Champions League Betting Tips
2021/22 Champions League
Every club side in Europe wants to win the UEFA Champions League but only the elite can do so. Being the top dog in your own country is vitally important of course, but becoming the champions of Europe is the ultimate aim. Of course, the name of this competition doesn't quite adequately describe it. The majority of teams taking part aren't champions of their own country. There may well be group games early on but from the last sixteen this is a knock-out tournament and that means anything can happen.
Last season had its usual thrills and culminated in an all-English final. Chelsea beat Manchester City in the final to win the trophy for the second time in their history. Manchester City were in their first ever Champions League final but came up short. They will again be major contenders to finally become European champions. Clubs such as Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona PSG and Juventus will be out to dethrone Chelsea.
Sportytrader will be giving you all the latest news and previews of the key games, so fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy but oh so exciting ride.
The Road to Saint Petersburg
The 2021/22 Champions League final will be held at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It's a long road indeed to the final with the preliminary round of the competition beginning on June 22, just after the start of Euro 2020. A four team knockout event was held to determine one team to go through to the first qualifying round with Prishtina from Kosovo earning that place.
June, July and August see the qualifying rounds take place until the play-off round takes place and 12 teams make it into the group stages. There are eight groups of four and each club will play six games in the group stages. The top two go into the knockout stages with the third placed team being transferred into the Europa League. Then it's knockout time in the Champions League with games being played over two legs until the one-off final in May.
Dates for your Diary
Play-off Round: 17/18 and 24/25 August
Group Stages: 14 September to 8 December
Draw for the Last sixteen - 13 December
Last Sixteen Ties - 15/16 and 22/23 February and 8/9 March and 15/16 March
Draw for the rest of the competition - 18 March
Quarter Final ties - 5/6 April and 12/13
Semi-Final ties - 26/27 April and 3/4 May
Final - 28 May
Champions League Statistical Analysis
Statistics are important to observe when looking to make your bets on the Champions League. Let's look at last season's tournament and some of the key statistics. An average of 2.92 goals per game were scored throughout the competition. This is a high figure but is inflated by the big wins good sides had when taking on much lower ranked teams, especially in the qualifying rounds.
40.3% of games last season resulted in a win for the home side. 41.2% saw the away team get the win with the remaining 18.5% of matches being drawn. You will find that in the group stages, results can be a bit predictable, there are not too many shocks.
57% of matches had over 2.5 goals scored in them. That comment about big wins in mismatches is shown by the fact that 34.4% of games had over 3.5 goals scored in them. The most common score was 2-0 and both teams scored in 51.25% of matches. 18% of goals scored came from the 75th minute to the final whistle.
Draw for the Group Stages
The draw has been made for the group stages with matches beginning on September 14. There are some great pairings with Manchester City in the same group as PSG. Defending champions Chelea are in Group H alongside Juventus. Inter Milan are Serie A champions but have a poor recent record in the Champions League. Again, they are drawn with Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk as was the case last season.
Group B sees La Liga champions Atletico Madrid up against Liverpool, Porto and AC Milan, nearly a group of death. Barcelona are in the same group as Bayern Munich, while Manchester United have a tough group. They have a rematch with Villarreal who beat them in the Europa League final last season and a game against Atalanta.
Group A: Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Bruges
Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan
Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas
Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol
Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv
Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys
Group G: Lille, Sevilla, FC Salzburg, Wolfsburg
Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, Malmo
How to Predict the Champions League
When you are looking to place bets on a Champions League match, there are several factors that you must take account of. This includes the following:
- The team news - are key players going to be missing the match you want to bet on. If Messi isn't playing for Barcelona, then they may struggle. If he's back from injury, then that's a big boost for the Spanish side. Always pay attention to the team news looking at who may be injured or suspended.
- How important is the game? - Early games in the group stages will see sides putting out their strongest line-ups. When we get to the third or fourth matchday it may be that some teams have already made it through to the knock-out stages. If this is the case then teams may decide to rest players, especially if they have an important game at the weekend. This needs to be taken into account when placing your bets. This may also happen in the latter stages of the competition. If a side has a big win or defeat in the first leg, changes aplenty may be made for the second leg.
- Look at the different odds available for matches - Not all betting companies have the same odds for a particular game. Look at different companies odds to see which are the best available to maximise profits.
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Who will be the Top Goal Scorer?
There are so many bets that you can place on the Champions League. One that can maintain your interest for a fair while is on the top goal scorer in the competition this season. There are of course many contenders with some fantastic and prolific scorers to choose from.
Last season saw Erling Haaland score the most goals in the Champions League. He scored ten for Borussia Dortmund and was followed by Kylian Mbappe on eight. Both those players saw their clubs eliminated before the semi-final stage. Seven players scored six goals in the Champions League last season, including Marcus Rashford, Karim Benzema and Mo Salah. Those players are again likely to be in contention. Don't rule out Messi and Ronaldo though.
Champions League 2021/22: Our free betting tips
So, the scene is set therefore for a fascinating Champions League. Chelsea couldn't win the Premier League but became European champions. At the end of the day, this is a cup competition so the best team in Europe does not always win it. Teams such as Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United (now with Sancho in their team) and Barcelona will be among the favourites to win the Champions League.
All those betting opportunities to come and our team of experts will help you get some winners in the months to come. They will provide you with excellent previews, packed with key statistics and showing you just why they think their tips will become winners. Check out the site for all the latest news and odds.
Latest Champions League Odds
Manchester City - 3/1
Bayern Munich - 6/1
PSG - 6/1
Chelsea - 8/1
Liverpool - 8/1
Manchester United - 12/1
Barcelona - 14/1
Real Madrid - 16/1
Juventus - 20/1
Atletico Madrid - 25/1
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