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 group stages are now over and we are into the first leg of the Round of 16.
Champions League 2020/21 Odds
Manchester City – 2/1
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 owner’s 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. They take on Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the competition, which will be a tough game but one they expect to get through. The Premier League is nearly wrapped up for them so they can start focussing on this competition. With the football they are playing, they will take some beating!
Bayern Munich – 7/2
Last seasons winners are the second 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 topping their group this year, which included Atletico Madrid.
Bayern has a fantastic squad, and have added to it by bringing in Leroy Sane. The six-time winners have the most prolific goalscorers in Europe, Robert Lewandowski, upfront for them. He scored 15 goals last season and no one got close to him. Bayern have drawn PSG in the quarters which should be a high scoring game. Both sides love going forward and can concede a few along the way. It’s a tough game for Bayern and a replay of last seasons Champions League final.
Chelsea – 5/1
Tuchel’s side looked like the last round would be their final one in this seasons competition. They weren’t playing the best football under Lampard but the change in manager has brought about a change in their style of play.
Chelsea are far stronger defensively under Tuchel and will need to be to win this competition. They have got on the right side of the draw and will play Porto in the next round. Should they win that, their semi will be against either Real Madrid or Liverpool. They are capable of going under the radar and reaching the final.
Liverpool – 11/2
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 number of injuries in their squad. Van Dijk, Gomez and Henderson are all out for a long time and will miss most of these games. Liverpool are in a poor run of form in the league and will need to not carry this into Europe.
Liverpool’s front three is still arguably the best in the world and when they are on form no one can stop them. They play Real Madrid in the next round, in which they are favourites to get through. Like Chelsea, they are on the right side of the draw and love playing in Europe. You wouldn’t bet against them making it seven this year.
PSG – 8/1
Last years finalists, like Man City, are still looking for their first win in this competition. They finished top of their group, after a disappointing start. They beat Barcelona comfortably in the last round and face Bayern in the next.
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. The forwards that we mentioned, on their day are unplayable and this makes them a very dangerous side.