UEFA Champions League Winner Betting – 2020/21 Season
Following Thursday’s draw, we now know the groups for the UEFA Champions League 2020/21. The previous campaign only ended in August, but the new tournament is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, October 20.
Bayern Munich lifted the trophy last season, beating PSG 1-0 in the final. Can the German giant clinch back-to-back titles? Or will Manchester City and Liverpool have their say? Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona are also among the bookies’ favorites.
After assessing the odds, I share my UEFA Champions League 2020/21 winner prediction and betting pick.
UEFA Champions League Winner Odds for 2020/21
Here are the latest Champions League winner odds, courtesy of 10bet.
Reigning champion Bayern Munich (5.00) is the favorite to defend their crown, while perennial underachiever Manchester City (5.00) is also favored by the bookies.
2018/19 winner Liverpool (6.50) isn’t far behind the two frontrunners, with PSG (11.00), Real Madrid (13.00), Juventus (15.00), and Barcelona (15.00) coming next.
Atletico Madrid (21.00), Chelsea (21.00), and Manchester United (26.00) make up the top ten. The odds start to rise when we get to Borussia Dortmund (29.00), Inter Milan (31.00), and Atalanta (34.00).
Who Are the Top Contenders?
Let’s take a closer look at the top online soccer betting sites’ favorites to win the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.
Can Bayern Munich Defend Their Title?
Following the restart last season, Bayern was absolutely immense. Hansi Flick’s side won each of their nine post-lockdown league games to clinch an eighth straight Bundesliga title, finishing 13 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarians secured the German Cup a week later before destroying everything in their path to get their hands on the Champions League trophy. The 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the quarter-finals proved just how ruthless Flick’s men are, and after cruising past Lyon, Bayern saw off PSG to clinch the title.
The German giant kicked off the new season in typical fashion, thrashing Schalke 8-0 on the opening day of the Bundesliga season. Oh, and let’s not forget that UEFA and German Super Cup wins have come since then.
Thiago Alcantara has left to join Liverpool, but with Leroy Sane arriving from Man City, the Bavarians are arguably stronger now than they were last season. Needless to say, it’s going to be very difficult to stop Bayern this term.
Will Man City Finally End Their Wait?
After seeing off Real Madrid in the Round of 16 last season, many believed that 2020 would be Man City’s year. Indeed, a favorable quarter-final tie with Lyon surely meant that Pep Guardiola’s side would at least reach the last four, right?
Remarkably, the English club ended up losing 3-1 to Lyon and once again failed to go deep in the Champions League. Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini both failed to bring European glory to the Etihad, and Guardiola has so far had the same problem.
Having finished a whopping 18 points behind Liverpool in the EPL last season, Man City clearly needs to improve. Of course, Liverpool was unbelievably good last term. But the Cityzens were nowhere near the level they need to be.
Guardiola has inevitably spent big during the transfer window, with center-backs Ruben Dias (£65m) and Nathan Ake (£40m) joining. But will the new signings be able to fix the team’s defensive problems? Time will tell.
Liverpool’s Know-How Could Be Key
The relentless Reds bulldozed their way to the Premier League title last season, but their Champions League title defense was ended by Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16.
However, having clinched the trophy in 2018/19, you’d be foolish to bet against Liverpool winning the Champions League for the second time in three years. Jurgen Klopp’s men know what it takes to go all the way in this competition, and their experience could prove to be hugely beneficial.
The winning machine has already kicked into gear this term, claiming three straight victories in the EPL. It’s tough to imagine anyone preventing Liverpool from winning back-to-back titles on home soil, but Klopp’s side must carry their domestic form onto the European stage.
Can PSG Recover From Last Season’s Final Loss?
The Parisians did exceptionally well to reach their first-ever Champions League final last season, although they can have no real complaints about how their campaign ended. Thomas Tuchel’s men gave a good account of themselves against Bayern, but they were ultimately outclassed by a better team.
PSG’s domestic domination has made the Champions League a clear priority for the club in recent years. The Red and Blues have won seven of the last eight Ligue 1 titles and are by far the best team in France. But to be viewed as one of Europe’s elite clubs, PSG needs to win the UCL.
PSG boasts one of the most feared forward lines in Europe, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria, and Mauro Icardi capable of unlocking the tightest defenses. But if the French giant wants to reach another final, Tuchel needs to tighten up his backline.
Never Write Off Real Madrid
Real Madrid won four Champions League titles in five years between 2013/14 and 2017/18, but Los Blancos has fallen in the Round of 16 in the previous two seasons.
When Zinedine Zidane stepped down as manager in 2018, the team struggled to hit the heights of previous years. Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both endured short and fruitless spells in the Spanish capital, before Zidane returned to steady to ship in March 2019.
In fact, Zidane did more than just steady the ship. The Frenchman guided Real Madrid to their first La Liga title since 2016/17 last term, losing just three of their 38 league games to finish five points ahead of rival Barcelona.
There is no denying that Real is heading in the right direction, but does the team have what it takes to challenge in the Champions League again?
Is This Juventus’ Year?
Juventus’ last Champions League success came all the way back in 1995/96, but since then, Europe has not been a happy hunting ground for the Italian powerhouse. Juve has featured in five UCL finals since their previous triumph, losing on every occasion.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s best efforts, the Old Lady failed to reach the quarter-finals last season. The Portuguese megastar isn’t getting any younger, but at the ripe old age of 35, the hunger is clearly still there.
It’s difficult to predict how Juventus will fare this year with Andrea Pirlo at the helm. We all know how good Pirlo was as a player, but this is his first managerial job. I don’t think anyone will be surprised if he does well, although the appointment of such an inexperienced coach could easily backfire.
Barcelona Must Rediscover Their Form
Barcelona is pretty much in the same boat as Juventus, in the sense that a former club legend has been brought in to turn things around. Barca’s off-field issues have been well documented in recent months, so it’s safe to say that Ronald Koeman has a job on his hands.
Keeping hold off Lionel Messi is obviously a massive achievement, especially considering the Argentine’s clear intent to leave the club. But with Messi unhappy and Koeman inheriting an aging squad, the Catalans are not the force they once were.
The 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League proved that Barcelona is now a considerable distance behind Europe’s top teams.
UEFA Champions League 2020/21 Winner Pick
Bayern Munich to Win the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League5.00
At this stage, it’s tough to predict how the upcoming Champions League campaign will pan out. With the final still over seven months away, there is plenty of time for surprises.
Having said that, it’s difficult to look past Bayern Munich as the early frontrunner. The manner with which Hansi Flick’s side brushed aside their opponents at the end of last season was frightening, and it’s important to remember that last season only finished six weeks ago.
Robert Lewandowski is in the form of his life right now. The striker netted an astonishing 55 goals in 47 games in all competitions last term, including 15 in ten Champions League appearances.
If Lewandowski continues to fire and younger players like Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, and Alphonso Davies continue to shine, I can’t see anyone stopping Bayern.