All of the speculation, however, as a mouthwatering 2021/22 Champions League group stage kicked off on Tuesday night with Barcelona vs Bayern Munich at the top of the bill. Oddsfanatic returns with another season of Champions League Week 1 betting previews, highlighting Tuesday night’s games…
Will the ghosts of past 8:2 defeat be laid to rest as Barcelona faces Bayern on Matchday 1? Barcelona will be seeking to avenge one of the most devastating losses in their history when they face the German Giants at Camp Nou this Tuesday in the Champions League.
Much of the discussion following the draw focused on how fascinating these 2021/22 Champions League groups could be, with several groups providing big-name encounters in the early stages. Group E delivers on its promise, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich trading blows in what may be the most important game of the first day – and it’s a game full of narrative. After a devastating defeat in which they conceded an unprecedented eight goals against Bayern Munich, Barca had just over a year to contemplate one of the darkest days in their recent history.
With that light still fresh in the memory, and the hosts starting a Champions League season without Lionel Messi for the first time in 17 years, it’s easy to see why the visitors are 32/25 favorites to open their account with a win here. Bayern secured that famous victory with a flurry of second-half goals, and it’s a 12/1 chance for them to repeat their feat of scoring four or more goals in a row on their return to Catalonia.
Bayern Munich has grown to be one of the most successful European clubs over time. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football, and Bayern Munich won its 31st Bundesliga championship in 2021. Bayern Munich have won 20 German Cup titles and six Champions League trophies. The German Giants has won the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013 and 2020.
Franz John, the leader of Bayern Munich’s founding club, FC Bayern Munich (FCB), was the driving force behind the creation of the football club. The Allianz Arena (75,000 seats), which was constructed in 2005 and hosts Bayern’s rivals, is located in Bavaria, Munich. Bayern’s rivals include TSV 1860 München and Nürnberg, but the competition between BVB and Bayern is also significant. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthäus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Müller, and Giovane Elber are just a few of the prominent footballers who have played for Bayern Munich in the past.
Benfica and Dynamo Kiev will both be well aware that early momentum is essential to their prospects of overcoming the group favorites in order to qualify for the Round of 16. It’s been over five years since either team was able to reach those heights, and the Lisbon defeated Dynamo twice without conceding on their way to the knockout stages.
With Dynamo unbeaten in 10 games at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex heading into Tuesday’s crucial opener, Ukrainians are well-positioned for the team to maintain its momentum and improve on recent positive results. Bet 365 gives the hosts an 23/10 chance of winning on Tuesday.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a leading football club in Portugal, which has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. Alongside the other Portuguese Giants FC Porto Benfica managed to win the Champions League twice. Benfica’s name, Aguias comes from the logo on top of its crest, which is said to resemble an eagle. The Estadio da Luz, where Benfica plays its home games, was built in 2003 and has a capacity of more than 64,000 seats.
Benfica is the most successful club in Portugal, having won a record 37 Primeira Liga titles as well as 26 Taca de Portugal and 7 Taca da Liga trophies. Benfica are a two-time European Cup winners that is renowned for its hardworking approach to developing youth players, many of whom went on to make outstanding careers abroad. The most renowned Benfica players include Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares, and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz, Angel Di Maria and João Felix.
The pressure is now on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finally deliver on the biggest stage of them all, with United taking the ‘galacticos’ method for this summer’s transfer market. The Norwegian will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season’s humiliating group stage elimination, when they were beaten by RB Leipzig in matchday six.
The Group F competition features an intriguing mix of teams that all have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Their Europa League winners Villarreal and a free-flowing Atalanta appear unlikely to be phased by the prospect of facing a Red Devils squad that has underwhelmed in Europe throughout Solskjaer’s time in charge.
However, the opening game of the tournament, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., provides Young Boys with the smoothest possible start to this year’s event. The Swiss club has appeared in the group stages for the second time, having previously squared off against Manchester United in 2018/19, with Man Utd winning 3-0 their previous encounter in Bern.
