester United, who will be in Pot 2 in the drawer alongside neighbours City, are at 16/1 with Bet365 – with Liverpool at 33/1 with Paddy Power.