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 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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It’s even rare for five teams from one league to be competing in the Champions League but all five Premier League clubs have now qualified for the knockout rounds. It marks a potential new era of dominance for clubs in England.
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. A Premier League team has not played in the final of the Champions League for five seasons. Spain became the dominant force and there were six finalists from La Liga between 2013-14 and 2016-17.
PSG are the favourites to win the Champions League this season but England are the favourites in the winning nationality market. English clubs have been champions of Europe 12 times, equal with Italy and five behind Spain. England can move to sole second place if one of the quintet of representatives do the business this season.
Here is the draw for the last 16:
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur 13 February and 7 March
Basel v Manchester City 13 February and 7 March
Porto v Liverpool 14 February and 6 March
Sevilla v Manchester United 14 February and 6 March
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain 20 February and 14 March
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma 20 February and 14 March
Chelsea v Barcelona 21 February and 13 March
Bayern Munich v Besiktas 21 February and 13 March
The first named teams are at home in the first leg.
Breakdown of country’s represented:
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 FREEbets.org.uk 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.
What Champions League free bets should I look for?
In recent years, three sides have dominated the Champions League - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Real have won three 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.
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 Juventus in the 2017 final in Cardiff.
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 12 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 five 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.
PLEASE NOTE : The opinions expressed here are those of FREEbets.org.uk and based on our staff's use and experience of the betting industry.
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