Football season is fast approaching and as every day passes the 2019/20 season draws closer and closer. As clubs continue their preparation for the season, both on the field and off, we are bracing ourselves for another season of elite football betting with Soccerbetting365.com.
We will first turn our attention to the greatest club competition in football, the UEFA Champions League. This preview will provide you with the ultimate guide to betting on this seasons Champions League. Our experts have explored the market to bring you a betting preview of this year's Champions League competition.
In this guide you will find:
BEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BOOKMAKERS
Champions League betting is one of the most lucrative betting markets in football. Each year presents a great opportunity for punters to make some good money while enjoying Europe’s most elite competition. Many bookmakers offer a great range of promotions and in-play betting offers in the hope of luring in football fans to their site. This means you can expect lots of promotions and bonuses on Champions League betting. Below is a list of the current leading bookmakers for Champions League Betting.
Although it is early in the season and we are still awaiting the draw for the Champions League 2019/2020, bookmakers are currently taking bets on selected markets. As the month's progress, more and more markets will open. We will continue to update this page, to ensure you always have the latest offers on this year's Champions League.
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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2019/20 Review
Last year's incredible competition will live long in the memory of Liverpool fans, who beat Spurs in the final and secured the trophy for the first time since their famous victory over AC Milan in 2005. The majority of football fans will never forget the famous penalty shoot-out victory at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul back in 2004/05. This years final will again be hosted in Istanbul, will it be back to back victories and another historic night for the boys from Merseyside, or will one of Europe’s elite bounce back?
The Champions League is one of the most lucrative and rewarding competitions in football, punters all over the world are looking where to place a stake in the 2019/20 Champions League, in the hope of a European jackpot. So if your looking for Champions League betting offers, tips, and predictions stick with us!
Last season saw Real Madrid’s recent dominance of the competition come to an end. After winning the competition 4 out of the past 5 seasons, it looked like Madrid were dominating Europe. However it was Liverpool who ended up as eventual winners, after a dominant performance from English teams in the 2018/19 competition. It was the seventh time, and the fourth of the decade, that two teams from the nation, and the second all-English final after 2008. It was also the first time since 2013 not to feature at least one Spanish team. Liverpool edged Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final thanks to an early penalty from Mo Salah, and a second-half goal from Divock Origi.
Spanish duo Barcelona and Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from unsuccessful European campaigns, by their standards. Barca looked to have knocked out eventual winners Liverpool, after picking up a 3-0 lead in the first leg of the semi-final, before eventually crumbling to a 4-0 loss (4-3 on aggregate). Proving that anything is possible in the Champions League. Real Madrid were knocked out by the over performers of the 2018/19 season, Ajax, who beat team 5-3 on aggregate, before losing to Spurs in the other semi-final.
Despite pipping Liverpool to the Premier League trophy Manchester City were unable to get their hands on a first-ever European Cup. We can assure you that Pep Guardiola and Man City will be seriously preparing for success in Europe this year.
Champions League talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, could not fire his new club Juventus to European glory at the first time of asking, but it would be no surprise to see CR7 and Juve launch a solid attack this year.
With so many elite teams competing you must also keep your eye on Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund, who we expect to be fighting for the trophy in the knock-out stages.
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES FOR THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – 2019/20
With a long time to go until the knock out stages of the tournament, first up we have qualifying rounds, followed by the group stage matches. You can find the whole 2019/20 schedule below.
Qualification Rounds: Matches starts on June 26, 2018 and ends on August 29, 2018
Group Stage Matches commences on September 18, 2018 and ends on December 12, 2018
Matches for the Round of 16 run from February 12, 2019 and end on March 13, 2019
The Quarter-Final Matches will commence on April 9, 2019 and end on April 16, 2019
Semi-Final Matches begin on April 30, 2019 and end on May 7, 2019
The Final Match for the 2018/2019 Champions League will be held on June 1, 2019
When is the Champions League draw?
The Champions League draw will take place on August 29th at 4.30pm and will be hosted in Monaco.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OUTRIGHT ODDS
Picking the winner of the Champions League is never easy, but it can be rewarding! By backing the winner of this year's Champions League, before the season kicks off you can expect to find rewarding odds on outright markets.
The bookies pre-season favourites for this year's Champions League is Manchester City (4.5/1). Although this may be surprising to a few, it shows the power of having a man like Pep Guardiola in charge. We know that the next trophy on the Citizens checklist is the UEFA Champions League, and after failing in the past few seasons, it’s hard to look past the boys in blue.
They are closely followed by Barcelona (5/1) who will be hoping not to slip up at the final hurdle again this year. Last years winners Liverpool are (13/2) to retain the title, shortly followed by Real Madrid and Juventus (15/2).
Last year’s finalists Tottenham are being priced at (20/1) to go one step further, and get their hands on the trophy. It seems the bookies are not expecting Spurs to be able to replicate last year’s feat. However, with Mauricio Pochettino in charge, we wouldn’t discount them.
The other English team in this year's competition Chelsea, are ranked outsiders with a price of 33/1. Frank Lampard has had his hands on the trophy before, and it would be a miracle if he leads the blues to European glory at the first time of asking.
