Paris Saint-Germain has won 5 out of the last 6 Ligue 1 titles, and is solidly atop the table with a few months’ worth of matches to go in 2019. The Red and Blues are probably a pretty good futures bet to win the French club league again this year. Heck, a gambler could even go all-in on it.
But it would only pay off with a penny.
PSG’s odds-to-win Ligue 1 are currently (-100000) according to Bovada Sportsbook. That means that the bettor must put down $1000 to receive a $1 payout if Neymar’s gang rolls onward to another domestic triumph.
Many online sports gamblers are restricted to $100 or smaller bets, meaning that depending on their betting site’s odds, they can win about $0.01 with a futures bet on the storied Parisians.
No doubt PSG deserves to be a prohibitive favorite in 2019. Currently standing at 16 wins, 2 draws, and no losses, the squad boasts 2018 FIFA World Cup hero Kylian Mbappé at forward alongside Neymar and striker Edinson Cavani. The backline includes names like Thiago Silva and fellow Seleção workhorse Dani Alves. Paris Saint-Germain has also added the legendary Gianluigi Buffon to an already-formidable lineup of goalkeepers.
The “Great Danes” of LOSC stand 13 points behind PSG on the Ligue 1 table. Lyon, a Champions League Round of 16 qualifier, is 16 points back. Lyon is the (cough) shorter futures line of the pair at (+15000), which pays out $150 on the dollar if the club somehow rallies to overtake the Red and Blues.
Bookies appear wary of offering a “Field vs PSG” futures market, perhaps because while the favorites’ line would continue to be infinitely short, there’s always a chance that a dynasty will crumble when least expected. Buffon is over 40 years old, and the squad has watched fellow European powers like Bayern Munich and Manchester United slip and self-destruct over the past few months (though the Red Devils appear to have righted the ship for now).
And Neymar could always injure himself with floor gymnastics.
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