UEFA Champions League Betting Guide – Best Odds & Tips 2022

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With matches in 11 of the 12 months in a year, there are countless Champions League betting opportunities. As the most watched club competition in the world, no other tournament offers punters more excitement and choice. Check out our handy, one-stop guide to everything you need to know!

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Best Champions League Betting Sites

#1
bet365
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#2
William Hill
  • Great mobile app for Champions League betting on the go
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#3
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#5
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  • The best new Champions League betting service
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  • Often have one-off Champions League betting promotions
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Best Champions League Betting Sites – Top 8 Ranked

#01 bet365

#02 William Hill

#03 Betfred

#04 bwin

#05 SportNation

#06 Ladbrokes

#07 Coral 

#08 BetVictor

 

Champions League Betting Odds

Champions League Betting Odds – Winner

Liverpool and Manchester City are the two favourites to get through to the final ahead of their Spanish opponents in the respective semi-finals.

TeamHighest Odds Bookmakers
Liverpool13/10SportNation
Manchester City7/5SportNation
Real Madrid13/2bet365
Villarreal23/1SBK

*Odds are subject to change.

Champions League Betting Odds – Top Goalscorer

We'll start off with Karim Benzema, whose remarkable campaign means that bookmakers are no longer offering a Top Goalscorer market heading into the final. The Frenchman pulled clear of previous leader Robert Lewandowski after scoring three times against Manchester City in Real Madrid’s semi-final tie.

Benzema leads this season’s Champions League scoring charts with 15 strikes, with Mo Salah his nearest competitor in the tournament – however, he’s way behind on eight. Thus, unless Salah wreaks vengeance on Los Blancos in a manner which we’ve never seen or will ever see again, Benzema will be crowned the competition’s top scorer following the final in Paris.

 

Confirmed Champions League Final

The all-English final that many expected didn’t come to fruition as Real Madrid edged out Manchester City in stunning fashion to join Liverpool, who overcame a scare in their second leg with Villarreal in the 2021/22 Champions League final.

The two teams will compete in a repeat of the 2018 final in Paris on May 28.

  • Liverpool vs Real Madrid (28/05/22) 

 

2021/22 Champions League Group Stage Review

  • Premier League supremacy once again manifested in the group stages of the 2021/22 Champions League campaign, with all four sides qualifying for the knockout phases. Holders Chelsea, however, could only muster a second-place finish in Group H, as Juventus pipped them to top spot.
  • Meanwhile, Manchester City - beaten finalists from last season - overcame defeat in Paris to top Group A at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain, as Manchester United and Liverpool also topped their respective groups. The Reds made light work of the widely regarded Group of Death as Atletico Madrid qualified in second, Porto dropped down to the Europa League, and AC Milan were eliminated.
  • The biggest surprise of the group stage was Barcelona failing to qualify for the round of 16. While few expected them to compete with Bayern Munich, Benfica trouncing La Blaugrana was stunning to witness, setting the Portuguese giants up for a successful group stage campaign. They qualified behind Bayern in second, with the rejuvenated Barca forced to compete in the Europa League this spring.
  • Elsewhere, Ajax were the star performers, winning all six of their Group C encounters. The majestic Amsterdamers made light work of Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund, and Besiktas, as they scored 20 goals on their way to maximum points.
  • In Group D, Real Madrid and Inter were the unsurprising progressors, despite the former succumbing to a stunning home defeat against Moldovan minnows FC Sheriff. Real Madrid won the rest of their encounters to finish in top spot, as FC Sheriff comfortably beat out Shakhtar Donetsk for a place in the Europa League.
  • And finally, Group G - the group we all forgot about. Lille, despite their domestic struggles this term, topped an evenly matched group, as FC Salzburg also progressed into the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in their history. Sevilla and Wolfsburg were the surprise exits.