Last season’s semi-finalists, and without a doubt the shock team of the tournament, Ajax, are priced at a massive 50/1 to bring home the trophy. Clearly losing a few key players in summer has meant that the bookmakers do not expect the Dutch team to progress all the way this year. But then again who expected them to do so well last year?
Predicted Champions League Winner 2019/20; MANCHESTER CITY (4.5/1)
We struggle to look past the Citizens, after last years heartbreak to Spurs, they were denied a last-minute spot in the final thanks to VAR. We expect City to come back seeking revenge in this year's competition. Pepe Guardiola is a man of perfection, and he will not rest until he achieves what he set out to. City’s owners brought in Guardiola for a reason, and that reason was European success. After winning all 4 domestic trophies in England, there is one trophy left on City’s checklist. Entering his fourth season in charge we predict this will finally be the year for City!
Value for money; CHELSEA FC (33/1)
One club nobody is expecting too win this year's Champions League is Chelsea. After winning last years UEFA Europe League, the club is back in the main competition. Club legend Frank Lampard is now in charge, and it wouldn’t be the first time a midfield maestro has conquered the Champions League to bring the trophy home to Stamford Bridge. A fairy tale came true for the blues when ex-player turned manager, Roberto Di Matteo led Chelsea to victory in the Champions League back in 2012. Could lightning strike twice and another club hero bring home the most prestigious trophy in football? Miracles do happen, especially in the Champions League so we're tipping Lampards to lead Chelsea’s young guns on a successful European shock.
Recommended; Straight Forecast – Barcelona / Manchester City (N/A)
Picking a winner before the draw can be seen as a huge risk. A more calculated bet would be to back the two favorites to make it to the final. We’re expecting if all goes to plan, that Barcelona would face Manchester City in the Champions League final. Approach this bet with caution, as until the group stages have been drawn we have no idea which path each club must take to the final. However, these two are without a doubt the strongest clubs in this years competition, and should all go to plan you’d expect the strongest two clubs to meet in the final.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TOP GOALSCORER ODDS
To become known as one of the greatest of all time, it is essential that you perform on the European stage. In order to win the Champions League, it’s essential that you have a talented goalscorer leading your team to glory. Everyone loves a goal scorer and that’s why the Golden Boot in the Champions League is one of the most prestigious awards. To become the best you must be the best.
There’s no surprise to see two of the greatest players of our generation topping the list. Lionel Messi is currently (3.5/1) leading the market to become the top scorer in this year's competition. Last season's top scorer with 12 goals is odds on favorite to do it again. If Barcelona make it all the way there is no doubting that Messi will be the man leading the line.
The Champions League talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, is also topping the list, but at a much more rewarding price of (7.2/1). Can Cristiano become the top scorer in the Champions League for the eight-time in his career?
Will we finally see a new Champions League top scorer? Or will the greats keep on giving?
If Manchester City goes all the way there’s no doubting goal-scoring machine Kun Aguero (3.5/1) will be at the top of the goal scorers list. You can also expect last seasons finalists Mo Salah (2.5/1) and Harry Kane (3.2/1) to be fighting for the Golden Boot.
One player we don’t know which club he will be playing for but will be close to the top of the goalscoring charts is Neymar (3.3/1). The ex Barcelona man is currently trying to force a move away from PSG potentially back to his old club. His PSG partner in crime Kylian Mbappeé is also priced (3.3/1) to become top goal scorer.
Predicted UEFA Champions League Top Scorer; Mo Salah (2.5/1)
The Egyptian king leads Liverpool all the way to glory last year. Although he didn't end up as top goalscorer, he was no doubt one of the most influential players of the tournament. We would not be surprised to see Salah take this personal accolade during this year's competition.
Value for money; Champions League Top Scorer; Cristiano Ronaldo (7.2/1)
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Ronaldo, is that every season he becomes more and more hungry for success. At 34 years old it’s incredible to think that he is still dominating European matches. With a strengthened Juve team we are outside tipping Ronaldo to add to his tally of the greatest all-time leading scorer in the Champions League.
Player to watch; Antoine Griezmann
The new Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a move to Barca for a long time now. He finally got his wish in summer, and after impressing with Atletico for a few seasons in the Champions League, were expecting his new teammates to bring out the best of this talented player. We are expecting Barca’s style of play to complement Griezmann’s skills, and another club who are looking for revenge in the Champions League after last years disappointment.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RANKINGS
WHAT IS THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?
This year will be the 65th season the Champions League has Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 28th since it was renamed the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA Champions League is UEFA's elite club competition with top clubs across the continent playing for the right to be crowned European champions. Known worldwide as the most prestigious club competition in football, it’s football’s ultimate trophy!
