UEFA Champions League Group Stage Ends – Manchester City Favored to Lift the Trophy

| December 9, 2021 9:56 am PDT
  • Manchester City favored to win Champions League as group stage ends.
  • Bayern Munich, Liverpool, PSG, and Chelsea also among bookies’ frontrunners.
  • Five-time champion Barcelona fails to qualify for knockouts.

The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage is over. Well, almost.

Wednesday’s decisive Group F clash between Atalanta and Villarreal was postponed by 24 hours due to heavy snow in Bergamo. That means 17 teams remain in contention for the title.

Anyway, the outcome of Atalanta vs. Villarreal will not affect the top end of the bookmakers’ Champions League odds list, where Manchester City leads the way.

Can Pep Guardiola’s side finally get their hands on the elusive UCL trophy? Or will they fall short of the mark once again?

Latest Champions League Winner Odds (2021-22)

Despite losing to RB Leipzig on Matchday 6, Man City (4.00) is the betting favorite to win the Champions League.

Between 2018 and 2020, the Cityzens suffered three consecutive quarter-final exits, before reaching the final in 2021. However, they fell at the last hurdle in the previous campaign.

Chelsea (10.00) was the team that beat Man City to last season’s UCL title. The soccer betting sites have the defending champions behind Bayern Munich (4.50), Liverpool (6.00), and PSG (7.50) at this stage.

If you’re looking for Barcelona’s price, you won’t find it. That’s because the five-time European champion has failed qualify for the knockout phase of the UCL for the first time in 17 years!

What Makes Man City the UCL Favorite?

As we head into the last 16, it isn’t difficult to understand why the bookmakers view Man City as the favorite to lift the trophy.

Few wouldn’t argue that the reigning EPL champions don’t have the strongest roster in European soccer. I mean, Guardiola’s squad is stacked with world-class stars in every department.

Still, it is worth noting that Man City lost to both PSG and RB Leipzig during the group stage. They managed to gain their revenge in the reverse fixtures, but they are far from perfect.

As it stands, the Cityzens find themselves atop the Premier League table and head into Matchday 16 on a five-game winning streak. They have lost just two of their 15 EPL outings this season.

Bernardo Silva has bagged seven goals and two assists across all competitions, reaffirming his importance to the team. In Kevin De Bruyne’s absence, Bernardo has stepped up.

Stars like Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, and Joao Cancelo continue to shine, but can they finally end Man City’s Champions League hoodoo? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Breaking Down the Chasing Pack

Year after year, Bayern Munich find themselves among the bookies’ group of favorites ahead of the knockouts. Every other team will be hoping to avoid the 2019-20 champions in the last 16 draw.

Liverpool is another name that teams will be eager to avoid in the knockouts. Jurgen Klopp’s men won the UCL in 2019 before winning the EPL in 2020 – and they just won all six of their group games.

There are still questions marks over the credentials of PSG. Yes, the Parisians are priced at 7.50 to lift the trophy. But they invariably find a way to slip up when it really matters.

Chelsea’s price of 10.00 is bound to attract plenty of attention. The defending UCL champions have become one of the most consistent sides in Europe under Thomas Tuchel’s watch.

We shouldn’t forget that Manchester United, Real Madrid, Ajax, and Juventus boast a whopping 22 European Cup/UCL titles between them.

Yet, with Juve priced at 26.00 and the other three priced at 15.00, the bookies don’t believe that any of the outsiders will pose a serious threat to the frontrunners in the knockout phase.

You can keep up to date with all the latest Champions League developments in our soccer blog.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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