Champions League Betting

Apr 6, 32 mins ago

2016/17 Champions League quarter finals preview

2016/17 Champions League quarter finals preview

78 teams who entered the Champions League have been whittled down to eight, and this year’s quarter finals feature the last six finalists, the leaders of Ligue 1 and the English champions.
Leicester City’s bid for an unlikely Champions League final continue as they face Atletico Madrid while there are also three other mouthwatering fixtures. Keep reading for our Champions League betting preview.

Leicester still going strong in Europe

At the beginning of the season I suggested that the 100/1 available on Leicester City winning the Champions League might soon look like a terrific price. The Foxes are now in the last eight, and while still the 33/1 outsiders, their European adventure could well continue at the expense of Atletico Madrid.
There may have been a range of fortunate factors that helped Leicester overcome Sevilla in the last round, but if they can win that tie then they ought to have no nerves in facing a side that has been weaker than Sevilla in La Liga this season.
After a shaky start to the New Year, Diego Simeone’s side have been on a decent run in recent weeks. Their only defeat in their last eleven matches was a 2-1 home reverse to Barcelona and they have only failed to score once since the start of February – and that was in the 0-0 second leg of their last 16 match with Bayer Leverkusen when they were already 4-2 up.
Leicester’s form has turned around under new boss Craig Shakespeare and there’s no reason that they can’t upset the recent finalists in the last eight. The Foxes are an enormous 8/1 to win at the Vicente Calderon, but the 7/2 on them qualifying for the next round looks like a decent bet.
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Bayern and Real top the billing in the last eight

Considering the strength of the two sides, a Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich match-up would make a dream final but instead the two European giants have been drawn against each other in the last eight.
Bayern hammered Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the last round and come into this tie in superb form. Their last defeat was a 3-2 reverse to Rostov in November, when they had already qualified for the Champions League knockouts, and they have scored 28 goals in their last eight matches in all competitions.
Madrid are the defending champions, of course, and also come into the fixture in good form having won nine of their last eleven matches.
This should be a terrific game, and Bayern are the favourites. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are 7/10 to win the first leg at home, and 4/6 to qualify for the last four.
No-one is still quite sure how Barcelona managed to overturn a 4-0 first leg defeat to make it to the last four, although conspiracy theorists suggest that the officials were helpful in their 6-1 victory over PSG.
Luis Enrique has announced that he will leave Barca at the end of the season and his side face a tough task against Serie A champions Juventus. Juve haven’t lost a home match since August 2015 and so should be backed to win at 13/8 (the double chance ‘Juventus and draw’ is just 2/5).
A young, exciting Monaco team look as if they could win the French title this season and they were good enough to knock Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of the Champions League in the last round.
They face another young side in Borussia Dortmund in the last eight and this fixture could be full of goals. It is just 2/5 that both teams score in the opening leg in Germany, although the 5/4 on Monaco qualifying for the semi-finals looks like decent value.
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Sep 7, 211 days ago

2016/17 Champions League preview

2016/17 Champions League preview

78 clubs from 53 countries entered this season’s Champions League and after some big names were eliminated in the play-offs, 32 teams now remain in the group stages.
Leicester City and FC Rostov make their debut in the competition and they join the usual suspects in this season’s group stages. Keep reading for our preview of this season’s Champions League.

Spanish giants head Champions League betting

Considering that La Liga provided three of last season’s Champions League quarter finalists and the Europa League winners, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Spanish clubs feature highly in this season’s betting.
Despite changing their manager mid-season, Real Madrid won their 11th European Cup title, eventually overcoming their city rivals in a penalty shootout in Milan. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 16 goals on the way to the title and Real have been given a decent draw this year.
Their matches against Borussia Dortmund should be a highlight and they should overcome Legia Warsaw and Sporting Lisbon in Group F. Real Madrid are 11/2 third favourites.
As ever, Barcelona are this year’s favourites having reached the semi-finals or better in seven of the last nine years. The 2014 champions continue to boast the best forward line on the continent and have an excellent recent record in the tournament.
Luis Enrique’s side have a slightly tricky draw – they face Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic – but are worthy favourites at 11/4.
A better bet may be the team that has ended Barca’s chances in two of the last three seasons. Atletico Madrid have reached two of the last three Champions League finals, losing to their city neighbours on both occasions. Diego Simeone’s side have excellent European pedigree and look good each way value at 14/1.

