Sports picksMay 27, 2021

2021 Champions League Final Preview

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The Champions League Final is this Saturday at 3 PM ET and is being held in Portugal due to Covid-19 restrictions in Istanbul. Premier League winners Manchester City make their first UCL Final appearance in the history of their club, while Chelsea make their second finals appearance winning the competition back in 2012-13. Chelsea ran out 3-1 aggregate winners over Real Madrid while Man City cruised to a 4-1 aggregate victory over the much-fancied PSG. Down below is a breakdown of my 2021 Champions League Final and some betting odds for this Saturday’s match.


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MANCHESTER CITY


It’s been almost close to a perfect season for the Citizens. The “Nosey Neighbors” have once again shown why they are a dominant English club. After a rocky start to the season, which found City in 8th place in the league table on Christmas Day, the team found a string of success and vaulted to top the league. After losing to Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, City have gone on to win the Carabao Cup against Tottenham and lifted the Premier League trophy for the 5th time in their history. 

Pep Guardiola’s men will be up against a very dominant defensive side in Chelsea, looking to breakdown the back line with runs from Phil Foden or Riyad Mahrez. If City can dominate possession and limit counter-attacks, they could be lifting the Champions League Finals trophy.


CHELSEA


Chelsea are making their second appearance in the Champions League Final, first time they have been back to the final since they won it in the 2012-13 season. After starting the year with club legend Frank Lampard as manager, the “London Blues” were a very inconsistent side. After Chelsea found themselves in 9th after Match-week 19, the club decided to make a change. After letting Lampard go, Chelsea brought in PSG manager Thomas Tuchel. The Blues went on an insane run since they brought in Tuchel, going 13 straight games unbeaten.

This season has been a success getting to a FA Cup Final, a UCL Final, and finishing in the Top 4 securing a Champions League spot for next season. Look for Kante to be a disrupting force in the middle of the park, while the striker (either Giroud or Werner) try and get in-between the two centerback’s for City. If Chelsea can grab an early goal, look for them to press and try to force City into mistakes.


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BETTING ODDS


Manchester City vs. Chelsea spread: Manchester City -0.5


Manchester City vs. Chelsea over-under: 2.5 goals


Manchester City vs. Chelsea Money Line: Manchester City -112, Chelsea +340, Draw +240


MC: The Citizens have scored 76 goals in 31 Champions League games over the last three seasons.


CHE: Striker Olivier Giroud is tied for third in the Champions League with six goals.


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