Beginning with three knockout qualifying rounds in July before most domestic European leagues have even laced their boots, the UEFA Champions League is quickly whittled down to 32 elite teams who compete for the most coveted annual crown on the continent.
Heralded as the most elite club football tournament on the planet, it's no surprise the Champions League is one of the most highly bet events each year with millions of eyes turned to each match.
Just in time for the season kicking off, Fulham FC revealed the design of their latest strip, along with a brand-new sponsor in the form of GrosvenorCasinos.com. The two-year deal means Grosvenor’s br ... Read More
With the 2017/2018 Premier League season set to be another roller coaster of emotions for everyone involved, thoughts are now turning to the players that could thrive in the coming months. As ever, th ... Read More
It’s been a record-breaking summer of betting on women’s sport around the world with the Cricket World Cup, Wimbledon and the UEFA Women’s Championship. Sunday’s final is sure to prove another popular ... Read More
LeoVegas is one firm that's acutely aware of how advertisement and sponsorship can help win that particular battle. That said, the sports betting and online casino outfit will become the principal spo ... Read More
There's a close link between football and betting, so of course it's no surprise that online bookmakers are keen to advertise their wares on the shirts and at the grounds of some of the world’s bigges ... Read More
With the European football season soon to get underway, now's the perfect time to sharpen your punting skills. Up your chances to profit from betting on the beautiful game in the 2017/18 season with t ... Read More
Picking a tournament winner is no mean feat. Since it was founded in 1952, 22 teams have triumphed, and even since its rebranding in 1992 there have been 13 different winners. In fact, the UEFA Champions League is so competitive that no team has retained the title since AC Milan won in 1989 and 1990.
Between 2005 and 2015, the winner has come from either Spain, England, Germany or Italy; and six of the last nine winning managers had already won the competition – several with different clubs.
Over the past two decades, 80% of winners were either winners or runners-up in their domestic league during the preceding season. Interestingly though, every Champions League winner between 2012 and 2015 had finished runners-up in the preceding domestic season: so it seems talent and hunger is a useful combination.
If you’re not quite ready to pick a tournament winner, backing a team to reach the final, or to exit at a specific stage of the tournament, can be a better way to capitalise on your knowledge.
Unlike domestic leagues, deciding on who will score the most goals in the Champions League comes down to two key factors: weak opposition in the group stages and the potential for the team to progress.
Sometimes this means backing the big names, but surprises aren't uncommon. For example, in 2014/15 Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk (who went out to Bayern Munich in the last 16, losing 7-0 on aggregate) finished just one goal behind joint top scorers Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. An each-way bet on underdog Adriano would have paid out handsomely.
With fewer teams involved in each group, betting in the group winner market and backing teams to qualify (or not) have far fewer variables than the tournament market on the whole. As a result, odds will be slightly lower, but you have a good chance of earning small, regular returns.
If you think you’ve spotted a particularly divided group, or a striker who could surprise, but perhaps not last the distance to finish as top goal scorer in the tournament, many online gambling sites also allow you to bet on group and team top goal scorers.
The group stages are also better indicators of the ultimate winner than you may think. The last eight Champions League winners (up to and including 2014/2015) all won their groups on their way to the final, so don’t be afraid to make bold predictions based on success early on.
Individual match betting in the UEFA Champions League also has a distinct flavour. As well as assessing the usual mix of form, strengths, weaknesses and strategy, there are additional considerations to factor in.
Talk of a ‘Champions League hangover’ dominates domestic leagues following midweek Champions League fixtures, and there can be no doubt that this factors into managers' calculations. With key matches approaching in domestic leagues, you may want to consider whether a manager will rest his best players players: particularly against weaker opposition. This can have an effect on numerous markets, from the final result to more specific markets, including total goals scored.
Once the tournament reaches the knockout phases, match tactics are also affected by the fact that matchups are contested over two legs. Reluctance to concede away goals, the advantage of playing the home leg first and the need to overcome aggregate scores should all be factored into gamblers’ betting strategies.
If you’re considering betting on the Champions League, the chances are you’ll want to get right into the action. In-play betting is the best way to do just that. When betting on player markets, such as first, last, or next goal scorer, it’s worth tracking a player’s domestic form to see if there’s been a dip since their last Champions League outing.
On the broader markets, tracking the ebb and flow of a game is vital. Watch for key changes like cards, substitutions and changing formations, which can give an indication that a team is about to switch up their game. Live statistics, shown in the in-play betting console of top gambling sites like Coral, are also vital in obtaining an objective overview and monitoring tricky stats.
