UEFA Champions League Betting Tips & Previews

The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition that is organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It is the biggest, most watched and most prestigious club football tournament and one of the most watched annual sporting events in the world.


The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League is the 65th edition of the competition, the 28th since it was renamed the UEFA Champions League after being known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup.


The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League winners qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup and the 2020 UEFA Super Cup where they compete against the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League winners. 

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UEFA Champions League History


The UEFA Champions League has roots in the Challenge Cup, Mitropa Cup, Nations Cup and the Latin Cup which was formed in 1949. The competitions as we know it was conceived in Paris in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, or European Cup.

The first European Cup took place in 1955-56 season with 16 teams participating. The first European Cup final was contested between Stade de Reims and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes with the Spanish club winning 4-3 thanks to goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano, Marquitos and a Héctor Rial double.

Real Madrid dominated the European Cup from then on, winning five consecutive titles which is a record that hasn’t been broken. Portuguese club Benfica were the next club to win the competition with Eusébio leading the way before Italian clubs AC Milan and Internazionale took control of Europe.

Real Madrid won their sixth title in 1965-66 before Celtic, Manchester United and AC Milan won in the following seasons. Dutch clubs took over from 1969-70 with Feyenoord winning the title before Johan Cruyff inspired Ajax Amsterdam to three consecutive titles.

Bayern Munich took over with three straight wins before English clubs dominated the European Cup from 1976-77. Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa were European Cup champions in a six year spell which was broken by Hamburg in 1982-83.

Liverpool regained the European Cup the following season before a terrible tragedy at the 1984-85 final between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. The death of 39 mostly Juventus fans resulted in a five-year ban from European competition for English clubs Liverpool banned for a six years.

Steaua Bucharest, FC Porto, PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan, Red Star Belgrade and Barcelona were subsequent champions before the European Cup was renamed the UEFA Champions League for the 1992–93 season. Marseille won the 1993 final against AC Milan but were later banned due to domestic match fixing. AC Milan won their fifth title the following season before Ajax, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid won the title.

An English club won the competition for the first time in 14 years when Manchester United defeated Bayern Munich in the 1998-99 final. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, FC Porto, Liverpool, Barcelona and Manchester United were subsequent winners before Spanish clubs began to dominate the UEFA Champions League.

Barcelona won in 2008-09 and 2010-11 before Real Madrid won their 10th European Cup in 2013-14. Barcelona won the following season but Real Madrid bounced back to win three consecutive titles under manager Zinedine Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane guided Real Madrid to three straight UEFA Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018 (Getty Images)

UEFA Champions League Qualification


The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League will see 79 clubs from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participating in the competition with the exception being Liechtenstein who don’t have a domestic league. The number of clubs from each association is based on the UEFA country coefficients, which is a rank of football associations in Europe to determine how many clubs from each association participate in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.

The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds begin in late June, followed by a preliminary qualifying round and three qualifying rounds. A play-off is used to decide which six clubs will join the 26 that already qualified for the group stage, with these 32 teams drawn into eight groups of four that play against each other home and away.

The eight group winners and runners-up proceeding to the knockout phase, with the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals all home and away two-legged affairs. The UEFA Champions League final is a one off match at a predetermined stadium.

UEFA Champions League Fixtures


We have a full list of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League fixtures including preliminary round, qualifying rounds, play-offs, group stage, knockout rounds and finals.

Where is the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Final?


The 2020 UEFA Champions League Final will be contested at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. It will be the second UEFA Champions League final hosted at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, the first in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final where Liverpool came back from 3-0 down at half time against AC Milan to win 3-2 in a penalty shootout.

Two UEFA associations expressed an interest in hosting the 2020 UEFA Champions League final, the Atatürk Olympic Stadium chosen ahead of the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal by the UEFA Executive Committee in Kiev on 24 May 2018.

When is the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Final?


The 2020 UEFA Champions League Final will be held on Saturday 30 May 2020 at 21:00 CET (Central European Time).

UEFA Champions League Results


Knowing all the latest UEFA Champions League results is important for looking ahead and trying to find value in the betting markets. Many teams involved in the qualifying rounds of the UCL are not well known, so going deep into the results and looking at possession ad shot statistics can be a useful way to gauge how good a team is.

Match results are important, but historical results including how many times a club reached the group stage and knockout stage can be useful in judging the betting odds. 

