With qualifying for the new season’s competition already well underway, here we take a look at the best early Champions League winner odds for 2021-22. Can Chelsea defy the odds to become only the second team after Real Madrid to retain their crown in the Champions League era, or will another club taste the ultimate in European club football glory come next May?
Saint Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium will host next season’s final, and reigning champions Chelsea are 10/1 to make it back-to-back victories. Thomas Tuchel has done a fantastic job at Stamford Bridge, but surely the German tactician can’t do the unthinkable and deliver a second successive triumph for the west London outfit.
Only three teams have shorter odds than the Blues though, with fellow Premier League side Manchester City the frontrunners in the best early Champions League winner odds. The Citizens reached their first final last term, but the biggest prize still eludes the Etihad club. Pep Guardiola is going into his sixth season with the Blues, and is 4/1 to lift the famous big-eared trophy for the first time since 2011.
Guardiola’s former club, Bayern Munich, are second favourites in the best early Champions League winner odds. The Bundesliga giants lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals last season, but will be right in the mix once again this term. New coach Julian Nagelsmann will need to hit the ground running at the Allianz Arena to get the full backing of the board and fans, but if he does then their price of 6/1 will shorten as the season progresses.
Best early Champions League winner odds
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PSG are 8/1 in this market. Similarly to Man City, the Ligue 1 outfit are desperate to land their first Champions League crown. Both clubs have owners who’ve invested vast sums of money and want to see a return on the biggest stage. City knocked PSG out in the semis last season, but the Parisians have recruited well so far this summer and they should be stronger than ever.
As well as Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma, PSG have also signed veteran centre-back Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid. The Spanish defender lifted the Champions League four times with Los Blancos, but the Bernabeu club appear a long way from those glory days at present, despite Carlo Ancelotti returning to the club for a second spell as coach. Madrid are out at 20/1 as part of the best early Champions League winner odds, with local rivals Atletico priced at 30/1.
English giants Manchester United have shorter odds than the Madrid duo at 14/1, which is the same price you can get on Barcelona with William Hill at this stage. United have paid big money for Jadon Sancho and have shown real signs of progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but surely can’t be viewed as anything other than a long shot prior to the start of the new campaign.
The same would apply to Barcelona given their off-field struggles. The Blaugrana can’t afford to register their new signings or announce Lionel Messi’s new contract due to their financial problems, and they reportedly have no funds to spend on strengthening their squad. The Catalans will always be a threat in this competition with Messi though, while Argentina teammate Sergio Aguero is also heading to the Nou Camp along with former Man United forward Memphis Depay.
Serie A champions Inter are out at 40/1 to win this competition for the fourth time in their history, having last tasted success under Jose Mourinho in 2010. The bookmakers fancy Juventus to have a better chance of glory, with the Old Lady priced at 22/1. Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, are 40/1 in the best early Champions League winner odds for 2021-22, if you fancy a few euros on another outside bet this season. Liverpool, meanwhile, could be worth a look at 9/1.