The US Open is a golf tournament that does just what it says on the tin, taking the tournament's name to heart in 2017. With players from way down the golfing ladder able to participate so long as the ... Read More
World Cup qualifying is in full swing this weekend as the historic rivalry between Scotland and England is renewed once more. Can the England side continue their tremendous run of form in qualifiers, ... Read More
For the upcoming Champions League Finals between Real Madrid and Juventus, should punters be looking to bet on football markets based around a cagy 0-0 or 1-1 with extra time and penalties? Or is ther ... Read More
10bet is one of the fastest-growing online bookmakers in the world and the firm is upping its game by signing a deal with Betradar, to provide sports bettors with a huge range of live sports streams v ... Read More
There's no major tournament in the football world to get stuck into over summer 2017, so the Champions League Final is an enticing culmination to the European season when it comes to online betting. W ... Read More
This year’s Premier League hasn’t matched the romance and betting bonanza of Leicester’s 2015/16 title campaign, with a predictable top seven and the usual suspects making up the relegation zone. But ... Read More
Football fans have another feast of Champions League football to look forward to with the second legs of the quarter-finals about to take place. Juventus, Monaco, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid have ... Read More
The competition began with 32 teams, now just eight sides remain in this season’s UEFA Champions League. After a four-week break, football’s premier club competition returns for the first legs of four ... Read More
Just occasionally, the importance of the beautiful game pales into insignificance in the grander scheme of things. This latest vs Lithuania in a long line of Russia World Cup qualifiers offers the Eng ... Read More
The FA Cup quarter-final stage is always an exciting time. The traditional mixture of established teams and determined underdogs makes for some sporting drama and this year promises the same nail-biti ... Read More
The second legs of the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final will decide which eight teams progress into the quarter-finals. Arsenal host current German champions Bayern Munich, while Seria A runners-up Na ... Read More
It’s still a few months until the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final kicks off at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but the herd has already been thinned down to the final 16. With some of the first le ... Read More
This year the 5th round of the FA Cup has a wonderfully eclectic feel to it, with five of the Premier League’s big hitters in Manchesters United and City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea going up again ... Read More
Like many well-meaning young chaps or ladies, the four teams in Champions League action on February 14 will be hoping that it’s a Valentine’s Day to remember. In the 1st legs of their respective ties, ... Read More
The Stockholm-based Mr Green continues to invest heavily in its new sportsbook product, and the latest addition to its ranks is Football Forza. This live score app enables full odds integration, so pu ... Read More
32 teams will battle it out over the weekend in the fourth round of the FA Cup, vying to progress in the competition with a hopeful eye on the final in May. Only half of the teams will make it into th ... Read More
It remains something of a hidden gem in the football calendar, but the biennial African Cup of Nations should really be a fixture in any self-respecting punter’s almanac. Why? Because some of the worl ... Read More
Thank Coral it's Christmas! This Christmas season, Coral is looking to give away trendy 'retro football shirts' to all it's newest customers who join between now and 1st January. Players who signup th ... Read More
For all intents and purposes, the lead up to the latest round of World Cup qualifiers has been far from ideal. However, as is often the case with England, adversity brings out a certain resolve, so ma ... Read More
Last year, Man City met West Ham early in the Premier League season and the two clubs battled to a 2-2 draw. Shrewd punters are hoping for the same result this Sunday as Man City is a heavy favourite ... Read More
This Saturday, a slow-starting Arsenal club look for their first win of the new EPL season against Watford. Traveling to Vicarage Road might be a tougher task for the Gunners than expected considering ... Read More
Picking an outright winner this early in the season, in a match between two of the top teams in the English Premier League, is truly a toss-up. Punters eyeing the Tottenham vs Liverpool match this Sat ... Read More
This Friday, 26th August, reigning league champions Bayern Munich kick-off their 2016/2017 Bundeliga campaign at Allianz Arena against Werder Bremen. Based on the last 20 or so fixes between the two, ... Read More
Kicking off this week is the second leg of the Europa League qualifying play-offs and despite the obscurity of some of the squads, there is a wealth of value within the markets. Here are the best bets ... Read More
This Wednesday and Thursday, the Champions League Qualifiers are offering a wealth of betting value for all you interested punters. Man City is the premier name among the contenders but thanks to some ... Read More
Backing the favourites in Real Madrid to win outright might not be your best strategy. Should punters be considering the +1 Asian Handicap market after the market hit 7 of the last 10 times the squads ... Read More
This Friday, 19th August, José Mourinho’s Man United squad takes on an adjusting Southhampton squad lead by the recently named head coach, Claude Peul. If United's dismantling of Bournemouth is anythi ... Read More
The new Premier League season officially gets underway this weekend and opening fixtures don't get much bigger than Arsenal vs. Liverpool on 14th August. ... Read More