English sides looking for good European run

One of the main reasons that Manchester City appointed Pep Guardiola this summer was to pursue an elusive first Champions League title. City reached the semi finals last season and will be hoping that the Spaniard’s experience will be enough to see them reach this season’s showpiece at the Millennium Stadium.
City face one of Guardiola’s former clubs in the group stage and they will also have to overcome strong German opposition and the Scottish champions. City do offer decent value at 11/1.
Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are regular fixtures in the Champions League knockout stages and the pair will meet in Group A of this season’s competition. Both will be expected to qualify ahead of FC Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad although PSG offer better value at 14/1 than Arsenal at 20/1.
Tottenham have a tricky group but will be hoping to reach the last 16 although a better bet may be Leicester City whose style of football may suit European competition.
The draw has been kind to the Foxes, pairing them with Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen and Claudio Ranieri’s side should be confident of reaching the knockout rounds. They look a decent bet at 50/1.
In many ways Sevilla might prefer to be in the Europa League, having won that tournament for three years in a row. They were in a tricky group last year but could well overcome Juventus, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb this year and their experience of winning tough European ties could stand them in good stead. Los Rojiblancos are 66/1.

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Feb 20, 776 days ago

Champions League last 16 preview

Champions League last 16 preview

Sixteen teams remain in this year’s Champions League and there is a familiar look to the line-up. Many of the big names are there including Spanish, Italian and English giants and as there’s no one outstanding team the competition is wide open.

Keep reading for our Champions League preview.

The favourites

Bayern Munich have lost just one league match this season and sit eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. Having drawn 0-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their last 16 tie the 2013 European champions are clear favourites to progress and could make their third final in four seasons.

Pep Guardiola’s side have arguably been Europe’s top side for several seasons and only Real Madrid and Milan have won Europe’s premier trophy more times. Bayern are the worthy 11/4 joint favourites to win this year’s tournament on German soil.

Real Madrid are the defending champions and are another side who sit top of their domestic league. However, their progress this season hasn’t been quite as smooth as last year and defensive injuries and suspensions have taken their toll.

A good 2-0 win at Schalke should see them into the last eight and on their day they can see off any team in the world but I worry that they may not be quite as invincible as they were last season. The 11/4 looks too short.

Spanish rivals Barcelona have been improving in recent weeks and could be an excellent bet to reach their first final since 2011. The front three of Suarez, Neymar and Messi are beginning to click and coach Luis Enrique looks to have found a system to suit his star names. They face a tricky last 16 tie against Manchester City but if they come through that unscathed then the 5/1 currently available could be a great price.

Chelsea finally became European champions in 2012 and you can’t help thinking that the one thing missing from Jose Mourinho’s CV is a Champions League trophy with the Blues. He has won the trophy before of course – with Porto and Inter – and so knows how to progress far in the tournament.

They had a good result at PSG in the last 16 and with a good draw I can see Chelsea reaching the semi-finals at least. They could even go all the way at 6/1.

Could 2015 be the year when we get a surprise winner?

Last year’s surprise package was Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone’s side came within a minute or so of winning their first European Cup. Atletico haven’t been as irresistible this campaign as they were last time around but the Spanish champions are a great side with some terrific players.

I fancy them to overcome Bayer Leverkusen over two legs and with a bit of luck they could easily emulate last season’s achievements and reach their third European Cup final.

Perennial Champions League participants Arsenal are once again in the knockout stages but Arsene Wenger’s side look set to fall short again. They are 16/1 to win the tournament and while the last 16 draw was kind to them – they should see off Monaco – I don’t think they are good enough to beat one of the top sides.

For a small side FC Basel punch way above their weight on the European stage. The Swiss side went all the way to the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2013 and, over recent years, have beaten Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

On their day they are a match for anyone and if they can eliminate FC Porto in the last 16 – not easy after a home 1-1 draw – they could achieve great things. I think it is only a matter of time before they reach the quarters or semis in this competition and Paolo Sousa’s side are 200/1 to go all the way this year.

