Bayern Munich favourites to retain 2020-21 Champions League

Bayern Munich are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League after becoming the first side to win their group earlier this week.

Hansi Flick’s side have won four out of four in Group A, opening up a seven-point lead over Atletico Madrid in second, with two games to play.

The German Bundesliga giants extended their Champions League record to 15 consecutive victories, which includes last season’s 1-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the final.

Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester City and Sevilla joined the holders in the second round this week but none of them are confirmed group winners just yet.

As a result, Bayern Munich are 3/1 favourites to lift the trophy for a second consecutive season, and the experts at Premiership Tips, who tipped the Bavarians to go all the way at a similar price after the restart last season, believe they will repeat.

Robert Lewandowski has scored three goals in four group stage matches this season but is yet to reach his peak in the competition. He has a staggering 11 goals in only 7 Bundesliga matches to start the new campaign.

The Polish hitman is supported by the likes of Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka in attack, all match winners in their own right.

Bayern Munich also have one of the best goalkeepers in world football in Manuel Neuer, who is protected by the likes of Nicklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, David Alaba and Jerome Boateng – it’s hard to see a weakness in the team without injuries.

After dropping a couple of points in their early Bundesliga games, Bayern Munich are currently top of the table after eight games, on a four-match winning streak.

Interestingly, Manchester City are currently the 9/2 second favourites to win this season’s Champions League. This is despite sitting in 13th in the Premier League right now, albeit with a game in hand.

Pep Guardiola’s side have made an inconsistent start to their new campaign and their defence still doesn’t look solid despite splashing out on Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake. They were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Lyon last season.

David Silva’s playmaking ability, notably in tight games, has certainly been absent this season, following his departure to Real Sociedad over the summer. Young Englishman Phil Foden has come in, and whilst looking impressive, is far from the levels the Spaniard reached so far.

Some may find a better value on Liverpool at 13/2 as they will be healthier defensively in the New Year, whilst last season’s runners-up, Paris Saint-Germain, are currently 14/1.

Neither team are certain to reach the knockout stage at this point – the Reds just two points above Atalanta in third, and the Parisians only ahead of RB Leipzig on head-to-head record, both three points behind Manchester United in Group H.

The final two group games for each side will take place over the next fortnight before the competition goes back into its usual format in the New Year, with the final set for the end of May in Istanbul.