Since handing over The FA betting partnership to Ladbrokes after a four year stint, William Hill has been on a tear, signing two Premier League clubs earlier this week before announcing a three year d ... Read More
The world's leader in sports betting, William Hill is set to become the official betting partner of two of the Premier Leagues' top clubs, Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC. The deal will see Willia ... Read More
Spanish league champions FC Barcelona ink three-season sponsorship deal with Betfair while Betway secures sponsorship of five Bundesliga 2 clubs. ... Read More
The final of Euro 2016 is set and France will now have to take on Portugal in an effort to claim the championship trophy in front of their home crowd. ... Read More
No offense to Wales and Portugal, but this is the semi-final most neutral spectators want to see: this Thursday, 7 July, Germany must battle it out with host France for a place in Sunday’s European Ch ... Read More
Real Madrid Galácticos Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will meet at the Stade de Lyon on Wednesday evening, ready to do battle over a place in the final as Portugal takes the pitch against Wales in ... Read More
Euro 2016 is racing towards a climax, but before the 10 July final plays out, there are still plenty of ways for you to boost your bankroll. From loss insurance to odds enhancers, the web's best bookm ... Read More
Euro 2016 has been quite low on the goal-scoring front, with under 2.5 goals being one of the safest bets. Generally, the defences have been tough to break down – even for the stronger teams. In week ... Read More
Euro 2016 is well into its third week of action and with the competition starting to reach fever pitch, so too is the bonus activity at the top bookmaking sites. ... Read More
Betting on football might be massively popular, but can you really make money out of it? Here are the top five tips on how to put together a strategy for football betting success. ... Read More
Euro 2016 is a time of plenty when it comes to online sports betting bonuses. With the industry's top bookmakers working hard to give you more value throughout the competition, picking through the myr ... Read More
The European Championships of 2016 are well and truly underway; with many bookmakers offering special bonuses and promotions targeted specifically at Euro 2016 betting markets, this is a fantastic tim ... Read More
eSports and football are headed for a massive collision expected to help push the former into the upper echelon of sports right along side the latter. Major football clubs around the world, including ... Read More
The second round of matches in group B of Euro 2016 brings together two fierce rivals who will meet for the first time in a major tournament: England and Wales. Can England secure qualification to the ... Read More
From a betting perspective, it's the stars who offer some of the most interesting odds and options heading into the competition. Whether it's the players most likely to run off with the Golden Boot or ... Read More
As Euro 2016 commences, most major bookmakers are looking to grab the attention of the millions of punters waiting to place their bets. One major bookie thinking outside the box has decided to bring a ... Read More
The Three Lions enter Euro 2016 as the youngest team in the tournament. Despite their youth, England blazed through qualifying, entering the competition as the only team that was victorious in every o ... Read More
It was Coco Chanel who said that "the best things in life are free". This is definitely the case when it comes to sports betting, where a myriad of bookmakers are falling over themselves to offer lucr ... Read More
UEFA Euro 2016 means crunching tackles, mazy runs, 40-yard screamers and some world-class betting to boot. If you're a football fan, Euro 2016 is the perfect time to ante-up. But like all periods of p ... Read More
Starting August 1st, The Football Association (FA) will be sporting a new official betting partner as William Hill hands the reigns over to fellow industry giant Ladbrokes. The well established UK-bas ... Read More
The 71st Scottish League Cup will feature a new Group Stage format, an adjusted qualifying process as well as a brand new premier sponsor in Betfred, a world leader in online bookmaking. ... Read More
Leicester City's Premier League success might be the talk of the sports world, but the Foxes’ win hasn't left everyone with a smile on their face. Leicester City managed to defy the odds quite literal ... Read More
The final round of action in the English Football Championship takes place this weekend and, with the title race still undecided, the bookies are currently doing their best to break down the top games ... Read More
The FA Cup, the most enthralling football competition in the world, is just one game away from its conclusion and already the bookmakers are offering odds on the finale. With Manchester United set to ... Read More
Leicester City's historic EPL win despite starting the season at 5000/1 odds will change the betting landscape forever after resulting in some of the largest payouts in bookmaking history. ... Read More
With UEFA Euro 2016 almost upon us, Ladbrokes Sports has already gone on the attack with a new media campaign featuring football favourite Chris Kamara designed primarily to promote Ladbrokes' in-play ... Read More
The UEFA Champions League is inching closer to crowning a winner, and if you're one for following the odds then you've no doubt got your eyes on Bayern Munich and Real Madrid heading into the semi-fin ... Read More
Timing is everything in the sports betting world, and one Betfair Sports customer now knows the true value of making the perfect move at the perfect time after scooping £53,000. An unnamed punter at B ... Read More
Manchester United fans are currently enduring the longest trophy drought in recent memory while Everton fans' drought has been even longer. Both sides now have their best opportunity in years when the ... Read More
