Introduction to Champions League Odds
Champions League odds are betting odds given to matches in the Champions League, which is actually a broader term than most realize. There is the UEFA Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League, and other branches, although the most popular and commonly thought of is the UEFA Champions League, consisting of the best teams in Europe.
Teams qualify for the Champions League based on domestic success or by winning either the Europa or Champions League Finals the year prior. The Europa League is essentially a lesser Champions League and is composed of teams that just missed out on qualifying for the big competition, often referred to as the most elite and competitive in the world.
How to Read Champions League Odds
Champions League betting lines offer three outcomes: Team A win, Team B win, and draw, regardless of if the match goes to extra time (and possibly, penalties) or not. Champions League matches in the group stage end in regulation, while ensuing matchups in the knockout bracket will go to extra time and penalties in the second leg if necessary— first legs are allowed to end in a draw without additional play.
Outcomes with the lowest value are the favorite, regardless of if they are preceded by a “-” or “+”; that ultimately indicates the value of each bet. Other types of bets, including goal totals, player props, and match props are available, but moneyline betting is the most popular.
How to Bet on the Champions League
Champions League betting odds can most commonly be found in their own section, although they are sometimes stored under “soccer” or “football” subheadings, depending on where you are. Note that the Champions League is not in session but for a select time, usually during the midweek, so betting odds are not always the easiest to find.
Can I bet on a team to win the entire Champions League?
Yes, futures bets are absolutely a favorite amongst Champions League bettors.
How do I bet on a draw if the match needs to go to extra time and penalties?
Bettors can still wager on draws in matches that need to determine a winner as the moneyline bet ends when regulation ends, so draws are still feasible outcomes.
What team do I bet on?
Some teams are strong Champions League prospects, even if they are not doing great in their domestic leagues. Consider the makeup of every team and their matchup before deciding on a team to bet on.