2021 UEFA Champions League Odds and Betting Preview

2021 UEFA Champions League Odds and Betting Preview

No club competition brings more passion in soccer than the UEFA Champions League. Europe's elite teams, the world's best players, and iconic stadiums are all part of the Champions League aura.

Add more excitement to this incredible competition by signing up at Betmania Online Sportsbook. Get the best 2021 UEFA Champions League Odds, access to a wide selection of prop bets for each game, and the best betting bonuses in the industry.

The 2020 UCL ended in a bubble environment that saw Bayern Munich cruise to their sixth European Championship. Now it's time for the Bavarians to defend their crown.

Here's everything you need to know about the UEFA Champions League 2021 edition. Remember to check the latest Betmania's soccer betting odds. Now, without any further ado, let's jump into UCL's territory!

What's the timeframe for UCL 2021?

The group stage will start on October 20, and it will go all the way to December 9. After that, the Round of 16 will begin on February 16, in two-legged series until the UCL Final on May 29, 2021.

What are the UEFA Champions League groups?

Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Lokomotiv Moscva, RB Salzburg.

Group B: Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Shaktar Donetsk, Borussia Monchengladbach.

Group C: Manchester City, FC Porto, Olympique Marseille, Olympiakos.

Group D: Liverpool, Atalanta, Ajax, FC Midtjylland.

Group E: Chelsea FC, Sevilla, Krasnodar, Stade Rennais FC.

Group F: Borussia Dortmund, SS Lazio, FC Zenit, Club Brugge.

Group G: Juventus, FC Barcelona, Ferencvaros TC, FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Group H: Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir.

Is there any change to the usual format?

No, the Champions will be as usual, with six games in the group stages, and two-legged series in the Round of 16, the Quarterfinals, the Semifinals, all ending in a neutral and predetermined stadium in a one-match final.

However, UEFA announced they are going to allow the teams to do five substitutions instead of three.

Where will the UCL Final be?

The must-watch final will be in Istambul, at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, on May 29. This was the 2020 UCL Final's host city, but due to Covid-19, the UCL was bubbled in Lisbon, so now they will host it a year later than scheduled.

The Atatürk Olympic Stadium can hold a capacity of 70,000 -even though we don't know if by that point any fans will be allowed back in the venue. The most notable UCL memory from this stadium dates back to the 2005 Final, where Liverpool came back from an 0-3 at halftime vs. Milan and won it in penalties.

Who are the odds-on favorites?

Reigning champions, Bayern Munich (+350), are the favorites to go the whole way and become just the second club to repeat consecutive titles under the UEFA Champions League banner. With an improved squad and the entire core of last year's side still on their primes, Bayern can surely make a run to another European final.

Following the Bavarians, there are two Premier League teams. Manchester City (+375) comes in as a close second. With a star-studded attack and the mastermind of Pep Guardiola as the coach, 'the Cityzens' want to achieve European silverware finally.

The third favorite is Liverpool (+450). The 2019 champions have one of the best all-around rosters in the world, with world-class players all over the field, they're a goal machine, and their high-intensity style of play makes them deadly.

PSG (+850) is seeking revenge after falling short in the final last season. Having two of the world's best player in Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, the French powerhouse will look for another title run. Also, they have UCL winning experience in goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Lastly, Real Madrid (+1000) is a record-holder 13-time champion of the European Cup, won four Champions trophies in the last decade, and is the only team to three-peat the Champions League inception in 1992. Even though they have seen better days, 'Los Blancos' always have a mystique when it comes to the UCL.

What teams can be the dark horses of this year?

Juventus (+1200) has Mr. Champions, Cristiano Ronaldo. The man was made for this competition and has 128 goals (most of all time), plus five UCL trophies in his cabinet speak as to how important CR7 is for any team's aspiration.

Barcelona (+1200) had some soul-crushing eliminations the last three years, but they managed to retain Lionel Messi. If you have a six-time Ballon D'Or winner by your side, you're on the race.

One last dark horse candidate is Chelsea (+1800). 'The Blues' had one of the best transfer markets in recent memory. They have a young core led by club-legend Frank Lampard as the manager and have top-talent in every line.

The UEFA Champions League always brings excitement, surprises, upsets, and many high-level games to watch, bet and enjoy with Betmania. 

Be sure to check not only the Champions League odds but also the odds for every matchday from the group stage, all the way to the Champions League final in Istanbul. Click the button below to open your account.