 

2021/22 Champions League Round of 16 Winners Review

Real Madrid
Los Blancos managed to pull off a stunning comeback, fighting their way back from a 2-0 aggregate against competition favourites Paris Saint-Germain to eliminate them with a final score of 2-3. This was thanks to a second-half hat-trick by Karim Benzema in the second leg of the fixture. Initiated by a blunder by Italian goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma, Benzema scored the first of his tally in the 61st minute. He then went on to add another quick two in the 76th and 78th as Les Blues sank in dismay and could not react quickly enough.
Bayern Munich
After a suprising 1-1 draw in the first leg against RB Salzburg, Bayern Munich then approached the second leg with a different mindset, seeing off the Austrian side with a 7-1 thrashing at the Allianz Arena. There was then a hat-trick by goal-machine Robert Lewandowski, along with two more for Thomas Muller and one each for Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane. Ex-coach Hansi Flick will be glad to see all three Germans on the score sheet as he keeps his eye out in view of the World Cup squad selection due later on this year. It was a night to forget for the Salzburg team – a little less so for Maurits Kjaergaard, who scored his first Champions League goal against someone like Manuel Neuer.
Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp's men faced tough opposition, but managed to get past the Italian champions Inter, despite the Italians managing to clinch an away win in the second leg. In the first leg, Inter were without midfield powerhouse Nicolo Barella, Joaquin Correa, Robin Gosens, and Matias Vecino, and did not manage to get a single shot on target in a very balanced match. Liverpool managed to score two late goals thanks to Bobby Firmino and Mo Salah, which were enough to outweigh Inter's 0-1 win at Anfield. A dubious red card to Alexis Sanchez just moments after Inter scored in the 61st minute meant Inter lost their momentum, and did not have what it took to get the aggregate draw.
Manchester City
Man City are yet to win a Champions League trophy, so they must have been pleased to see that the two clubs against whom they lost against in the group stage out of the competition (PSG and RB Leipzig). In the round of 16 they faced Sporting, but the Portuguese side were no match for Pep's team, who put 5 past Antonio Adan in the Sporting goal during the first leg. An inspired Bernardo Silva scored two goals, provided an assist, and even had a goal disallowed on the night. In the return fixture, Man City chose to rest a few first team players, with the match ending in a goalless draw.
Atletico Madrid
After a hard-fought first leg in Madrid with as many as nine yellow cards in the match, Manchester United achieved a 1-1 draw against Diego Simeone's side. The second leg was also a cagey fixture, with the Red Devils dictating most of the play - however, Jan Oblak put on a great performance to stop United finding the back of the net. A well-worked Atletico team goal before the end of the first half was enough to see them through to the next round. Once they got the first goal, it was always going to be difficult to break them defensively, even with Cristiano Ronaldo on their side.
Benfica
Benfica were the surprise participants in the round of 16, finishing the group stage ahead of Barcelona by a point. When they drew in-form Ajax, many would have bet against them - nevertheless, they sat deep, defended well, and were dangerous on both counterattacks and set-pieces. After an end-to-end first leg which finished 2-2, Benfica travelled to Amsterdam, and despite Ajax having 4 times the shots Benfica had, the latter got the winning goal by Darwin Nunez from a set-piece.
Villarreal
Unai Emery has more than proven himself on the European scene with 4 Europa League wins (with Sevilla and Villarreal) - however, he is yet to win a Champions League trophy. After managing to clinch a goal in the first leg to keep it even, Villarreal travelled to Turin where Juventus had won all their previous 6 UCL matches. The Bianconeri failed to take the lead in the first half, with the match still level after the first 45 minutes. The second half saw Juventus having most of the time on the ball, but only managing to move it sideways and backwards, with Emery's men all dropping back into a third of the pitch, allowing no supply to the Old Lady's attackers. Then, Emery brought on three subs and managed to hit Juventus on the counterattack three times in the final 15 minutes, winning two penalties and scoring from the only corner Villarreal had in the second half. A tactical masterclass.
Chelsea
Chelsea got the 'easiest' of opponents for this round in Lille. The French team topped their group with wins over Salzburg, Sevilla and Wolfsburg, but defending champions Chelsea were always the favourites to go through. The latter set a comfortable two-goal lead in the first leg with goals from in-form Havertz and a second-half goal from Pulisic. The return leg could have been complicated for the Blues, especially with all the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea due to Roman Abramovich's sale of the club. Despite that, Tuchel's men showed character, despite going 1-0 down to score 2 goals, and ensured they progressed to the quarter finals.

