There’s no room for error now.
The group stages of the 2021/22 Champions League wrap up this week, with several big hitters still not assured of their place in the Round of 16.
Will we see a few European giants make an early exit from the competition?
We’re back with our latest Champions League betting preview…
Champions League Betting Tips | Tuesday 7th December
It’s a relaxed night for Pep Guardiola and co in Germany with Man City guaranteed to finish group winners in Group A. The Cityzens will play kingmakers, however, with RB Leipzig looking to firm up third and a trip into the Europa League…
Group A Betting
Man City and PSG are both safely through to the knockout stages, but both will have a role to play in shaping who gets the consolation prize in Group A.
Newly managerless RB Leipzig know a win or draw over City will see them lock up third spot, regardless of what Club Brugge manage do in Paris.
The Bundesliga side more than play their part in a cracker at the Etihad in the reverse fixture as they lost at the Etihad Stadium despite scoring three times.
That Matchday 1 meeting ended in a 6-3 win for the reigning Premier League champions.
Fancy City to sign off the group in style with a similarly entertaining performance?
It’s 101/20 for Man City to grab the win in another game with over 4.5 goals.
Group B Betting
There’s more excitement to be had in Group B, but not if you’re a Liverpool fan.
Reds supporters can afford to sit back and relax with their only concern whether Jürgen Klopp and co. can complete a whitewash with their sixth win in a row of these group stages as they travel to Milan.
The path to the knockout stages is fairly treacherous for the Serie A side.
They need to inflict a first tournament defeat on Liverpool and hope Porto and Atlético Madrid both sabotage each other’s knockout chances by cancelling each other out in Portugal.
Can Milan make it through despite losing their opening three games of the tournament?
Group C Betting
It’s dead rubbers all round in Group C, with all outstanding matters settled in Matchday 5.
The ascendancy of Ajax under Erik ten Hag shows no signs of abating as they finished comfortable group winners, while Sporting Lisbon shocked Borussia Dortmund to bag second – securing a R16 berth for the first time since 2009.
The only real note of interest here is if whipping boys Beşiktaş can finish by restoring some pride against Europa League-bound Dortmund. It’s 13/4 for the still pointless Turkish Süper Lig side to save some face by winning or drawing at the Westfalenstadion.
Group D Betting
Finally, the fight for top spot takes top billing in Group D as Real Madrid and Inter square off at the Bernabéu to determine who will be group winners and potentially bag an easier draw in the knockout stages.
The Spanish giants edged the previous meeting 1-0 and only need to avoid defeat to secure group supremacy, which could make the score draw at 16/5 the pick of the selections here.
Sheriff Tiraspol started their maiden Champions League campaign in outstanding fashion with two opening matchday wins – including a famous night in Real Madrid – but their fortunes have tailed off since them.
It’s 26/5 for them to bow out on a high with a win against a Shakhtar Donetsk side marooned at the bottom of the group table.
Champions League Outright Betting
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The Blues were surprise winners in 2021 as Thomas Tuchel turned their season round at the halfway point to help land the West London club only a second UCL title.
They are now 31/5 shots to do something only Real Madrid have managed in the last 30 years – defend their trophy.
After falling at the final hurdle last year, Pep Guardiola will be more determined than ever to finally guide Man City to a first-ever Champions League title, with European silverware the one thing still to elude the Spaniard since his arrival in English football back in 2016.
The reigning EPL champions are 63/20 to put that right in 2021/22.
How will Bayern Munich fare under the ambitious Julian Nagelsmann? At 34 years of age, he would become the youngest Champions League-winning manager in history if he can repeat the German giants’ feat of seizing this title two seasons ago.
He’s 39/10 to make some history in this year’s competition.
Can Liverpool return to the top table after limping out at the quarter-final stage last season? The Reds surely won’t be as unlucky with injuries this time around and are 11/2 to reign supreme again in Europe.
Finally, could it be Poch’s turn to pounce and deliver PSG a first-ever Champions League title?
His side certainly aren’t messing around after stumbling at the semi-final stage in 2020/21.
The French high rollers had the best summer of any club in the transfer market after the captures of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The Ligue 1 giants are now 23/4 to triumph in St Petersburg next summer.
Champions League Betting Predictions | Wednesday 8th December
It’s another relaxed night for the English clubs on Wednesday, with both Man Utd and Chelsea already safely through to the knockout stages.
However, Spanish giants Barcelona are still sweating on their status in this year’s competition.
It’s been nearly 20 years since Barcelona last had a taste of Europa League football… but will they be reacquainting themselves with that tournament early next year?
Group E Betting
With Bayern Munich thundering their way to top spot in this group with five wins from five, the German champions now hold the cards in helping determine whether Barcelona will be joining them in the Round of 16.
The equation is fairly straight forward: a win at the Allianz Arena will ensure Barca’s remarkable run of never missing out on Champions League knockout football is safe for an 18th season in a row.
Even if Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann takes the opportunity to rest a few players after last weekend’s taxing Der Klassiker, snatching a win in Germany still looks a tough ask for the visitors.
Only PSG and Eintracht Frankfurt have managed to pull off that feat in competitive games this calendar year in Munich, and the feelgood factor around Xavi’s appointment has blunted somewhat in the wake of a 1-0 home defeat to Betis at the weekend.
Nevertheless, it’s 71/20 for the visitors to snatch the win they need to end all doubts.
Third place Benfica will be expected to fulfil their side of the bargain against rock-bottom Dynamo Kiev.
Only a win will do for the Portuguese Primeira side as they keep their fingers crossed Barca blow it in Bavaria, but they drew a blank against the Ukrainians in the reverse fixture, as their Matchday 1 meeting ended in a 0-0 draw.
Aside from their 5-0 thumping away at Bayern, Dynamo have at least made a fist of things in a tough group, with all three of their other losses coming by just a one-goal scoreline.
That could make it a tense evening for Benfica should an early breakthrough not be forthcoming.
It’s 67/25 for the hosts to sneak this by a solitary goal as they also keep one eye on events in Munich.
Group F Betting
Interim Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick has the freedom to experiment on Wednesday night with the Red Devils safely through as group winners after Matchday 5.
The German now has to decide whether to stick or twist with his team selection against Young Boys as he continues to try and imprint his gegenpressing style on a Utd squad that looked much improved all over the pitch against Crystal Palace.
Things started brightly for the Swiss outfit in this tournament as Jordan Pefok secured them a shock 2-1 opening group game win against Utd in Bern, an early sign that the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era was starting to unravel.
However, they’ve struggled to build on that performance since then, with their only route to European football early next year now via the Europa League.
It’s win-or-bust for David Wagner’s side at Old Trafford, who also need Atalanta to lose at home to Villarreal to extend their continental adventures into the second half of the campaign.
That’s undoubtedly the game of the night for the neutral in Group F, with Villarreal boss Unai Emery knowing his side simply need to bank a point in Bergamo to join Utd in the R16.
It’s 13/4 for the Europa League holders to hold firm with a draw and avoid an unwanted title defence in that competition come the new year.
Group G Betting
You thought Group G was the boring one, right?
Get the popcorn in as this one could swing all over the place throughout the course of 90-odd minutes.
All four sides can still qualify or bomb out of European competition entirely.
French champions Lille have turned things around to lead the way heading into Matchday 6, and a draw will be enough for them to qualify away to Wolfsburg.
Alternatively, if the Germans – currently bottom – can beat Lille at the Volkswagen Arena, they could even top the group if RB Salzburg and Sevilla can’t be separated.
The Austrians will advance regardless of what happens elsewhere if they can hold Julen Lopetegui’s side to at least a draw on home soil, while victory for the Spanish Primera side and a defeat for Lille would send Sevilla through as group winners despite the fact it took until Matchday 5 for them to pick up their first win.
Just sit back and enjoy the chaos, we reckon – although given the fine margins here, Wolfsburg at 7/1 as group winners might not be as far-fetched as it sounds.
Group H Betting
After all the excitement of Group G, things are a little more anodyne in Group H, with the only major matter to resolve whether Chelsea can finish top of the group by beating Zenit.
The Blues only squeaked past the Russians narrowly in Matchday 1, with a 69th-minute breakthrough from Romelu Lukakau enough to get the reigning champions off to a winning start.
Any slip-up from the Blues could hand Juventus a last-minute chance to snatch top billing, one they look more than likely to take against a Malmö side with nothing to play for but pride, although the Swedes did pick up a point at the fifth time of asking at home to Zenit last time out.
Fancy a last-minute swing towards the Serie A giants?
It’s 7/4 for Juve to pip Thomas Tuchel’s men to top spot.
Champions League Outright Winner | Latest Odds
- MAN CITY – 63/20
- BAYERN MUNICH – 39/10
- PSG – 23/4
- LIVERPOOL – 11/2
- CHELSEA – 31/5
- MAN UTD – 15/1
- REAL MADRID – 18/1
- AJAX – 75/4
- JUVENTUS – 32/1
Information and odds correct at time of writing; fixture dates and venues may be subject to change.
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