The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious pro soccer tournament in the world. Think of it as the club version of the FIFA World Cup but exclusively to Europe. The continent’s best professional clubs play in a year-long tournament to decide the best. Champions League odds are a hot topic in the online sports betting world.
The Champions League is unlike most American sports leagues as it is nearly a year-long tournament. It begins around late June with the preliminary rounds and ends around May.
The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League has a different calendar due to the pandemic. The season began with the qualifiers in August 2020 and the competition proper beginning on October 20, 2020 and concluding on May 29, 2021. The final will be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.
UEFA Champions League odds are widely available like soccer odds. You can bet on a variety of markets from the pre-game odds: handicap, money line, total, and team totals, much like general soccer betting lines.
There are plenty of UEFA Champions League odds to bet on. The most common ones are the pre-game odds:
Additionally, you can find UEFA Champions League winner odds also known as “Futures” or “outrights”. This is when you simply pick who will win the Champions League tournament. These Champions League odds are open almost all year.
Find the UEFA Champions League odds from the BetUS online sportsbook’s “Soccer” section. Select “UEFA Champions League” to find the outright winners (Futures) or “Champions League” to bet on individual games.
For the outright section, all the remaining Champions League teams will be displayed. The Champions League odds change depending on how far the season has progressed as well as other developments i.e. injuries, transfers, managerial changes etc.
Despite the fact there are different teams in the Champions League every year, the Champions League winner odds tend to revolve around the same teams every season. Here are some of the usual suspects you’ll find as favorites for Champions League odds:
Man City is a perennial powerhouse and despite being chronic favorites on the Champions League odds, they have yet to win as of the 2020 season. The latest version of the Sky Blues features prolific strikers like Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling and star midfielder Kevin DeBruyne among others. This team is stacked and it’s only a matter of “when”.
The 2020 champions have also been a yearly favorite per the UEFA Champions League odds. They have won six titles and are usually backstopped by elite keepers like Manuel Neueur. Just like their National Team, Bayern Munich usually features the best German players. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is a legitimate superstar and a reason why this club is a solid bet in the UCL.
It has been almost a decade since Chelsea captured the Champions League back in 2012 when a fellow named Didier Drogba helped lead them to their one and only trophy. The Blues have found renewed success in the tournament lately and are once again contenders. Find them as a dark horse in the Champions League winner odds.
Just like Manchester City, “PSG” has been a staple as favorite in the Champions League odds but have yet to cash in as a winner. They could do so in 2021. The club has quickly risen to prominence thanks to some eyebrow-raising roster moves. The French club have acquired the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to join MF Angel Di Maria and form a terrorizing front.
LFC is the most successful English club in the UCL. They recently made consecutive Finals appearances, the first English club to do so in 40 years, from 2018 to 2019. They won 2019 and had Mo Salah not been hurt, they may have won 2018 as well. Salah is the team’s heart, but their defenders led by Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold keep them as contenders.
The 2021 UEFA Champions League is the 66th season of the annual tournament. Generally speaking, the favorites usually emerge as champions. In recent years, Real Madrid has dominated the Champions League odds being a perennial favorite to lift the trophy. They won four championships from 2014 to 2018.
Betting the chalk isn’t always recommended, however. Some underdogs have come out of nowhere to win the UCL namely in 2004. FC Porto won against Monaco in the Finals when both teams were 50-1 and 66-1 underdogs, respectively.
A year later, Liverpool also pooled an improbable upset. Down 3-0 at halftime, The Reds completed a stunning comeback against the mighty AC Milan. LFC was as big as a 188-1 underdog when they roared back to win on penalties.
Chelsea FC also won the 2012 UCL as a dark horse team. They opened as a 7-1 underdog but the odds grew bigger throughout the tournament, especially when they had drawn that pitted them against Barcelona and Bayern Munich. They would defy the odds, upset both favorites, and win their first UCL title.
Underdogs can emerge and beat the UEFA Champions League odds. Most teams have a shot here and that’s what makes this soccer tournament so thrilling.
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The UEFA Champions League is an annual soccer/football competition that hosts the top European club teams in both a group format, as well as a knockout format as the tournament progresses. Champions League was founded in 1955 but did not become the league we know today until 1992 after its rebrand. The 2021 Champions League season will begin in late June with 79 teams and will be whittled down to 16 teams before proceeding to the knockout phase.
The UEFA Champions League usually runs year-round, wrapping up in the following May, so there isn’t much of an off-season for the teams competing in this league. So you can be assured you can bet on the UEFA Champions League almost year-round with hardly any breaks.
The Champions League is one of the most popular European soccer leagues, and with that comes the high calibre teams all vying for the title each year. Champions League is the most prestigious of the European soccer leagues, which translates into sports bettors wanting to bet on the Champions League odds.
Spanish teams currently hold the record for most victories with 18, followed by England and Italy with 13 and 12 respectively. Real Madrid holds 13 of Spains titles, and when a team wins three years in a row or five times overall, they receive a special accreditation. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Milan are the only teams to do so thus far.
The 2020-2021 season was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic due to travel restrictions that prevented teams from playing their away games, and there were no fans permitted at the games. It was by far, a weird season for the Champions League players, coaches and officials. There were delays, cancellations and forfeits, which was expected.
