Bayern Munich (3.75)
Bayern Munich struggled to show the kind of form in the 2020 Champions League final that we saw in the run-up to it, with the German champions only beating PSG 1-0. While PSG is no pushover, Bayern was electric throughout the campaign.
They enter this years’ knockout stage of the competition as clear favourites to win it in the soccer betting odds for most sportsbook providers. Bayern has impressed so far this season and is atop of the Bundesliga alongside RB Leipzig.
Bayern Munich has depth in their roster and on paper is as good as any team in Europe. Moreover, they added the young German Leroy Sane to their ranks in the summer. The left-winger joined from Man City and will look to cement himself on the left-hand side, as the Dutchman Arjen Robben once did.
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Manchester City (4.50)
Next up comes Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. A team that has struggled in the Premier League this season, but are now looking to string performances together as we approach Christmas - expect this side to kick on and challenge for the title in the new year.
They’ve performed throughout the Champions League this season and will play Monchengladbach in the first round of the knockout stages. We expect them to cruise past the Germans with relative ease.
Pep has struggled this season without a fit Sergio Aguero, although he is set to be fit by the time this game comes around. There are questions surrounding his overall fitness and whether or not he can return the title-winning form we’ve witnessed over the years.
Without the Argentine, City has turned to Jesus. An excellent player, but he doesn’t possess the killer instinct we saw with Aguero. City missed a world-class out and out number 9 up top, this season - with Lucien Favre fired from Dortmund, Haaland to City at Christmas anyone?
To win the Champions League
Chelsea is our outsider pick. We feel that Liverpool doesn’t really have the winning touch that we saw in their previous two seasons and may be suffering from injuries to star players like Van Dyke.
The Premier League betting odds look positive for Frank Lampard’s side, as they continue to put up wins and linger around the top of the table. The Champions League is obviously a different animal, but there are only a handful of games to go and that’s it.
We’ve seen Chelsea turn over the very best in England this season and we are confident they’ll be able to beat any team in Europe over two legs if they are playing well. Inconsistency has been rife within Europe’s top leagues since the pandemic.
The Premier League is where the best managers and players are right now. That’s why two of the top 3 favourites to win the competition are English. As we see the tournament progress Chelsea’s odds will shrink. Worth a punt at 17.00.
To win the Champions League
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