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Sep 12, 937 days ago

2014 Champions League Preview

2014 Champions League Preview

The European Cup celebrates its 60th season this year and the competition had begun before this summer’s World Cup had even finished. 77 teams will participate in this season’s Champions League with just two left by the time the final arrives in Berlin on 6 June 2015.

Real Madrid are the favourites to retain the title they won last May. Keep reading for our preview of this season’s Champions League.

The favourites

After their 4-1 victory over city rivals Atletico in last season’s final, Real Madrid would already have been one of the favourites to win this year’s tournament. However, having invested €120 million in the likes of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos the ten-time champions look stronger than ever.

The Spanish giants have kept hold of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema and look to have the most potent attacking line-up in the competition, although they will have to adapt to life without their inspirational playmaker Xabi Alonso. Real don’t have the easiest group stage – they have both Liverpool and Basel – but are worthy favourites at 7/2.

Another team with a tricky group draw are 4/1 second favourites Bayern Munich. They will have to overcome Manchester City, CSKA Moscow and Roma to progress but the German side have arguably been Europe’s best club team for the last two or three years.

As well as boasting the spine of Germany’s World Cup winning side they also have added class this summer. Robert Lewandowski looks like an upgrade on the departed Mario Mandzukic while Mehdi Benatia will bring experience to the defence. Pep Guardiola has also signed Xabi Alonso who could be the key to Bayern’s success.

Last year’s semi-finalists Chelsea have also spent wisely this summer, adding Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to their ranks. Jose Mourinho is a Champions League master and I expect the Blues to reach the latter stages of the competition. They look good value at 7/1 to win the trophy.

Barcelona should negotiate a straightforward group stage by which time they will be able to call on Luis Suarez to partner Neymar and Lionel Messi in a fearsome attack. Big spending Paris St Germain reached the quarter-final stage last year and could go better at 16/1 while the last two beaten finalists – Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund – are both available at 25/1.

Outsiders to watch

No-one gave Atletico much hope of success last season but the Spanish champions ended up being a matter of seconds from lifting their first European Cup.

Could this season’s surprise package be La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao? It’s the Basque side’s first Champions League appearance after finishing fourth in La Liga last season and with a manageable group they could go well.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have lost midfield playmaker Ander Herrera to Manchester United but should qualify from a group including Porto, BATE Borisov and troubled Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk. The San Mames is an intimidating stadium for any visitors and anything can happen in the knockout stages. Athletic are one to watch at 80/1.

It may also be worth keeping an eye on 2002 Champions League finalists Bayer Leverkusen. Having spent wisely this summer Roger Schmidt’s side have got off to an excellent start in the Bundesliga, winning at rivals Dortmund and putting four past Hertha Berlin.

Leverkusen don’t face a major European superpower in Group C – they face Monaco, Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg – and should qualify for the knockout stages. The 80/1 available looks like excellent value.

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May 22, 1050 days ago

2014 Champions League Final preview

2014 Champions League Final preview

For the first time in European Cup history, this year’s final sees two teams from the same city face one another. Real Madrid take on neighbours Atlético in the Champions League final in one of the highest profile local derbies in football history.

Real are the favourites as they chase their tenth European Cup triumph while Atlético have never won the tournament. But, having secured the La Liga title with a draw at Barcelona, can Atlético win an unprecedented double? Keep reading for our preview.

The most unexpected story in European soccer this season

Back in August, the argument between pundits was whether Real Madrid or Barcelona would win the La Liga title. No-one gave perennial underachievers Atlético Madrid – or, indeed, any other side – a hope considering the nearest that a third place team in Spain had come to breaking the Real/Barca duopoly in the previous five years had been 17 points.

Atlético have stunned everyone. A win in last year’s Copa del Rey final ended a 25 match unbeaten run against their Madrid neighbours and a Diego Costa goal gave them a famous league win at the Bernebeu in September. Diego Simeone’s side held their nerve as the season drew to an end and a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp saw them take the title for the first time since 1996.

