2021 Champions League Final Opening Odds: Manchester City Favored Over Chelsea
Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images. Pictured: Chelsea standout Christian Pulisic, left, and Manchester City star Phil Foden.
- Manchester City is favored over Chelsea in the Champions League Final on Saturday, May 29.
- These teams have split their two meetings this season, with Man City's coming before Chelsea fired manager Frank Lampard.
- Get opening odds for the Champions League Final below, plus our projected lines for the match.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea Odds
|Manchester City Odds||-106|
|Over/Under||2.5 (-105 / -118)|
|Day | Time||Saturday, May 29 | 3 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||CBS | Paramount+|
|Odds as of Wednesday night via DraftKings.|
For just the second time ever, the European Cup will be decided by a matchup of English clubs.
Manchester City and Chelsea will face off in Istanbul on May 29 in the Champions League final. It’s City’s first final in the competition and Chelsea’s third, having won the trophy back in 2012.
DraftKings already has early odds for the matchup, and Pep Guardiola’s side is heavily favored.
These teams have already played twice this season, with each side notching a victory. City’s win, it should be noted, came against a Chelsea side coached by Frank Lampard. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup semifinal.
City and Chelsea will face off twice more this season, with the first matchup coming this Saturday, May 8, in the Premier League. Chelsea are in good position to claim a Champions League place through the league this season, while City have already won the Premier League.
Three weeks later, they will meet for the European Cup, which all clubs in Europe treasure.
Both Manchester City and Chelsea had relatively straightforward victories in the semifinals, with City advancing 4-1 on aggregate against PSG and City going through against Real Madrid on a 3-1 advantage.
City took down PSG thanks to a 2-1 win in Paris and 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. Riyad Mahrez scored twice in the second leg, which saw Phil Foden continue his breakout season as a key playmaker for Guardiola. Ruben Dias was named man of the match for the second leg, a quality honor during what has been a sensational debut season for City.
After a 1-1 draw in Madrid, Chelsea were dominant in the second leg against Los Blancos. The Blues registered 3.56 expected goals to Real Madrid’s 0.49.
Tuchel has turned Chelsea into a defensive juggernaut, but the front three of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner reeked havoc on Real, with N’Golo Kante starring in midfield. Werner scored the first goal, heading in a rebound after Havertz hit the crossbar. Christian Pulisic came on as a second-half substitute and set up Mount for the second goal.
Here are projections for the final from soccer analyst BJ Cunningham:
Champions League Final Projected Line:
Manchester City +119
Man City xG: 1.13
Chelsea xG: 0.70
Total xG: 2.01
To lift the Trophy
Manchester City -145
— BJ Cunningham (@BJCunningham22) May 5, 2021