The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club soccer tournament in Europe. From the first draw of the 1955-56 season and throughout the 1991-92 season it was called the European Champions Cup.
Since the 1992-93 season, the tournament has been called the UEFA Champions League, the format was changed along with the name as well as a deviation from the usual playoff system in favor of the group stages that take place before the knockout rounds. The current anthem and logo came afterwards.
According to sportsbooks, Champions League betting is one of the most popular markets available. Knowing this, United States sportsbooks compete among one another for the highest number of Champions League betting lines available for the competition, as well as certain promotions for the betting on the games.
Champions League Betting Features
Champions League betting lines are characterized by high stakes and even higher odds. In order to encourage betting, sportsbooks will post low margins for odds on games in the tournament, and rarely limit maximum bet amounts.
There are a few more features that players interested in betting on the UEFA Champions League should consider.
The favored team wins more often: it is very rare that a top team will not advance in the knockout stages of the tournament. This is especially true for home games where, according to statistics, the home team wins in just about every single second meeting in the tournament.
Team schedules may affect form: due to the high number of games in modern soccer between the team’s stamina and form can be severely affected. If there was an important league game a couple of days before, they may not be 100% for the UEFA Champions League. Due to this, the team's schedule becomes an important factor.
It is not easy to predict the tournament winner: Despite the high Champions League odds on the winner, which are set even before the start of the tournament, many experienced players will be wary of these bets.
For starters, there are usually several different clubs that are favored to win the tournament. Each year 5-8 teams have a seemingly equal chance to win the Champions League. Secondly, the team’s form can change drastically between the group and knockout stages.
Third, in recent years, the UEFA Champions League has given us many unexpected results in the decisive playoff matches. Therefore, long-term betting on the tournament is quite risky.
Teams from the top five soccer countries often dominate the UEFA Champions League. These countries are known for producing many of the best teams and players in the world.
The last time a team won the Champions League that was not from one of these countries was in the 2003-04 season. That was with the Portugese team “Porto” winning the trophy. Real Madrid from Spain has the highest number of tournament titles (12), and it is unlikely that any team will catch up to them anytime soon.
On the page above, you can find the schedule and game results, as well as the best Champions League odds from US sportsbooks for each game. Next to each game are the odds for the main betting market including the win for each team, and on the draw.
All of the odds that are displayed are the best for that specific market. For each game, there is a page where you can see the schedule and results of past games, as well as the team’s previous statistics for games.