UEFA Champions League Betting Guide (2020)

With matches in 11 of the 12 months in a year, this tournament boasts an incredible number of Champions League betting opportunities; no other club competition comes close in terms of what football punters can expect and enjoy. The UEFA Champions League is the king of domestic European football where all the big clubs battle it out for the most prestigious trophy there is.

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2019/20 Champions League Latest Betting Odds

Outright Winner

TeamHighest OddsBookmaker
Manchester City7/2Unibet
Bayern Munich15/4Unibet
PSG6/1bet365
Barcelona9/1Unibet
Atletico Madrid9/1bet365
Atalanta11/1888sport
Juventus17/1Unibet
RB Leipzig17/1Unibet
Real Madrid33/1888sport
Napoli75/1Paddy Power
Lyon100/1888sport
Chelsea400/1Unibet

Top Goalscorer

TeamGoals ScoredHighest OddsBookmaker
Robert Lewandowski 111/66bet365
Serge Gnabry640/1William Hill
Kylian Mbappe1550/1William Hill
Lionel Messi251/1bet365
Raheem Sterling566/1William Hill
Gabriel Jesus567/1bet365
Mauro Icardi5150/1William Hill

Nationality of Winner

TeamHighest OddsBookmaker
Germany9/4bet365
England4/1bet365
Spain3/1Paddy Power
France6/1bet365
Italy11/2Betfair

 

Important Dates to Remember for 2020 Champions League

Quarter-Final – 12th August 2020

  • Manchester City / Real Madrid vs Juventus / Olympique Lyon
  • RB Leipzig vs. Atlético Madrid
  • Barcelona / Napoli vs. Bayern / Chelsea
  • Atalanta vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Semi-Final – 18th August 2020

  • MAN-RMA / JUV-LYO vs. BAR-NAP / FCB-CHE
  • Leipzig / Atlético vs. Atalanta / Paris

Final – 23rd August 2020

  • TBD

 

2019/20 Champions League Betting Tips & Predictions

The eight teams still in the European Champions League competition will take part in a knockout tournament from August 12th to 23rd in Lisbon, Portugal. On Wednesday 12 August, Atalanta is up against PSG at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa, Benfica. This is followed by RB Leipzig against Atlético Madrid at the Estádio José Alvalade on the 13th. On Friday the 14th, we have Napoli or Barcelona against Chelsea or Bayern Munich at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa, Benfica. Then on the 15th August, Real Madrid or Manchester City face Lyon or Juventus at the Estádio José Alvalade. The 12 remaining 2019/20 UEFA Champions League hopefuls can now plan for the final after the Quarter-Final, with Semi-Final draws having been held recently in Nyon.

According to the bookies, Manchester City, PSG and Bayern Munich are favourites to win the competition, closely followed by Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Juventus.

Manchester City has proven to be a threatening force in the years since their takeover by wealthy owners. The furthest they’ve advanced in Europe, however, was during the Semi-Finals on one occasion in the 2015/16 season. After winning the domestic treble, City has been busy within the transfer market as they eagerly try to improve their Champions League winning credentials.

With their Premier League title hopes already all but gone, the club can concentrate fully on the UCL. A win in their Round of 16 clash against the formidable Real Madrid will show the world that this could very well be Manchester City’s year. The bookies seem to think it is, with Unibet and 888sport giving the club odds of 7/2 to go all the way.

After an incredible 4 wins in 5 years, Real Madrid’s strong momentum came to a quick end last season when the club crashed out of the UCL in the Last 16 to Ajax – their worst defeat in a decade. The club was not even the best team in Madrid, let alone the best side in Europe. With so much to prove this season (and having spent close to £300 in the transfer market) Real Madrid is already making solid ground, having set up a fierce battle with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, which looks like it could go down to the wire.

Despite this, however, they only managed to finish second in their group behind PSG, and are now paying the price with a tricky run against Manchester City waiting for them. The bookies are not favouring the Spanish giant this year, with Betfair offering odds of 31/1 and Paddy Power offering 30/1 to win the UCL. We expect these odds to be slashed, though, if Madrid manage to overcome City.

Despite being a hot favourite every year, Barcelona has not won the Champions League since 2015, having only made an appearance in 1 final in the last 8 seasons. The Catalan giant has proved to be especially dominant in the La Liga, so the fact that they have been less fortunate in the UCL really shows how anything can happen in the latter stages of the knockout rounds.

The arrival of Antoine Griezmann and Frankie De Jong has definitely shot up Barcelona’s UCL title-winning chances, with a favourable game against Napoli awaiting them in the Last 16.

The bookies reckon Barcelona has a good chance of winning the tournament as much as other European heavyweights Bayern Munich and PSG, with Ladbrokes and Betway both offering odds of 20/1 and Unibet offering 9/1.

With regards to the other remaining teams, the grand old Italian lady is another favourite to win the Champions League, with Unibet giving Juventus odds of 17/1. RB Leipzig is given odds of 35/1 by Unibet while Atletico Madrid gets odds of 9/1 by bet365.

Chelsea, whose form has been highly questionable in the Premier League this season, face a fierce battle against Bayern Munich in the Last 16. Paddy Power has them at 250/1 to go all the way, and Atalanta has odds of 10/1 to win the Champions League. Further down the pack, Napoli and Lyon are seen as being unlikely to win the tournament and the least likely to win the competition, with the latter two facing tough ties against Barcelona and Juventus.

Manchester City’s current squad has already shown considerable potential to winning the UCL and have proved to be an unstoppable force in the Premier League, despite missing out on the Premier League title to Liverpool this season. If they keep up this form, we predict they could very well be on their way to back-to-back wins. That said, the increased pressure on Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich to achieve the results they are so used to getting means that right now, it's anyone’s game – which just makes Champions League betting even more exciting. 

What are the Most Popular Champions League Betting Types?

Need some brushing up before you get to some Champions League betting? We have compiled a list of the some of the best bet types for the tournament which we believe could prove to be increasingly favourable.

Betting on Favourites (Even if They Fall Behind)

The Champions League is the pinnacle of European football. 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.

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 when there was 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.

Outright 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. With 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.

Acccumulator 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.

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 Tournament

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

YearWinner
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

Most Successful Champions League Teams

ClubTitlesRunners-upLast Season Won
Real Madrid1332018
Milan742007
Liverpool632019
Bayern Munich552013
Barcelona532015
Ajax421995
Internazionale322010
Manchester United322008
Juventus 271996
Benfica251962

 

Champions League Trivia

  • 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 6 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 3x 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.

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UEFA Champions League FAQs

When is the 2019/20 UCL Final?

The UEFA Champions League final is on Sunday 23rd August 2020 at 10pm CET (9pm GMT).

Where is the 2019/20 UCL Final?

The final takes place at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa, Benfica.

🍒 How many teams take part?

A total of 32 teams take part in the Champions league Group Stages. These are then narrowed down to 16, 8, 4, 2 to result in ultimately 1 winner.

💲 Which is the most successful team in the UCL?

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 the world over look forward to. 

While the early momentum was all Liverpool after an impressive domestic season until the team’s elimination, the momentum is now with Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Teams with an outside chance include Italian duo Juventus and Atalanta, and nobody can discount Barcelona and Real Madrid. With a mid-summer final, Champions League madness is set to reach fever-pitch on 23rd August!