Betting on the UEFA Champions League
At the start of the 1992-93 season, the UEFA Champions League came along to replace the old European Cup. The governing body in Europe felt that the previous competition needed to be expanded in order to bring in more teams and to produce more games and they’ve certainly succeeded in building the excitement to the point where hundreds of thousands either attend the fixtures or watch them on TV.
Betting on the Champions League has also developed over more than 20 years and there are many good reasons to get involved.
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If you include statistics from the old European Cup days, Real Madrid prove to be the most successful team in this tournament having claimed ten trophies since 1955. However, it seems that the balance of power may be shifting in Europe and in Spain as rivals Barcelona start most seasons as favourites for the Champions league outright.
Barca completed their fifth victory in May 2015 and their main three strikers – Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez could help them to dominate for some time.
Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have been a strong side and the Bundesliga giants claimed their fifth major European trophy in 2013 with victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final of that year.
Elsewhere, the trophy has been split between a number of sides and clubs from England, France, Italy and the Netherlands have all enjoyed success.
If you’re looking to place a bet on the UEFA Champions League then the action gets underway in the middle of the European summer with a set of preliminary rounds. This features clubs who finished further down in their divisions and they may come up against Champions of teams from weaker nations such as Luxembourg.
Winners will then progress to the final play off round where victory over two legs will get them through to the Champions League proper. At this point we have 32 teams left in the competition and they are split into eight groups of four with the top two in each section moving on to the last 16.
During the group phase, you can stake on the winners of each section and you can, of course, speculate on each individual match. Within those games you can expect to see the usual range of markets such as individual goal scorer, correct score, how many teams to score and many more. The Champions League is a huge competition for the football betting sites and they will therefore publish their full range of markets.
When the last 16 teams meet after Christmas, the Champions League becomes a knockout competition so whoever wins their tie over two legs will progress to the quarter finals, the semi finals and ultimately to the showpiece final which is held each May.
Once again, you can take the result market in each match, build an accumulator and you can find all the usual side betting options for each of the ties.
Because the tournament is so important for the bookies, you can expect to find a number of Champions League promotions that you can take advantage of. The first ones to spot are the regular deals provided throughout the season such as bet365’s Bore Draw Breaker, Betfred’s Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven and the Acca Insurance deals from the likes of William Hill and Coral.
Aside from being applicable to the main European domestic leagues, these deals have, up to now, also been available for the Champions League matches from the group stages onwards.
In addition, there may well be some one-off incentives coming through such as enhanced odds on an individual match. The best way is to keep checking news feeds and social media so that you are always up to date with the latest deals.
The advent of the Champions League in 1992 coincided with the rise in televised sport and, shortly after, the internet came along so that placing a bet on a Champions League match became quicker than ever.
In the present day, the competition has grown to be one of the biggest sporting events in the world and it’s a good time to get involved and to try to beat the bookies.