As the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League draw is in, the fervour amongst football fanatics reverberates through the internet. While reigning champions Chelsea look to retain the title, Manchester City is prepping to go all out. Fans are spending sleepless nights as Groups A and B have some of the most fiercely competitive teams, while the competition in Groups C, F, and G will increase as the tournament picks up the paces. Online bookmakers are gearing up for the pitched battles on the horizon.
Betpack's Top Favourite Teams for UEFA Champions League 2021-22Let's take a look at the odds for this season as the draw concludes, starting with Betpack's league predictions.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City – The FavouritesThe two favourites this season are placed in Group A by a random stroke of luck. While the fans would have liked to see the giants face off later in the tournament, they must be content with the current arrangements. Pep Guardiola's boys are a dangerous bunch with the team at the peak of its form. PSG's dressing room, on the other hand, is packed with stars. While it's impossible to predict the turn of events, the French Giants are at a slight advantage over their English counterparts.
Bayern Munich and Chelsea – Next in LineWith veteran powerhouse Robert Lewandowski leading a dynamic team, Bayern Munich isn't one to be taken lightly. Packed with young talents like Dayot Upamecano, Alphonso Davies, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sane, the German squad don't have much to worry about in the group stages.
Defending champions Chelsea have the upper hand in Group H. They face Juventus and Zenit St. Petersburg in the knockout stages. The Blues have been performing extremely well under Thomas Tuchel and the team should comfortably sail right through the group stages.
LiverpoolLiverpool has had a tough time since the 2018-19 UCL win and this time it's no different. They're placed in Group B, which is the Group of Death this season and the team must face Atletico, Milan, and Porto during the knockouts.
Atletico knocked the Reds out of the Champions League during 2019-20 and was crowned champions in La Liga the same year. AC Milan has had a consistent run so far, while FC Porto is one of the strongest teams in the Primeira Liga. Jurgen Klopp's boys must step up to the occasion if they're to survive the knockout stage.
Manchester United and Real MadridWith Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad, United's odds have changed massively in the last few days of the summer transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have a relatively easy path in the group stages. With Ronaldo and Pogba in top form, the Red Devils could emerge as one of the fiercest competitors this season.
On the other hand, Real Madrid must keep it together if they're to make it out of the qualifiers. While Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, and Eden Hazard make a formidable trio, the squad needs Mbappe to bounce back in the coming days. The Los Blancos have it easy in the group stages, but they must be prepared for the major challenge that begins after the knockout rounds. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can make it to the finals.