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The UEFA Champions League: A Historical Background

The UEFA Champions League is one of the oldest soccer tournaments in the world. It was first established in 1955, making it older than the English Premier League by far. Before settling on its current name, the league had a different name.

In fact, it was originally known as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, or the European Cup for short. That was until the event saw itself undergo a little revamp in 1992, which turned it into the competition that we know today.

The competition was rebranded as part of the revamp, where it got its current title. There were also some changes to its format: before 1991, the league was a straight knockout tournament involving the champions of European domestic leagues.

In 1991, however, the round-robin group stage was added on. Then, in 1997, the final major change was introduced: certain countries were allowed multiple participants. In fact, the strongest domestic leagues can enter up to 4 clubs.

The Format of the Champions League

Unlike other football tournaments that are also similarly popular, such as the FIFA World Cup, the Champions League takes place every year. In this way, it imitates national leagues, like the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A.

The league operates along relatively straightforward lines, but you’ll still need to know how it works in order to make consistently smart wagers. We highly encourage all of our players to read this section to understand the format of the league.

Firstly, it’s important to note that only one team from the majority of the affiliated countries in Europe is able to participate, with the exception of clubs coming from the strongest leagues, such as England, where up to 4 clubs can compete.

There is a large number of clubs that participate in the Champions League—32 to be exact. These clubs qualify according to how they fared in their respective countries’ domestic leagues. The top clubs of these leagues qualify for the Champions League.

After all the clubs have qualified, they’re split into eight groups of four, which is when the round robin portion of the tournament starts. Only the best teams will continue to move forward to the next round.

Unlike the World Cup, teams will play each other twice, home and away. The tournament generally begins in June with qualifying rounds. The group stage then runs from September through to December every year.

Once the best teams from each group have been decided, it’s then head-to-head in the February knockout stages to whittle down the teams. The matches are played until a winner is reached in May, where the final takes place.

The Hosts of the Champions League

There is no single host when it comes to the Champions League. It is set up so that each team plays against the others in their group at home and away. This means that there are 32 cities and stadiums across the continent that are going to be hosting the tournament at some point during its duration.

This is something very important to pay attention to, as home games are notorious for providing the home team with a substantial advantage. If you’re looking at online betting tips, this is something that will strongly factor in to which team is likely to come out on top.

Of course, good teams should be able to overcome this disadvantage and still win when away from home. Again though, betting odds will reflect this so make sure you are paying attention to the venue as well as team and player form when making your betting decisions.

When is the Champions League Being Held?

Although the qualifying matches have already been held, the Champions League itself is currently underway. You can follow the competition proper up until the 29th of May, 2021. Moreover, the next match is going to be held on the 24th of November, 2020.

What Makes the Champions League so Popular?

Much like the similarly exhilarating and prestigious UEFA European Championship, the Champions League is an exciting mix of the top European clubs and their best international players all aiming for that top spot.

It is one of the most important soccer competitions in the entire world, and it’s by far the most prestigious club competition in Europe. This is largely because the competition is contested by the winners of their respective countries’ national leagues.

This tournament has been won by 22 clubs so far, with 12 of these clubs having won the league more than once. Of all the clubs that participate, Real Madrid being the most successful, winning the competition a total of 13 times.

Despite this, this year they have rather minimal odds, with other clubs looking more impressive. However, it’s clubs from England that have seen most overall success, with five English clubs taking home the trophy.

If you’d like to see what odds there are on offer on these clubs, we highly suggest that you have a look through our sportsbook. We offer markets on outright winners of the Champions League, with each market having its odds clearly displayed.

A Guide to Betting: Champions League Markets

The first step to sports betting is understanding what markets are as these are what you’ll be using to play your wagers. In very simple terms, markets are the available wagers on an online sportsbook. Therefore, you’ll be using markets to bet. 

Markets are offered by bookmakers according to certain conditions that need to be fulfilled in order for the bets to win. These conditions can be anything that happens in a game, from how many goals are scored to who’ll win the game.

