Champions League Betting Predictions

The UEFA Champions League is Europe’s premier soccer club competition – featuring the biggest teams in world football. We have expert predictions, best bets and analysis for you throughout the season as the famous trophy is up for grabs.

Predictions & Best Bets

Bayern Munich v Barcelona (Wednesday December 8, 1500 ET)

The big problem with the final round of Champions League fixtures is of course the lack of stakes, with most sides either qualified, or out. Therefore we need to go hunting for motivation, and that brings us to Bayern Munch v Barcelona.

Xavi’s Barcelona side are on the precipice; they must assume Benfica will defeat Dynamo Kiev in the other group fixture, meaning only a win will do in order to secure progression to the knockout stages.

Bayern are of course a formidable outfit, and one of the tournament favourites. But even with some covid absentees, they will likely make massive changes to their starting XI for this one and that gives Barca a chance, despite their distinct lack of form – losing 1-0 to Betis at home on Saturday.

This is likely to be very much a shootout between fringe players and a team desperate not to exit at such an early stage. Therefore we’ll take a look at Barcelona on the double chance – the draw won’t be good enough for them but they will go all out for this and Bayern’s stadium is likely to be effectively empty due to covid regulations in Germany.

OddsCritic Predictions

• Barcelona/Draw double chance at +140 (DraftKings)

NB: Odds correct at 0300 ET on Tuesday December 7

RB Salzburg v Sevilla (Wednesday December 8, 1500 CET)

Group G has been quite the exciting section which may have lacked a quality side, but as we go into the final round, is where the drama will be.

All four sides can still qualify for the knockout stages here, and we go to Austria where we reckon there will inevitably be goals.

Neither side can afford to assume anything from the other match, and Sevilla need to win anyway in order to ensure finishing in the top two. Cue goals.

Go for both teams to score at -143 with Bet365 – it’s much shorter elsewhere – and don’t be scared of looking at Over 3.5 goals either at +220, as both teams go all out to get the win they need.

OddsCritic Predictions

• Over 3.5 goals at +220 (Bet365)
• Both Teams to Score at -143 (Bet365)

NB: Odds correct at 0300 ET on Tuesday December 7

When is the Champions League?

The Champions League starts with qualifying rounds in the summer, before the big guns enter at the group stage in September. There are eight groups of four teams, and each team plays each other home and away. The top two from each group then qualify for the knockout stages.

Those knockout stages kick off in February with the Last-16 ties (over two legs, home and away). Then come the quarter-finals and semi-finals – again home and away games.

The final of the 2021-22 Champions League will take place in St Petersburg, Russia on Saturday May 28, 2022.

How to watch the Champions League on TV

If you want to watch the Champions League, you have a ton of options in the U.S.:

CBS has the English-language rights and will show games on CBS, CBS Sports Network (CBSNN). Check weekly listings for which games land where. You can also stream the games on Paramount+.

Those wanting to watch Spanish-language broadcasts, can watch games on Univision, Galavision, UniMas and TUDNxtra. Again check listings for availability. There are Spanish streaming options on PrendeTV, fuboTV, TUDN.tv and the TUDN app.

Games in the group stages and knockout stages are all played Tuesday and Wednesday evenings local time – with the final being played on a Saturday.

Kickoff times for most games are either at 1245 ET (0945 PT) or at 3pm ET (noon PT).

Champions League Winners

It’s no surprise when you look at the most recent winners to find out that Europe’s footballing giants dominate the landscape. It’s almost like that controversial ‘European Super League’ already exists, right?

Real Madrid, anchored by the brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo, won the big trophy four times in five seasons between 2014 and 2018. Their bitter rival Barcelona also has a good record (at least until Messi waved goodbye) while Liverpool grabbed it’s sixth victory in the competition in 2019.

Chelsea was the most recent winner, beating Manchester City in the 2021 final with a goal from Kai Havertz. City, despite all their big spending, has yet to win the biggest prize in club soccer. PSG – with Messi, Neymar et al – is also in the same boat.

The last 10 winners of the Champions League are as follows:

  • 2020-21: Chelsea
  • 2019-20: Bayern Munich
  • 2018-19: Liverpool
  • 2017-18: Real Madrid
  • 2016-17: Real Madrid
  • 2015-16: Real Madrid
  • 2014-15: Barcelona
  • 2013-14: Real Madrid
  • 2012-13: Bayern Munich
  • 2011-12: Chelsea

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Money Line Betting

Often this will be our bet of choice. Why you ask? It’s the simplest soccer bet of all, you are betting just on the result of the game – nothing else. So one of the two teams to win, or a Draw. How much you win depends on the odds of course.

For more details on how to bet on soccer, check out our simple guide.

Over/Under Goals

A really popular bet market, and one we’ll look to capitalize on regularly on this page.

Here you are betting on how many goals will be scored. Not an exact guess – just more or less than the relevant betting line. The same as Over/Under on total points in the NFL for example.

For example if Real Madrid is playing Juventus, if you go over a 2.5 line and the final score is 2-1 to Madrid – you win.

Sportsbooks offer multiple lines, all with different odds. So the further you go away from what they expect – the bigger the odds.

Goalscorer Betting

Really popular betting lines are around who scores the goals. Basically it can give you an interest right through the game.

You can bet in a number of ways here:

  • First Goalscorer: Like it says on the tin, you are betting on a player. to score the first goal in the game.
  • Last Goalscorer: Again, self-explanatory. Your pick scores the last goal – you win.
  • Anytime Goalscorer: Worse odds, but interest all the way. Your pick just has to score at any time in the game.

You can also bet certain players (normally the forwards like Ronaldo and co) to score multiple goals. So potentially bet on the to score 2, 3 or more. Obviously you’ll get better odds the higher you go.

Handicap Betting

This is like betting against the spread in American pro sports. The sportsbooks will give one of the teams a start based on how they think the game will finish up. As with over/under goals, you decide which side to pick.

Also known as ‘Asian Handicap’ betting, again you will get different options for each game. For example if Leeds is playing Chelsea you might be able to bet Chelsea -1.75 goals. In this scenario Chelsea needs to win by 2 for you to collect.

Champions League Props

This is a really fun way to get involved with betting on the UEFA Champions League.

There are ton of props (proposition bets) available for every Champions League game – basically looking at anything bar the result of the game.

So it could be whether a player will complete X number of passes, or how many corners a certain team will have. Crazy stuff and all to give you an interest throughout the 90 minutes of play.

Futures

This is where you place long-term bets – so you can bet on who wins the Champions League right at the start of the season. There are pretty nice odds available if you are confident about who you think will win.

The Top Scorer market is another red-hot betting proposition – especially with the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe, Lewandowski and Salah all playing in the competition most seasons.