And, it’s not just domestically that Atlético have been brilliant. Their route to the Champions League final has seen them eliminate Porto, Zenit St Petersburg, AC Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea and so they certainly deserve to feature in the showpiece event – their first since a 4-0 defeat to Bayern in 1974. They are 13/8 to win their first Champions League.

Real Madrid’s European pedigree and their demolition of reigning champions Bayern Munich in the semi-final makes them 1/2 to win the Champions League. It would be ‘la decima’ – a tenth European Cup for Real – and their first since Zinedine Zidane’s wonderstrike helped them lift the Cup in 2002.

However, their form since the 5-0 win over Bayern has been patchy at best. Defender Sergio Ramos admitted after their recent 2-0 loss to Celta Vigo that ‘after a great season in this competition the team wasn’t up to scratch and we’ve let the Liga slip away from us in a very poor way. We can’t complain or let our heads go down.’

Real to lift their tenth European Cup

On paper this is one of the most intriguing finals in years. Atlético have the recent European final experience – they won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 – and the recent better results over their Madrid rivals.

However, Real’s performance in the semi-final was one of the season’s best and they have a wealth of talent to call on. The crucial difference between the sides could be that Carlo Ancelotti’s injured players – Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema and Pepe – should be fit to return for the match while Atlético’s – Diego Costa and Turan – may not.

The loss of talismanic striker Costa could be a massive blow to Atlético and the key factor in what should be a tight contest. While a first Champions League triumph for Atlético would end a fairytale season, Real look set to finally win that elusive ‘decima’ in Lisbon and Gareth Bale could well be the man to watch.

Bale is 6/1 to net the first goal and you can back a Bale first goal and 2-0 win for Real at 30/1.

And, if the Welshman scores anytime in 90 minutes, we will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles on this match as a free bet.

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Aug 30, 1315 days ago

Champions League – 2013/14 Betting Preview

Champions League – 2013/14 Betting Preview

No wonder Neil Lennon had his head in hands after the draw for the group stages of this season’s Champions League paired Celtic with Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax.

May 15, 1422 days ago

2013 Champions League Final Betting Tips

2013 Champions League Final Betting Tips

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

Maybe an all-German final doesn’t quite match the edge that would have been present had Barcelona and Real Madrid prevailed in the semi-finals instead. There is genuine, deep-seated animosity between the two Spanish giants but no real history of any real rivalry between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

Apr 29, 1438 days ago

Barcelona v Bayern Munich Betting Tips

Barcelona v Bayern Munich Betting Tips

Did Bayern Munich’s demolition of Barcelona at the Allianz Arena signal a shift in the power base of European football? Spain may still dominate the international scene but Germany aren’t far behind the world champions and their club football is apparently on an upward curve if this season’s Champions League is a reliable guide.

Apr 27, 1440 days ago

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips

It appears that Jose Mourinho is fated never to win the Champions League with Real Madrid. It’s the one trophy that’s missing from his portfolio at the Bernebeu and it would take an incredible turnaround in the second leg of their semi-final with Borussia Dortmund for the soon-to-be-deposed Spanish champions to make next month’s final at Wembley.

Apr 20, 1447 days ago

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Betting Tips and Preview

Bayern Munich v Barcelona Betting Tips and Preview

It’s very rare that Barcelona go into any match nowadays as outsiders but we have the Champions League favourites at 11/5 to beat Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena with Jupp Heynckes’ newly-crowned Bundesliga champions available at 13/10. The draw is 9/4.

Apr 20, 1447 days ago

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Betting Tips

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Betting Tips

Borussia Dortmund don’t have the European Cup or Champions League pedigree of Real Madrid but they have won the continent’s premier club competition, beating Juventus in Munich 16 years ago having beaten Manchester United in the semi-finals.

Apr 7, 1460 days ago

Champions League Tips – Wednesday April 10th

Champions League Tips – Wednesday April 10th

David Beckham may not have the legs to play 90 minutes at the top level anymore but he clearly still has the class to influence matches and you wouldn’t put it past the former England captain to produce a master-class for Paris St-Germain against Barcelona in the second leg of quarter-final in the Nou Camp.

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