Moreover, markets will have odds associated with them. These odds are also calculated by the bookmakers and are based on the teams’ previous performances, their current dynamics, financial strength, and many other similar factors.

What Markets Can You Find on Betiton?

  • Both Teams to Score: you might easily guess this one: for this bet to win, both teams in a game need to score at least one goal.
  • Total Goals: bettors need to correctly guess the number of goals that will be scored in a match for this bet to win.
  • Total Goals 1st Half: much like the previous bet, bettors need to correctly guess how many goals will be scored; however, for this bet to win, they need to guess how many will be scored by the first half.
  • First to Score: this bet requires players to play on which team they think is going to score first in a match.
  • 1×2 1st Half: 1X2 bets require players to predict if the game ends in a home win (1), an away win (2), or a draw. On the other hand, this bet depends on players correctly guessing who is winning, or if the teams are still at a tie, by the first half.

Calculating the Chances: What Are Odds?

The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest tournaments in Europe. In fact, it’s the one that holds the most prestige for the top clubs that compete in it. This definitely makes it a very exhilarating league to follow.

For Canadian players, this is one of the best tournaments to go for if you plan on getting into soccer betting. However, if you want to be successful in this event and make the best possible picks, you’ll need to know what odds are.

Odds are the numbers that give an indication of how likely an event is to occur and how much bettors can win if their bet is successful. These are often shown as decimals in Canada, but can also be found as fractional or American odds as well.

All 3 of the odds formats show the same basic things, which means that picking an odds format is merely a matter of preference. So, choose the one that works for you and stick with it. However, there is a rule of thumb that you need to remember.

The higher the odds are, the bigger the win you can get, but then it means that there is a lower chance of the event happening. Lower odds are more likely to win, and therefore pay out, but the profit you’ll make is small.

Know What the Different Odds Show

As we said before, Canadian players are mostly going to encounter decimal odds. These odds work by using decimal numbers, with the lowest possible number being 1, which indicates a 100% chance of success.

Anything above 1 starts to indicate a lower probability of occuring. Calculating the payout of decimal odds requires some maths; don’t worry, however, it’s not complicated! Firstly, you’ll need to multiply your bet by the odds.

Afterwards, subtract your original bet from the result of the multiplication. Let’s look at an example to help you better understand: let’s say you bet $10 on odds of 2.6. The calculation goes like this:

  • 10 x 2.6 = 26
  • 26 – 10 = 16

Therefore, you would have made $16 as profit. Another format that Canadian players might encounter is fractional odds. These odds uses fractions and there is actually a couple of simple tricks that players can use to figure them out.

The first is to roughly estimate how high or low the odds are by simply looking at the numbers of the fractions. If the number on the right is higher, then the odds are likely low. If the number on the left is higher, then the odds are likely to be high.

The second is to calculate the payout which also involves using the numbers of the fractions. If you take the right number to mean your bet and the left number to mean your payout, you can easily figure out how much you stand to win.

For example, odds of 2/7 mean that for every $7 you wager, your return will be $2. On the other hand, odds of 7/2 mean the exact opposite: you’ll receive a payout of $7 for every $2 you bet. The final odds format is American odds.

American, or moneyline odds, use positive or negative numbers, generally in the hundreds. Depending on whether the numbers are positive or negative, American odds can indicate to punters either of two things: 

  1. how much you need to wager to get a payout of $100 (negative)
  2. how much you’ll receive when making a wager of $100 (positive)

So, odds of -300 mean that you need to play $300 to get $100 on top of your bet, whilst odds of 300 mean that for every $100 you play, you’ll get $300. Meanwhile, negative numbers indicate low odds, whilst positive odds indicate high odds. 

Improving the Odds: How to Use Tips

Of course, just by simply understanding the odds, you’re not bound to go very far. In fact, you’ll likely not get very far at all. That’s because, whilst it’s good to keep an eye on the odds, the odds can also be slightly inaccurate.

You could exploit this inaccurary in a number of ways, one of which is by looking up tips. Tips are pieces of advice given by tipsters on who to bet on; which odds and markets to take; where to play your bets; where to get the best bonuses, etc.

