The Champions League is a competition that sports betting fans love to make predictions on. That's not surprising with some of the world’s biggest clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, PSG, Bayern, Dortmund, Real Madrid (14-time winners and current champions), Inter Milan, and AC Milan all still within a shout to win the trophy.
The Champions League is a legendary competition. As it involves the best European teams every year, it is considered the most important in world football at club level. Gathering together the champions of each country, as well as the teams that have finished in the top positions, the Champions League is a dream for all football lovers. It is divided into three distinct phases of competition.
With the group stages now in the books, which saw 32 teams face off in eight groups with the top two advancing, we now finally begin the knockout stages of the tournament. The round of 16 is the first up and there are a number of mouth-watering fixtures that football fans across the globe will undoubtedly enjoy. A number of big sides have already been eliminated, with a few going to the Europa League by way of a third-place finish in their respective groups. Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus and Ajax are a few of the teams that will be competing for Europe’s second-tier trophy (see our Europa League betting tips for more information).
The knockout stages see 16 teams playing over two legs. The group winners cannot face each other at this stage. This is followed by the quarter finals, semi-finals and the final that determines the European champions. Why don't you take advantage of this 2022/2023 edition to make some great bets? The Champions League odds are available on online betting sites.
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In order to make the best possible prediction on the Champions League, you need to know some key figures. First of all, let's talk about the volume of goals scored. The current iteration of the competition has seen an increase in the average goals scored per match over last season. As we begin the round of 16, an incredible 3.17 goals per match have been scored! That’s up from last year’s mark of 2.87, which was already considered to be on the high side. For reference, the Premier League averages 2.89 goals per match, La Liga sees 2.52 and the Serie A sees 2.58 – all in the current season. The German Bundesliga is comparable at 3.19 goals per game average. In addition, there are 56% of games validating the over 2.5 goals bet, and 33% of games see over 3.5 goals in the competition so far. You will have understood that you will have to bet on an avalanche of goals in 2022/2023 if you want to place some reliable predictions on the sports betting sites.
In the same spirit, note that home advantage plays a major role in the Champions League. In addition to the fact that the "Both teams score" bet was validated in 49% of matches this season and 52% of matches last year, take into consideration that the ratio of home wins reaches 48% (which is the same as last year) as well as 23% of matches ending in draws and 29% resulting in away wins. In case of doubt, don't hesitate to try the double chance 1 or 2 when betting on the current tournament. With still so few draws in the competition, the X should be avoided for your Champions League bets.
Finally, in addition to noting that the most common scoreline in the 2022/23 edition of the Champions League is 2-1 or 1-2 (14.6% of matches), you will note that the most prolific quarter of the competition remains the classic ‘76-90 + stoppage time’ with 23.5% of the goals occurring in this window. In 2022/2023, the "Goal between the 75th and 90th" bet will be one of the most interesting to accumulate during the competition. Generally, it will allow you to put £60 net directly in your pocket for a £100 bet. So don't hesitate to give it a try, it could boost your prize fund at the bookmakers.
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Manchester City remain the favorites to win the Champions League. With Erling Haaland (ten goals, including five in the last 16 second leg against Leipzig) in their team. it will take a good side to beat them. It's not impossible though and both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have good chances of winning the Champions League. City face Bayern Munich in the last eight and then either Real Madrid or Chelsea in the semi-finals. That has seen their odds grow slighly and it's Napoli who have seen their odds cut after a favourable draw.
Odds taken from Bet365.com
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