The Champions League is one of the most exciting tournaments of the domestic football season. It brings together all Europe’s top clubs in one competition and makes for one of the best betting markets in football.
The 2018/19 season saw English clubs dominant, with the Final an all-Premier League tie.
Liverpool came out on top and if they want to retain their title will have to go through the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG to lift it on May 30, 2020 in Istanbul.
It’s going to be another huge season in the Champions League from minute one, and here at Odds Manager we’ll bring you all the latest Champions League odds and previews from the qualification and group stages all the way through the Final.
There are a number of things to think about when making your Champions League bet predictions. We consider an awful lot from form to styles of play and the context of the game.
It’s a totally different competition to the domestic league, and while the likes of PSG may be running away with the title in the French league, up against Europe’s elite, it’s a totally different ball game. Players step up and highlight exactly why they are among the best.
It’s important to analyse fixtures considerably before backing a winner in the Champions League, particularly as some nation’s teams have much more joy against other nation’s. As do players, for example Lionel Messi against English opposition.
Below you’ll find our top strategies when taking on Champions League betting odds…
Champions League accumulators are popular with most punters and we’re always keen to bring you a recommended acca ahead of every Matchday.
The Group Stage in particular always has some brilliant value accumulators available, with sportsbooks offering a huge range of markets across every fixture. Every Tuesday and Wednesday welcomes over a dozen fixtures to enjoy, and in many cases punters also spread their accumulator across Europa League betting too.
We study each match meticulously to bring you our recommended Champions League accumulators. You can find our latest recommendation below…
The Champions League Group Stage has yet to begin at the current time with qualifying still in place.
The draw will be made on August 29, 2019 with the teams below having already qualified. These teams have been placed into different pots depending on their seeding and each group will be made up of one side from each. During the draw, teams from the same country can’t be drawn against each other. So Barcelona wouldn’t be drawn against Real Madrid in pot two, or Borussia Dortmund wouldn’t face Bayer Leverkusen who can be drawn from Pot Three for example.
Qualification for the final six positions are still being contested with qualification for the main tournament being sealed on August 13, 2019.
Ajax, Porto and Dynamo Kyiv are among those likely to make it to the Group Stage after seeding brings them in at the final qualification stage. The two former made it to the Knockout Stages of the Champions League last season, with Ajax surprising everyone by reaching the Semi Final.
Once the Group has been drawn we will be sure to update our Champions League standings, along with keeping you in the loop right throughout the season, all the way to the Final next May.
The Champions League is always a difficult tournament to predict. Over the last few years Real Madrid had been dominant and have spent big this summer following Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club. The Spanish giants are 7/1 to win the tournament for the fourth time in five seasons, although there are a number of other sides with an excellent chance.
Many Bookies are currently placing Manchester City as favourites, despite having fallen short the previous seasons, while Barcelona aren’t too far behind in the Champions League outright odds as always.
William Hill are backing Lionel Messi’s men at 6/1 after coming close last season, while Atletico Madrid may also be contenders and worth a free bet, even without Antoine Griezmann, after a huge summer spending spree that’s welcomed the likes of Kieran Trippier, Felipe, Renan Lodi and Joao Felix from Benfica in a €126million deal.
Juventus have signed well, bringing in Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt, while Guardiola’s men keep getting better and you’d expect them to be closer than ever to their first Champions League trophy.
It’s the trophy that Manchester City’s owners most want and with further signings over the summer, including £62million Rodri, it’s one that is bound to come off sooner rather than later. Guardiola hasn’t won the tournament since 2011, and a man of his calibre will be desperate to get his hands on it once more.