CHAMPIONS’ LEAGUE ODDS
The UEFA Champions’ League, which evolved from the European Cup, has been organized by UEFA since 1992. It is the most prestigious club competition in football.
In 1997, eligibility was expanded to include the best performing runners-up, according to the UEFA coefficient ranking list. The coefficient is determined by clubs’ results in UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions’ League games over the past five seasons and used to allocate Champions’ League places to a certain number of clubs from each league. The English Premiership currently has 4 Champions’ League qualification places.
From a national perspective, Italy, Spain and England lead the way, with 11 wins apiece. Germany and Holland have six wins each. As far as individual clubs are concerned, Spain’s Real Madrid boast the best record, with 9 wins, followed by Italy’s A.C. Milan with 7. English clubs have performed well, Liverpool with 5 wins and Manchester United with 3.
Champions League Winners Odds
Chelsea, 2007-08 runners-up and currently topping Group A are favourites for the 2008-09 competition, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal all in the top six in the Champions League betting odds. Unbeaten Barcelona are also well to the fore in the Champions League betting, second-best in most books. Inter Milan, 9-times winners Real Madrid and Germany’s Bayern Munich all look good bets to qualify for the last sixteen and are also well fancied to take the title.
Winning Nation Odds
Most of the major online layers offer Champions league betting odds on the nation of origin of the winning team. Given their past record and multiple representation, it comes as no great surprise to find England as favourites for the 2008-09 competition, closely followed by Spain and Italy.
Champions League Top Goalscorer Odds
Betting on the “Golden Boot” winner or top goalscorer in the Champions League is popular with football punters. In order to succeed, the player’s club realistically needs to qualify for the quarter-finals. At an early stage of the 2008-09 group phase, Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) and Juventus’ Alessandro Del Piero have 4 goals each and head the Champions League odds for top goalscorer. A further nine players have 3 goals to their name, so a bet on the Champions League betting odds on the Golden Boot winner seems a little premature.
Champions League Group Betting
The majority of online layers (such as Bet365 and Blue Square) offer Champions league odds on the winners and qualifiers from each of the eight qualifying groups. The “Big 4” English clubs are all in the top two in the 2008-09 Champions League odds for qualification from their respective groups.
Stage of Elimination
BETFAIR offer Champions League betting odds on the stage at which the British club will be eliminated from the competition. Celtic, with just 2 points from 4 games and an apparent inability to win away from home, are overwhelming favourites to be the first British side eliminated.
Champions League Match Betting
Betting on individual matches is a particular favourite with Champions League punters. Champions League odds are usually offered for 90 minutes play, with prices for home win, away win and draw. However, there are several variations, including “Asian” handicaps and draw, no bet. Aside from the outright result, there is a huge range of Champions League odds and markets associated with individual games. It is recommended that punters check out individual bookmakers’ sites for the range of Champions League betting odds and markets available.