Champions League Betting Predictions: A +525 steal!

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.

We are now down to the last two teams in the 2021-22 season, and we have expert advice for the final.

Predictions & Best Bets

Liverpool vs Real Madrid (Saturday May 28, 1500 ET)

The day has finally come people, the biggest game in European soccer contested by two of its most storied and successful teams.

Real Madrid – THE winningmost team in UCL history with 13 titles – and six-time winners Liverpool lock horns at the Stade de France in Paris Saturday (1500 ET, CBS) with ‘old big ears’ (that’s what they call the trophy) up for grabs.

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These two both have very recent history in this famous competition too – Madrid won it four times between 2014 and 2018 – the last time with a 3-1 defeat of Liverpool in Kiev. Remember that sensational goal from Gareth Bale and that rugby tackle by Sergio Ramos on Mo Salah…

Liverpool bounced back a year later to beat Tottenham for their sixth title and they come in here as a +105 favorite (bet $100 to win $105), having pushed Manchester City right to the end for the Premier League title before losing out.

Madrid (+275 or bet $100 to win $275) meanwhile has really outperformed pretty low expectations in Europe this season, producing astonishing late rallies to defeat PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City. Can they go to the well one more time?

There is a ton of attacking talent on show on both sides – Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz for the Reds and the likes of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr for Madrid. This should be a beauty.

Our first bet is for the aforementioned Salah to find the net Saturday. This is a huge revenge game for the Egyptian after he was literally wrestled out of that Kiev final vs Madrid in 2018. He is fit and healthy and this could be his final game for Liverpool. The motivation will be high – bet him to score anytime at +138.

Our second bet is in the Halftime/Fulltime betting (a parlay where you are betting on the outcome after both. And the reason we are picking this is pure value. Caesars inexplicably has Liverpool at a huge +525 to be winning at halftime and fulltime. Best value elsewhere is just +230 – this is a steal people.

OddsCritic Predictions

  • Liverpool/Liverpool at HALFTIME/FULLTIME at +525 (Caesars)

NB: Odds correct when picks made at 0000 ET on Saturday May 28

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

Free Predictions, from experts

Just a reminder folks that we do not charge for our betting predictions. Our expert analysis is totally free and gratis.

Our predictions and picks come from experts who have been producing in-depth analysis of the European game for decades – put simply they’ve got this.

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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.


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.