 

Champions League Quarter Finals Review

  • Liverpool vs Benfica

Liverpool managed the first leg quite comfortably, though they did waste a number of very promising chances which could have meant they left the first leg with a larger cushion than they eventually settled for. The match ended 1-3 in favour of Jurgen Klopp's side, but it could have easily been 0-3 or even 0-4 by the end of the first half if Liverpool managed to make the best of the opportunities they created.
In the return leg, Benfica conceded too many goals to able to put themselves in a position to fight for a comeback despite the late goals scored. The match ended 3-3, with Roberto Firmino scoring a brace and Benfica being awarded two goals after they had been wrongly ruled off for offside positions. It was another noticeable performance by Darwin Nunez, who has captured the attention of various large clubs. Benfica will surely not be surprised if they receive a few offers for the forward over the summer.

  • Villarreal vs Bayern Munich

Probably the biggest shock in the quarter-finals was Villarreal winning against Bayern Munich in the first leg. The last time Die Roten had failed to score in a Champions League match was back in February 2019 against Liverpool.

Although Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli couldn't keep Robert Lewandowksi from scoring in the second leg, his saves across both legs were pivotal to keep Villarreal in the tie up until the last few minutes. At this point, substitute Samuel Chukwueze finished off a fierce counter-attack, giving Villarreal the needed goal to get past Bayern Munich and advance to the semi-finals.

After clinching the second place of the group in the last group stage match away to Atalanta and knocking out Juventus with a perfect away second leg, Unai Emery's men left Munich victorious too.

  • Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid

Atletico's counterattacking tactic did not work against Pep Guardiola in either of the quarter-final legs. In the first one, they did not register a single shot in the match.

Manchester City may have enjoyed 71% of the possession and had 15 shots, but all that only resulted in two shots on target in the whole match. Both of those came from Kevin De Bruyne – one of them resulted in the goal which would eventually take Manchester City through to the quarter finals.

Overall, the tie may have only seen one goal, but made up for it with the number of cards shown! A total of 15 yellow cards and one red card were shown to across the first and second legs. The second leg was a different story in terms of shots from Atletico – however, none of their 14 shots managed to get past Ederson.

  • Chelsea vs Real Madrid

This was the most entertaining of quarter-finals this year and the only one to go to extra time. Real Madrid potentially sealed the deal in the first leg with an impressive hat-trick from in-form striker Karim Benzema. Statistically, Chelsea seemed like they were in control, but Los Blancos made their chances count by scoring from three of their eight shots, while the Blues only managed one goal from 20 shots. Two exceptional headers from Benzema early on gave Real Madrid the lead before Kai Havertz narrowed the deficit just before the break. The third Madrid goal was practically a gift from Edouard Mendy, whose pass to Rudiger was too short, and allowed Benzema to pick up the ball and finish into an empty net.

In the return leg, Chelsea needed to pull off an outstanding performance to stand any chance of getting through – and that's exactly what they did up until the last 15 minutes of the match. The Londoners went 0-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks to goals from Mount, Rudiger and Werner, even having a goal disallowed for a very unlucky handball from Marcos Alonso. Then, Luka Modric pulled an amazing pass out of his magic hat, setting up Rodrygo to score the goal that would take the tie into injury time.

In the first half of extra time, Benzema scored his 7th goal in 3 matches with yet another header to beat Mendy after escaping Rudiger to receive Vinicius Jnr's inviting pass. Chelsea did all they could in the second half of extra time, missing two big chances, but it was not enough to get another goal. Tuchel's men travelled back to England with a win at the Bernabeu but a loss on aggregate.

 

Champions League Semi Finals Review

  • Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Pep’s fetish for control combined with Carlo’s willingness to create chaos – something had to give in this enthralling semi-final tie. Manchester City seized the initiative early on in the first leg as Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus raced the home side into a 2-0 lead.

Flummoxed, Real Madrid came close to losing the tie in the first 45 minutes, with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez spurning glorious openings to triple City’s advantage. But then, the inevitable Karim Benzema struck with a seemingly impossible finish to halve a dominant City’s lead.

The first leg continued in an enchanting state of flux, during which Foden and Vinicius Junior traded strikes before Bernardo Silva gave City a 4-2 lead with 20 minutes remaining. However, an Aymeric Laporte handball in the City box gifted Los Blancos another lifeline, and the slickest footballer on the planet delivered the sultriest of panenkas to ensure Real’s deficit was just one heading into the second leg.

While the first leg was a bonafide Champions League classic, the return fixture in Madrid was a cagier affair with neither side able to gain a foothold in proceedings. City, however, had the advantage, and they were able to keep the hosts at arm’s length before Mahrez extended their aggregate advantage midway through the second half.

