Champions League 2021/2022 continues in March, with Europe’s best teams vying for the title of continental champions.
Defenders of the title Chelsea has a winnable tie against Lille in the last 16 but knows that only Real Madrid has successfully defended the championship in the contemporary era.
FUTBALLNEWS has everything you need to know about the Champions League favorites, underdogs, and outsiders, from Paris Saint-Germain to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Who else is vying for the Champions League title?
Paris Saint-Germain was 8/1 to win the cup this year, but they were knocked out by Real Madrid, the 13-time champions. After signing Lionel Messi, there were high hopes in Paris that the squad would win the Champions League for the first time this season, despite the fact that they only won three of their six group matches.
Ajax was one of the surprise shocks of the group stage, winning six of their six matches and securing a spot in the last 16. The 2019 semi-finalists are rated at 14/1 and will fancy their chances of progressing in the competition after being drawn against Benfica from Portugal.
Real Madrid’s odds of winning the Champions League under manager Carlo Ancelotti are 18/1, and the sport’s most successful team has a distinct aura when it comes to Europe’s best club competition. Los Blancos face a mouth-watering tie against Paris Saint-Germain, but their status and Champions League pedigree ensure that they will go into the match with plenty of confidence.
Manchester United is also 18/1 to win the Champions League after topping their group and being drawn against Atletico Madrid, which was confirmed after a messy draw process.
Juventus has 28/1 odds, and while Max Allegri’s side has been less impressive domestically than normal, they have put in some excellent performances in Europe. In the last 16, Turin will be clear favorites to advance against Villarreal.
Despite the return of Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid in the summer, the Liga champions have been unimpressive this season. Under Diego Simeone, the squad from Madrid has prided itself on being a good defensive unit, but this season they have looked more susceptible than ever, conceding in five of their six European matches. In the last 16, a trip to Old Trafford awaits in what appears to be an evenly matched matchup versus Manchester United.
Inter, the Italian champions, are 50/1 after finishing second behind Real Madrid in Group D, losing both of their matches against the Spanish club. In their knockout match against Liverpool, Simone Inzaghi’s side are huge underdogs, but if they can defeat the Merseysiders, they will be greatly favored.
Villarreal, the Europa League champions, are priced at 150/1. Despite hailing from a town with a population of 50,000, the Yellow Submarine have demonstrated this season in their encounters with Chelsea and Manchester United that they can fight toe-to-toe with the continent’s most formidable sides.
Golden Boot odds in the Champions League
Right now, it appears that the Champions League Golden Boot will be decided in a direct shootout between Sebastien Haller and Robert Lewandowski. During the group stages, the former was spectacular, scoring 10 goals in just 488 minutes, while the latter is only one goal behind.
They’re the top two favorites for a reason. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi, on the other hand, aren’t far behind and are capable of making a great run in the knockout stages. However, there are several major clashes in the round of 16, and some of the tournament’s biggest Golden Boot favorites could be eliminated.
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Favorites to win the Champions League in 2022
Favorite: Man City (+250)
While the winner of Real Madrid vs. PSG is still a strong contender for the title, Man City has a lesser Round of 16 opponent and hence a more straightforward path to the final.
In addition, City appears to be unstoppable in Premier League competition. That hasn’t always translated to Champions League success — just ask the 2017-18 squad, who broke a Premier League points record but were eliminated from the competition 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool — but it very well may this year.
Man City’s expected goals (xG) differential in Premier League play this season is +44.26, the greatest in the English top division and second-best among Champions League favorites, trailing only Bayern Munich’s ridiculous +47.97 xG with Robert Lewandowski consuming the German Bundesliga.
Sleeper: Juventus (+2500)
Juve has had a difficult season, but the Old Lady is on the rise.
The Italians started the season badly, failing to create chances up front because Paulo Dybala, Moise Kean, and Alvaro Morata were unable to handle the added goalscoring responsibility in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Overhyped: Man United (+1800)
The Red Devils’ chances aren’t quite as good as their crosstown rivals’ +250, but even this figure may be giving the Premier League heavyweights too much credit.
Champions League winner: Manchester City
Manchester City are 9/4 favourites to win the Champions League this season, with Liverpool next in the betting at 7/2 and Bayern Munich 9/2.
All odds, courtesy of bet365, are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
- Manchester City @ 9/4
- Liverpool @ 7/2
- Bayern Munich @ 9/2
- PSG @ 7/1
- Chelsea @ 8/1
- Ajax @ 16/1
- Manchester United @ 25/1
- Juventus @ 25/1
- 33/1 bar
As implied by the latest bookmakers’ odds
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After defeating Sporting Lisbon 5-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 series, Manchester City became the bookies’ favorite to win the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s team are 9/4 to go one better than last season, when they were beaten in the final by Chelsea, and won the title for the first time.
Winners of the 2018-19 season Liverpool are 7/2 second-favorites to win their sixth European Cup, and they got off to a great start in the knockout stages, defeating Inter Milan 2-0 away.
Champions League Final
The UEFA Champions League in 2021–22 will be the 67th season of Europe’s best club football event, and the 30th since it was rebranded from the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to the UEFA Champions League. The final will take place in Saint-Denis, France, at the Stade de France.
When is the 2022 Champions League final?
- Date: Saturday, May 28
- Time: 9 p.m. local / 8 p.m. GMT / 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Saint-Denis, France (north of Paris)
- Stadium: Stade de France
Where is the next Champions League final?
The venues for future Champions League finals were assigned by UEFA in September 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated adjustments.
For safety considerations, the finals in 2020 and 2021 were both hosted in Portugal, forcing UEFA to alter the previous schedule of final hosts. The European governing organization has announced the locations of the next four finals:
- 2022: Stade de France — Saint-Denis, France (replaces Saint Petersburg, Russia)
- 2023: Ataturk Olympic Stadium — Istanbul, Turkey
- 2024: Wembley Stadium — London, England
- 2025: Fussball Arena Munchen (Allianz Arena) — Munich, Germany