So here we go then: as another season of continental football is upon us, one of the most eagerly anticipated moments for football bettors is the release of the Champions League betting odds, and they are finally here.
The early favourites in the Champions League winner 2021 odds are PSG, and that’s perhaps not a major surprise given that they have signed the king of the beautiful game, Lionel Messi. The French side can be backed at 4.33 with all of the leading bookmakers.
There are plenty of other interesting candidates in the Champions League odds too. Manchester City, last season’s beaten finalists, are available at 4.50 – that price is shrinking thanks to their fast-paced start to the Premier League campaign.
Perennial contenders Bayern Munich are next best at 8.00, while an English trio – defending champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United – can be backed at 9.00, 10.00 and 9.00 respectively.
But which of this champions league favourite shortlist will go on to lift the trophy? Or will it be a complete outsider? We’ll find out more when the action kicks off with the first round of group games on September 14-15.
In the meantime, here’s our Champions League betting preview – let’s see if we can uncover any premium value.
The draw for the group stage has been made, and it has created some really interested pairings to savour.
The tournament starts as it means to go on with Group A. There’s the Champions League favourites 2021 in PSG, the English champions Manchester City and the excellent RB Leipzig….one of that trio won’t make it into the round of 16.
I have said my dream is to win another Champions League and I think I'm in the ideal place to have that chance and to do it. - Lionel Messi, France24
Liverpool and Atletico Madrid will lock horns in Group B, while Real Madrid and Bayern Munich should have their way in C and D respectively – the latter taking on a Barcelona side in a state of flux without Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Group F will see Europa League finalists Manchester United – aided by Cristiano Ronaldo of course – and Villarreal do battle once more, and in Group H the reigning champions Chelsea will be hoping to reach the knockout phase from what is an agreeable enough bracket.
Of course, you can’t win the Champions League in the group phase, but you can certainly lose it – and it’s interesting to note how these early skirmishes can inform our Champions League prediction tips.
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Analysing the format of the competition is another smart way to make our Champions League betting tips really count.
Remember, only two teams from each group go through, and it’s the winner that will take the top seeding and – theoretically at least – be protected from the other best teams in the knockout phase.
With that in mind, answering the question of who will win Champions League 2022 predictions becomes a little bit easier, because we can steer clear of those groups that are simply too close to call.
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For example, we won’t be tipping any team from Group A in our selections. Why? Because it’s simply too close to call. So instead, we’re focusing on those teams that we firmly believe will win their group.
That includes Atletico Madrid and Liverpool (more on them shortly), Real Madrid in Group D (they will benefit from the disarray at Inter Milan, who have lost Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku and others), Bayern Munich in Group E, Manchester United in F and Chelsea in H. That has helped us to narrow the field somewhat.
We’re happy to overlook Real Madrid, who perhaps haven’t done enough to replace key figures lost such as Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Do Bayern Munich have enough firepower – Robert Lewandowski aside? The jury is out on that.
Manchester United, with Ronaldo, Varane and Jadon Sancho, looks like potential winners once more, but there are still question marks about their midfield and full backs at the elite level.
Which leaves us with three teams to consider…
3. Champions League Betting Tips
At Champions League winner betting odds of 9.00, 10.00 and 21.00, we can happily bet on all of Chelsea, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid and make a profit.
We should manage out stakes accordingly, because Liverpool and Atleti are in the same group, but we can still place a Champions League winner bet on the trio with that in mind.
Chelsea, as the defending champions, have recent success in this competition and have actually strengthened their squad further with Lukaku and Saul Niguez. Liverpool have won this tournament and the Premier League in recent memory, and with Virgil van Dijk back they could pose a significant threat this term.
And Atletico Madrid are proven winners under Diego Simeone, with the return of Antoine Griezmann to his favourite club a real masterstroke.
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