Manchester United's Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Linzer ASK and Manchester United in Linz, Austria, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The match was played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Manchester United's Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Linzer ASK and Manchester United in Linz, Austria, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The match was played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak.|Kerstin Joensson | Associated Press
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Light at the end of the tunnel! UEFA reportedly sets date for Champions League and Europa League finals — Miller has the odds on who wins

While football may still be on hiatus for a while, there is now hope Tuesday after UEFA met to discuss the state of the game

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

While football may still be on hiatus for a while, there is now hope Tuesday after UEFA met to discuss the state of the game.

The European Championships (EURO 2020) has been moved back until 2021, but that was done so that various leagues around the world can finish.

Two of those leagues are the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, which were due to finish in late May.

Now, according to multiple reports, the dates have been tentatively set: June 24th for the Europa League Final (Gdansk, Poland as of now) and June 27th for the Champions League Final (Istanbul, Turkey as of now).

There has been some talk that the tournament could be shortened into one-off matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals, instead of two-legged ties, but there could be a full tournament. According to Arancha Rodríguez of the Spanish news site COPE:

"Return of the Champions League on May 5 and would allow maintaining the same format. The final on June 27. On the other hand, the Europa League return would be on April 30 and the final on June 24."

So far, half of the Champions League quarterfinalists have advanced (Atalanta, Atlético Madrid, PSG, and RB Leipzig), with the other four participants still to be decided after the second legs.

None of the eight Europa League ties have been completed, although Manchester United has a 5-0 lead heading home and will most certainly be one of the eight quarterfinalists. The Red Devils are the current betting favorite (+275) to lift the title for the second time in four years.

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TOP FIVE ODDS TO WIN UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Manchester City +300

Bayern Munich +325

PSG +425

Barcelona +700

Atlético Madrid +1000

TOP FIVE ODDS TO WIN UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Manchester United +275

Wolverhampton +500

Bayer Leverkusen +600

Inter +600

Sevilla +800

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