Tipsters are quite well-read and well-informed when it comes to sports, so their advice will be very valuable. Moreover, tipsters generally look around on the internet for the best-value odds they can find and suggest it to bettors.

Tips are fantastic for beginner players because tipsters will give detailed explanations behind their picks, which means that beginners can start to understand what to look out for when they review a match, analyse teams, etc. 

However, despite all the wonderful advantages that tips have, they would better serve bettors that are just starting out. If you wish to really get involved in sports betting, that you should take the extra step of doing your own research.

There are many reasons for this, including the very simple fact that tipsters aren’t perfect and so they might even overlook something. Due to this, you might actually pick up on something that the tipsters haven’t noticed. 

Moreover, wouldn’t it be more satisfying to make your own picks and choices, and come to your own conclusions whenever you’re sports betting? That way, you’ll be playing on your own terms without blindly following someone else’s advice.

Knowing Where to Find Tips

Thankfully, you won’t have to search high and low to look for tips as a simple Google search would give you all the tips you’ll ever need, and even more! With all those tips at your disposal, you should take the team to read through them.

Make sure to pick the tips that make the most sense by doing your own research. The best tips we can give you are to keep healthy; stick to a budget; and to make time for important things in your life, like family and friends.

Teams Likely to Win the Champions League

Each year there are always some standout clubs in the league and this year is no exception. The strongest clubs are those that have won the Champions League a number of times, or display consistent performances season after season.

Bayern Munich is, once again, topping the pile. Last year this club went on to win the league and, since then, their form has not dropped.

The prodigious English team, Manchester City, is hot on their heels for the top spot though. They are one of the most powerful clubs in the English Premier League, having won the domestic league a total of 4 times in the last decade.

Do make sure that you check out the latest odds and form for both of these clubs before making a deposit or using your sportsbook bonus for a punt on either of them. Make sure to also research both of these clubs.

There are several other clubs from around Europe that are also heavy favourites and these include Juventus, Real MadridLiverpool, ChelseaBarcelona, PSG (Paris Saint-Germaine), and Borussia Dortmund.

Be sure to read about all of these clubs and do your research before betting. With the final coming up at the end of May, there is still plenty of action and drama to get through before we find out who is the victor.

The Most Successful Clubs in the League

CountryClubTitlesSeasons Won
SpainReal Madrid131956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
ItalyMilan71963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007
GermanyBayern Munich61974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013, 2020
EnglandLiverpool61977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019
SpainBarcelona51992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015
NetherlandsAjax41971, 1972, 1973, 1995
EnglandManchester United31968, 1999, 2008

The Five Previous Winners of the League

SeasonWinnersScoreRunners-up
2019 – 20Bayern Munich1 – 0Paris Saint-Germain
2018 – 19Liverpool2 – 0Tottenham Hotspur
2017 – 2018Real Madrid3 – 1Liverpool
2016 – 2017Real Madrid4 – 1Juventus
2015 – 2016Real Madrid1 – 1 (5 – 3)Atlético Madrid

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At Betiton sportsbook, if you make a bet of $15 or more on any sporting event, we’ll give you an additional $10 on top of it. This means that you can get that extra bet and maybe win some extra bucks when betting on the Champions League.

This extra bet cannot be split though and must be played as a whole on whichever event you choose to place it on. There are additional terms and conditions that come with this bonus, which must be fulfilled if you want to reap the full reward.

We highly encourage our players to read our T&Cs, as well as our bonus policy, both of which can be found at the footer of each one of our pages. Players who read the T&Cs are generally more satisfied with their casino experience.

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In order to be a part of it, you’ll need to earn loyalty points, by making real money bets at Betiton Casino. The more points you get, the higher up the Loyalty Club levels you go. At the moment, sportsbook bets don’t count though.

Moving Money Made Easy & Secure at Betiton

Catering to our players from Canada, we offer a wide range of different payment methods. Head over to the cashier section of the site and you’ll find all these options available to you.