Manchester United has risen to become one of the best clubs in worldwide football over time. Manchester United has three European Cup (Champions League) triumphs and at a record of 20 Premier League titles to its name. In the history of Manchester United, there have been numerous excellent players, but without a doubt, the team’s greatest legend is coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in command of the squad for 26 years.
The Red Devils won numerous trophies during Alex Ferguson’s time as manager, but ever since he retired, they have been trying to find their way back to the top in all competitions. Manchester United won the FA Cup in 2015/2016, with Jesse Lingard scoring the goal in the 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium under Louis van Gaal’s direction. In 2017, Jose Mourinho helped the club win the Europa League. Manchester United has had numerous legendary players grace its field, including Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona.
In the late game, it’s a first ever encounter between Villarreal and Atalanta in a match where the Italians could have confidence given Unai Emery’s side’s slow start to the season.
The Yellow Submarines have begun their domestic season with three draws, and they may be rusty after a few weeks off competitive action. Following a La Liga appeal, the team’s first game since the international break was postponed at the weekend. On Tuesday, the away team has odds of 17/10 to win the game.
Atalanta Bergamasco Calcio, usually known as Atalanta Bergamo, is an Italian football club from Bergamo that was founded in 1907 and currently plays in Serie A. The team plays its home matches at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia Stadium, which has a capacity of 27.000 seats. Atalanta Bergamo’s primary colors are blue and black. The name Nerazzurri is given to Atalanta Bergamo, which is the same as Inter Milan.
The most significant achievement for Atalanta Bergamo was in 1963, when the club won the national cup (Coppa Italia). Atalanta has won Serie B six times (in 1928, 1940, 1959, 1984, 2006 and 2011). In the last two seasons, the team from Bergamo was able to advance to the Champions League round of 16 which is a huge achievement for the club considering their budget and the competition.
The idea of the “Group of Death” is nothing new, therefore let’s turn it around. Sevilla have much to smile about, having been placed in 2021/22’s “Group of Life” in a group devoid of outstanding European pedigree. They will be the overwhelming favorites to top a mediocre Group G, and they may put an early marker down against an RB Salzburg team looking to improve on their two third-place group finishes in their UCL appearances thus far.
The first encounter between the two teams will take place at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, where the Austrians must execute a flawless game plan to make history. Sevilla has lost just three times this year at home, and they’ll be willing to keep and improve that record.
Salzburg is a professional football club that play in the Austrian Bundesliga. The club’s main sponsors are Red Bull, and they are known as the Red Bulls as a result. The club was established on September 13, 1933, and they clinched their first Austrian Bundesliga title in 1994. Salzburg quickly emerged as the dominant team in the country’s championship, and they are currently the most successful Austrian club of the 21st century.
They won their 15th Austrian Bundesliga title in 2021, finishing the season seven points clear of second-place Rapid Wien. The Red Bulls play host to their rivals at Red Bull Arena, which opened on March 8, 2008. The venue has 31,895 seats. Salzburg played in the 1993/1994 UEFA Cup final, but Italian side proved to be a big catch for the Austrian club. On aggregate Inter won 2-0 vs SV Austria Salzburg.
Can Lille, who upset the applecart in Ligue 1 last season, take advantage of a favorable group to advance to the Champions League knockouts for just the second time in their history? The French champions began their new era under Jocelyn Gourvennec with a mixed start. Some patchy displays at home have already put them behind on a wounded PSG, which managed to secure Lionel Messi’s service for the next two season.
Their journey begins on home ground against a Wolfsburg team that has been waiting five years to return to the top table, but the Germans were surprise quarter-finalists in 2016. The draw may be tempting at 23/10 because both teams are looking to ease their way into the tournament.
Wolfsburg are a German football club founded in the aftermath of the World War II (1945). The Wolves (Die Wölfe) play their home games at the Volkswagen Arena. The stadium has a capacity of 30,000 and was built in December 2002. The VFL Wolfsburg is sponsored by the German automobile firm Volkswagen, which has been a main sponsor since the beginning of the club’s history. The Bundesliga trophy was captured by Wolfsburg in 2009, while players such as Edin Dzeko, Grafite, and Zvjezdan Misimovic were part of the squad’s Golden generation.
