Champions League betting tips

Cristiano Ronaldo among the star turns in the Champions League. (credit: GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Find out why betting on the Champions League has never been so popular

The Champions League is the ultimate football club competition, with the best teams in Europe competing throughout the season before there are two clubs left standing who will fight things out in the final.

Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Barcelona are recent winners of the Champions League and these clubs are regulars when it comes to dining at the European top table, while Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Juventus will also be looking to feature at the business end of the competition.

Bet on the Champions League outright winner
Many punters like to bet on which team will win the competition, with every bookmaker offering outright odds on the Champions League. Some betting customers like to pick more than one team, especially if they are going for selections with bigger odds, while typical each-way betting terms for this market are ½ odds for the first two places meaning you are likely to make a profit if the team reaches the final.

Bet on Top Goalscorer and Winning Nationality
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the Golden Boot market in previous seasons, with many punters getting a run for their money over several months by placing a bet on Top Goalscorer. Each-way customers can often make a profit if their player finishes in the top four of the scoring charts.

There is also an antepost Winning Nationality market which is updated throughout the Champions League stages, with customers able to bet on whether there will be a German, Spanish or English winner. 

Place winning accumulators on the Champions League
Once the group stage of the Champions League starts, the games come thick and fast, with accumulator bets being popular among customers where big returns can be enjoyed for small stakes. 

So rather than back Barcelona at odds of 2/5 to win their game, you can potentially put them in a multiple bet with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United to achieve a more handsome return. Naturally, the bigger the accumulator, the more risky the bet is. You can also have an accumulator bet on which teams will win their respective groups, with a potential eight-fold in the offing.   

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona among favourites to win Golden Boot

Bet In-Play on every Champions League night
There are often several games taking place on the same evening which means In-Play football betting opportunities galore, with the bookies offering live markets on every match. That means you can bet on Next Goalscorer, Final Score, Next Team to Score and Total Goals on several Champions League games, with the odds updating in real time.

Enjoy free bets and promotions on the Champions League
Most bookmakers now have money-back specials or price boosts when it comes to the big Champions League nights, with bet365 offering a 100% Euro Soccer Bonus where you can enjoy a bonus of up to 100% on your returns if you place a winning accumulator. The offer starts with a 5% bonus for successful trebles all the way through to 100% for a winning 14-fold.

Bet365 also offer free In-Play bets on specific Champions League matches where customers can enjoy a free wager when they place a pre-match bet. It’s a great way of getting something for nothing, while other bookmakers will create money-back specials.

Other popular Champions League match bets include Both Teams to Score, with Betfred running a Goals Galore coupon which means you get rewarded for picking games where both sides will find the net.

What’s the best way to make money on the Champions League?
It certainly pays to take advantage of any free bets and promotions that come your way, while it’s always best to have a staking plan and only go with the selections where you have the strongest opinion. 

Many successful punters will consider the full range of Champions League markets available for a match and where the bookmaker might be overly generous with their odds. Considering there are often over 100 to choose from, there is usually value to be found, especially with Asian Handicap betting markets where the margins are very tight.

When the competition gets to the knockout stage, there are often cagey encounters in the first leg of the last sixteen and quarter final clashes, with teams reluctant to risk conceding goals when there is all to play for in the second leg matches.

If you fancy a player to find the net in a particular Champions League match, it sometimes pays to back them to be Anytime Scorer rather than First Goalscorer so that you will win whether they score first, second, third or any time after that.
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