|Creation date||1955 (rebranded in 1992)|
|Number of teams||32 (group stage)
78 or 79 (total)
|Related Competition||UEFA Europa League|
|Qualify for||UEFA Super Cup
FIFA Club World Cup
|Last season winner||Real Madrid|
|Top winning team||Real Madrid (12 titles)|
What you need to know about the Champions League
The Champions League is the top European clubs competition. Every year, the best teams in Europe compete against each other to be crowned European Champion.
The tournament structure is simple. 32 teams are split into eight groups of four teams. Each team plays all other 3 teams from its group twice: once at home and once away. The two teams finishing first and second in each group move to the round of 16. The team finishing third is moved to another competition: the Europa League. The team finishing last is eliminated.
Key Champions League betting tips
Expect loads of goals
Champions League games are never short in goals. An analysis of the last years show that in average, 3.15 goals are scored per game. So if you want to place rewarding bets, you need to bet on goal differences. If you’re still unsure, know that, 57% of the games last year ended up with +2.5 goals difference, the figure even shot up as high as 69% in the knockout phase.
Playing at home makes a difference
Another key stats of the Champions is the large amount of victories happening with teams playing at home. In the past five seasons, close to 50% of the games ended up with a victory from teams playing on home soil. While 28% of wins happened away. So if you’re unsure of the outcome of a game, favour the team playing at home. The odds might not be as good, but the probability of you winning your bet will be much higher.
Bet on exact scores carefully
We recommend you keep betting on exact scores to a minimum. Champions League results are very unpredictable and vary a lot from game to game. Now if you still want to try your luck from time to time, know that 14% of the games usually end 1-1. The highest outcome ratio of all exact scores.
Expect action after the 75’ minute
With teams risking everything before the end of the game, the Champions League is usually packed with action between the 75′ and 90′ minute. It appears that 22% of goals are scored during the last 15 minutes. That’s close to 1 game in 4. With great odds available for this type of bet, we recommend you keep it in mind.
Playing the second leg game at home is a definite advantage
Looking at last year’s final phase results, 64% of the teams that played the second leg at home qualified for the next round. There’s a reason football experts believe that playing the second game at home is a chance.
How to place a winning bet on the Champions League
Unfortunately those Champions League betting tips won’t get you far if you don’t complete them with some thorough research. Check sports news to see each teams’ form and to catch any important injuries. Then and only then, look for Champions League betting tips available out there for the game you want to bet on. Remember also, that placing a bet is now much more than just choosing the league’s champion. Many other betting options are available to you to bet on this competition. From game winners to correct scores, amount of corners or even amount of cards, you can choose the type of bet that suits you most.
Finally, once you feel confident and ready to place your bet, make sure you take advantage of all offers available to you. Indeed, there are tons of free sign up offers, welcome rewards or even matched deposits that you can use. Make sure you take advantage of these to maximise your profits. There is no better bet than a winning bet you made for free.