Champions League Betting Markets
The Champions League comprises the very best of the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, and many more. Given the size and stature of this competition, it almost goes without saying that there is a considerable range of bets that you could make on the event. This goes above and beyond simply betting on who will win individual matches. We’ve covered all of the most popular Champions League betting markets in the sections below.
The Champions League follows quite an interesting format. The initial stages of the competition are played as a round-robin, and then the qualifying teams will battle things out in the knock-out stages of the event. Both before and during the tournament, you can back who you think the eventual winner will be, and this is done through the tournament outright markets.
There is no shortage of games played during the Champions League, and of course, it is the goalscorers that tend to steal the headlines. This is exactly why the ‘top goalscorer’ market is particularly appealing, although it can be a little risky. This is because the longer a team stays in the competition, the more goals an individual player for that team could potentially score.
This is the classic market in Champions League football betting. A match result is when you bet on who you think the winner of a particular match is going to be. It’s a good idea to look at recent European form with this one, as well as having a quick glance at a side’s domestic performances in order to gauge how you think this one is going to go.
This is actually a very interesting market, and it applies to both stages of the competition – knock-out and group stage. If you back a team to qualify through the group stages, this is precisely what they need to do in order for you to win your bet. Two teams will qualify from each of the groups in the Champions League. However, once the competition reaches the knock-out stage, only one team will go through to the next round.
Some punters view this market as being more preferable to the main match result markets, especially in the knock-out stages. This is due to the fact that even if the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, you still have the chance to win your bet.
Both Teams to Score
The clue is pretty much in the name with this one. Here you are backing a market where both teams must find the back of the net for you to win your wager. This market applies specifically to individual games. Usually, if you have two attacking teams or two teams with quite prolific goalscorers going up against each other, the both teams to score market is a good choice.
In the Champions League, you’ll often get matches where there appears to be a clear cut winner before the game has even begun. The downside of this is that you’ll generally find very low odds for a favoured team to win in this situation. Here’s where the handicap market should be explored, as you can back whether a favoured team will win by more than a set number of goals.
On the flip side, you can also back the underdog to lose by less than a set number of goals. Of course, if the underdog wins, then your handicap bet on them will still come through.