European Cup and UEFA Champions League Winners & Runners-Up


Season
Nation
Winners
Score
Runners-Up
Nation
Venue
2019-20





2018–19 England Liverpool 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur England Wanda Metropolitano
2017–18  Spain Real Madrid 3–1 Liverpool  England NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium
2016–17  Spain Real Madrid 4–1 Juventus  Italy Millennium Stadium
2015–16  Spain Real Madrid 1–1 (5-3p) Atlético Madrid  Spain San Siro
2014–15  Spain Barcelona 3–1 Juventus  ItalyOlympiastadion
2013–14  Spain Real Madrid 4–1 (aet) Atlético Madrid  SpainEstádio da Luz
2012–13  Germany Bayern Munich 2–1 Borussia Dortmund  GermanyWembley Stadium
2011–12  England Chelsea 1–1 (4-3p) Bayern Munich  Germany Allianz Arena
2010–11  Spain Barcelona 3–1 Manchester United  England Wembley Stadium
2009–10  Italy Internazionale 2–0 Bayern Munich  Germany Santiago Bernabéu
2008–09  Spain Barcelona 2–0 Manchester United  England Stadio Olimpico
2007–08  England Manchester United 1–1 (6-3p) Chelsea  EnglandLuzhniki Stadium
2006–07  Italy Milan 2–1 Liverpool  EnglandOlympic Stadium
2005–06  Spain Barcelona 2–1 Arsenal  EnglandStade de France
2004–05  England Liverpool 3–3 (3-2p) Milan  ItalyAtatürk Olympic Stadium
2003–04  Portugal Porto 3–0 Monaco  FranceArena AufSchalke
2002–03  Italy Milan 0–0 (3-2p) Juventus  ItalyOld Trafford
2001–02  Spain Real Madrid 2–1 Bayer Leverkusen  Germany Hampden Park
2000–01  Germany Bayern Munich 1–1 (5-4p) Valencia  SpainSan Siro
1999–2000  Spain Real Madrid 3–0 Valencia  Spain Stade de France
1998–99  England Manchester United 2–1 Bayern Munich  GermanyCamp Nou
1997–98  Spain Real Madrid 1–0 Juventus  ItalyAmsterdam Arena
1996–97  Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–1 Juventus  ItalyOlympiastadion
1995–96  Italy Juventus 1–1 (4-2p) Ajax  NetherlandsStadio Olimpico
1994–95  Netherlands Ajax 1–0 Milan  ItalyErnst-Happel-Stadion
1993–94  Italy Milan 4–0 Barcelona  SpainOlympic Stadium Athens
1992–93  France Marseille 1–0 Milan  ItalyOlympiastadion
1991–92  Spain Barcelona 1–0 (aet) Sampdoria  Italy Wembley Stadium
1990–91  Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 0–0 (5-3p) Marseille  France Stadio San Nicola
1989–90  Italy Milan 1–0 Benfica  PortugalPrater Stadium
1988–89  Italy Milan 4–0 Steaua București  RomaniaCamp Nou
1987–88  Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 (6-5p) Benfica  PortugalNeckarstadion
1986–87  Portugal Porto 2–1 Bayern Munich  West Germany Prater Stadium
1985–86  Romania Steaua București 0–0 (2-0p) Barcelona  Spain Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
1984–85  Italy Juventus 1–0 Liverpool  England Heysel Stadium
1983–84  England Liverpool 1–1 (4-2p) Roma  ItalyStadio Olimpico
1982–83  West Germany Hamburg 1–0 Juventus  Italy Olympic Stadium, Athens
1981–82  England Aston Villa 1–0 Bayern Munich  West Germany De Kuip
1980–81  England Liverpool 1–0 Real Madrid  Spain Parc des Princes
1979–80  England Nottingham Forest 1–0 Hamburg  West Germany Santiago Bernabéu 
1978–79  England Nottingham Forest 1–0 Malmö FF  Sweden Olympiastadion
1977–78  England Liverpool 1–0 Club Brugge  Belgium Wembley Stadium
1976–77  England Liverpool 3–1 Borussia Mönchengladbach  West Germany Stadio Olimpico
1975–76  West Germany Bayern Munich 1–0 Saint-Étienne  FranceHampden Park
1974–75  West Germany Bayern Munich 2–0 Leeds United  EnglandParc des Princes
1973–74  West Germany Bayern Munich 1-1 (4-0r) Atlético Madrid  Spain Heysel Stadium
1972–73  Netherlands Ajax 1–0 Juventus  ItalyRed Star Stadium
1971–72  Netherlands Ajax 2–0 Internazionale  Italy De Kuip
1970–71  Netherlands Ajax 2–0 Panathinaikos  Greece Wembley Stadium
1969–70  Netherlands Feyenoord 2–1 (aet) Celtic  Scotland San Siro
1968–69  Italy Milan 4–1 Ajax  NetherlandsSantiago Bernabéu 
1967–68  England Manchester United 4–1 (aet) Benfica  Portugal Wembley Stadium
1966–67  Scotland Celtic 2–1 Internazionale  Italy Estádio Nacional
1965–66  Spain Real Madrid 2–1 Partizan  Yugoslavia Heysel Stadium
1964–65  Italy Internazionale 1–0 Benfica  Portugal San Siro
1963–64  Italy Internazionale 3–1 Real Madrid  Spain Prater Stadium
1962–63  Italy Milan 2–1 Benfica  Portugal Wembley Stadium
1961–62  Portugal Benfica 5–3 Real Madrid  Spain Olympisch Stadion
1960–61  Portugal Benfica 3–2 Barcelona  SpainWankdorf Stadium
1959–60  Spain Real Madrid 7–3 Eintracht Frankfurt  West Germany Hampden Park
1958–59  Spain Real Madrid 2–0 Reims  France Neckarstadion
1957–58  Spain Real Madrid 3–2 (aet) Milan  Italy Heysel Stadium
1956–57  Spain Real Madrid 2–0 Fiorentina  Italy Santiago Bernabéu
1955–56  Spain Real Madrid 4–3 Reims  FranceParc des Princes

