The UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals have both been postponed indefinitely after an official announcement was made yesterday. There were multiple reports leaked last week, which indicated that the end of June might be the rescheduled date. However, there has been no word on whether these dates are when the finals are planned.
As well as that announcement, UEFA also revealed that the Women’s Champions League had been postponed, and there are new plans in place for the competitions when they resume to ensure that all competitions can reach their conclusion this season. There were fears on social media that the competition may be cancelled completely, but it is expected that if UEFA can complete the competition, then they can. The decision comes less than a week after the decision to postpone the European Championships.
New Plans Put In Place For UEFA Competitions
UEFA haven’t announced any new plans at present, but the expected solution would be for the remaining knockout rounds to be played over one leg, as opposed to the typical home and away legs. Many already believe that the two-legged knockout rounds have become outdated as it is, so this could be an aspect that could be set to stay. The remaining fixtures in the round of 16 will be played out to their conclusion before the adjustments are made.
It is unknown at this time who will get the home advantage in the quarterfinals, with the first time drew likely to take that advantage. Another potential plan that has been spoken about is the possibility of having the semi-finals played in the same city as the final. That would be a smart move, with less travel needed for the teams involved at that stage of the competition. However, whether Istanbul will be in any position to hold the competition remains in question.
Who Are The Favourites For The Champions League?
The betting markets with BetOnline and many of the leading sportsbooks have closed their betting markets for the outright Champions League winners as the competition is currently postponed. It is exactly the same for the Europa League, which means gamblers are currently unable to wager their money on the winner of the competition. However, the betting markets look unlikely to have changed by the time that the competition kicks off again in the future.
The favourites for the Champions League will still be Manchester City, who will take a one-goal lead into their second leg at the Etihad when the competition resumes. Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will also be among the favourites. The latter of those will have an increased chance of winning the competition after knocking out Liverpool in the last round of the competition.
When it comes to the Europa League, Manchester United will be the favourites in the betting as they will be in with a good chance of making it through to the next round of the competition after winning their first leg against LASK 5-0. Inter Milan will also be considered a solid chance, while Wolverhampton Wanderers will also be among the favourites.