By News Team
Last Updated: 22nd July 2021
As the Champions League action heats up, we’ve taken a look at all you need to know – from the important Champions League dates on the calendar, to the Champions League fixtures, to which teams are the favourites.
Read on below to find out more, including on the latest football betting odds.
What are the Champions League 2021-22 matchday & draw dates?
The 67th season of Europe’s elite club competition is the 30th since it was rebranded, with Champions League matches running from 22 June 2021 to 28 May 2022.
The knockout stage of the Champions League kicks off on September 14 with the last 16 games taking place in February and March 2022, with the draw being held on December 13.
After that, the draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final (to decide the ‘home team’) will be held on March 18, with those games set to be played across April and May.
|Phase||Draw date||Game dates|
|Preliminary Round||June 8, 2021||June 22-25|
|First qualifying round||June 15, 2021||July 6-7, 13-14|
|Second qualifying round||June 16, 2021||July 20-21, 27-28|
|Third qualifying round||July 19, 2021||August 3-4, 10|
|Play-off||August 2, 2021||August 17-18, 24-25|
|Group stage||August 26, 2021||September 14 – December 8|
|Last 16||December 13, 2021||February 15-16, 22-23 & March 8-9, 15-16|
|Quarter-final||March 18, 2022||April 5-6, 12-13|
|Semi-final||March 18, 2022||April 26-27 & May 3-4|
|Final||March 19, 2022||May 28 2022|
When and where will be the 2022 Champions League final?
The 2021-22 Champions League final will take place in Saint Petersburg and will be the first UEFA club competition final held at Krestovsky Stadium – which was also one of the 12 host venues at Euro 2020 and serves as home for Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The match will also be the third UEFA final to be held in Russia, and the first to take place outside Moscow, which previously hosted Champions League football with the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea, as well as the 1999 UEFA Cup Final between Parma and Marseille; both matches were played at the Luzhniki Stadium.
What are the latest Champions League odds?
Despite missing out on the trophy in this year’s final, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the favourites among the Champions League teams to secure their first European title at 3/1 next year.
Bayern Munich experienced a frustrating season last term as the six-time champions could only reach the quarter finals and with new manager Julian Nagelsmann hoping to become the fourth German manager in a row to lift the trophy, they are the 11/2 second favourites.
Mauricio Pochettino and Paris Saint-Germain follow next at 7/1 after making a big splash in the summer transfer window, signing Sergio Ramos and Euro 2020 Player Of The Tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Chelsea, victorious earlier in this year’s Champions League final when beating Premier League rivals Manchester City in Porto, are 9/1 to repeat the feat.
Elsewhere among the Champions League odds, Liverpool are currently 8/1 and will hope a new resurgence under Jurgen Klopp can give them the confidence to win the trophy again.