Champions League Predictions

Who wins the 2021 Champions League Final? Read our betting preview as Man City take on Chelsea this May…

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Champions League Final Betting Tips

We’re guaranteed an English winner… but will it be Man City or Chelsea taking home the Champions League trophy at the end of May?

The Cityzens are chasing a first ever UCL title, while Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will be out for redemption after just falling short with PSG in last year’s final.

Here’s our look at the Champions League Final betting as we preview both side’s chances of prevailing on 29th May…

Champions League Final Betting | Man City vs Chelsea

Narrative.

All great Champions League finals have it in spades, and this year is no different.

First up, are we entering a new era of English dominance?

It’s probably a little too early to say that just yet, but this is the second all-Premier League final in the space of three seasons, with Liverpool edging out Spurs 2-0 in Madrid back in 2019.

Secondly, Man City’s quest to finally claim the trophy Pep Guardiola has been spying since his arrival at the club back in 2016.

After a succession of quarter-final exits, his charges look to have come of age in this tournament in 2020/21 courtesy of some inspired tactical tweaks and the impenetrable centre-back pairing of John Stones and Rúben Dias.

Thirdly, Chelsea and their incredible knack for changing managers mid-stream.

Thomas Tuchel’s January arrival looks to have had a transformative effect on the Blues, and from his early duels with the German boss, Guardiola will be aware City face no easy ride if they are going to seal the biggest prize of them all.  

While it’s perhaps not always been the case in previous years, 2020/21 looks to have the delivered the right pair of finalists, with both English clubs reasonably comfortable in outgunning their respective opponents in the last four.   

City start out 11/25 favourites to take the trophy, but the Blues’ consistent second half of the campaign makes this final one of the harder to call in recent memory, with Chelsea priced up at 179/100 to claim their second title.

This tournament is the ultimate test of character, and EPL champions City haven’t had things all their own way in this campaign.

Dortmund proved tricky adversaries at stages in the quarter-finals before Phil Foden’s late strike at the Etihad calmed nerves heading into the second leg, while PSG looked set to take command of their semi at Parc Des Princes before an impressive second-half rally from City flipped the tie on its head.

That mental resilience has been key to City’s best-ever showing in this tournament. In beating PSG, the club now boast the record for the longest consecutive winning streak of any English team in this competition – seven games.

A draw against Porto after already wrapping up qualification in the group stages means they won’t be able to emulate Bayern’s record from last year of winning every game en-route to the final. However, the impressive consistency and defensive pragmatism on show in this campaign suggests this squad now has the maturity to make that final step and become UCL winners.

Chelsea edged the dress rehearsal when the two sides met in the Premier League earlier this month. A late Marcus Alonso strike ensured the Blues exited the Etihad with all three points in a 2-1 win, but with both managers opting to give some key players a breather in that game, it’s unlikely that result will weigh too heavily in either manager’s thinking come the 29th May.

Tuchel did get the better of his opposite number in a more obvious comparison earlier this season, however.

A tactically pragmatic display from the West Londoners saw them thwart the Cityzens at Wembley Stadium in the 2021 FA Cup semi-final, with a second-half Hakim Ziyech strike enough to settle a game lacking in gilt-edged chances.

With the Blues watertight in defence since the German’s arrival, this contest might need extra-time to settle it.

That’s where City’s clinical goalscoring edge could be the differential, although patience is likely to be required if the favourites are going to win out in what looks set to be a gripping game of tactical chess in Portugal.

Prediction: MAN CITY 2-1 CHELSEA (A.E.T)

Information correct at time of writing; fixture dates and venues may be subject to change.


Champions League Final 2020/21 | Routes To The Final

Man City

Group Stage – 1st, Group C
R16 – Borussia Mönchengladbach (W 4-0 on agg.)
QF – Borussia Dortmund (W 4-2 on agg.)
SF – Paris Saint-Germain (W 4-1 on agg.)

Chelsea

Group Stage – 1st, Group E
R16 – Atlético Madrid (W 3-0 on aggregate).
QF – FC Porto (W 2-1 on agg.)
SF – Real Madrid (W 3-1 on agg.)


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Check the latest Champions League odds with Marathonbet as Man City and Chelsea battle it out to be named kings of Europe in Porto.

Man City start as 11/25 favourites having set a new English record for consecutive wins in this tournament, while Chelsea are 179/100 after calmly navigating their way through the knockouts under the guidance of Tuchel.  

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