The long road to Istanbul starts Tuesday, as the UEFA Champions League is back after a short break.
And when we say long, we mean it: the 2019-20 Round-of-16 began in February, and then was not completed until early August, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This season is starting late, because the last tournament did not end until August 23, when Bayern Munich won its sixth title with a 1-0 win over PSG.
This Tuesday and Wednesday, Match Day 1 will take place with 16 games (eight each day), with Match Day 2 and 3 coming in the following weeks. After a break for international duty, Match Days 4-6 will take place once again in three straight weeks, from November 24-25 to December 8-9.
Bayern Munich is the current favorite to repeat, but Manchester City is also near the top of the odds, trying to win its first title.
UEFA Champions League Dates:
Match Day 1, Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21
Match Day 2, Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28
Match Day 3, Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4
Match Day 4, Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25
Match Day 5, Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2
Match Day 6, Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9
Knockout Stage Draw, Monday, December 14
Final, Saturday, May 29, Istanbul, Turkey
Times: Two windows each match day; two games 12:55 p.m. EDT, six games 3 p.m. EDT
TV Channels: All games on CBS All Access and/or Fubo.tv
2020-21 Champions League Odds
- Bayern Munich (+400, defending champion)
- Manchester City (+450)
- Liverpool (+600)
- PSG (+900)
- Barcelona (+1100)
- Real Madrid (+1100)
- Juventus (+1300)
- Chelsea (+2000)
- Atlético Madrid (+2500)
- Manchester United (+2500)
- Inter (+3000)
- Atalanta (+3500)
- Sevilla (+5000)
Predictions: Bayern Munich (+400) or Manchester City (+450). Long Shot Play: Real Madrid (+1100).