Champions League Betting Guide (Odds, How to, Contenders, History)

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The Champions League sees the best teams battle it out to become the number one club side in Europe. Online betting on the championship this year is expected to focus on whether we will see another all-English final or could Bayern or PSG spoil the party.

Champions League Betting Guide (Odds, How to, Contenders, History)
Nigel Skinner Blog Content Manager

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Champions League Betting Headlines

  • The best betting sites have Manchester City as clear 6/4 favourites for the 2022/23 Champions League. 
  • The usual suspects of Bayern Munich, Liverpool, PSG and Real Madrid are all towards the top of the market. 
  • The round of 16 matches will be played in February and March 2023. 
  • All four English clubs made it into the round of 16.

Champions League Trophy

Champions League Round of 16

Club Versus Club
RB Leipzig V Manchester City
Club Brugge V Benfica
Liverpool V Real Madrid
AC Milan V Tottenham
Eintracht Frankfurt V Napoli
Borussia Dortmund V Chelsea
Inter Milan V Porto
PSG V Bayern Munich

Champions League Group Stage

Group Team Team Team Team
Group A: Ajax Liverpool Napoli Rangers
Group B: Atletico Bayer Leverkusen Club Bruge Porto
Group C: Bayern Munich Barcelona Inter Viktoria Pilzen
Group D: Frankfurt Tottenham Sporting Lisbon Marseille
Group E: Ac Milan Chelsea Salzburg Dinamo Zagreb
Group F: Real Madrid RB Leipzig Shakhtar Dontesk Celtic
Group G: Man City Sevilla Dortmund FC Copenhagen
Group H: PSG Juventus Benfica Maccabi Haifa

How to bet on the Champions League This Season

For those of you new to Champions League betting, there is a simple process to making a bet on any of the Champions League Markets. 

  • Find an online betting site offering CL odds, the odds will vary so please shop around.  
  • Use the bookie index to scroll down to football and then  Champions League 
  • Find the match or team you are most interested in wagering on
  • Make that selection and add them to your bet slip.
  • Select the stake you wish to wager.
  • Confirm, you can check your bet at any time in the history section of your bookmaker account.

That's it, you are done, your wager is on, and now all you have to do is wait until the result

If you make the right selection, you win, if your prediction is incorrect you will lose the stake you have wagered just as with any normal bet. 

Champions League Betting Markets

The most popular betting market available for this would naturally be to predict the winner of the Champions League, but as we know the draw always plays a part. 

The bookmakers from the early rounds will also offer 

Trading The Champions League 2022/23 On A Betting Exchange

In long-term markets such as the Champions League, you can also use the betting exchanges, if you back a team and they shorten in the long-term market you can be sitting on a free bet on that team by laying them back.

  • £10 bet on Bayern Munich @8.0, 
  • They make it to the Semi-Final and are now @ 4.0
  • You can now lay them (bet against Bayern Munich) and win whatever happens to them.
Betting Exchange Odds Comprehensive Review
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Champions League Format

  • In July we have Champions League qualification rounds where 6 teams join the 26 pre-qualified teams. 
  • 32 teams are then drawn into 8 groups of four. (A-H)
  • The group stages consist of 6 games home and away, with the top 2 teams in each group progressing to the round of 16 knockout phase. 
  • The next set of games are all over two legs until we reach the final. 
  • 8 teams then make it for the Quarter Finals
  • 4 teams progress to the Semi-Finals, after those games we are down to the 2 Champions League Finalists.

Champions League  Finals and Winners

Season Winners Score Runners Up
2021-22 Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
2020-21 Chelsea 1-0 Man City
2019-20 Bayern Munich 1-0 PSG
2018-19 Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
2017-18 Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
2016-17 Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus
2015-16 Real Madrid 1-1 (Pens) Atletico Madrid
2014-15 Barcelona 3-1 Juventus
2013-14 Real Madrid 4-1 (AET) Atletico Madrid
2012-13 Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
2011-12 Chelsea 1-1 (Pens) Bayern Munich
2010 -11 Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United
The last four Champions League Finals have all been won to nil, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 2-0.
In every Champions League Final since 2010 -11 where both teams scored (8 games) the team-leading was pegged back to 1-1. A stat that you may consider when betting in play on the final.
A 1/3 of the Champions League Finals since 2000 have featured extra time. (7 out of 21).
With 140 Champions League goals in total Ronaldo is currently 15 ahead of Lionel Messi.

Champions League Top Goalscorers Since 2010-11

Season Winner/s Club Goals
2021-22 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 15
2020-21 Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund 10
2019-20 Robert Lewandoski Bayern Munich 15
2018-19 Lionel Messi Barcelona 12
2017-18 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 15
2016-17 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2015-16 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 16
2014-15 Neymar/Ronaldo/Messi Barcelona/Real Madrid/Barcelona 10
2013-14 Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid 17
2012-13 Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid 12
2011-12 Lionel Messi
2010-11 Lionel Messi

Champions League Winners Image

  • Below you can view all the clubs that have won the Champions League or its previous incarnation the European Cup. 
  • Spanish sides with 19 wins are 5 ahead of English sides with 14 wins.
  • Italian sides have won the trophy on 12 occasions with the Germans notching up 8 victories.
  • Real Madrid has now won the Champions League on 14 occasions and been runners-up 3 times. 
  • Eight finals have featured teams from the same country.

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