The football season is finally back underway, and after a controversial year, UEFA will hope that this season’s Champions League schedule can get underway without a hitch. The competition is one of the most popular in the world and it features the best of the best. With so many of Europe’s biggest players, namely Ronaldo and Messi, now plying their trade at a new home, the balance of power has shifted in European football. With so many big names here, it can be very tricky to narrow down a winner. In this in-depth Champions League betting guide, we take a more detailed look at some of the best odds and provide you with helpful tips!
UEFA Champions League Winner
The biggest two transfers of the summer saw Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo move to PSG and Manchester United respectively. As both of these superstars move into the final stages of their careers, another UCL winner’s medal could really help them get one over on the other. Of the two teams, PSG would be considered the favorites to take the trophy. The French team has brought in some seriously heavy hitters this season and they were considered favorites before the arrival of Messi. The best Champions League odds you will find as a pre-tournament are 4.0 with Unibet.
United are seen as long shots and can be found all the way out at 12.00 with Paddy Power. Backing them to win would be one of the bolder Champions League betting tips you could find, but they could easily cause a shock if Ole can work out how to get the best out of his squad.
While they have a considerably quieter summer than many expected, Manchester City are still heavily favored to challenge again this year. Guardiola’s men came within 90 minutes of finally winning the big one last year, and their fans will be hoping they can go one better this time around. Behind PSG, they are second favorites in the Champions League betting odds with Betway at 5.5. The fact that the two teams play each other in the group stages could make for some really interesting viewing and may give an early indication of who could win.
Elsewhere, reigning champions Chelsea offer great value at 9.0 with William Hill. The Blues have boosted their squad with the signing of Lukaku and have looked ruthless in the Premier League so far. Tuchel’s men have excelled in tournaments since the German took over and they should get through their Champions league table with few problems.
Bayern Munich will also fancy their chances of recapturing the title. They have started their season strong and new manager Julian Nagglesman could make history as the youngest ever winner of the tournament if they can pull it off. When it comes to recent Champions League final betting, they have often been in contention and are worth looking at here. They can be found at 9.00 with William Hill and other bookies.
Champions League Predictions for the Group Stage
Of course, we are months away from the knockout stages, with the first knockout round taking place in February. Before then, we need to get through the groups and there are certainly some interesting battles ahead. Let’s take a quick glance at our predictions for the group stage and find the best Champions League betting odds.
Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig, and Club Brugge make up for the first group. This is a group that is no doubt going to rile football traditionalists given the teams involved. Looking past that though, it seems unlikely that anyone other than Man City and PSG will go through here. As discussed, these are the two favorites for the entire tournament so it seems unlikely they won’t advance. You can find both of them at 1.0 to win the group.
This is the real group of death. Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Porto, and AC Milan will battle for a place in the knock-out stages. Liverpool and Atletico will be favored but there is a chance AC or Porto could spoil the party. Porto could be real dark horses after a strong performance last year. Liverpool and Atletico can be found at just 1.25 and 1.5 in the Champions League betting markets respectively to advance, but Milan offers some value at 2.5 with Betway.
Sporting CP, Dortmund, Ajax, and Besiktas make up a potentially fun group. Ajax and Dortmund should have few problems going through here, and poor odds reflect that. Dortmund are heavy favorites to win the group and can be found at 1.67, which are poor odds for a winner’s market.
Inter Milan and Real Madrid have both had fairly uninspiring summers so they will be grateful to have been handed an easy draw here. Madrid are at 1.05 to go through, which is one of the lowest odds of anything in the entire tournament. Inter are at 1.17, so yeah, there’s not a lot of interest here.
Baynern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica and Dynamo Kiev will contest Group E. A lot of attention will be on Barcelona after a rough summer and the departure of Lionel Messi. While most UEFA Champions League betting odds don’t point to them performing well overall in the tournament, they should get through with Bayern without too many problems.
Manchester United will be out for revenge against Villareal in what will be a tough group for Ole’s men. Atalanta and Young Boys make up the rest of the group, though, the latter are likely to be cannon fodder. The best odds that can be found here are Atalanta winning at 4.33 with BetVictor. The Italian club could easily cause an upset and pip United to the post and at those odds, they are worth a punt.
Lille, Sevilla, Wolfsburg and FC Salzburg. You could be forgiven for mistaking this group for a Europa League line-up. The lack of star names means that there are some good Champions League betting options available here. Sevilla at 2.38 with Betway to win the group is a good shout, while Wolfsburg can be found out as far as 4.33. There is no clear favorite to win this group so if you’re feeling bold, there is some good betting potential.
Group H has its headline clash with Chelsea vs Juventus but it offers little else. The two are heavily favored to advance past Zenit and Malmo and it’s tough to see any other outcome. Both of these teams have been to the Champions League final in recent years, and should comfortably see off two sides who have not even reached the knock-outs in recent memory.
UEFA Champions League Betting Predictions for Top Goalscorer
All of the usual suspects dominate this Champions League betting market but of course, it’s going to depend on how far the team manages to go. Given the fact, his team has an easy group and his record in the competition is impeccable, Erling Haaland, who can be found at 6.00 with 888Sport, is definitely worth a wager.
Elsewhere, Lukaku can be found at 10.00 with William Hill, which is well worth a look. On the subject of Premier League giants, Salah can be found all the way out at 20,00 with 888, and Ronaldo is available at 11.00 with Betfred.
All odds were correct at the time of writing this Champions League betting guide - September 8th.