The 2021-2022 Champions League season is set to begin on June 22, 2021 and will run until May 28, 2022. We expect the impact of COVID-19 to be much less, especially with vaccine rollouts happening worldwide.
If you’re new to sports betting in general, you will want to read in-depth sports betting guides to help you make educated betting decisions about the sports you want to bet on. There are so many betting options out there, and each sport has unique betting options available, so we want you to familiarize yourself with some of the popular options before you bet on Champions League games.
If you’re familiar with moneyline betting, you might be used to seeing two-way moneylines, where there are just two options, and you choose the team you think will win. With three-way moneylines you will see the additional option of a draw – as some soccer games can end in a tie. This means you will need to decide whether either team will win, or if they’re closely matched skill wise, you could pick the draw if you think it will be a tie.
The odds you will see next to the team names will reflect how likely a team is to win the match. If a team has a negative number, they are favored to win and you will have to risk that amount to win $100. If you see a positive number, that is an underdog or unlikely option, and you would win that amount on a $100 wager.
In this case, Chelsea is favored to win this match, and Porto is the underdog. If you look at these Champions League odds, you will know that a $150 wager on Chelsea will pay out $100 in winnings, and a $100 wager on Porto will pay out $250 in winnings. The draw option will pay out $300 on a $100 wager, as it’s the least likely option to occur.
Point spread betting is popular in most sports, but in soccer we call them goalline wagers. This is because there aren’t any points recorded in soccer games, they track goals – so they are referred to as such. Soccer is a rather low scoring game, so we don’t see huge goalline spreads.
When it comes to Champions League odds, you might see a spread of -1.5/+1.5 which indicates the game will remain close – meaning the oddsmakers believe there might only be 1-2 goals difference, depending which side you bet on. A -1.5 goalline bet would mean you think the favored team will win by more than 2 goals. A +1.5 goalline bet would mean you think the underdog will win the game or lose by only 1 goal.
Betting the totals is an easy option for those who aren’t quite sure who would win the game outright or aren’t sure enough about the score to do a point spread/goalline wager. It is however, a little different in Champions League, so you will need to familiarize yourself with the differences.
You are still betting on the over/under total number of points that both teams will collectively score, but the scores are in decimal format. The line will be rather low, and set in multiples of .25, so you would see 2.25, 2.5, 2.75. Your job is to decide if the total score would be higher or lower than the number set.
If you’re betting on Champions League odds between Dortmund and Man City, you might see a total of 3.25. That means if you took the under, the score would have to stay under 3 such as. A 1-1 draw, and if you took the over, the score would need to be over 3 such as 3-2.
When it comes to betting on Champions League futures, you can select the team you think will win the UEFA Champions League overall, months in advance. Futures offer inflated odds to take a stab at predicting an outcome and potentially winning some big money.
To bet on the Champions League winner odds, you will need to decide which team you think will win it all – then place your wager. It’s as simple as that. The odds will fluctuate throughout the season and the earlier you make your picks, the better the odds will be.
Now that you have a good idea of how the UEFA Champions League odds work, you can head over to the sportsbook and check out the available odds. Since the league runs almost year-round, you can always find a Champions League betting option.
The Champions League runs in an almost year-long season. The 2020-2021 Champions League takes place between late June 2020 to May 2021. The 2021-2022 Champions League season will begin in late June 2021 and run until May 2022.
Yes, betting on the Champions League is legal as long as you’re using a safe and reputable sportsbook. Our sportsbook allows you to bet on sports from the comfort of your home legally
Champions League odds are ever changing as the odds will fluctuate as the season progresses. You can visit the sportsbook to check out UEFA Champions League futures and see the teams still standing for the 2020-2021 season.
Currently, Manchester City is the favored team to win the 2020-2021 Champions League season. The odds will fluctuate as the knockout phase of the playoffs continue.
The last ten Champions League winners are:
Real Madrid holds the record for most Champions League titles with 13. They are the most decorated team in the Champions League as they are 6 titles ahead of the next team, which is Milan, who has 7 titles.
Cristiano Ronaldo, currently playing for Juventus is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League. He has 134 goals in his almost two decade long career.
The UEFA Champions League begins with 79 teams: starting with the preliminary round, three qualifying rounds and a playoff round. Six teams will advance to the group stage, joining the 26 teams that pre-qualified in advance. The 32 teams are then divided into eight groups of four, and play a double round robin. The remaining 16 teams head to the knockout phase which then leads to the finals.
Teams can qualify for the Champions League based on their previous season’s rankings. The top four teams from Premier League will qualify, also if a team wins the Europa league they will automatically qualify the following year. There are many ways to qualify for the Champions League, but many instances rely on your rankings in your respective league.
There are winnings available for almost every stage of the Champions League, and that can accumulate for the teams who make it all the way to the finals. Teams that win the preliminary qualifiers will receive €230,000, and each stage will earn prize money until the championships, where the winners receive €19,000,000 and runners up receive €15,000,000. That means, a title winning team who wins every stage could earn up to €82,450,000.
You can find plenty of UEFA Champions League odds available on the BetUS Sportsbook. We have a variety of moneyline wagers, totals, point spreads and futures available all year while the Champions league is taking place.