Champions League Betting

The UEFA Champions League, or simply Champions League, is Europe’s premier football competition involving club teams and subsequently betting on the Champions League is big business. The tournament pits the top teams from around Europe against one another in a season-long competition that begins with qualifying rounds, is followed by the group stages and concludes with two-legged knockout rounds.

The Champions League was founded in its current format in 1992, taking the place of its predecessor the European Cup. The winner of the Champions League is widely regarded as the best team in Europe and goes on to represent UEFA at the FIFA Club World Cup each year.

The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event, drawing over 145 million television viewers. Real Madrid are the competition’s most successful club having lifted the trophy on nine separate occasions, followed by AC Milan of Itay with seven.

The current holders are Real Madrid having defeated their city neighbours Atletico on penalties in May. The 2017 final will be held on British shores at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Our top recommended bookmakers for the UEFA Champions League

Champions League Betting Options

The stature of the Champions League alone helps ensures betting on the competition is hugely popular, with a healthy number of markets for online punters and a wealth of betting options. With the group stages starting in September, punters had up to eight games a night to bet on providing plenty of Champions League betting opportunities and also offering the prospect of accumulators. As the tournament progresses, the amount of teams obviously reduces but as the games get more and more important expect the interest in each fixture to only increase.

In terms of what exactly you can bet on, online bookmakers offer odds for a variety of markets including win markets, top goalscorer, qualification and finalists prediction, winning nationality plus a range of options for individual games, from half and full time score/correct score through to win margins.

Champions League Recent Roll of Honour

  • 2015 - Barcelona beat Juventus
  • 2014 - Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid
  • 2013 - Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund
  • 2012 - Chelsea beat Bayern Munich
  • 2011 - Barcelona beat Manchester United
  • 2010 - Inter beat Bayern Munich
  • 2009 - Barcelona beat Manchester United
  • 2008 - Manchester United beat Chelsea
  • 2007 - Milan beat Liverpool
  • 2006 - Barcelona beat Arsenal
  • 2005 - Liverpool beat Milan

Champions League Free Bets

If you fancy placing an online bet on this year's Champions League, note that many sportsbook sites offer free bets to be used on a sport of your choice when you sign up for an online account with them. Here at Free Betting Online we maintain a directory of top online bookmakers and offer free bets and special sign up deals through our affiliation with some of the UK's best sportsbook sites.

We regularly have exclusive, or enhanced, free bet offers that you won't find anywhere else. So if you're looking for a Champions League free bet then you're in the right place.

Champions League Tips

In recent seasons there has been a clutch of sides that have dominated the latter stages of this competition and are favourites when it comes to Champions League betting. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are always amongst the frontrunners for the competition and rarely do they disappoint, with the trio regularly making the semi-finals at least. They account for the winners of the last three competitions and at least one of these sides has made the final in each of the last seven seasons. 

Due to investements from the middle-east, both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, especially with Pep Guardiola coming in, are expected to be major players on the European stage in the coming years. Whilst they have yet to threaten the dominance of the big three, they are certainly improving and they will continue to invest in their squads with this tournament the focus of their ambitions. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are two other sides that have reached the final in recent seasons and as they start off at slightly longer prices, they also reflect attractive propositions for those looking to bet on an outright winner of the Champions League.

As always with all major football-tournaments, away from the outright winner the top goalscorer is a popular market in terms of ante-post betting. There are two men that dominate that market and you will not be surprised to hear that the duo consists of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Ronaldo has scored more goals in the competition than any other player and Messi is not far behind him. They have been the world's two best players for some time now and considering their teams always seem to do well in the competition, their short prices reflect this.