Real were down and out as the end of normal time approached. But in the space of 90 seconds, substitute Rodrygo turned the tie on its head with an improbable brace to send the game to extra-time.

Rodrygo’s heroics rendered the eventual outcome inevitable, and it was only right that Benzema scored the winner early on in the added period to complete what some are calling the ‘Miracle of Madrid’.

  • Liverpool vs Villarreal

The other semi-final tie threatened to offer similar drama, but Liverpool showed their cool in the final 45 minutes of the second leg to progress into the final with ease.

Villarreal’s cautious display at Anfield garnered plenty of criticism in the English media as they fell to a 2-0 defeat. But when Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin thrust the Yellow Submarine into a 2-0 first half lead in the reverse fixture, many were heralding Unai Emery as a genius.

The tie was in the balance as the players headed out for the second half, but Jurgen Klopp’s decision to replace Diogo Jota with Luis Diaz tilted the contest in the Reds’ favour.

Diaz was excellent, scoring Liverpool’s equaliser on the night, as a trio of Geronimo Rulli errors compromised Villarreal’s brave effort on home soil. Fabinho and Sadio Mane were the other scorers as Klopp’s men came from behind to win 3-2 in Spain, completing a 5-2 aggregate triumph.

 

Champions League Betting Tips & Predictions

Real Madrid’s miraculous run can’t end in anti-climactic fashion, surely? Los Blancos have been down and out in each of their knockout fixtures thus far, but they’ve continued to find a way.

Their route to the final has been incredibly tough, and it doesn’t get much easier for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in Paris. Liverpool, alongside Manchester City, are considered the best side on the planet, with Jurgen Klopp’s juggernaut peaking at the right time of the season.

All the analysis points towards a Liverpool victory on May 28, but this Madrid side simply can’t be overlooked. The electric Vinicius Junior will fancy his chances against the Reds’ high defensive line, while Karim Benzema will be hoping to round off an all-timer of a Champions League campaign.

Real certainly boast the requisite technicians to retain possession and bypass Liverpool’s revered press, which should hand them some control in the contest, as well as the know-how to defeat Klopp’s side. Thus, we’d be tempted to back a Real Madrid triumph in Paris, with Vinicius Jr getting himself on the scoresheet as he did against the Reds last season.

Goals will likely be on the menu in this one.

 

Champions League Betting Tips & Predictions

  • It is hard to look past the current top two for the outright market. Manchester City remain an imperious force under the meticulous, ever-evolving tutelage of Pep Guardiola, with Cityzens the rightful favourites for the top spot.
  • This incredible City side will be fighting to win a Champions League before Guardiola departs, and after enduring heartbreak in the final last time out, many are suspecting that it is their year this time around.
  • They will now be facing Real Madrid who, despite not being considered the favourites at any point of the competition, have managed to knock out teams such as Paris Saint-Germain and last year's winners, Chelsea. Manchester City have not conceded a single goal in the past 4 knockout matches - however, a certain Karim Benzema has scored 7 goals in as many 4 knockout matches this year, and those have come against tough opponents. After their recent second half comeback against Sevilla in La Liga, they have shown that they have got what it takes to turn a match or two-legged tie around.
  • Manchester City will be without Joao Cancelo after he picked up his third yellow card in the competition, which means he will be suspended for the first leg against Real Madrid but will be back for the second. Pep Guardiola will be hoping that Kevin De Bruyne will be back to full fitness after picking up an injury in the second leg against Atletico Madrid.
  • As we have seen in the FA Cup semi-final, Liverpool are capable of beating City on a good day (even though City did not field their entire best 11 for that match). After facing a tough group stage, as well as Inter and Benfica in the knockout matches, Liverpool have already shown that they have got what it takes to make it to yet another Champions League final.
  • With more variety in attack since Jurgen Klopp took over, Liverpool has what it takes to get to the final: the arrival of Luis Diaz from Porto, who could prove to be the x-factor down the stretch. They have only lost one match in 2022, and that was at home to Inter in the 2nd leg of the round of 16. That is certainly the match which Villarreal will be studying, since on the day Inter did not only manage to win, but also managed to keep Liverpool from scoring, despite playing with 10 men for the final half hour.
  • Villarreal come into the final stage as the dark horses after having surprisingly knocked out Juventus and Bayern Munich. Unai Emery has managed to win the Europa League 4 times in the past nine competitions (three with Sevilla and one with Villarreal), so it's safe to say he know what it takes to get his team to a final. The big question is, can he do it on the biggest of stages and against a side such as Liverpool's, who are potentially on the verge of a treble?

