Which Team is the Bookmakers’ Pick for Winning Champions League
By Space Coast Daily // December 21, 2021
Football is a game decided on the pitch by who wants it more. Generally, for any outcome of a match or competition, there will be favorites. Selecting these favorites makes it easy for people to bet on such teams by going on this website, choosing the best betting site that has the kind of odds you like, and placing your bet ahead of the said match or before the competition comes to an end.
However, it is essential to know these favorites don’t always become the eventual winners, which makes football an interesting sport because anything can happen within 90 minutes of play.
An example of this was the last season of the Champions League when Chelsea emerged as the eventual winner despite not being on any bookmaker’s favorite list. Chelsea faced off against Manchester City, the bookmakers’ top pick for the 2020/2021 season and against all odds, the underdogs, Chelsea, won the final match and, therefore, the tournament.
For the current season, i.e., 2021/2022 season, the top pick for the bookmaker remains Manchester City again despite their unexpected loss to Chelsea last season.
Although they didn’t have a clean run of form in their group stage matches, after losing two games to PSG and RB Leipzig, most bookmakers still regard Manchester City as the favourite to win the Champions League, which is understandable considering the quality of players and coach that they have.
Manchester City has never won the Champions League trophy before, and although their current coach, Pep Guardiola, has won it a couple of times, he has not won it in 11 years. That’s such a long break for a coach of his calibre, and it’s not a good impression that a quality team like Manchester City has never won the league before. In recent years, they have come agonizingly close to winning it but have failed to go all the way through. Hopefully, this season will be fair to them.
Other Bookmakers Pick For Winning the Champions League
■ Bayern Munich: Coming a close second to the favourite is Bayern Munich, who looks to be in the form of their life at the moment. They had an excellent campaign last season also. Still, it came to an abrupt end when their talisman, Robert Lewandowski, suffered an injury that hindered him from playing in the tie against PSG, which they eventually lost.
Since his return, he has gone back to scoring ways, and the team looks as deadly as they have always been. Having won the Champions League two seasons ago, the German club will be looking to take the trophy back to Allianz Arena again this season.
■ Liverpool: After winning all of their group stage matches, Liverpool has earned the right to sit at the table of contenders for the 2021/2022 Uefa Champions League. Liverpool has had a fantastic season so far, thanks to the enthralling form of their star player, Mohammed Salah, who is unarguably one of the most in-form players in the world of football right now.
Liverpool will be facing a difficult challenge by taking on Inter Milan, who are also on an excellent run of form, in the next round of the competition. If they can manage to claim victory in this tie and scale through to the next stage, then their fans can start dreaming about having the Champions League trophy return to Anfield for the 7th time, having won the last one in 2018/2019.