- Europe’s premier event will see the world’s best clubs go toe-to-toe for the right to be Champions League winners
- Chelsea are the defending champions, after beating Manchester City in the final last season
The start of another Champions League group stage campaign is fast approaching, and all of Europe’s big guns will have their sights set on winning the illustrious honor at the end of the season. However, which club are currently the favorite in the betting to win the competition this season?
- When: Tuesday, 14th September 2021- Saturday, 28th May 2022
- Where: Various
- How To Watch: CBS
UEFA Champions League Winner Odds
UEFA Champions League Final 2021-22
Where & Where Will The Final Be Held?
Every club competing in the Champions League this season will have their sights set on the final. The final in the 2021-22 season will take place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The 2022 final was set to take place at the Allianz Arena in Munich, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the final hosts were pushed back a year.
It will be a massive moment for the city, as Saint Petersburg will be hosting a UEFA club final for the first time in its history. However, Russia has hosted two previous finals, with the most recent coming in 2008, as Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in the first-ever all-English final. The final itself on Saturday, May 28th, will get underway at 10 PM local time, which will be a start time of 3 PM ET.
Champions League Key Dates
The road to the final is a grueling one for the teams involved. Only the top two teams qualify from the group stages, before the two-legged knockout rounds get underway early in 2022.
Below, you can find the key dates for the 2021-22 Champions League season:
|Group Stages||September 14 – December 8, 2021|
|Round of 16||February 15 – March 16, 2022|
|Quarterfinals||April 5 – 13, 2022|
|Semi-Finals||April 26 – May 4, 2022|
|Final||Saturday, May 28, 2022|
Leading Contenders To Reach The Final
The knockout rounds get underway in the New Year, and teams will exit the competition when beaten, leaving just two to compete in the final. However, a number of credible contenders are lining up to be among the teams involved in the final.
PSG are currently the clear favorites in the betting, with the addition of Lionel Messi on a free transfer certainly adding to their wealth of attacking quality, which already consisted of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Manchester City’s long wait for a Champions League success continued at the end of last season, as they were beaten in the final by Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola will be hoping that the arrival of Jack Grealish will be enough to deliver the prize that he has promised since arriving at the Etihad. Bayern Munich remain a dominant force both domestically and on the continent, and have the players to go deep. Meanwhile, the Premier League trio of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool could also be clubs to keep an eye on this season.
Prediction & Pick
Who Will Win The Champions League In 2021-22?
The outright market is the best place for value when it comes to betting on the Champions League. Manchester City look to be a number nine short, which means of the two favorites, PSG would be the pick.
Lionel Messi will have a huge impact, but the additions of Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnaruma are the big ones that make them more defensively robust, which has been their weak point throughout their history in this competition. This could finally be their opportunity to win the Champions League title that they have craved.