After a hiatus of a couple of months, this August will see both of UEFA’s flagship European competitions recommence in a very different format to the one that was originally intended. Both the Champions League and the Europa League will now be contested over one-leg ties (in most cases) with each competition taking place through to the conclusion in a single country.

The Europa League quarterfinals and onwards will be played at a number of venues across Germany, while the Champions League quarterfinals and onwards will be played in Lisbon, Portugal. Europa League fixtures will be played first each week, with the Champions League games following on from that.

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Let’s now learn a little more about how each competition will be completed in August, starting with the one that will begin first, the Europa League.

Europa League

Where do we stand?

The situation in the Europa League is somewhat complicated. Six Round of 16 first leg ties have been played, with two matches postponed at that time back in March. What UEFA have determined is that the second leg of the six ties that have already been played will be contested at the team scheduled to play the second leg at home.

The two matches that have not played their first leg, will be contested over a one-legged match at a neutral venue. All of these games will be played on the 5th and 6th August 2020

What is the plan for the remaining Round of 16 Games?

Round of 16 Second Leg Ties (first leg scores in brackets).

  • Copenhagen (0) v (1) Istanbul Basaksehir
  • FC Basel (3) v (0) Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Manchester United (5) v (0) LASK Linz
  • Wolves (1) v (1) Olympiakos
  • Bayer Leverkusen (3) v (1) Rangers
  • Shakhtar Donetsk (2) v (1) Wolfsburg

Round of 16 – 1 Legged Tie (at neutral venue in Germany)

  • Inter Milan v Getafe (Gelsenkirchen)
  • Sevilla v AS Roma (Duisburg)

Quarterfinals and Onwards

These ties are one-legged matches played on the 10th and 11th August 2020.

  1. LASK Linz/Man Utd v Istanbul Basaksehir/Copenhagen (Koln – 10th August)
  2. Inter Milan/Getafe v Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen (Dusseldorf – 10th August)
  3. Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk v E.Frankfurt/FC Basel (Gelsenkirchen – 11th August)
  4. Olympiakos/Wolves v Sevilla/AS Roma (Duisburg – 11th August)

The draw for the semifinals has already been made and will see the winners of Match 4 in the quarterfinals, take on the winner of Match 1 in Koln on Sunday 16th August, while the winners of matches 2 and 3 will face off in the second semi-final in Dusseldorf on Monday 17th August.

The final will be played on Friday 21st August in Koln.

Who looks likely to win the tournament?

Of the 16 teams remaining in the tournament, bet365 have Manchester United as the clear 2/1 favourites ahead of Inter at 11/2. Leverkusen are 6/1, with Wolves and Sevilla 9/1 and Getafe 14/1.  Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma, both at 16/1 and Basel at 25/1 are the only other teams that are rated at better odds than 66/1 or greater.

Of those sides, Manchester United are the form team at the moment and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are all but confirmed in the quarterfinals thanks to their big first leg win. With a favourable draw too through to the final, I think United are the most obvious team to back.

However, if you fancied an outsider bet, then Sevilla at 16/1 are well worth a closer look. They have challenged the big three in Spain pretty well this season, they are very strong at home and are the most successful Europa League side ever having landed five victories in total. Their draw to reach the final is tough as they’d likely face Man Utd in the semifinals, but if one team can beat United at the moment, Sevilla would be my pick.

Champions League

Where do we stand?

The Champions League is slightly more advanced in its games than the Europa League. We Bet365 Champs League Offeralready know that four teams have made it into the quarterfinals, Atalanta, Paris St Germain, Red Bull Leipzig and Atletico Madrid.

However, the four remaining Round of 16 second leg ties will be played to a conclusion over the 7th and 8th August 2020 at the stadium of the home team, which will see the four qualifiers from these four remaining games make it into the quarterfinals.

What is the plan for the remaining Round of 16 Games?

Round of 16 Second Leg Ties (played at ground of home team)

  • Juventus (1) v (0) Lyon – Friday 7th August
  • Manchester City (2) v (1) Real Madrid – Friday 7th August
  • Bayern Munich (3) v (0) Chelsea – Saturday 8th August
  • Barcelona (1) v (1) Napoli – Saturday 8th August

Atalanta, Paris St Germain, Red Bull Leipzig and Atletico Madrid are already qualified having completed their Round of 16 ties in March.

Quarterfinals and Onwards

  1. Atalanta v Paris St Germain – Wed 12th August – Stadium of Light, Lisbon
  2. Red Bull Leipzig v Atletico Madrid – Thursday 13th August – Stadio Jose Alvelade, Lisbon
  3. Napoli/Barcelona v Chelsea/Bayern Munich – Friday 14th August – Stadium of Light, Lisbon
  4. Real Madrid/Man City v Lyon/Juventus – Saturday 15th August – Stadio Jose Alvelade, Lisbon

The draw for the semifinals will see the winners of Match1 take on the winners of Match 2 on Tuesday 18th August at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, while the second semifinal will see the winners of Match 4 take on the winners of Match 3 at the Jose Alvelade Stadium on Wednesday 19th August. All kick off times are 8pm BST.

The final will be played at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon on the 23rd August.

Who looks likely to win the tournament?

Bet365 have Manchester City as the joint favourites to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich both at 10/3 with Paris St Germain a 5/1 shot, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are 8/1, with Atalanta a surprise 10/1 chance. Leipzig are 14/1 with Juventus a longer odds 16/1 and Real Madrid a 25/1 chance. The remaining three teams, Napoli, Lyon and Chelsea are all 66/1 or greater odds.

For me, the two outstanding teams left in the tournament are the shortest price and I would not be surprised to see the winner of the semifinal involving teams in this section claim the trophy. Bayern are the hot pick for many now, but they will have had a month’s rest ahead of this tournament and that is not always ideal. As such, I would tip Manchester City to claim the trophy in the final

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12.30pm on Monday 13th July 2020.