What clubs have won the most UEFA Champions League titles?


Real Madrid have won the most UEFA Champions League / European Cup titles with 13 victories (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). 

AC Milan have won seven titles with Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Barcelona all winning five times. Ajax Amsterdam have won four titles with Manchester United and Internazionale winning on three occasions.

Juventus, Benfica, Nottingham Forest and FC Porto have all won twice with 10 clubs winning once including Celtic, Hamburg, Steaua Bucharest, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Feyenoord, Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven and Red Star Belgrade.

Nation
Titles
Runners-Up
Total
Spain 18 11 29
England 13 9 22
Italy 12 16 28
Germany 7 10 17
Netherlands 6 2 8
Portugal 4 5 9
France 1 5 6
Romania 1 1 2
Scotland 1 1 2
Serbia 1 1 2
Belgium 0 1 1
Greece 0 1 1
Sweden 0 1 1

Clubs from Spain (Real Madrid and Barcelona) have won 18 titles with Italian and English clubs winning 12 each. German clubs have won seven times, Netherlands six with Portuguese clubs winning four titles. Four nations have a club that has won once including France, Scotland, Romania and Yugoslavia.

Since the 1996-97 season the UEFA Champions League has been dominated by clubs from Spain, England, Italy and Germany. Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona have won seven of the last 10 competitions.

European Cup and UEFA Champions League Club Performances


Club
Titles
Runners-Up
Seasons Won
Seasons Runners-Up
Real Madrid 13 3 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 1962, 1964, 1981
AC Milan 7 4 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007 1958, 1993, 1995, 2005
Liverpool 6 3 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019 1985, 2007, 2018
Bayern Munich 5 5 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010, 2012
Barcelona 5 3 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015 1961, 1986, 1994
Ajax 4 2 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995 1969, 1996
Internazionale 3 2 1964, 1965, 2010 1967, 1972
Manchester United 3 2 1968, 1999, 2008 2009, 2011
Juventus 2 7 1985, 1996 1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017
Benfica 2 5 1961, 1962 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990
Nottingham Forest 2 0 1979, 1980
Porto 2 0 1987, 2004
Celtic 1 1 1967 1970
Hamburger SV 1 1 1983 1980
FCSB 1 1 1986 1989
Marseille 1 1 1993 1991
Borussia Dortmund 1 1 1997 2013
Chelsea 1 1 2012 2008
Feyenoord 1 0 1970
Aston Villa 1 0 1982
PSV Eindhoven 1 0 1988
Red Star Belgrade 1 0 1991
Atlético Madrid 0 3 1974, 2014, 2016
Reims 0 2 1956, 1959
Valencia 0 2 2000, 2001
Fiorentina 0 1 1957
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 1 1960
Serbia Partizan 0 1 1966
Panathinaikos 0 1 1971
Leeds United 0 1 1975
Saint-Étienne 0 1 1976
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 1 1977
Club Brugge 0 1 1978
Malmö FF 0 1 1979
Roma 0 1 1984
Sampdoria 0 1 1992
Bayer Leverkusen 0 1 2002
Monaco 0 1 2004
Arsenal 0 1 2006
Tottenham Hotspur 0 1 2019

Who has scored the most UEFA Champions League goals?


Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been going head to head for more than a decade with both superstars leading the way. Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski are two of the current players in the top 10 with all the other players on the list having retired.

Raul scored 71 goals for Real Madrid and Schalke, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 56 goals for PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and Real Madrid with Thierry Henry, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Andriy Shevchenko and Zlatan Ibrahimović rounding off the top 10. List correct as of 7 May 2019:

Rank
Player
Country
Goals
Appearances
1Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal126162
2Lionel Messi Argentina112135
3RaulSpain71142
4Karim Benzema France60112
5Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands5673
6Robert Lewandowski Poland5380
7Thierry Henry France50112
8Alfredo Di Stefano Argentina4958
9Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine48100
10Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden48120

What happened in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League?


