2020/21 Champions League Odds: Are English Teams The Favourites To Lift UCL Trophy?
2020/21 Champions League Odds: Are English Teams the Favorites to Lift UCL Trophy?After Liverpool lifted the 2019/20 UCL trophy, the debate about the 2020/21 UCL title chase has shifted to the English teams. Questions have been asked about the chances of Liverpool retaining the title. For punters, there is still a chance to get it right with your predictions for upcoming events in UCL. Will the English teams go all the way to the critical stages of Europe’s elite football competition?
Three EPL Teams in Drawn in the UCL Round 16
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are the only remaining English sides in the UCL competition. The three teams performed at the highest level in the ULC group stages. But apart from being the richest EPL teams, do they have what it takes to go all the way to the finals? With Liverpool as the returning champions, will the trophy go back to Merseyside in England?
Does Liverpool Have A Chance As Returning Champions?
In 2019/20, Liverpool stunned the football world by lifting the UCL and the FIFA Club World Cup trophies. At home, Klopp’s men were unassailable in their chase for the EPL title, a feat they achieved after nearly 30 years. However, things have not been the same in the new season. Despite topping Group D in 2020/21 UCL, the reds only managed 13 points. In round 16, Liverpool beat Leipzig 2-0 away and is set to play the second leg against the German’s strong side. At home, Liverpool is struggling. Starting as the favourites to retain the EPL title, Liverpool’s chances on the domestic title have crumbled.
A poor home form and injuries have seen Klopp’s side fall to position 8 on the EPL table, 22 points behind league leaders and 4 points off top four. Having lost six consecutive games at home, Liverpool welcomes Leipzig for the second leg in round 16. At present, Liverpool FC is the least favourite English side to lift the UCL trophy.
Will Thomas Tuchel Revamp Chelsea UCL Title Prospects?
After taking over at Stamford Bridge, following the sacking of Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel is yet to lose a match. He has won 7 times and draw 3 three times. Chelsea FC is back to Champions League spot on the EPL table. Tuchel’s first time out in UCL ended with a 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid. The Blues will welcome Diego Simeon’s side at Stamford Bridge for the ULC round 16-second leg and hope to continue to their unbeaten record. Chelsea topped UCL group E with13 points and look like a better side than Liverpool in the chase for the ULC trophy.
Can Pep Guardiola Replicate City’s Domestic run In the Champions League?
Before losing to Manchester United at home in a thrilling derby on 7th, March 2021, Manchester City have by all standards looked like the favourites to price away from the UCL trophy from Liverpool. Manchester City topped UCL Group C with 16 points after winning all their group stage matches. They only conceded one goal in the group stage. Dubbed the best and most consistent team in Europe in the 2020/21 season, the Citizens are a force to reckon with in the ULC competition. As the favourite English side to lift UCL trophy, Pep’s men head into UCL second leg of round 16 at home with a first-leg win and 2 crucial away goals against Borussia M’gladbach.