Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester City and Sevilla all booked their places in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League knockout round this week with two games to spare this week.
This should help the head coaches concentrate on their domestic leagues over the next fortnight and rest some starts for the European matches.
Only Bayern Munich of the six aforementioned teams currently top their domestic league, whilst the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City in particular could really do with saving their stars for La Liga and Premier League action respectively.
The Citizens are currently second favourites to win the Premier League with the bookmakers, despite sitting down in 13th, eight points behind joint leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, though with a game in hand.
You can get 5/2 on Pep Guardiola’s side to regain their domestic title, with Burnley, Fulham and Manchester United their next league games.
City are also second favourites to win this season’s Champions League with odds of 9/2, behind only 3/1 favourites Bayern Muinich. The latter seems a tasty price with how dominant the German champions have been in 2020, also considering the other favourites for the title have arguably been in decline this season.
A £10 bet on Bayern Munich to win the 2020-21 Champions League could return £40 should Hansi Flick be successful for a second consecutive season. Those odds are from Bet22, whom currently offer a sign up bonus to new players, meaning your 22bet withdrawal balance could be quite tidy should the Bavarians go all the way in Istanbul in May.
Manuel Neuer remains one of the elite goalkeepers in world football right now, and is protected by the likes of Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez and David Alaba. Bayern have an abundance of attacking talent that is going to be near-impossible to be stopped – Robert Lewandowski already has 11 goals in seven Bundesliga appearances this season. The Pole is supposed by the likes of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka, among others – all match winners in their own right.
Can anyone stop Bayern Munich? I don’t think so.