The Champions League returns this week with some huge matches and we have the latest odds for who is favourite to win this years competition!
We are now through the group stages of the Champions League, with just 16 teams remaining. This year’s knockout stages will be played in the traditional way of two legs, unlike last season. However, with certain sides not being allowed to travel into other countries, some legs are having to be played at neutral grounds.
This years final takes place on 29th May at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Turkey. Last years winners Bayern Munich are one of the favourites to win this year’s competition but will have some fantastic sides trying to take it off them.
Champions League 2021 Odds
Man City – 23/10
Ever since Pep Guardiola arrived at City, this is the competition they’ve wanted to win more than any other. Their best finish is the semi-finals in 2015/16, however, this wasn’t under Pep. With him, in charge, they have got to the quarter-finals three out of the last five years. Pep has won the competition twice, so knows what it takes to do so.
City have a fantastic squad and they have a good lead in the Premier League. As a result, they may be able to rest some of their key players for big games in the Champions League. They are currently 2-0 up against Gladbach with the second leg at home. It would take something special for City to not get through to the quarter-finals now.
When City have all their players fit, they have arguably the best squad in the world. The Premier League is as good as wrapped up now with City 14 points clear, so Pep can start focussing on this competition now.
Bayern Munich – 16/5
Last years winners will fancy themselves again this season. They lost Thiago last summer but have brought strengthened their squad in other areas including bringing in Leroy Sane from Man City. Bayern have a lot of world-class players in their squad, including last seasons top scorer Robert Lewandowski.
A lot of their players are very experienced when it comes to big games and big moments. They have all won this competition before and some even the World Cup. This helps a lot when it comes down to the big games at the end. One thing Bayern will be hoping for is that they can strengthen up at the back. They have kept just five clean sheets in the league this season and in the Champions League, they can’t afford to let in goals so easily.
Bayern are 4-1 up against Lazio and are pretty much through, given that the next leg is at home also. They looked back to their very best against the Italian side and will want to repeat this performance in the later rounds.
PSG – 11/2
Last years runners up face Barcelona in this round which will be a tough fixture. Unfortunately for them, Neymar is also out of the game, who will be a huge miss. PSG though shown last season they are good enough now to challenge for the Champions League. On top of this, they have changed their manager and brought in Mauricio Pochetinno, who seems to be doing well.
PSG are 4-1 up against Barca, with Mbappe getting a hat-trick. The French side were the far better team in the game and were still missing Neymar. The Brazilian winger and Mbappe are two of the best players in the world who can beat any side so will be confident with whoever they take on in the competition.
Liverpool – 13/2
When you’ve been to two out of the last three finals, your always going to be one of the favourites. Liverpool won the Champions League in 2018/19 beating Spurs in the final. Since then they have strengthened their squad and not lost any of their key players. However, they do have an injury crisis at the moment with Van Dijk and Gomez both potentially out for the season.
Liverpool’s forward line will need to be at their very best for them to win this year’s Champions League. There is a slight hope that Van Dijk may be back towards the very end of the season and if they can stay in it until then, they will have every chance. They are 2-0 up as it stands against Leipzig. The next leg is the home leg for Liverpool but is being played in Budapest. Liverpool are still missing key defenders so this game isn’t going to be as straight forward as they would like.