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The Champions League is the biggest football club competition in Europe where the cream of the continent’s sides battle it out to be named the best each year. Matches take place during week nights and during the group stages there is 16 games played across Tuesday and Wednesday evening's giving punters a whole host of options to use bet on. The competition is broadcast right across the world and is one of the most popular events when it comes to betting on football.

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2019-20 Champions League

It was on June 11 that the long road to the final in Istanbul began. That's when the Champions League Preliminary Round began. This was a four-team tournament with two semi-finals and a final to produce one team to go into the first qualifying round. Aside from the final itself, this is the only time that the games aren't played over two legs. Feronikeli from Kosovo hosted the mini-tournament and used that home advantage to defeat Lincoln Red Imps and FC Santa Coloma from Andorra to reach the first qualifying round where they lost to The New Saints from Wales.

It's going to take until the end of May to determine just who will be the Champions of Europe. Will Liverpool retain their title or is this the year that Manchester City finally get their hands on the trophy?

England will be represented this season by reigning champions Liverpool, Premier League title holders Manchester City, Chelsea and last season's beaten finalists Tottenham. All four will start their campaigns in the group stages.  Other leading teams taking part are:

  • Spain -  Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia
  • Germany - Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Italy -  Juventus, Napoli, Inter Milan and Atalanta.
  • France - PSG, Lille and Lyon.
  • Netherlands - Ajax and PSV (both starting from the third qualifying round)

Other teams definitely through to the Group Stages are:

  • Zenit St Petersburg
  • Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Benfica
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Genk
  • Galatasaray
  • Red Bull Salzburg

Key Dates

  • Second Qualifying Round - July 23/24 and 30/31
  • Draw for Third Qualifying Round - July 22
  • Draw for Play-Off Round - August 5
  • Third Qualifying Round - August 6/7 and 13
  • Play-off Round - August 20/21 and 27/28
  • Draw for Group Stages - August 29
  • Group Stages - September 17 - December 11
  • Draw for Last Sixteen - December 16
  • Last Sixteen - February 18/19 and 25/26
  • Draw for Quarter and Semi-Finals - March 20
  • Quarter Finals - April 7/8 and 14/15
  • Semi-Finals - April 28/29 and May 5/6
  • Final - May 30 in Istanbul.



2018-19 Champions League


Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0

Semi-Final Second Leg Results

Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate.

Tottenham 3 beat Ajax win on away goals



Ajax beat Juventus 3-2 on aggregate

Barcelona beat Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate

Tottenham beat Manchester City on away goals

Liverpool beat Porto 6-1 on aggregate

Last Sixteen

Manchester City 7 beat Schalke 10-2 on aggregate

Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate

Juventus beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 on aggregate.

Manchester United beat PSG on away goals.

Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on aggregate

Porto beat Roma 4-3 on aggregate

Ajax beat Real Madrid 5-3 on aggregate

Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-1 on aggregate


Group Stages

Group A:  Borussia Dortmund 13 Atletico Madrid 13 Club Brugge 6 Monaco 1

Group B:  Barcelona 14 Tottenham 8 Inter Milan 8 PSV Eindhoven 2

Group C:  PSG 11 Liverpool 9 Napoli 9 Red Star Belgrade 4

Group D:  Porto 16 Schalke 11 Galatasaray 4 Lokomotiv Moscow 3

Group E:  Bayern Munich 14 Ajax 12 Benfica 7 AEK Athens 0

Group F:  Manchester City 13 Lyon 8 Shakhar Donetsk 6 Hoffenheim 3

Group G:  Real Madrid 12 Roma 9 Viktoria Plzen 7 CSKA Moscow 7

Group H:  Juventus 12 Manchester United 10 Valencia 8 Young Boys 4



English Teams in the Champions League

In two separate periods of time English teams have dominated the European Cup and its current guise, the Champions League. From 1977 to 1984 English clubs won seven European Cups. That dominance could have continued but sadly events at the Heysel Stadium in 1985 led to English clubs being banned from European competition for five years which was crippling. 

It took many years to rectify the lack of experience in Europe but there was another dominant era from 2005 to 2012. The investment in players by Premier League clubs paid dividends in the Champions League. Manchester United won the Champions League in the 1998/99 season but that was a one-off and not a trend. 

It was another six years before an English club appeared in the final again. Liverpool became the champions of Europe after the Miracle of Istanbul. They were 3-0 behind at half time against Milan but eventually won the trophy on penalties. Arsenal lost in the final the following year after taking the lead against Barcelona. 

English clubs were losing finalists over the next three seasons but winners in one of those years because Manchester United beat Chelsea in 2008.  Both clubs won the trophy in a five year spell during which United were also twice runners-up. The 2017/18 season saw Liverpool reach the final only to lose to Real Madrid

Liverpool were a much improved team in 2018/19 so nearly winning their first Premier League title. They were also impressive in the Champions League and no one will ever forget the night they beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield after losing the first leg 3-0. Another final was reached and this time they had English opponents. Tottenham had also come close to being knocked out, trailing Ajax 3-0 at half time in the second leg in the Netherlands. They fought back to make it to their first Champions League final. It was Liverpool who ran out winners 1-0, will England continue their fine form in the Champions League this season?

