In a year like no other, some things still never change. After Bayern Munich hoisted the UEFA Champions League Trophy to cap off an inimitable 2019-20 campaign, the many titans of global soccer bounced right back in short order to contest for the new season’s crown. And as we race toward the knockout rounds, it’s time for CanadianBettingSites to identify the best UEFA Champions League 2020-21 futures betting picks, including the outright winner and leading prop bets including top goalscorer, winning team’s nationality, and more.
2021 UEFA Champions League Winner Futures Picks
So, who’s winning all the marbles in the grandest club competition in world football? May 2021 feels far away, but at the same time, we’ve got enough action on tape to separate UEFA’s haves and have-nots (sorry, Atalanta fans!).
If you want to make the best possible bet on one team to rise above them all, look no further than the defending champs. Bayern Munich is once again loaded from top to bottom, led by goal machine Robert Lewandowski, who likely would have won 2020’s Ballon d’Or if the award had actually been given this year. After going undefeated in Group A and taking 16 points from a possible 18, FCB drew Italian side Lazio, one of the small handful of weakest clubs remaining the field for the Round of 16. This juggernaut of a side doesn’t need “help.” They’ve just been given it.
That bodes well for another championship run.
Pick Bayern Munich (3.75) to win the UEFA Champions League. A $20 wager at Intertops cashes out for $75.
Looking for a sneaky pick with greater risk and greater reward? Don’t sleep on Juventus. The Italian champions have arguably the easiest Round of 16 matchup in Portugal’s FC Porto, while fellow dark horse challengers Paris Saint-Germain, unfortunately, drew Lionel Messi and Barcelona. Betting $20 on Juve to win the title pays out an excellent $300 at top sportsbooks.
Round of 16 draw ✔️
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 14, 2020
Champions League 2021 Picks to Make the Final
More interested in betting on who makes it to the final game of the European campaign rather than winning the whole thing outright? Well, Bayern is still the best bet. In this utterly strange pandemic year, the results on the pitch haven’t exactly been ruled by chaos — rather, the most stable, well-constructed teams have shined through as bright as ever.
And nobody is as steady as the defending champs. Der FCB is going to play for the big one again in 2021.
Bayern Munich (2.3) is the smartest pick to reach the Champions League final. Betting $20 will pay out $46 at Bet365.
Still insistent on swinging for the fences with a less-than-sure thing? A $20 wager on Juventus to make the final will redeem for $130 at 10bet.
2021 UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer Futures Picks
When it comes to scoring goals, it’s tempting to believe that Erling Haaland can do no wrong. Borussia Dortmund’s prodigious Norwegian striker has been scoring by the bushel in Europe’s top leagues since age 18, after all, and continues to bag tally after tally to the delight of the BVB faithful.
But pump the brakes if you’re already prepared to crown him as this season’s Golden Boot winner in the Champions League.
Among players still alive in the tournament, Haaland is tied with Juventus’ Alvaro Morata and PSG’s Neymar on six goals, but the best betting value sits further down the list. Bayern’s Lewandowski has missed two games out of six so far in UEFA play, but still has three goals to his name — and remains the single best bet in the world to erupt for a four-goal game against even the toughest of opponents.
Considering that Bayern Munich also has the best chance to play the maximum number of games and win the whole shebang, his case is impossible to ignore.
Bet on Robert Lewandowski (6) to finish as the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League’s top goalscorer. Wagering $20 will cash out for $120 at Bodog.
Prefer a dark horse pick? Cristiano Ronaldo has the sheer brilliance to will Juventus to victory on any night against any opponent and is averaging a goal every 90 minutes through four games played in the tournament. Betting $20 on CR7 to win the tournament’s Golden Boot pays $180 at top sportsbooks.
2021 UEFA Champions League Futures Picks: Nationality of Winner
Don’t worry, we’re not about to ignore the entirety of the Premier League. After all, Liverpool hoisted the Champions League crown as recently as 2019, and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are once again threatening to break through at long last and claim their first-ever European title. The consensus among bookmakers is that Man City and Liverpool respectively have the second-and third-best odds to win the tournament; with that in mind, on the subject of determining the nationality of the eventual winner, there’s real value to be had.
But England is still not the single smartest pick.
With tournament favourites Bayern Munich, peppy underdogs Borussia Dortmund, and sneaky longshots Borussia Monchengladbach all still alive in the tournament, the money has to go on Germany.
Bet on Germany to be the country of origin for the Champions League’s eventual winner. A $20 bet pays out a handsome $76 at top sportsbooks.
UEFA Champions League 2021 Futures Picks: Furthest Progressing EPL Team
If a Premier League club isn’t winning the European crown, that doesn’t preclude a deep run from one of its clubs. Man City and Liverpool aren’t even the only options, either, as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are alive and kicking as the undefeated winners of Group E.
The last four clubs Chelsea have drawn in the UCL last 16:
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 14, 2020
All told, however, Chelsea lacks the sheer firepower to threaten for a spot in the final, and Liverpool are simply beset by two many key injuries to world-class players. That leaves those noisy neighbours up in Manchester.
Pick Man City to be the English club that advances the furthest in the Champions League. A $20 ticket redeems for $42 at top sportsbooks.