SportManchester City lead as English clubs once again dominate Champions League odds
Almost 40 years have passed since English teams last won the Champions League (or European Cup) in back-to-back seasons, but the bookmakers appear to believe the cycle will be broken in 2022.
Following Chelsea’s triumph over Manchester City this past May, both clubs are back among the favourites this term, with Pep Guardiola’s Citizens setting the pace as things stand.
In fact, three of the top five frontrunners hail from the Premier League heading into the final round of group fixtures this week, although the top places in most pools are already confirmed.
William Hill UK offers a princely 3/1 price that City will finally break their European curse after coming so close last campaign, with Bayern Munich just off the leaders at 4/1.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain make up the remainder of the leader pack at odds of around 6/1 apiece, with a sharp fall to the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid as 16/1 outsiders.
Pressfrom breaks down the top teams in contention to win Europe’s biggest prize this season and just why they’ve risen into the top spots to be named continental kings.
Manchester City (3/1)
Considered Champions League favourites for much of the 2020-21 campaign, City made it to their maiden final before Thomas Tuchel masterminded a major upset on Chelsea’s behalf.
Guardiola has largely dominated English football since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, but scratching off Europe’s premier competition is his one major obstacle remaining in Manchester:
A reign of five years means the Catalan coach has already served for longer at City than he has any other club in his career, and there’s a sense his job at the club won’t be complete until this particular quest is over.
City have performed admirably securing top place in a Group A line-up comprising both Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig with a game to spare.
Bayern Munich (4/1)
Die Roten breezed through Group E in typically faultless fashion, and Julian Nagelsmann has picked up where predecessor Hansi Flick left off in terms of Bayern’s wide-spanning title prospects.
Germany’s most successful outfit has already opened up a slight gap at the top of the Bundesliga and have made the most of Barcelona’s failings this season to make light work of their pool.
No team has scored more goals than Bayern (19) entering the final batch of group games, and the six-time champions of Europe are back in the frame at a fanciable 4/1.
One of the few Premier League teams with a genuine chance of stopping the Citizens on the domestic front, Liverpool are also not far off the pace as an 11/2 shot for the European crown.
And those odds could be favourable before the knockout-stage action gets underway, particularly as Liverpool have been even more productive thus far in the group stage:
That unblemished record thus far in the competition is reason enough to believe the Reds can go all the way, especially when one considers Group B also included Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto.
Crowned as kings of the continent as recently as 2019, another win in 2022 would represent the third time Liverpool have clinched the accolade twice in the space of three seasons (or fewer).
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