The 2020/21 Champions League has started with Bayern Munich looking to defend their trophy, but who are this year’s favourites?
Last season Champions League was won by Bayern Munich in unique circumstances. Due to the long break in football, the Champions League was played as a mini tournament in Portugal with each round being one leg. The German side met PSG in the final in which they won 2-0.
This years campaign is back to normal, as long as we don’t have another stoppage in football. The first round of the group stages took place on October 20th, with the final game week starting 8th December. This years final is taking place at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, İstanbul, Turkey on May 29th.
Champions League 2020/21 Odds
Bayern Munich – 3/1
Last seasons winners are the favourites for this year’s competition. They played some fantastic football in the 2019/20 Champions League and were deserved winners. Bayern have carried on this form by beating Atletico Madrid 4-0 in the opening game of the group stages.
Bayern has a fantastic squad, and have added to it by bringing in Leroy Sane. The six-time winners have the most prolific goal scorer in Europe, Robert Lewandowski, upfront for them. He scored 15 goals last season and no one got close to him. Their main concern however will be in defence. They still have the ability to concede stupid goals and Flick will want to get rid of that as soon as possible.
Manchester City – 9/2
Still waiting for their first-ever Champions League final, let alone trophy is Pep’s side. When they were taken over in 2008, it was no secret the owners main aims were to win the Champions Leauge. Their best finish is the semi-finals and last season they were knocked out in the quarters by Lyon.
In Pep they have an experienced manager with two Champions Leagues to his name. He is one of the best managers in the world who can build a team to beat anyone. On top of this City’s squad is full of world-class players. Their only issue injuries. Their best players in Aguero and De Bruyne are fairly injury prone and they need to stay fit to give City the best chance of winning.
Liverpool – 6/1
Klopp’s side exited surprisingly early last season, after winning it the year before. They were beaten in the Round Of 16 by Atletico Madrid. However, they are still one of the best teams in the world and love this competition having won it six times.
One thing that will hinder their chances though is the injury to Virgil Van Dijk. He looks set to be out for the season with an ACL injury. Liverpool will need to address this as soon as possible as without him their defence are definitely a lot weaker.
Liverpool’s front three is still arguably the best in the world and when they are on form no one can stop them. At 6/1 it could be a good bet now as we expect Liverpool to bring a centre back in, January who could bridge the gap left by Van Dijk.
Barcelona – 12/1
The Spanish side are currently going through a rebuild after a tough time last year. They were beaten 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals which lead to a huge shakeup. The manager was sacked and Ronald Koeman was brought in. Messi was on the verge of leaving but Barca wouldn’t allow it.
They got off to a good start winning 5-1 in their opening game and have lots of new exciting players coming through. They have won this competition five times and with the best player to ever play the game in their side, you’d be brave to bet against them. All they need is a good draw in the knockout stages and who knows!
PSG – 12/1
Last years finalists, like Man City, are still looking for their first win in this competition. They haven’t got off to the best start this year losing 2-1 to Man United in the first game.
However, their squad has some of the best players in the world with Mbappe, Neymar and Di Maria. They’ve shown they have the quality to get to the final with the squad they have even after the disappointment of the first game they will still be confident of going far again.