 

Important Dates for 2021/22 Champions League Betting

Here are the most important dates to keep in mind when preparing your Champions League bets.

  • Group Stages – 14 September – 8 December 2021
  • Round of 16 – 15 February – 16 March 2022
  • Quarter-Finals - 5 April - 13 April 2022
  • Semi-Finals - 26 April - 4 May 2022
  • Final - 28th May 2022

 

Champions League Betting Stats

  • There are lots of factors that go into great Champions League betting. Your hunch and base knowledge obviously play a role, but to take your predictions to the next level, you need to start analysing relevant Champions League betting statistics.
  • Although it can be a bit dry, investing a small amount of time into this could be the difference between winning and losing a bet. For instance, before placing an under/over goal bet, you should look at both team’s defensive record. Two sides that are strong at the back are likely to play out a low-scoring game, making a bet of under 1.5 goals more viable. However, more attacking teams will likely result in more goals.
  • Analysing football statistics is particularly important in the early stages of the Champions League. The competition features teams from across the continent, so only true European football obsessives will have strong knowledge about every side.
  • An easy way to get a feel of how a lesser-known club may get on is by carrying out statistical analysis. Looking at things like their expected goals for and against, possession, and pressing stats can give you an idea of whether they stand a chance against some of the stronger teams in the competition.
  • Sourcing statistics is easier than ever. One of the best places to find all the latest stats is KickForm, a service powered by our team at ThePuntersPage. Here you will find all sorts of useful information, including profit/loss tables to help with your Champions League betting.

 

Most Popular Champions League Betting Markets

Champions League Betting on Favourites (Even if They Fall Behind)

The Champions League is the pinnacle of European football and football betting in general. All of the top clubs involved take it very seriously, and will do whatever it takes to win. For this reason, putting a Champions League bet on the favourites to qualify can be especially reliable.

An important thing to note here is that mention the favourite to qualify. If a team wins the first leg of a knockout round comfortably and already looks set to qualify, they might field a weaker side – especially during a busy fixture period – which could result in tactically drawing or losing a match, but still qualifying.

Looking at past years, it is quite common to see the Semi-Finals and much of the Quarter-Finals featuring almost all of the teams that were expected to reach these stages. Given all that is at stake in the competition, it is also not uncommon to see favourites coming back from behind and going on to win a tie.

  • Best Champions League betting site for favourites - bet365

Champions League Betting on Many Goals

The Champions League brings out the best in teams, and is known for the many goals that are scored. Whilst this obviously cannot be applied to each and every match, more often than not, UCL matches do end up with an above-average number of goals scored.

So much so, that in the last 5 seasons, over 57% of matches saw at least 3 goals scored, whilst a third of matches had at least 4 goals. The 2019/20 season broke records with an average of 3.3 goals scored per game in matchday 4 of the group stages.

This average of 57.1% is significantly higher than other most other domestic European leagues (52.1% in the Premier League), with only the German Bundesliga following closely with 56.2%. Wagering an over/under or a total team goals bet is a great way of accurately predicting the amount of goals in a game.

  • Best Champions League betting site for many goals - Ladbrokes

Outright Champions League Betting

Predicting the winner of any tournament from very early on is never easy – especially for one which features some of the greatest teams in the game.

That said, however, in the last 6 years of the Champions League, there have only been 3 different winners, with only a very select few teams considered to be actual title contenders. Many teams often prove reliable throughout the early stages of the competition only to consistently slip up in the quarter or semi-finals.

Betting on the winner is not the only outright market available for Champions League bettors. Another popular choice is Top Goalscorer. When making your pick, it is best to choose a player who plays for a team that is likely to go the distance in the competition. This means they will have more games to add to their game tally.

  • Best Champions League betting site for outrights - Paddy Power

Acccumulator Champions League Betting in the Group Stages

The Group Stages are where the best of the best are faced with minnows from minor leagues, and where slip-ups on the world stage are simply unacceptable. Although the odds for the former teams to win will not be particularly high – given that major upsets in the Group Stages are relatively uncommon – placing an accumulator bet on several of these matches can result in a hefty yet safer win.