You should keep in mind that Grafite and Dzeko scored 54 goals between them during the 2008/2009 Bundesliga season, with the team winning the championship thanks to a 5-1 victory over Bayern Munich on May 23, 2009. The Wolves won the German Cup in 2015, defeating star-studded Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the final. Wolfsburg is a club with no fierce rivals in German football.
Have the Champions League holders been given a wild card ticket into the Round of 16? With a Ronaldo-less Juventus anticipated to be their only real obstacle to reaching the Round of 16, could Tuchel have cracked open an amused grin when he saw the Blues dropped into this one-sided cluster? Chelsea begin their title defense against Zenit St Petersburg, who have never been able to translate their domestic dominance to the European stage.
The Russian Premier League champions have failed to go past this round for the last two years in a row. In their journey last season, they shipped two goals or more in all three of their away games, and 11/4 for Tuchel’s streetwise Blues to win big by over 3.5 goals is worth considering in this one.
The Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg was formed by workers of the Leningrad Metal Plant in 1925. The Zenitchiki have established themselves as one of the most important forces in Russian football throughout the years, but they captured their first domestic title in 1984. Zenit have been impressive in the national championship in the 21st century, winning seven league titles, while clinching three Russian Cups (2010, 2016, 2020).
The Zenitchiki have made it to the Champions League group stages several times, but their biggest success was in 2008 when they were victorious in the UEFA Cup. In the final of the competition, Zenit overcame Glasgow Rangers (2-0), with Denisov and Zyryanov both scoring in the tournament finale. The Zenit Saint Petersburg football team plays its home games at Krestovsky Stadium, which was built in 2016. Gazprom is the club’s main sponsor, and their home kits are white-sky blue. Hulk, a Brazilian ace who played for Zenit, is perhaps the most renowned football player to ever suit up for the club.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the Swedish minnows Malmö had to fight through four qualifying rounds to get in the game alongside the world’s best. The champions of Sweden’s Allsvenskan can approach this challenge as a free hit, having previously dispatched Rangers’ chances of a first Champions League appearance in ten years.
Malmö take on Juventus in their opening Champions League fixture, and it’s a home encounter with the Bianconeri who have been plagued by clean sheets in the early weeks of Max Allegri’s restoration project. That may provide the home side cause for optimism at Eleda Stadion. A BTTS and Juventus to win might be worth a gambling pick.
Juventus are regarded as one of Europe’s greatest football clubs. The Bianconeri (The White and Blacks) have captured two Champions League cups (1985, 1996), as well as three UEFA Cup crowns (1977, 1990, 1993). The Italian team have won 36 Serie A titles, and it is no secret that several star players such as Zinedine Zidane played a major part in their success. Juventus has had many great players throughout its history, including Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Filippo Inzaghi, Pavel Nedved, Cristiano Ronaldo, and David Trezeguet.
The legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon spent most of his career in the Turin and played for the team. Juve were stripped of two domestic trophies as a result of the “Calciopoli” controversy, but despite being relegated to Serie B, the club quickly returned to glory days. Juventus Stadium is where the team plays its home games these days, having previously used Stadio delle Alpi. The stadium’s capacity is 41,475. The club is also known as La Vechia Signora (The Old Lady). The rivalry between Juventus and Torino is one of Italy’s most heated rivalries. The Turin derby pits Juve against FC Torino.
In the Vodafone Park, Besiktas and Borussia Dortmund battle it out in a highly anticipated Champions League opener. The Black and Whites did well to win the Turkish Super Lig in the previous season, with the side taking to the field this term in high spirits. Besiktas want to build on a 3-0 triumph over Yeni Malatyasport on Wednesday, but they’ll have a larger fish to fry against Fenerbahce.
Michu Batshuayi, a former Chelsea player, has been in excellent form at the start of the season and will be one to keep an eye on for the home team. Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, will continue to count on unstopable Norway rising star Erling Haland and should be taken seriously given their attacking potential. The Dortmund injury list is lengthy, but Marco Rose can count on important attackers for the Vodafone Park showdown. The only absence in the home team will be defender Umut Meras.
