- Manchester City and Chelsea are set to battle for the UEFA Champions League title this Saturday with thousands of bets available for the match.
GDANSK, Poland – The finals of the 2021 UEFA Champions League is here, and Manchester City and Chelsea are the only two teams remaining in the prestigious competition.
Bettors are looking at the match from every angle, including those trying to find the best prop bets for the fixture.
There are thousands of odds available on the major online sportsbooks for the match, but there are a few that immediately stand out as valuable plays.
Team To Score First And Win
- Chelsea +380
- Man City +106
One of the most valuable plays on the board is the prop that asks bettors to choose which team will score first and then go on to win.
With both odds in the plus territory, one could potentially profit off placing a wager on both teams in this category.
Both teams are able to win games in which they score first at a high rate. Man City has won 41 of their last 45 games in which they score first, while Chelsea have gone 17-1-1 in games they have scored first across all competitions.
It is likely that whichever team scores first is going to be the one hoisting the cup at the end.
Our next prop bet looks at the total number of offsides calls on Chelsea in the matchup.
Total Offsides Calls
- Chelsea Over 2.5 +100
Chelsea has a knack for getting called offsides, and there is strong value in this particular line.
Chelsea attacker Timo Werner has had many offsides calls this season include a few goals called back during Chelsea matches.
However, Werner is encouraged to play this high line and keep the defense worried about his position down the field. Naturally, this leads to a lot of offsides calls.
Chelsea has the second-highest total of offsides calls in the Premier League this season.
Now, in a game where they will likely work the counterattack against Man City, it is likely there are more than a few offsides calls against Chelsea yet again.
Timo Werner scores for Chelsea
Ruled out by VAR, Offside
— RouteOneFootball (@Route1futbol) May 23, 2021
The next prop wager to look at also deals with the number of infractions called during the game.
Total Cards Given
- Over 3.5 -235
While this price might be too high for some bettors, getting over 3.5 cards in this game is nearly a given.
This is the UCL Final, meaning players will be going all out to do whatever they can to help their team. This means more than a few misguided tackles and errant foot placement will be seen throughout the match Saturday.
The biggest factor in this match is Spanish referee Antonio Matue Lahoz. Lahoz has issued the most cards of any ref during the UCL this year, with 25 cards shown through five games.
With the action on the pitch likely heating up, the ref could decide to award a few cards early to set the tone for the match.
Those looking to bet on soccer can tune into the match Saturday at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Jimmy Reinman honed his skills across various mediums including print, radio, and broadcast before bringing his arsenal of knowledge to the team here at USAOnlineSportsbooks in 2020. When he’s not writing, you can find him in a state of focused stress on any College Football Saturday, or maniacally constructing NBA parlays on a cool spring evening.