What makes the group stages so well suited for accumulator betting is that eight games will be played each Tuesday and Wednesday night. This gives you plenty of choice, and the staggered kick-off times will keep you engaged with the action throughout the evening.

  • Best Champions League betting site for accumulators - William Hill

Bet Builders & Champions League Betting

Bet Builders are a great way of enjoying Champions League football, and the vast majority of premier bookmakers will offer this feature for punters. bet365 are the pioneers in this regard, as they became the first to automate this feature back in 2018, with many of their peers swiftly following suit.

With games in this competition often being so tight in the latter stages, it may be tough to decipher a match victor – especially when ties are competed over two legs. Thus, Bet Builders gift punters the opportunity to utilise a multitude of markets and create a high-value bet without having to pick a winner.

This feature is also handy when the disparity between favourite and underdog is so large that the match result market isn’t worth taking on. Such contests are becoming more and more common in the group stages of the Champions League.

  • Best Champions League betting site for Bet Builders – bet365

 

New Champions League Betting Markets To Try

Special Champions League Betting Markets
As it demands such a massive audience, betting sites will often offer special Champions League betting markets to keep punters interested.

The possibilities of these one-off markets are endless. Some previous examples include sportsbooks offering odds on the nationalities of each of the finalists, as well as which English team will progress furthest in the competition. Operators may also offer special combi-bets on especially big games. These sorts of markets will become increasingly prominent when the knockout stages get underway.

Best Champions League betting site for special markets – SportNation

In-Game Events
Champions League games are notoriously hard to predict. The combination of high stakes and extremely talented players means that anything can happen.

Despite this, an increasingly popular market with punters is attempting to predict the quantity of certain in-game events. This can include betting on the amount of yellow cards, corners or free kicks a game will have.

Before placing your bet, analysing the Champions league statistics can be helpful. If a team is renowned for lacking discipline, then you would expect a high number of cards, for instance. Additionally, a team who is likely to spend less time in possession will naturally commit more fouls.

Best Champions League betting site for in-game events – Coral

Handicap Markets
The gulf between the favourites and the underdogs in the Champions League has never been greater. Due to this, the group stages - and even some knockout ties - can be incredibly one-sided affairs.

If you want to bet on the underdogs but do not want to risk losing your money in outright markets, Asian Handicap and European Handicap are ideal bets. Here, odds are weighted, so backing an underdog entails betting on them not losing by a certain number of goals.

In practice, this gives you a rare opportunity to bet on the less fancied team in a Champions League group tie and have a high chance of winning.

Best Champions League betting site for handicap markets – Novibet

 

Champions League Betting – In-Play Markets

During qualification and the group stages of the Champions League, multiple games kick off at the same time. This makes it perfectly suited to in-play betting. Most of the markets detailed above remain open after kick-off, and there will also be some additional options when things get underway. Below are some of the most popular live Champions League betting markets available to punters.

  • Next Team to Score
    The momentum of Champions League games can swing frequently, making this market an enticing prospect. In order to make an informed decision here, we recommend only betting on games you are watching live.
  • Next Goalscorer
    You can get some very generous odds on the next goalscorer in a Champions League game - no matter what stage of the competition. Checking out which players are in good scoring form beforehand is vital for this market.
  • Exact Scoreline
    Another possibility for live Champions League betting is trying to predict the exact scoreline. Unlike with over/under goals where you are permitted some leniency, here you must get the score exactly right to win. This bet can be placed at any point of the game with odds varying depending on how much of the game remains.

 

Best Champions League Betting Offers

If you are to try Champions League betting, you could be able to get a helping hand by claiming a sportsbook offer. Here are some of the most popular forms of bonus you can expect.

Free Bets

There are several different ways to earn free bets for the Champions League. Many sportsbooks will include them in their welcome offer, while they can often be earned via loyalty programmes. They are a great way to start off your Champions League betting.

Deposit Bonus

At some sportsbooks, your first – and possibly your second, third and even fourth – deposits will be subject to a generous boost. A 50% boost on a £20 deposit would give you a total of £30 to bet with. This can be a brilliant way to make your Champions League betting bankroll stretch further.

