UEFA Champions League Predictions, Live Stream and Odds 2020-21
The UEFA Champions League group stage action will begin for the 2020-21 season on 20th October. After a very long year of 2020, the next few weeks and months will be colored by the Champions League games of the 2020-21 season.
After last season’s competition was delayed, the 2020-21 tournament is taking place later than usual. The group stage gets underway on Tuesday 20 October, with the final scheduled for Saturday, 29th May 2021 from the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul.
The competition starts by midweek in the month of October and all the teams have already made their way to the big stage. With countries in Europe allowing limited fans into stadiums, the UEFA competitions will revive the lost cheer that football has been missing out in recent days.
From the English Premier League – Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea represent the English in the Europe stage. Although they are among the favorites to win it, the reigning champions Bayern Munich are clearly hands down favorites to win the trophy this season.
Accompanied by Italian Champions Juventus, La Liga title holders Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are all favored to become the crowned champions of Europe. With all that being said, the biggest stage in all of Europe is set to welcome and embrace its new Champion for the season.
How to Watch the UCL 2020-21?
In the UK, BT Sport is the one stop destination for all the Champions League action and obviously it is the best place to go to watch it live. Coverage starts at 3:45pm on BT Sport 1 or via the BT Sport app.
In the US, CBS All Access is now the home of UEFA competitions including the Champions League and the Europa League for this season.
In Canada, DAZN is the sports streaming service which exclusively broadcasts the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Serie A in Canada.
In Australia, Optus Sport has been home to every single Champions League fixture this season and it will continue to cover the whole season and the final is no exception.
The official broadcaster for the Champions League in New Zealand is Sky Sports and they will be broadcasting throughout the entire season.
In India, Sony Pictures Networks continues to broadcast the UEFA Champions League for another season and they will serve Indian fans for another season.
UCL 2020-21 Outright Odds
According to bet365.com, the betting odds for the major teams to win this year’s Champions League trophy is listed below:
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UCL Matches This Week
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UCL 2020-21 Predictions
Now the talks of ESL has dropped down, fans are enthralled to watch the not so worse, Champions League, courtesy of the new Swiss format. Three of the clubs powered by plutocrats are in the semi-finals, and there is the capitalistic Real Madrid in SAD’s guise. But these clubs do one thing, untiringly, they deliver brilliant ninety minutes on the pitch no matter what. And that’s what the football fans, at least the global fans, love more than anything. Read between the lines and understand the tactical battles and mind games that will unveil in the semi-finals.
Manchester City vs Paris SG
After a great comeback in the second half of the first leg, Manchester City welcome Paris SG to Etihad Stadium for another intense affair. Kevin de Bruyne’s cross evaded PSG’s keeper and his teammate John Stones alike to touch the net in the second half to equalize Marquinhos’ header. Riyad Mahrez saved City with a precise free-kick seven minutes after to finish 1-2. City’s manager Pep Guardiola was calm enough to not complicate matters and he keeps his squad at full strength heading into the second leg.
A former EPL manager, Mauricio Pochettino’s stubbornness to play Kylian Mbappe and other top players in the Ligue 1 game a week before the first leg have them in trouble. Suffering from a calf injury, Kylian Mbappe might not see the field at Etihad. A harsh tackle on Gundogan sent PSG’s Idrissa Gueye off the pitch in the first leg, he will stay sidelined for this game too. The addition of Mauro Icardi at the front is a good move from Pochettino. Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes will play crucial roles in this game.
Below-par performances don’t convince the Spaniard perfectionist, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres didn’t get any minutes in the first leg. Joao Cancelo was substituted for Oleksandr Zinchenko after 60 minutes, which served as the turning point of the game. The Ukrainian defender might find a place in the starting XI in this game, Benjamin Mendy shall probably leave his spot for Cancelo.
Dubbed as the Oil derby, a Qatar vs Abu Dhabi battle, this semi-final is many things but not a dead rubber. The only relief for City is that this won’t lead to a shootout no matter the outcome, which the Parisians can excel with the likes of Neymar and Mbappe. A narrow margin victory is possible for either side on Tuesday, the Cityzens are the favourites to meet Chelsea or Real Madrid at the finals.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Wednesday sees yet another spectacular semi-finals leg in the Champions League history as Chelsea host Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Buttressed by an away goal, Chelsea will avoid repetition of history like the 2008/09 season. The Blues will play at Stamford Bridge without Mateo Kovacic and Antonio Rudiger, the two are affected by muscle issues.
A glimpse at Real Madrid’s past will make clear the calibre of the Spanish club. Yet, the Vikings can’t let that fact distract them off from the current prize. Despite facing few setbacks and a slow advancement to the top in LaLiga, Real Madrid are here in the Champions League semi-finals. Minutes after Christian Pulisic’s opener in the first leg, Karim Benzema put a show of a goal. His ball control speaks mountains about his talent and experience. The Vikings depend upon the Frenchman a lot to take them to the path of glory. His copatriot and Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane has revived and reviewed the Vikings’ playstyle, his tactics have been conservative but effective.
Sitting on the other end of the spectrum is the tactical master from the land of tactics itself, the German, Thomas Tuchel, has transformed the Blues to a consistently winning side. He not only fetches results but improves the mentality at Stamford Bridge. In a recent affair against Fulham, a brace from Kai Havertz and Tuchel’s air-tight defence handed them another clean-sheet 2-0. Tammy Abraham did a cameo in the last quarter, his talent going to waste is a sour sight to see, but Tuchel’s ideas deliver the greater good.
While the battle for the Spanish crown seemed wide open at some point, Atleti have gained momentum recently and are two points ahead of the Catalans and the Vikings. Injuries were a major concern for Real Madrid throughout this season, which is also a reason for their slip up, Sergio Ramos, Lucas, Ferland Mendy, Daniel Carvajal and Federico Valverde will be out for this game. All said, the Blues appear like a single juggernaut while they are in action, an all-English finale is possible this season.