The football club was formed in 1909 by eighteen Dortmund players. The stadium’s original name was Westfalenstadion, but the team plays at Signal Iduna Park nowadays. The capacity of BVB’s home ground is 81,365. It should be noted that the stadium was built in 1974. In the world of football, BVB has the highest average attendance.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga championships and five German Cup triumphs. However, the club’s greatest achievement came in 1997, when they outlasted Juventus in the Champions League final. In the 3-1 victory over Juventus, Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB, with Lars Ricken scoring the final goal in the title match as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04, with whom they usually compete in the Revierderby.
The Champions League match between Sporting CP and Ajax will take place at Estadio Jose Alvalade on Wednesday. The Lions accomplished a fine job last season by winning the Primeira Liga title, but they have even greater goals for the top level of football. The new domestic campaign has been fantastic for Sporting CP, who are undefeated. Ajax, on the other hand, will be a much more serious challenge than their prior opponents. Ruben Amorim should have a full squad to pick from.
The Dutch, on the other hand, are attempting to make up for the disappointing 2020/21 Champions League campaign. Following a 2-0 win over Zwolle, Ajax Amsterdam go into the match with confidence. We are inclined to bet on a draw owing to the fact that it is difficult to beat the Lions at home. Both Gorter and Kudus are racing against the clock to be ready for the encounter, while Klaiber and Onana are both sidelined due to injury and suspension.
The club was founded in 1900 as AFC Ajax, a Dutch football club. Ajax is well recognized for its youth academy, which is regarded as one of the top youth football schools in the world. Ajax has produced many great players, including Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart, and Marco van Basten. The Amsterdammers have a fierce rivalry with Feyenoord, and whenever the two teams meet in the Derby der Eredivisie, there are typically fireworks.
During the 1970s, Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams in the Netherlands capable of winning the domestic titles. In the 21st century, PSV has played an essential role in Dutch football. Ajax and PSV are also rivals, and the two teams compete against each other in De Topper. The Amsterdam ArenA, which opened on August 14, 1996, is where Ajax play their home games. In 1995, the Amsterdam club claimed its fourth European Cup (Champions League) title, defeating Milan in the final in Vienna.
The first match of the Champions League season for Sheriff Tiraspol is against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Sheriff stadium. The Moldovans have already qualified for the group stages of the top competition, having defeated Crvena Zvezda and Dinamo Zagreb. They will certainly be able to compete with the Miners at home ground. Adama Traore, a forward for Mali’s national team, is one to keep an eye on for the Moldovan site.
Shakhtar Donetsk performed well by knocking out Monaco in the semifinals, but seeing as Sheriff have shown to be strong in the elite division this season, we are inclined to go for a draw. The away team is without a doubt the favorite. The lone absentee for Shakhtar Donetsk is keeper Anatolii Trubin. In their most recent meeting, at the stadium, the two teams played a 0-0 draw in 2003.
Despite the fact that they were founded back in 1936, Shakhtar Donetsk were struggling to win the Ukrainian Premier League trophy until 2002. The Metalworkers have established themselves as the dominant club in Ukrainian football, having won their 13th domestic championship in 2020. Donbass Arena was the previous home of Shakhtar Donetsk, but due to the conflict in Donbass, the club relocated to Arena Lviv. In 2009, under Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu, the Miners captured the UEFA Cup trophy after beating Werder Bremen in the final.
Dario Srna of Croatia was awarded as the man of the match. Shakhtar Donetsk’s main rivals are Dynamo Kiev, and matches between the two have always been full of passion. Metalurh Donetsk is Shakhtar’s chief rival, and the two local rivals face off in the Donetsk Derby. Willian, who left Arsenal this season, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a former Manchester United player, previously played for Shakhtar. The club has also had players like Fernandinho of Manchester City.
When Inter Milan and Real Madrid clash in the Champions League on Wednesday, all eyes will be on Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in North Italy. With Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi no longer a part of the team, Inter’s new campaign is off to a rocky start some bookmakers believe. With heart problems, Christian Eriksen is out for an undefined period of time, while Bastoni and Brazao are injured. Lautaro Martinez will be a player to keep an eye on for the home team; he has been scoring goals at will lately in all competitions.
