Champions League winner odds: City aim to go one better
Guide to the favourites in the Champions League betting
The 2021/22 tournament is already under way and we are taking an early look at the Champions League winner odds.
Chelsea won European football’s greatest club prize last season, beating Premier League rivals Manchester City in the final, while Real Madrid are the most successful team in European Cup history with 13 titles.
Here we assess the chances of the leading contenders for the competition which is scheduled to end in St Petersburg on May 28, 2022.
For all their domestic success, City have thus far fallen short when it matters and lost 1-0 as heavy favourites to Chelsea in last season’s final in Porto.
Quarter-final defeats to Liverpool (2018), Tottenham (2019) and Lyon (2020) and a semi-final loss to Real Madrid (2016) means they are now perennial contenders, but last season’s loss will haunt them.
Pep Guardiola will be more determined than ever to bring some elusive European silverware to City, who are 3/1 to win the Champions League.
Six-times winners and five-times runners-up, Bayern have won this competition three times this century (2001, 2013 and 2020).
They have won the German title in each of the last eight seasons and rank first in the FIFA Club Rankings, which takes account of each team’s performance in European competitions from 2017-18 to 2021-22.
Knocked out at the quarter-final stage last season but they now have ambitious 34-year-old Julian Nagelsmann in charge and he is aiming to become the youngest manager to win the competition.
Bayern’s Champions League winner odds of 5/1 suggest they are the biggest danger to English teams.
Similar to Manchester City, PSG are one of Europe’s big spenders and have reached the final just once – and lost it (to Bayern Munich in 2020).
Loaded with stars, such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has added to the squad with Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum all arriving this summer.
It is apparent they mean business, as their Champions League winner odds of 6/1 reflect.
Gained a surprising second Champions League title last season with Thomas Tuchel arriving mid-season and turning things around.
Real Madrid are the only side to successfully defend their title in the last 30 years, and Chelsea are 8/1 to achieve the same feat.
Domestic champions once in the last 30 years, the Reds are the most successful English team with six European titles, the last coming two years ago when they beat Tottenham in the final.
Beaten quarter-finalists last year, they were fortunate to make the top four in the Premier League as the injury bug hit.
Having sneaked in, much depends on their group opponents to determine how far the 8/1 shots will go.
Not the force they were a few years ago, the possible departure of Antoine Griezmann to pay for Lionel Messi’s contract extension may weaken the Catalan giants further.
Others who may depart include Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite as Barcelona deal with financial problems which have restricted their salary cap.
Champions League winner odds of 8/1 suggest they cannot be ruled out of challenging for a sixth European title, which would be their first since 2015.
After a sticky start, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put United in a position to challenge domestically and their summer transfer business should go a long way to helping them take the next step.
United last won the Champions League in 2008 and are 12/1 to win a fourth title.
Winners four times in the last seven seasons, much depends on their finances as to how many of their stars they will keep this summer.
Any team containing the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard must be feared, and Real’s Champions League winner odds are 12/1.
The big sharks of Europe are sniffing around cash-strapped Juventus for striker Federico Chiesa after his brilliant European Championship performances for Italy.
They will be tempted to sell, as they need to find leaders to replace ageing defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, while Cristiano Ronaldo is also in the autumn of his career. Their Champions League winner odds are 20/1.
Atletico have reached the final on three occasions, the last time in 2016.
Striker Antoine Griezmann is a potential arrival and together with existing talent like Angel Correa, Thomas Lemar, Joao Felix, Yannick Carrasco and Marcos Llorente, Diego Simeone’s side have the ability to contend at odds of 25/1.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication