Champions League 2020/21 Betting Tips
The draw for the Champions League Round of 16 has been made – and it hasn’t disappointed.
We could be seeing some big names facing early elimination with several European heavyweights going head-to-head.
Here’s our look at the UCL betting heading ahead of a fascinating round of knockout matches.
Champions League Betting: Round of 16 Betting
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While the long history of this competition tells us nothing can be taken for granted in the Champions League, some of the English sides look to have more cause for concern than others heading into the Round of 16.
Chelsea look to have the harshest assignment as they travel to an Atlético side that eliminated Liverpool last season, while Liverpool and Man City also start away from home at RB Leipzig and Gladbach respectively.
Here’s our at-a-glance look at all the action, plus our betting tips for the first-leg ties…
BARCELONA VS PSG BETTING
First thoughts: A tie packed with potential fallout storylines, depending on the outcome. With Barca in a state of crisis since pre-season, could this double-header potentially be the final time we get to see Lionel Messi in the famous blue and red of Barca on the European stage?
Or will the La Liga giants’ maverick leading man step up to send PSG packing? He remains their best bet of crushing the French champions’ dreams of lifting this trophy for yet another season.
Defeat could make things very tricky for Ronald Koeman given his side aren’t exactly enjoying a vintage domestic campaign, while incoming PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino could receive some instant plaudits by going on the offensive at a nervy Camp Nou.
RB LEIPZIG VS LIVERPOOL BETTING
First thoughts: If you had offered this tie to Jürgen Klopp beforehand, he’d have probably taken it. That’s by no means to disparage a lively RB Leipzig side, but an open-looking contest could play into Liverpool’s hands after the contrasting style posed by Atlético so successfully stifled the Reds to end their title defence last season.
The Premier League champions will be wary of an early RB onslaught given how successful that tactic proved for the Bundesliga outfit in their must-win game against Man Utd in the group stages, but the key differential here could be Liverpool’s injury crisis. By the time this fixture comes round in February, key players should be back for the Reds – and that’s without mentioning any possible strengthening in January. Make sure you get the popcorn in though, as this could be end-to-end stuff.
PORTO VS JUVENTUS BETTING
First thoughts: Not as cut and dried as it might appear, this one.
For all their domestic dominance, Juventus haven’t always covered themselves in glory in the knockout stages of this competition, falling at this hurdle last season, while exiting at the quarter-finals in the two years prior to that.
While Porto look one of the more favourable opponents on paper, they managed to push Man City all the way in Group C and conceded just three goals in the process: all three in their first game away at City.
If Porto can bring that stubborn defensive resilience into the first-leg and avert an away goal, Juve may have work to do in the second leg. However, with Cristiano Ronaldo bidding to become only the second man to lift six European Cup titles, his individual willpower could be the gamechanger yet again for the Serie A giants.
SEVILLA VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND BETTING
First thoughts: Like Leipzig vs Liverpool, this one looks tailor-made for the neutral as two of the most entertaining sides left in this year’s competition square-off in the first leg in Seville.
After years of fighting it out at the business end of the Europa League, the Spanish Primera side have their sights set a little higher this year as they prepare for a tilt at the latter stages of the Champions League. Julen Lopetegui’s team cruised through their group with Chelsea to extend their stay in this competition, but Borussia could be tricky opponents.
Recent managerial upheaval at Dortmund following indifferent domestic form adds an element of uncertainty to this tie by the time it is played in February, but regardless of goings-on the dugout, the fitness of Erling Haaland is the major unknown when trying to call this tie. Sevilla will be praying the Norwegian goal machine takes a little longer than expected to shake off his hamstring issues.
ATLÉTICO MADRID VS CHELSEA BETTING
First thoughts: While Atlético are still waiting for their moment in the sun in this competition, they remain the side most clubs would do anything to avoid at this stage of the competition.
Diego Simeone’s streetwise Atléti are past masters at the patient waiting game often required to engineer a win in a tight two-leg tie, and the Madrid side deservedly ejected Liverpool from the competition at this stage last season.
That said, Chelsea could be an ideal match-up for them given the Blues’ wealth of attacking options.
Frank Lampard may be best served by opting for a high-risk, high-reward cavalier attacking approach against a team more than happy to graft and pounce on mistakes.
LAZIO VS BAYERN MUNICH BETTING
First thoughts: Lazio look to have the hardest task of any team heading into the knockouts. A draw pitting them against rock-solid reigning champions Bayern has seen their Champions League outright odds drift to a hefty 110/1. The Italians are on unfamiliar ground in the Round of 16: it’s their first time here since this stage of the competition was introduced.
Simone Inzaghi’s charges successfully managed to grind their way out the group without losing a game (two wins, four draws), but will probably need to find an extra spark from somewhere to edge past a Bayern side that hardly dropped a beat in Group A.
However, Hansi Flick’s side have shown some signs of vulnerability in defence so far this season – particularly domestically. In a sense, this tie is a free hit for Lazio given the aura that has built up around Bayern. The odds are stacked against them, but with no expectations could the Italians pull off the shock of the round?
ATALANTA VS REAL MADRID BETTING
First thoughts: The Round of 16 draw served up an early Christmas present to football neutrals around the world when these two teams were pitted against each other. Serie A entertainers Atalanta look perfectly pitched as underdogs in this tie, given 13-time winners Real Madrid have hardly looked in relentless form in either the Primera or Europe this season.
That said, Atalanta’s ‘throw caution to the wind’ approach has caught them out at times in this competition, and Zinedine Zidane’s side are more than streetwise to the patience required to negotiate a two-leg tie. The Italians have the attacking prowess to land a knockout blow over the space of 90 minutes on their most blistering form.
Can they box clever, however, if this tie remains in the balance heading back to Madrid?
GLADBACH VS MAN CITY BETTING
First thoughts: It’s happened again. These two teams simply can’t get enough of each other after previous clashing in this competition in both 2015/16 and 2016/17 – coincidentally the last two times Gladbach qualified for this tournament.
On recent history, City probably couldn’t have asked for many better matchups given their R16 opponents have precious little experience of knockout European football since their impressive rise back to the top of German football.
However, Marco Rose’s side are no shrinking violets. They advanced through one of the toughest groups at the expense of Shakhtar and Inter and Pep Guardiola will need to find a way to nullify their high-energy style.
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Champions League Favourites 2020/21
Bayern Munich broke new ground in 2019/20 by winning every game en-route to glory, and are 29/10 favourites in the Champions League outrights markets, while Liverpool (57/10) and Man City (83/20) look the most likely threats to bring the title back into English hands with both clubs safely through.
Champions League Outright Betting – Longer Shots
Atalanta (37/1) could be the attractive bet at their current price if they can outgun serial Champions League winners Real Madrid, while Sevilla (40/1) always spring into life in knockout competition.
Julen Lopetegui side may only grow in confidence should they reach the quarter-finals after last year’s stunning Europa League run.