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Champions League odds: Real Madrid a tiny favorite today

Real Madrid - Arrival & Press Conference

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 16: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) and Sergio Ramos (L) of Real Madrid arrives with her team at Munich airport´Franz-Josef Strauss´ on April 16, 2012 in Munich, Germany. Real Madrid will play against Bayern Muenchen at the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match on April 17, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Barcelona remains favored to lift the Champions League trophy – which is every bit as surprising as Jose Mourinho complaining about referees and cooking up conspiracy theories.

But where do the trio of Barca pursuers fall, according to the smarties who make the odds? And what do they believe about today’s match? With a few hours before the first UEFA Champions League semifinal, here are the odds:

And what do the oddsmakers think of today’s match from Munich’s Allianz Arena? It may seem a bit surprising, considering the typical weight of home advantage, but they like Mourinho’s men in the first-leg. But only by a teeny bit.

Game odds (without draw; the draw counts as “push”)


  • Bayern Munich to win -105
  • Real Madrid to win -115

Game odds (including draw)


  • Bayern Munich +165
  • Real Madrid +160
  • Draw +250

Current odds to win Champions League


  • Barcelona …5/6
  • Real Madrid … 11/4
  • Bayern München … 9/2
  • Chelsea … 9/1

Beyond the match odds and title odds, Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern’s Mario Gomez are logged as the best bets to score first, followed by Arjen Robben, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain (the order gets a bit jumbled, depending on which service is making odds.)