Madrid, on the other hand, continues to play without defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, who departed the club in the summer transfer window. Despite that, Karim Benzema is still Real Madrid’s main threat, and the home team to score pick should be considered. Ceballos, Kroos, Bale, and Alaba are likely to miss the match due to injuries. So keep that in mind when making a bet on Madrid.
Real Madrid is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid competes in La Liga (Primera Division) and has won 34 domestic trophies. Los Blancos, on the other hand, have won 13 European Cup titles, which is why they are considered the world’s greatest football club. Real Madrid usually play at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with a capacity of 84,454.
Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s most successful player of the century, having won four Ballon d’Or honors while with the club. Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham, and Iker Casillas were among the legendary players who played for Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the past. Real Madrid’s fiercest rivals are Barcelona, but there is a strong rivalry between neighboring clubs Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Los Blancos is the name given to Real Madrid due to the club’s white home kit.
When Liverpool and Milan face off in the Group B derby, it will be fireworks all around. The Reds came from three goals down to beat Milan in the 2005 Champions League final, but two years later the Rossoneri struck back. Nowadays, Liverpool is a greater team than Milan, and given their excellent start to the new Premier League season, a home triumph should not be ruled out. Roberto Firmino is ruled out through injury, so Jota should continue to lead the line for the Reds.
Milan, on the other hand, will hope to build on a 2-0 victory over Lazio and carry momentum into their trip to Liverpool. We anticipate that Stefano Pioli’s side will leave empty-handed after returning home against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. Following his negative coronavirus test, Olivier Giroud should start for Milan.
AC Milan is one of the most successful and well-known clubs in Italy. The Rossoneri compete in Serie A and have amassed 18 domestic championships. Milan has won seven European Cup (Champions League) trophies, which is a record for the club. The 2005 Champions League final between Milan and Liverpool was on the verge of being a 3-0 victory for the Serie A outfit, but the Premier League club pulled off an incredible comeback to win the trophy on penalties. Milan play their home matches at Stadio San Siro, which opened in 1926 and has a capacity of 80,018.
The Rossoneri’s fiercest rivals are Inter, and when the two local clubs face each other in the Derby della Madonnina, there have always been fireworks. In 1899, a lace-maker from England named Herbert Kilpin and a businessman Alfred Edwards founded Milan. The team’s name is Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks), because the home kits are red and black. The most famous players to have worn the shirt of AC Milan include Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Dejan Savicevic, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Andrea Pirlo.
Atletico Madrid will try to provide supporters yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Porto in their Champions League opener, having come from behind to defeat Celta Vigo in La Liga. The Colchoneros have big ambitions for the 2021/22 Champions League season, and we are confident that they will battle tooth and nail against the Dragons. With Luis Suarez having recovered from his ailment, Diego Simeone should have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Following a 1-1 draw with Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga game, Porto is facing Atletico Madrid away from home. However, we are not tempted to bet on Porto since Atletico Madrid has turned their Estadio Wanda Metropolitano into an impenetrable fortress. The only absent player for Porto’s away game against Atlético is goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.
Porto Futebol Clube is one of Portugal’s most prominent football teams, and its games are frequently attended by 50,000 fans at the Estadio do Dragao. Porto’s biggest rivals are Benfica and Sporting CP, both of whom are title contenders in Portugal’s top flight. The rivalry between Porto and Lisbon is fueled by historical, political, economical, and cultural differences between the cities. The Dragons, as they are known in Portugal, are the country’s second most successful club with 79 trophies to their credit.
The team from Porto hold the record for most consecutive league wins in the Primeira Liga with six. The incredible success of FC Porto is international, with seven European crowns to its credit. Porto, which has won two Champions League titles (1987 and 2004) and two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, among other trophies, has also collected two UEFA Super Cup/European League triumphs (1992), as well as the International Cup twice. Porto have made together with FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United the most appearances in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, with 20 matches.