What can I use my free Champions League bet on?

Popular bets include the overall winners of the Champions League, the top scorer, and markets where punters can try and name the two teams who reach the final.

Similar to betting for free on the Premier League, the rise in popularity of the accumulator - betting on the outcome of more than one game - has meant more and more punters are using their Champions League Free Bets on multiple match results. Due to its popularity some bookmakers now offer the chance to cash out an accumulator if all but one of the results are coming in or offer money back if one game lets you down.

Some bookies also offer odds on each individual team and who will score the most Champions League goals for them as well as the stage of the competition the team will be eliminated at.

Other markets tend to centre around nationalities, including:

  • Highest scoring team
  • Odds on a one-nation final
  • Total English clubs in the final
  • Total Spanish teams in the final
  • Total German teams in the final
  • Odds on an English winner
  • The winning team’s nationality 
  • Further Spanish team to progress

How do I claim my Champions League free bet?

Champions League betting from qualification to final is almost a year-long process so there is plenty of opportunity to cash in your free bets on Europe’s biggest club football competition whenever you want. Be sure to keep checking all the latest news on our Football Betting page here on to keep up to date with the best offers and odds from all the top bookmakers.

If there is a free bet offer that really catches your eye or an offer or certain odds that you want to cash in on then click on a link on the right of this page to head over to the bookmaker of your choice. Once there you will need to register with them to get hold of your free bet. It is no hassle at all and will be completed in a couple of minutes then you are ready to bet freely.

Go to the sports page on the bookies’ site and then to football and Champions League to find the market you want. Click on the odds you most like the look of and follow the instructions on the betting slip on how to make your bet and you are done. Sit back and enjoy the match you now have a vested interest in.

The popularity of the competition has seen more and more bookmakers expand their odds meaning you can now use your free bets on the Champions League to have a punt on over 100 markets for televised games, with plenty of odds being offered for in-play betting. 

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In recent years, three sides have dominated the Champions League - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Real have won four titles in the last five years with the other two sides winning one trophy a piece. All three are regulars in the Semi-Final stages at least and will start the competition amongst the shortest priced for success. 

Below that trio are the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain who are all regular in the knockout stages, though ultimately fall short. Atletico and Juventus have both made the twice each in recent seasons but have fallen short against Real Madrid and Barcelona. They can be found at more attractive prices however and can be great choices to cash in your Champions League free bets on.

With regards to the English sides, well since Chelsea's success in 2013, the Premier League sides have rarely threatened to win this competition. Manchester City reached the Semi-Finals in 2016 and are perhaps the best placed to challenge with Pep Guardiola at the helm. Liverpool reached the final last season and with new signings will be hoping to go one better this time.

Like the Premier League, the Champions League name has only been alive since 1992 having been a re-branding of the old European Cup - a knockout competition that ran from 1955 for the winners of the top leagues in Europe. These days the competition is longer, more complicated and has many more teams. In 1955 just 16 teams took part, now it is twice as many.

The pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each country. During the 1990s, the format was expanded, incorporating a round-robin group stage and more teams. Europe's strongest national leagues now provide up to as many as four teams for the Champions League each season and that could even rise to five in the future.

Pre-qualifying for the tournament begins in July each year with 10 teams going through to join 22 other clubs who automatically qualified for the main event. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four and play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in May. 

The winner of the Champions League becomes Europe’s representative for a year and competes in the World Club Cup against the winners of the equivalent competitions from Asia, Africa, North America, Oceania and South America.

Unsurprisingly, given that it features the best players and teams from some of the biggest leagues from the world's most popular sport, the Champions League is hugely popular and draws a massive television audience every week. The final of the 2012–13 competition was the most watched final to date, as well as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide in 2013, drawing 360 million television viewers. In recent years the Champions League has pushed the NFL Super Bowl as the most watched sport final.

Real Madrid are current holders of the Champions League, having beaten Liverpool in the 2018 final.

Who has previously won?

Anyone who’s anyone in the world of European football has won the Champions League. The most successful team are Real Madrid who have won it 14 times - including an incredible run in the first few years of the competition where they won it five times in a row from 1956 to 1960. In 2017 they became the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League-era with their 4-1 victory over Juventus and they have also been runners up three times. Real are pretty much the kings of the competition and are always a good pick when using your Champions League bet.

AC Milan are the next most successful team and also enjoyed a spell of dominance of the European Cup where they won it three times between 1989 and 1994. Liverpool are England’s most represented team having won the cup six times, including in one of the competition's all-time great finals when they cameback from 3-0 down to AC Milan to win on penalties in 2005.

Mega rich Chelsea have won just once; in 2012 where they somehow beat Bayern Munich in the German’s own stadium, while Nottingham Forest - once a great but now languishing outside the Premier League - have won the European Cup twice; in 1979 and 1980.

The currently all-time top scorer in the Champions League/European Cup is Cristiano Ronaldo with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in second place. The player with the best goal to game ratio in pre-Champions League era was the late Alfredo Di Stefano who scored 49 goals in 58 games for Real Madrid.

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