With the second leg of group stage play of the 2020 Champions League campaign set to get underway on Friday, August 7, now is a perfect time to offer up some expert analysis and predictions on this year’s potential championship winner. This year, there will be some distinct changes as the final stages get set to get underway. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and final will all be one-legged affairs all taking place in Lisbon without fans. Four teams are already qualified (RB Leipzig, Atlético Madrid, PSG, and Atalanta). Let’s take a closer look at some of the favorites to win the tournament so you can make your bets against their Champions League odds.
Champions League Odds & Expert Predictions
Odds to Win 2020 Champions League Title
- Manchester City +330
- Bayern Munich +330
- PSG +500
- Barcelona +800
- Atletico Madrid +800
- Atalanta +1000
- RB Leipzig +1400
- Juventus +1600
- Real Madrid +2500
- Napoli +6600
- Lyon +8000
- Chelsea +20000
Man City was banned from Champions League play for two years a couple of months ago, but the club appealed – and won their – and now the Citizens are favored to win it all and for good reason. Manchester City is sitting atop the Group C standings through six matches at 4-2-0. The Citizens have the second best goal differential margin (+12) after scoring 16 goals and allowing just four in six Champions League matches this season. 25-year-old midfielder Raheem Sterling is a superstar of the highest order, having scored 20 goals in 30 Premier League matches while veteran forward Sergio Aguero is still at the top of his game with 16 goals in 18 Premier League matches.
The Bavarians are the only unbeaten team in the Champions League as they sit atop the Group B standings at an unblemished 6-0-0. Bayern will enter Champions League play absolutely on fire, having won a mind-boggling 17 straight games. The German League champs are led by one of the best players on the face of the planet in 31-year-old superstar forward Robert Lewandowski, who has scored a phenomenal 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches. Not only that but veteran midfielder Thomas Muller is still one of the best playmakers in the business as he’s put up a stellar 21 assists in 26 matches.
The French season was suspended in March due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but PSG looks like a legitimate title contender as they sit atop the group A standings at a nearly perfect 5-1-0 through six matches. The Red and Blues are led by still-blossoming 21-year-old star forward, Kylian Mbappe, though he could miss his side’s Aug. 12 Champions League match against Atalanta with an ankle injury. Still, PSG has some other elite talent in superstar forward Neymar (13 goals in 15 matches) and Mauro Icardi (12 goals in 20 matches). PSG has scored the second most goals in Champions League play so far this season while allowing the fewest goals (two) as we get set for the next leg of action.
Barca sits atop the group F standings at 4-2-0, but the Red and Blues were inconsistent at best in going 25-7-6 in Spanish Primera League play. Barca has put nine goals on the board in Champions League play while allowing four goals. Superstar forward Lionel Messi is still at the top of his game with 25 goals in 33 Spanish League matches while Luis Suarez has added 16 goals in 28 matches. Still, Barcelona’s inconsistent play, especially since the restart, has me concerned.
Leipzig is sitting atop the group G standings at 3-2-1. The Red Bulls finished third in the German League (18-12-4) and they are led by a true superstar in 24-year-old star forward Timo Werner (28 goals in 34 matches), though I don’t like the drop-off to second star Patrik Schick (10 goals). Leipzig has scored 10 goals while allowing eight goals defensively and I believe their lack of a potent offense will be their undoing once Champions League play resumes.
Juventus is sitting atop the Group D standings through six matches at a near-perfect 5-1-0 and they went 26-5-6 to win the Serie A championship. While Juventus has scored a dozen goals in Champions League play while limiting the opposition to just four goals, they haven’t faced the most difficult opposition in their group and they’ll kick off their Champions League play having lost two of their last three matches including a 2-0 defeat against Cagliari on Wednesday.
Atleti is in second place in the group D standings at 3-1-2 while scoring eight goals and allowing five defensively. Atletico went 18-16-4 to finish third in Spanish League play, but this team is limited offensively with forward Alvaro Morata being the team’s leading scorer with a modest 12 goals, but no other player having more than six goals.
Atlanta might have the longest odds to win it all here, but I absolutely love the value the Black and Blues are offering as a stunning +1000 pick. Atalanta sits in second place in the group D standings at 2-1-3 and they’ve allowed more goals (12) than they’ve put on the board (8). Still, Atalanta has one of, if not, the – best offense on the face of the planet this year. The Black and Blues finished third in the Spanish League (23-9-5), but they also scored a mind-boggling 98 goals to lead the league in scoring by 19 more goals than Inter. The Black and Blues have a trio of elite scorers in Luis Muriel, David Zapata (18 goals apiece) and Josip Ilicic (15 goals). Four other players have scored at least seven goals while seven players have posted five assist or more.
I’m going with Bayern Munich as my top pick to win it all, but Atalanta is my No. 2 pick. I like Man City as my No. 3 pick, followed by selections for PSG and Juventus.
Champions League Picks
- Bayern Munich
- Man City