One-Off Offer

As Champions League betting drives a lot of traffic to online bookies, sportsbooks often offer special promotions on particularly big games. During the latter stages of the tournament, competition for punters heats up, leading to an increase in these types of offers. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled from the quarter-finals onwards.

 

How Is the Champions League Structured?

Teams can qualify for the Champions Leagues through two routes: the Champions route and the League route. Teams who win their respective leagues qualify through the Champions route, whilst second, third, and possibly fourth placed teams in selected leagues will qualify through the League route.

The leagues which have more potential Champions League qualifying places, as well those which are able to qualify directly to the Group Stages and those which have to play in a qualifier, are determined by the league’s overall coefficient score. Teams which perform better at the European level will earn a higher coefficient score for their country, and can result in more teams from their league qualifying for the Champions League.

Once the various qualifying rounds are completed, 32 teams will end up in the Group Stages (which for most people, is where the real competition begins). All teams are then randomly split into 8 groups of 4 teams each, where each team will play against each other twice (once at home and once away from home). The top two teams in each group will qualify for the Round of 16 knockout round.

Once again, the remaining teams are randomly drawn against each other and play two matches, with the losing team getting eliminated. The winners of this will progress to the Quarter-Finals followed by the Semi-Finals; the last two teams will face off in the Final (which is a stand-alone match) to be crowned Champions League winners.

Nations Allocation

26 teams automatically qualify for the group stages.

CountryNumber of Teams
England4
Spain4
Italy4
Germany4
France3
Russia2
Ukraine1
Portugal1
Turkey1
Austria1
Belgium1

 

History of the Champions League

The Champions League, formerly known as the European Cup, was first held back in 1955. The tournament initially emerged as one of the many pan-European initiatives to bring the countries of Europe together in an attempt to avoid a repeat of another disastrous war. As strange as it might be to compare them, these initiatives also gave rise to the Eurovision Song Contest one year later.

The tournament originally only featured 16 teams (including giants Real Madrid and AC Milan), who won their respective leagues. The tournament was played as a simple knockout cup competition up until the 1992/93 season, when it was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League (UCL).

Further developments allowing for the introduction of the Group Stages – as well as the entry of non-champions in the tournament – proved to be highly lucrative, and thus the competition we all know and love was born.

 

Past Champions League Winners

Past Champions League Winners

YearWinner
2020-21Chelsea
2019-20Bayern Munich
2018-19Liverpool
2017-18Real Madrid
2016-17Real Madrid
2015-16Real Madrid
2014-15Barcelona
2013-14Real Madrid
2012-13Bayern Munich
2011-12Chelsea
2010-11Barcelona
2009-10Internazionale
2008-09Barcelona
2007-08Manchester United
2006-07Milan
2005-06Barcelona
2004-05Liverpool
2003-04Porto
2002-03Milan
2001-02Real Madrid
2000-01Bayern Munich
1999-00Real Madrid
1998-99Manchester United
1997-98Real Madrid
1996-97Borussia Dortmund
1995-96Juventus
1994-95Ajax
1993-94Milan
1992-93Marseille

Who Has Won the Most Champions League Titles

ClubTitlesRunners-UpLast Season Won
Real Madrid1332018
Milan742007
Liverpool632019
Bayern Munich652020
Barcelona532015
Ajax421995
Internazionale322010
Manchester United322008
Juventus 271996
Benfica251962

Champions League All-Time Top Scorers

PlayerGoalsAppearances
Cristiano Ronaldo141183
Lionel Messi125156
Robert Lewandowski86106
Karim Benzema*86141
Raul71142
Ruud van Nistelrooy5673
Thomas Muller52134
Thierry Henry50112
Alfredo di Stefano 4958
Andriy Shevchenko 48100
Zlatan Ibrahimovic48124

*still in this year's competition

 

Our Favourite Champions League Games Ever

Whenever the Champions League is on, Tuesday and Wednesday nights become the most exciting slots of the week for football fans. With nearly seventy years of history to choose from, selecting our three favourite games from the competition was a tough task – but we have given it a go anyway.

Milan 3-3 Liverpool, 2004/2005 Final

This is likely the best climax to any football competition in history. Known as the Miracle of Istanbul, underdogs Liverpool incredibly managed to overturn a 3-0 deficit, taking the game to extra time before winning on penalties.

