The UEFA Champions League returns next month and we have the latest odds for who is favourite to win this years competition!
With the football season starting again this week, it means the return of Champions League football is not far away. The action gets underway on September 14th, with the draw for the groups taking place on August 26th.
This years final takes place on 28th May at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg, Russia. Last years winners Chelsea, but with how this summers transfer window has gone they aren’t one of the favourites, yet. The Champions League odds this year are close, but who are the favourites in the betting odds so far?
Champions League 2021 Odds
PSG – 4/1
PSG’s main aim as a club is to finally get their hands on the Champions League trophy. Their owners heavily invest in their squad year after year but still haven’t managed to win it yet. Last year they were beaten 4-1 on aggregate by Man City in the semi-finals.
PSG have been very busy this summer already adding to their fantastic squad. Lionel Messi has joined the club from Barcelona, to play in the best front three in world football, along with four-time Champions League winner Sergio Ramos, Hakimi and Wijnaldum.
A front three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe would be the best in the competition by a long way. Their squad has lacked leaders and experienced Champions League winners. With Messi and Ramos PSG have filled this gap and they could finally go all the way. If and when Messi signs, we expect PSG’s odds to drop.
Man City – 4/1
The other side who are the joint-favourites in the Champions League winner odds are City. Ever since Pep Guardiola arrived at Man City, this is the competition they’ve wanted to win more than any other. They got to the final last year but came up short losing 1-0 to Chelsea. It wasn’t a performance that will live long in the memory of City fans, with their side never really getting going.
City had a fantastic squad last season and they have only added to it this summer. They have brought in Jack Grealish for a record fee of £100 million and are still looking to add Harry Kane. An attack with Kane, Sterling, Grealish and De Bruyne is more than capable of winning the Champions League.
The squad depth of Man City is frightening and it means they can have field strong teams in all competitions. The only thing that could let them down is the hangover of last season a long with a lack of experience of winning this competition.
Bayern Munich – 11/2
The 2020 and six-time Champions League winners are up there in the odds for the upcoming competition. They last won it in 2020, when they beat PSG 1-0 in Lisbon. Bayern Munich are a very experienced side in this competition and are always challenging.
Bayern haven’t seen many big departures or arrivals this summer. Alaba has left the club to join Real Madrid, but they have strengthened centrally bringing in Upamencano from Leipzig. They still have a fantastic squad with the likes of Lewandowski, who is favourite to be the top goalscorer, Gnabry, Kimmich, and Muller to name just a few.
Given their record in this competition, they are never a side to overlook. Bayern Munich tend to have the Bundesliga nearly wrapped up towards the knockout stages of the Champions League and can focus entirely on this.
Chelsea – 7/1
Last season’s Champions League winner was a surprise to everyone. Before manager Thomas Tuchel came in they were struggling, in particular in the Premier League. He turned them around to make them a very hard side to beat. If you become hard to beat then, you can do very well in knockout football!
This summer has seen even more new arrivals at Chelsea. They brought in former striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. The Belgian forward ended the year with 24 goals and could be exactly what Chelsea are missing. On top of this, they brought in Saul from Atletico Madrid to bolster their already very strong midfield.
Chelsea have started the season well in the Premier League, unbeaten in three. They are in a group with Juventus, Malmo and Zenit St Petersburg so should be getting out of the group at least.
Liverpool – 8/1
Last year was a tough one for Klopp’s side both in Europe and in the Premier League. He has taken them to two UEFA Champions League finals since he has been at the team, winning one in 2019. Liverpool as a club love this competition and seem to do well whenever they are in it. They are in a tough group though, with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto.
Liverpool haven’t invested as heavily as everyone else this summer, bringing in just one player so far in Konate. However, the fact they have everyone back from injury is like having several new signings for the upcoming season anyway.
When they have a full squad available to chose from and are playing their best football, they are a very difficult side to beat. At 17/2 it’s a very interesting price for one of the sides that have been favourites for the past couple of years.
Man Utd (12/1) – With Cristiano Ronaldo signing this summer, it has been a huge boost for them having the five-time winner. They have a very good squad now but got off to a bad start, losing to Young Boys on day one.
Real Madrid (14/1) – Ancelotti has returned to the club he won the competition with in 2013/14. They have started the La Liga campaign very well and if they can keep up this form in the Champions League, they don’t write them off!
Juventus (25/1) – The Italian side haven’t won the competition since 1996! They are desperate to win, but are struggling in Serie A currently. Allegri is back at Juve and hoping to get them back to their best. They still have a good squad without Ronaldo and can beat anyone on their day.
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