It kicks off in late June with a preliminary round, including three qualifying rounds, and a playoff round, all played over two legs, Six teams from the qualifying rounds will enter the group stages of the Champions League where they will be joined by 26 teams who qualified based on league performance. This makes up a total of 32 teams who are drawn into eight groups of four teams, who will then compete in a double round-robin system. The top two finishers in each group will proceed to the knockout phase and battle it out to reach the final of the Champions League. The final is usually played in the first week of June, where the two finalists will compete for Europe’s most prestigious trophy. The winner of the UEFA Champions League will qualify for next years UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
TOP 5 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES
AC Milan 3 – 3 Liverpool 3 (2-3 Penalties) Final 2004/05
A match that no football fan will ever forget, especially Liverpool fans. An iconic night in Turkey saw one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. AC Milan looked to have both hands on the trophy after entering half time 3-0 against a Liverpool team that looked lost. ‘You’ll never walk alone’ echoed around the stadium at half time despite the team being three down, and boy did it have an impact! Miraculously in six minutes thanks to Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso – Liverpool were level! The game ended up with one of the most intense penalty shoot outs in memory, and thanks to Jersey Dudek’s spaghetti-legs, Liverpool had their fifth European Cup.;
Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich Final 1998/99
The game that every manager will use as a prime example of never giving up. The final of the 1998/99 season saw Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United take on Bayern Munich. Munich scored early on and despite some impressive football throughout the game from United they were unable to find the back of the net. As we entered injury time Beckham whips the ball in and Teddy Sheringham poked it home, and set up a period of extra time. However another corner followed and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer popped up at the back post to secure a memorable victory for the Red Devils.;
Man City 4 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs win on away goals) Quarter-Final 2018/19
A modern-day classic with a twist! Fernando Llorente was the hero for Tottenham as his late goal sent Spurs through to the Champions League semi-finals on away goals for the first time in their history, despite losing 4-3 to Man City on the night. Raheem Sterling thought he had sent Manchester City through with a last gasp goal, but after wild celebrations, a VAR check was called by the referee and the goal was ruled out. There was an incredible five goals in the first 21 minutes, but it was Spurs who ended City’s hunt for the famous quadruple.;
Barcelona 6 – 1 PSG – Last 16 Second Leg 2016/17
One of the biggest comebacks in football history, saw Barcelona beaten 4-0 by a PSG side and needing to win by 5 or more goals providing PSG didn’t score. They cruised to a 3-0 lead within 50 minutes, before PSG grabbed a crucial away goal. However Barcelona were on fire, and two late goals from Neymar made the score 5-1. Deep into extra time, Sergi Roberto made it 6-1 and sent the whole of Barcelona into wild celebrations.;
Barcelona 2 – 2 Chelsea (2-3) Semi-Final 2012
After picking up an impressive 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge against a strong Barcelona team in the semi-finals, Chelsea knew they still had it all to do at the Nou Camp. After falling 2-0 down, and having captain John Terry sent off, it looked like Chelsea had blown their chances.
But the Champions League is made for moments like this. After pulling a goal back, Fernando Torres picked up the ball and ran the length of the pitch to send Gary Neville and the rest of the world into meltdown. Come back complete!
BT Sport uses Artificial Intelligence to predict every fixture of the UEFA Champions League 2019/20 Season – Real Madrid will beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the final!
GENERAL TIPS FOR BETTING ON THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Use available statistics. As with any competition using statistics is the best way to build up your betting portfolio. Thanks to UEFA there are a huge variety of in-depth statistics available for punters to use to their advantage. Head to UEFA for a look at the wide range of current statistics available.
Last-minute bets are risky! If your looking to make some successful gains on this years Champions League it is vital that you are prepared. By using our guide and other information found on the internet you can research some in depth trends about the Champions League.
Bookmakers love a free bet and promotions when it comes to the Champions League. Although its early season keep your eyes peeled for free bets from leading bookmakers. As soon as they become available we will list them in our guide!
Use betting tip sites
Similar to statistics there are plenty of available sites that offer betting tips for the Champions League. Sites such as OBLG offer some great tips from punters from all over the world.
Check your odds!
The majority of online bookmakers will try and compete in terms of odds when it comes to the Champions League. Make sure that you check the marker to find the best prices available. We suggest signing up to a few casinos such as Betfair, Paddy Power, Betvictor; This will ensure you can always get the best price for your bet.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2019/20 BETTING CONCLUSION
We can guarantee that this time last year there weren't many people that had predicted an all English Champions League final. It’s the greatest competition in football for a reason. They say that anything can happen in the Champions League, and this was well and truly proved last year, after a remarkable run of results saw football fans around the world glued to their screens to witness one of the most entertaining knockout phases in recent years.
It takes a brave man to try and predict one of the most unpredictable competitions in football, but we are here to help! With two of the strongest squads in Europe, there’s no doubt that Manchester City and Barcelona will be two of the most favoured teams in this year's competition, especially with the bookmakers. Last years winners Liverpool, will be hungrier than ever for European glory, and Real Madrid and Juventus will be looking to make up for last years disappointment. Despite losing some of their key players to opposition Ajax will be hoping to build on last years impressive run in the tournament. PSG, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund are also forced to be reckoned with.
As you can see, predicting a Champions League winner is never easy. We are going to stick our necks out and back Manchester City to make history and bring home the European cup to the blue side of Manchester.
If you're looking for a bet with some value were tipping Chelsea, to cause an upset and cause another Champions League miracle at 33/1.