To say this was a shock would be an understatement. In the first half, Milan had been absolutely sensational, with Paolo Maldini netting early on before Hernan Crespo bagged a quickfire brace.

The turning point was the introduction of Didi Hamann at half-time, who gave the Reds added control in midfield. What followed was the most dramatic six minutes in the club’s history, with Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso all netting to level things up.

Heroics from Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek then saw Liverpool secure their fifth European Cup on penalties, with Andriy Shevchenko missing the decisive spot kick.

Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain, 2016/2017

When a game gets given its own name, you know it was a good’un. La Remontada saw Barcelona come back from a 4-0 first leg defeat to progress into the quarter-finals. Luis Suarez gave us an indication of the carnage to come, netting inside three minutes.

By the hour mark the Blaugrana had managed to make it 4-3 on aggregate, but their chances were dealt a seemingly fatal blow when Edinson Cavani grabbed a crucial away goal for the visitors.

Then, in a completely bonkers seven-minute spell starting in the 88th minute, Barcelona grabbed three more. This meant they squeezed through, in what turned out to be a humiliating night for Unai Emery’s Parisians.

Deportivo La Coruña 4-0 Milan, 2003/2004

These days, Deportivo La Coruna are languishing in Spain’s lower leagues. However, back in 2004, they were involved in one of the best games in Champions League history. Suffering a 4-1 defeat in the first leg of their quarter-final against Milan, few expected the La Liga side to progress to the final four.

Yet, five minutes into the return leg, they had their first goal courtesy of Walter Pandiani. Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque then scored before the break, tying up the scores 4-4 on aggregate.

This would have been enough to see them through on away goal, but a goal from Fran in the second half made absolutely sure that they would complete one of the great European comebacks.

 

Champions League Betting Partners

The Champions League has an interesting relationship with betting sponsorship, with the competition having cross-border games which can cause issues when rules of sportsbook sponsors can differ.

For instance, in February 2020, Valencia were forced to wear a shirt without their bwin sponsor for a round of 16 game against Atalanta, as it infringed regulations in Italy. Los Ches are not the only team to fall foul of these rules either.

Overall, there were five teams in the 2020/2021 competition with betting sponsors on their shirts:

  • Club Brugge – Unibet
  • Sevilla – Marathonbet
  • Olympiacos – Stoiximan-Iroes
  • FC Krasnodar – Winline
  • Shakhtar Donetsk – Parimatch

 

Champions League Betting – Key Facts

  • A team that wins the Champions League will take home an incredible £70 million (which excludes the revenue that is received from television rights). Not too shabby!
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the most decorated Champions League winner, having won the competition no less than 5 times.
  • There have been six Champions League finals featuring two teams from the same country. Most recently, Liverpool defeated Tottenham in the 2018/19 competition.
  • The Champions League final is consistently the highest viewed annual sporting competition on TV, with more than 300m viewers tuning in to watch – that is three times higher than the Super Bowl.
  • The biggest modern Champions League wins were 8-0 demolitions between Real Madrid and Malmo in 2015 and Liverpool and Besiktas in 2007. The biggest win in the whole history of the European Cup was an 11-0 smashing between Dinamo București and Crusaders in the 1973/74 season.
  • Manchester United hold the record for the longest unbeaten streak in the Champions League, with 25 games starting from the 2007/08 season and ending in a loss during the 2008/09 final against Barcelona.

 

 

Champions League Betting FAQs

bet365 is the betting site that we at ThePuntersPage recommend for all your Champions League betting needs.
The UEFA Champions League final is on Saturday May 28th.
The final will take place at the Stade de France in Paris, following the decision by UEFA to move it from Saint Petersburg in Russia as originally planned. This was decided on the 25th February 2022.
A total of 32 teams take part in the Champions league Group Stages. These are then narrowed down to 16, 8, 4, and 2, resulting in one final winner.
Real Madrid are by far the most decorated Champions League team, with a whopping 13 titles.

 

ThePuntersPage Final Say

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) brings together the greatest football teams in the world for a Europe-wide battle royale, and is undoubtedly the highlight of the global club football calendar. A tournament filled with agony and ecstasy as the best teams battle it out to be the greatest in the game, it's no wonder that the UCL is watched by millions around the world every night, and why Champions League betting is something that football punters all over the world look forward to!