Man City and Leipzig meet at Etihad Stadium in an anticipated thrilling encounter. The Citizens are aiming for their fourth consecutive triumph in all competitions, and they will be unlikely to hold back against the Bundesliga team. Kevin De Bruyne should feature for City in Wednesday’s match, while Benjamin Mendy is suspended. For Pep Guardiola’s squad, the Spanish international Ferran Torres should continue to lead the line.
The Red Bulls, on the other hand, had issues at the back in a 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich, and seeing that Manchester City are a formidable home team, the visitors are likely to go home empty-handed. Dani Olmo has returned to contention while Halstenberg is still in the recovery room.
Leipzig is a professional football club based in Leipzig, Germany, that was founded in 2009. The Bulls (Die Bullen) were undefeated in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and became eligible for promotion to the 3. Liga as a result. After finishing the 2013/2014 season as runners-up in the table, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and competed there for two seasons. The Bulls secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever after suffering a defeat to Karlsruhe on the last day of the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga season.
Red Bull Arena in Leipzig is home to the Bundesliga side and was opened in 1954. Die Bullen, as they are known, play in white shirts and red shorts. Their away jersey is blue and yellow, while their uniform is white. You should be aware that the team had a number of different managers in the past, including Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral, Tino Vogel, Ralph Hasenhüttl and the current Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann. The current manager is Jesse Marsch.
When Paris Saint-Germain visit Club Brugge at Jan Breydel Stadion to start their Champions League campaign, they will be looking to do so in style. At the weekend, without Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Clermont 4-0, and because the “Argentine magician” returns from international duty on Wednesday, it’s no surprise that bookmakers think Mauricio Pochettino’s team will triumph.
The likes of Di Maria, Neymar, and Paredes are back in the hunt. Bernat, Kurzawa, Verratti, Kimpembe, and Ramos are still out due to injury. Club Brugge will have a mountain to climb in its Champions League start, and an away win should be considered given that they have been anything but impressive at the back of late. In their most recent encounter at the venue, PSG thrashed Club Brugge 5-0, and we believe that history will repeat itself.
Paris Saint-Germain, formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, is the most successful club in French football in the last decade, with seven domestic titles. PSG are one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title, having won seven Ligue 1 crowns, fourteen Coupes de France, nine Coupes de la Ligue, ten Trophees des Champions, and one Ligue 2 championship. The Parisians won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1995-96, and their most recent European title was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
In the early 2000s, the famous club was on its’ knees, and it struggled to stay in the top flight. They flirted with relegation in the 2000s before being purchased by Qatar Sports Investments Group in 2011, when the rebirth of Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began. PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost single-handedly leading his side to the trophy by scoring 30 goals. After dominating the domestic league in the past years, Paris Saint-Germain has set its sight on capturing the Champions League, which remains an elusive goal for the club from Paris.
In 2021, the Blues were undoubtedly surprising winners as Thomas Tuchel turned their season around at the halfway mark to help them win a second UCL title. They are now 7/1 shots to achieve something that no other team than Real Madrid in the last 30 years has been able to accomplish – defend their championship.
Pep Guardiola will be more determined than ever to win his first European silverware as Manchester City manager, with the one thing still eluding him in his four years since arriving in English football being a Champions League title. Manchester City Odds are at 7/2 to win the Champions League season 21/22.
How will Bayern Munich perform with young Julian Nagelsmann in charge? At 34 years of age, he would become the youngest ever Champions League winning manager if he can repeat Bayern Munich’s accomplishment of taking home this title two seasons ago. The betting line on him making history in the competition has him as 7/1 odds.
Will Liverpool be able to recapture their title as Europe’s best after failing to qualify for the quarter-finals last term? The Reds won’t be plagued with as many injuries this time around, making them 9/1 to reclaim their reign in Europe.
Finally, could Pochettino be about to strike and give PSG their first-ever Champions League triumph? After failing to progress past the semi-finals in 2020/21, they aren’t wasting any time. After the free transfers of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Gianluigi Donnarumma, the French high rollers have had the finest summer in terms of transfers. Paris Saint-Germain are now 10/3 favorites to win the 2022 Champions League in St. Petersburg next summer.