All you need to do is select the one you’re most comfortable with. Popular options for Canadian players include Visa, Mastercard, Interac, PayPal, Skrill, and Neteller.

Payment MethodDeposit Time (Days)Withdraw Time (Days)
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Once you’ve selected the perfect option, it’s important to know the limits for each. Deposits can range from $10 to $5000 per transaction. They’ll also happen instantly for most payment methods, so you can place your bets right away.

Withdrawals range from $10 to a maximum of $7000 per month, though if you’re high on our loyalty programme you can withdraw even more. Withdrawals undergo a pending period that lasts for 48 hours.

The time it takes for the funds to arrive in your account after this time will depend on the withdrawal method you have chosen. It is important that when you register with us, you go through the KYC process as this speeds up everything.

Have the Champions League at Your Fingertips

For most of us, being able to access a website through our mobile devices is very important. It’s important to us too! At Betiton sportsbook you’ll find that our desktop site has been optimized for mobile use.

This means that when you open your browser on a mobile phone or tablet, you’ll get access to the same exciting betting options, bonuses, and support as you would via the desktop site. It’s set up in the same way so you won’t have to learn a new site.

Navigation is made even easier by the simple drop-down menus and uncluttered interface we have developed for you to use. You can easily find all the betting options for the Champions League once you select that event.

You’ll even find that a convenient betting slip pops up to make everything very easy. Now you can go out and about, check the odds, and place wagers as you please.

Have a Problem? Customer Care at Betiton

We want to make sure that all players in Canada can access our support team whenever they need to. We feel it’s important to have a range of support options so that players can get in touch with us if they have a query or a technical issue arises.

Our live chat and email support is open from 8:00 am to 0:00 am CET every single day, so you can talk to our friendly and competent staff who’ll get you back up and running as quickly as possible. Moreover, we also offer support in 8 languages.

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At Betiton sportsbook we have to ensure that all our Canadian players are able to enjoy a safe and fun betting environment. Part of the way that we can assure our players of this fact is through our licensing.

We are licensed with the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission. Both of these jurisdictions are known for their high levels of regulations and requirements, which we must maintain if we want to keep our licenses with them.

This, in itself, promotes a much more secure and responsible gaming platform. Gambling and sports betting can be a lot of fun, but if it takes over your life, then there’s an issue. We offer a number of options to help players in these situations.

Firstly, we ensure that all our players have access to helplines if they feel they are struggling. These helplines get you in direct contact with someone who can talk through the issues. We also have a self-exclusion option you can implement yourself.

We also offer milder options, like deposit limits, cooling off periods, responsible gaming tips, and so on. Finally, we also offer tips and programmes to help our players with children prevent underage gambling from happening.

Champions League Betting FAQs

What are the odds of Chelsea winning the Champions League?

Although the odds for the Champions League are subject to change, the odds of Chelsea winning the Champions League outright are currently 16/1, or 17; this means an implied probability of 6%.

Of course, these are the odds as they currently stand; when the competition starts drawing to a close, the odds will definitely change. So, make sure that you keep a constant watch on the odds as they shift.

What are the odds for the Champions League?

There are plenty of available odds on the Champions League, all of which can be found on our sportsbook. We offer odds in all 3 different formatsfractional, decimal, and American—as well as on numerous markets.

Our available markets include simple wagers, like wagers on the match winner or the outright winner of the league, to more complicated bets, like Asian handicaps and over/under bets. Have a look through our sportsbook to find out more.

Who is the favourite for the Champions League?

So far, the teams that are the likeliest to win the Champions League outright are Bayern Munich and Manchester City. However, other very strong teams to consider include Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germaine, and Real Madrid.

Is the UEFA Champions League cancelled?

No, the Champions League has not been cancelled and is currently being played. However, the Champions League did get postponed due to the pandemic.

Sources Used: 

  1. Official Most Titles – UEFA
  2. ‘Clubs with most titles in the UEFA Champions League from 1955 to 2020’ – Statista
  3. Champions League – FootballHistory.org
  4. Official – ‘2020/21 UEFA Champions League: all you need to know’ – UEFA

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