Scottish football fans will finally get to see their first Old Firm game in over a year this weekend, with Rangers meeting Celtic on Sunday for an undoubtedly exciting 2016 William Hill Scottish Cup S ... Read More
The business end of the football season may be rapidly approaching, but some teams can still give their fans a reason to celebrate. For Everton and Chelsea, the FA Cup is a chance to please their fans ... Read More
Hibernian and Ross County will meet at Hampden Park on Sunday 13th March for the Scottish League Cup 2016 Final. Ross County are yet to win the trophy, but after their impressive turn in the semi-fina ... Read More
Manchester City will play Liverpool in the Capital One Cup Final, and for the first time in years, there's a genuine case for either side to win. ... Read More
After just four months of operating in Kenya, Betway has paid out over one million Kenyan Shillings to two lucky players. ... Read More
After Everton managed to recover from their inconsistent league form to beat Man City 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg earlier this month, everyone’s talking about the prospect of an al ... Read More
Manchester United and Chelsea are, of course, both titan teams to be reckoned with – but the fortunes of these two sides couldn’t be more different heading into this all-important Premier League festi ... Read More
When the two sides last met, it was Tottenham on the back foot looking to avoid another season of mid-table mediocrity, but this year it will be Chelsea who head into their London derby as the underdo ... Read More
The 2015 UEFA Super Cup takes place in Tbilisi on August 11th and this year's game is a particularly intriguing encounter: Barcelona against Sevilla. In a repeat of the 2006 Super Cup clash, Luis Enri ... Read More
On 6th June 2015, Juventus meet Barcelona in Berlin to contest this year's thrilling Champions League.The game promises to be a gripping encounter between two continental giants who have won six Europ ... Read More
With the competition reaching the quarter-final stage this weekend, the remaining eight teams left in the FA Cup are just 90 minutes from a trip to the home of football. ... Read More
A 33-year-old Cambridgeshire man is celebrating a fantastic accumulator win after a £1 bet returned a jaw-dropping £169,923 this week. ... Read More
Many punters would resist the urge to bet against heavy-hitters like Man City and Chelsea, but the failure of those title-chasers to progress in the FA Cup saw at least three lucky punters win big on ... Read More
The 2015 Asian Football Confederation Cup represents one of the first major international football tournaments since the conclusion of the World Cup this past summer. ... Read More
23-year-old heptathlete Karla Drew managed to transform a £5 accumulator bet into £50,054 when all ten of her results came up trumps. The lucky 100m hurdler, who beat odds of 10,000 to one, is also on ... Read More
In football betting, the goals over/under market all too often plays second fiddle to the showier correct score and goalscorer markets. Which is a shame, because it's a better option for cultivating r ... Read More
The Premier League is fast-paced, frantic and seemingly unpredictable; in fact, it's the potential for shock results and explosive local derbies that contributes to its giant global fan base. ... Read More
It's that time of year again. After a bit of a disappointing summer in Brazil, English football fans will be pleased to see the Premier League back in action. ... Read More
For football betting fans who have attentively followed the summer transfers and pre-season match results, Coral's new ante-post market for outright league winners could seriously pay off. ... Read More
Now that the World Cup has officially ended, punters have turned to licking their wounds after a tournament full of unexpected upsets and savage humiliations. However, one lucky gambler is doing the e ... Read More
One lucky Ladbrokes Sports customer has managed to snag nearly £19,000 from a £2 Free Bet, in the bookmakers Result Rush coupon. ... Read More
As the 2014 FIFA World Cup progresses, opportunities abound in the fluctuating prices of football betting markets. Find out how to make small, regular gains by engaging in arbitrage - comparing prices ... Read More
The end of the football season often sees a flurry of big bets as punters try to cash in on the last vital games. While the final matches of the English Premier League were nothing to write home about ... Read More
As the English Premier League title race edges ever closer to the finish line, it's Anfield that will once more be the focus for all football betting fans this Sunday. ... Read More
One of the best things about major international football tournaments is that they provide astute betters with hundreds of mobile and in-play gambling opportunities. ... Read More
'Half time/full time' betting might seem a mere middle ground between outright winner and correct score markets, but football is a game of two halves. And there’s value in knowing what that really mea ... Read More
Coral Sports has revealed multiple wins over a bumper weekend for football betting, including a Scottish punter who managed to win an amazing £89,000 from just a £10 bet. ... Read More
Scorecast and wincast are among the trickiest of all the football betting markets, but with the right research they can also land the biggest rewards. ... Read More
A lucky Irishman has bagged himself a late Christmas present this week, after his €20 accumulator bet came in to the tune of €451,082.47 during an exciting weekend of matches in English football. The ... Read More
Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
DISCLAIMER: Online Wagering is illegal in some Jurisdictions.
It is your responsibility to check your local regulations before
playing online. GDC Trading Ltd takes no responsibility for your
© 2011-2017 GDC Trading Limited. All Rights Reserved. Gambling.com is a registered trademark of GDC Trading Limited.