The Champions League, sometimes abbreviated as the CL, is an annual football competition that gathers together all of the best clubs from around the European continent. First organised by UEFA in 1955, this is the most prestigious football competition ahead of the Europa League. The winner earns a qualifying spot for the next edition of the tournament, will be included in the FIFA World Cup, and will also go on to face the winner of the Europa League in the UEFA Super Cup. Real Madrid are the most successful club in the history of the league, while Liverpool are the current title holders.
Since the early 2000s, the Champions League has largely been dominated by Spanish clubs - including Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Outstanding during long seasons, a Spanish club has won on 8 occasions (including 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013), with Real Madrid having won four of these eight titles(2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). Another noteworthy statistic is that FC Barcelona has managed to qualify for the semi-finals eight times, while Real Madrid made 11 consecutive semi-final appearances. For your predictions on the 2019/20 Champions League, think of the Spanish teams - especially considering this summer’s transfer window!
On an individual level, it will be important to remember that the top scorer in the history of the competition is Cristiano Ronaldo. Now at Juventus, the former Real Madrid striker has managed to score 127 goals in his 166 appearances in the competition (prior to the 2019/20 season). Behind him is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who has scored 112 goals in 135 Champions League matches. These impressive figures might sway you to try your hand at a bet on the Champions League top scorer next season. Often offered at favourable odds, this market will always be interesting to consider for your Champions League predictions.
As we have said, the Champions League pits the best clubs in Europe against each other on a global stage. Last year Liverpool put a stop to Spanish dominance in the competition, taking home their sixth title since the competition’s inception. When one thinks of the top European clubs, they also think of an avalanche of goals - which proved to be true during the 2018/19 season. Over the course of the season, 125 games in total, an average of 2.93 goals were scored per match. For your Champions League predictions, you would do well to remember the ‘Over 2.5’ goals market for the upcoming 2019/20 season.
The number of away wins seen in the competition also increased last year, with nearly four in ten games seeing the success of the visiting team in the 2018/19 edition of the competition. Here again the market should not be neglected, as you can use it to your advantage to place reliable Champions League predictions - the same as the experts.
Considering the coronation of Liverpool, and the impressive performances put in by the likes of Ajax, the upcoming season of the Champions League could provide a much more open competition than recent years. Having acquired significant reinforcements during the summer transfer window, Real Madrid and Barcelona will of course be interesting to follow - the same goes for Guardiola’s Manchester City and Robert Lewandowski’s Bayern Munich. The title holders Liverpool will naturally be amongst the favourites, although it is never an easy feat to retain the crown in this tournament - in the past 30 years, only Real Madrid have succeeded in doing so! What you can definitely expect from this upcoming season in plenty of suspense an emotion to make your predictions even more exciting.
Winner: Liverpool claimed their sixth Champions League title this season, advancing their position as the most successful English club in the competition.
The Final: Jurgen Klopp’s side faced off against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1st. The Reds won 2-0 thanks to an early penalty from Mohamed Salah and a last minute goal from Divock Origi.