Bayern Munich remain the bookmakers’ favourites to win the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League following Monday’s draw.
The defending champions have been drawn up against Lazio in the second round, with the first leg taking place in February. The champions of Germany are currently 11/4 favourites with leading bookmakers.
Lazio progressed from Group F with 10 points, behind Borussia Dortmund. Club Brugge and Zenit St Petersburg were the other sides in the group.
Simone Inzaghi’s side were impressive in finishing fourth in Serie A last season but the additional six fixtures in the group stage of Europe’s elite club cup competition has impacted their domestic form.
The Rome club sit down in mid-table and aren’t expected to cause any problems for Bayern Munich in the New Year. You can find all the match odds and non Gamstop casinos on CasinoGam.uk with the Bavarians currently priced at 8/13 to progress from the tie.
It’s difficult to predict any side who can stop Bayern Munich from winning the Champions League for a second consecutive year. Hansi Flick’s side looked unplayable in winning their first five group games this season, which included a 4-0 thrashing of current La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena.
The Bavarians are spoiled for depth virtually throughout their side, though they won’t want either Robert Lewandowski or Manuel Neuer to pick up an injury between now and the end of the campaign.
Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane are other regular goalscorers in the side, whilst Kingsley Coman was the hero in last season’s final. 17-year-old Jamal Musiala already has three Bundesliga goals this campaign too.
Defensively, Neuer is protected by the likes of Lucas Hernandez, Niklas Sule, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard and David Alaba – players who could walk into virtually any defence in world football.
Manchester City are the bookmakers’ second favourites at 9/2 and will face Borussia Monchengladbach in their Second Round tie.
Pep Guardiola’s side took 16 points from a possible 18 in their group, which also included FC Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille.
However, the Citizens haven’t been very consistent domestically, currently sitting outside of the top four places. The still play good football but their 18 goals through 12 games is exactly half the number they had scored at this stage last season.
Sergio Aguero has had fitness problems, whilst Gabriel Jesus doesn’t look potent up front. David Silva’s playmaking ability certainly looks a huge miss in midfield, whilst their defence is a big issue.
Despite the hundreds of millions spent on the defence alone, they have shipped five at home to Leicester City and two away to Tottenham Hotspur already this campaign.
Liverpool are currently the bookmakers’ third favourites at 13/2 followed by Juventus at 12/1.