The Group Stage in 2018-19 saw Tottenham Hotspur scrape through on head-to-head away goals ahead of Inter Milan in Group B. Liverpool finished on nine goals in Group C, the same as Napoli but went through on goals in all group matches. There were no major upsets in the group stage, Ajax getting the better of Benfica in Group E, Lyon over Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F and Manchester United ahead of Valencia in Group H.

The Round of 16 saw three Bundesliga clubs knocked out by English Premier League clubs, Ajax defeat champions Real Madrid, Juventus knock out Atletico Madrid and Manchester United knock out Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham Hotspur eliminated Manchester City in the quarter-finals, Ajax beating Juventus, Barcelona cruising past Manchester United and Liverpool crushing Porto 6-1 on aggregate. In the semi-finals we saw two epic comebacks, Tottenham scoring in added time against Ajax to go through on away goals in Amsterdam, Liverpool winning 4-0 at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 first leg defeat.

The 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Final saw Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on 1 June 2019. Mohamed Salah put Liverpool in front in the 2nd minute from the penalty spot, substitute Divock Origi making it 2-0 in the 87th minute.

What is the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Prize Money?


The prize money for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League was as follows and will increase in 2019-20:

  • Winning the Final: €19,000,000
  • Losing finalist: €15,000,000
  • Semi-finals: €12,000,000
  • Quarter-finals: €10,500,000
  • Round of 16: €9,500,000
  • Group match victory: €2,700,000
  • Group match draw: €900,000
  • Base fee for group stage: €15,250,000
  • Third qualifying round: €480,000
  • Second qualifying round: €380,000
  • First qualifying round: €280,000
  • Preliminary qualifying round: €230,000


UEFA Champions League Betting Odds


The betting odds for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Winner sees Manchester City favourites to lift their first UEFA Champions League trophy. Five time winners Barcelona are next with the last two champions Liverpool and Juventus close behind. 

Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich are given a chance with Atletico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Napoli, Ajax, Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen and Atalanta rated outsiders by bookmakers.

2019-20 UEFA Champions League Winner Odds (2 July 2019)

Club
Odds
Manchester City 6.00
Barcelona 7.50
Liverpool 9.00
Real Madrid 9.00
Paris Saint-Germain 11.00
Juventus 12.00
Bayern Munich 13.00
Athetico Madrid 21.00
Tottenham 26.00
Borussia Dortmund 34.00
Chelsea 34.00
Napoli 34.00
Ajax 51.00
Inter Milan 51.00
Bayer Leverkusen 101.00
Atalanta 101.00
Leipzig 101.00
Lyon 151.00
Valencia 151.00

UEFA Champions League Free Bets


Many top bookies will offer UEFA Champions League free bets such as bonus bets and cash back. Stay in touch with FreeTips.com for all the latest UEFA Champions League bookmaker promotions including free bets. 

UEFA Champions League Bet of the Day


Our FreeTips.com bet of the day often features matches from the UEFA Champions League. It could be a win tip, draw tip or one of the player markets such as anytime goalscorer.

UEFA Champions League Live Streaming


You can watch football competitions such as the UEFA Champions League by live streaming. Bookmaker bet365 is one of the best for live streaming sport, you must have a funded sports account or placed a bet within the last 24 hours in order to view bet365 streams and geo-restrictions apply.

Watch live sport on your phone, iPad, tablet or computer including football, tennis, basketball and cricket. Bet365 have made it simple to switch between the markets and live action to bet and watch, for other FAQs please see the terms and conditions at bet365.

UEFA Champions League Replays & Highlights


Watching UEFA Champions League replays can be a great way to catch up on any games you may have missed. It’s one thing reading a match report and looking at statistics, but watching the full game will give you much more insight and information to better select your bets in the following games. Check out UEFA TV for all the information about what you can watch and when.


UEFA Champions League highlights are another essential way to keep up with all the matches, results and goals. Many television broadcasters will offer highlights of matches and have special programs dedicated to Champions League highlights. The official UEFA Champions League app is another way to watch highlights.

UEFA also have a YouTube channel where you can watch replays and highlights throughout the UEFA Champions League season.


UEFA Champions League News


Stay up to date with all the UEFA Champions League news to make sure you have all the latest information available. Knowing what players are injured and suspended can have a big impact on football match results, especially in European club competitions such as the UEFA Champions League.

The following websites are essential for all the latest UEFA Champions League news:


UEFA Champions League Social Media


Follow all the UEFA Champions League social media accounts on all the major social media platforms:

UEFA Champions League Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChampionsLeague
UEFA Champions League Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ChampionsLeague/
UEFA Champions League Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/championsleague/?hl=en

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