Champions League Free Bets

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 on both Tuesday and Wednesday'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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Latest Champions League Betting

We're down to the last four in the Champions League and what a couple of cracking semi-finals we have in store. We take a look at both of the ties and give you what we believe to best the best value tips to use your Champions League free bets on.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

First leg: Tuesday 2nd May

Second leg: Wednesday 10th May

So these two meet once again in the Champions League, as has become a reocurring theme in recent season. They met in the 2014 final in Lisbon when Real came out on top 4-1 after extra time and then again the following year in the quarter finals. A tense two legged afair saw Real win 1-0 over the two legs with Javier Hernandez notching the winner in the 88th minute of the second leg. Then last season they once again came up against one another in the final and once again it was yet another very tight affair. A 1-1 draw after 90 minutes saw the game go to extra time before Real won once again, this time on penalties. So can Atleti finally break the hoodoo their city rivals seem to hold over them? Well Real are once again the favourites to progress but Diego Simeone will be sure to make things difficult for them once again. They drew 1-1 when they met in the league in early April though Real won 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon earlier in the season.

Zinedine Zidane's side have the superior individual quality amongst their ranks and are capable of blowing anyone away on their day. However Atletico will be absolutely desperate to win this one. Simeone will have a plan and over two legs with the second coming at the Calderon, Atletico might just finally be able to get through.

Monaco v Juventus

First leg: Wednesday 3rd May

Second leg: Tuesday 9th May

This tie promises to be another cracker for very different reasons. Whilst the Madrid derby will see a renewal of a great rivalry, Monaco v Juventus will be very interesting given the two sides respective styles. Monaco are a young, high energy attacking side that score by the bucket load. Juventus meanwhile are wily old fox of a side, tactically astute with one of Europe's greatest defensive lines and packed with experienced heads. The meetings between the two should throw up a real interesting couple of games. Juventus are the favourites but time and time again, Monaco have defied the odds in this competition. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and co. are one of the most exciting young sides in World football and could certainly be described as dark horses to win the competition.

The first leg in this tie will be so important as Monaco will look to go on the front foot from the off. Can they get themselves a first leg lead ahead of what promises to be a tough second leg in Turin? Given the firepower at their disposal, you wouldn't put it past them that's for sure.

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 use your free 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. 

What Champions League free bets should I look for?

For years the Champions League was dominated by Italian, English and Spanish teams but the recent emergence of the Germans has made betting for free on the Champions League a bit more interesting. Barcelona have been the big dogs in recent years; winning the title on four occasions out of the last nine, including last season. Italians Inter and AC Milan have one each and Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have won it on the other three instances. However, in 2013, German domestic giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund swept aside all opponents to reach the final before the Bavarians lifted the trophy. Dortmund, though, even seem to be putting the Champions League ahead of domestic form, winning their group in style in 2014-15 while finding themselves in the bottom three in the Bundesliga table. 

New forces are rising in European football though and the established order in recent years may well be upset, which opens up the markets somewhat. Paris Saint-Germain are the most notable new player in the game having come into a lot of money of late and have made steady progress year on year in the competition. Atletico Madrid under the stewardship of Diego Simeone, have made the final twice in recent seasons and have regularly shown in their domestic competition that they can compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Teams like this are much more generously priced by the bookmakers than the traditional big boys and can be great choices to cash in your Champions League free bets on.

The Champions League also loves goals, and recently the trend has been for late ones. Sergio Ramos headed Real Madrid into extra-time against Atletico in the 2014 final in the 93rd minute. In fact, 42% of goals scored after the 75th minute in the 2013-14 competition changed the result. Then Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted: "It is difficult to prepare the last 15 minutes tactically. They are the least foreseeable minutes because of tiredness, loss of concentration and so on. Changing a player or tactic can help, but it is the hardest period of the game to control."

Another interesting change to the competitors in the Champions League is that the winners of the Europa League are set to be handed a place in the biggest tournament of them all. This may not always make a difference as often the Europa League winners have qualified for the Champions League anyway but it will act as a significant carrot for teams involved in Europe's second club competition who traditionally finish outside the Champions League qualification places in their domestic leagues, like Tottenham, Lazio or Valencia.

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 reprentative 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 local rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final in Milan.

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 11 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. They have also been runners up three times and 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 five times, the most recent being a memorable comeback 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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