UEFA Champions League & Europa League Betting Offers and Free Bets 2018/19
The richest and most prestigious club football tournament in the world attracts billions of pound in revenue, with the champions able to earn an enormous £100 million overall for winning this years competition. When you’ve got that much money flowing around it means the bookies provide some of the best odds and highest value betting promotions that they can offer for the Champions League and Euorpa League.
We have selected the top Champions / Europa League offers from the UK’s top bookies to save you having to trawl the best prices and deals. On this page you can find descriptions of the very latest and long term regular European Cup offers throughout the year for all customers, new and exisiting. We also list information about the Champions League format, European Cup history, previous winners, stats and more.
Latest Champions / Europa League Promotions
Latest 2018-19 Champions League Winner Odds Prices
Odds Updated 19/09/2018
Featured Champions League Promotions
For the group stages of the 2018-19 Champions League and Europa League 888 Sport are giving double winnings tokens to all customers (existing or new) that place a treble or more containing CL or EL selections.
You must bet £20+ to qualify and the overall accumulator odds must have odds of evens or greater. You will receive a double winnings token whether you win or lose. Use the token via the bet slip for any live champions or Europa league wager you like and it will apply to stakes up to £5, you will then receive double the payout on that bet, in cash, if it wins.
A 2x winnings token can be claimed for each day of each qualifying period, i.e. you could claim one on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if you wish. Double winnings token expires after one day from credit and maximum extra cash winnings is capped at £5,000.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, and while that may be true this free prediction game for this years Champions League from Unibet isn’t too far off.
As a customer you can enter each week into a free correct prediction game. Guess the match result and final score in four selected Champions League matches each game week and you can win (or share) £50,000 in cash. You don’t need to bet or even need to deposit to play this game, it is free for all registered Unibet users.
If no one guesses correctly there will still be a prize of £10,000 won by the player(s) with the highest score.
2018/19 Schedule and Fixtures
2019 Champions League Final
|? v ?||Saturday 1st June||Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)|
|Club Brugge v Borussia Dortmund||Tuesday 18th September||Jan Breydel Stadium|
|Monaco v Atl Madrid||Tuesday 18th September||Stade Louis II|
|Atl Madrid v Club Brugge||Wednesday 3rd October||Wanda Metropolitano|
|Borussia Dortmund v Monaco||Wednesday 3rd October||Westfalenstadion|
|Club Brugge v Monaco||Wednesday 24th October||Jan Breydel Stadium|
|Borussia Dortmund v Atl Madrid||Wednesday 24th October||Westfalenstadion|
|Monaco v Club Brugge||Tuesday 6th November||Stade Louis II|
|Atl Madrid v Borussia Dortmund||Tuesday 6th November||Wanda Metropolitano|
|Atl Madrid v Monaco||Wednesday 28th November||Wanda Metropolitano|
|Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge||Wednesday 28th November||Westfalenstadion|
|Club Brugge v Atl Madrid||Tuesday 11th December||Jan Breydel Stadium|
|Monaco v Borussia Dortmund||Tuesday 11th December||Stade Louis II|
|Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven||Tuesday 18th September||Nou Camp|
|Inter Milan v Tottenham||Tuesday 18th September||San Siro|
|Tottenham v Barcelona||Wednesday 3rd October||Wembley*|
|PSV Eindhoven v Inter Milan||Wednesday 3rd October||Philips Stadium|
|PSV Eindhoven v Tottenham||Wednesday 24th October||Philips Stadium|
|Barcelona v Inter Milan||Wednesday 24th October||Nou Camp|
|Tottenham v PSV Eindhoven||Tuesday 6th November||Wembley*|
|Inter Milan v Barcelona||Tuesday 6th November||San Siro|
|PSV Eindhoven v Barcelona||Wednesday 28th November||Philips Stadium|
|Tottenham v Inter Milan||Wednesday 28th Nonmember||Wembley*|
|Barcelona v Tottenham||Tuesday 11th December||Nou Camp|
|Inter Milan v PSV Eindhoven||Tuesday 11th December||San Siro|
* Group stage and possible subsequent fixtures to be played at Wembley due to delays with Tottenham’s new stadium.
|Liverpool v PSG||Tuesday 18th September||Anfield|
|Red Star Belgrade v Napoli||Tuesday 18th September||Rajko Mitić Stadium|
|PSG v Red Star Belgrade||Wednesday 3rd October||Parc des Princes|
|Napoli v Liverpool||Wednesday 3rd October||Stadio San Paolo|
|PSG v Napoli||Wednesday 24th October||Parc des Princes|
|Liverpool v Red Star Belgrade||Wednesday 24th October||Anfield|
|Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool||Tuesday 6th November||Rajko Mitić Stadium|
|Napoli v PSG||Tuesday 6th November||Stadio San Paolo|
|PSG v Liverpool||Wednesday 28th November||Parc des Princes|
|Napoli v Red Star Belgrade||Wednesday 28th November||Stadio San Paolo|
|Liverpool v Napoli||Tuesday 11th December||Anfield|
|Red Star Belgrade v PSG||Tuesday 11th December||Rajko Mitić Stadium|
|Galatasaray v Locomotiv Moscow||Tuesday 18th September||Türk Telekom Stadium|
|Schalke 04 v FC Porto||Tuesday 18th September||Arena AufSchalke|
|Locomotiv Moscow v Schalke 04||Wednesday 3rd October||RZD Arena|
|FC Porto v Galatasaray||Wednesday 3rd October||Estádio do Dragão|
|Locomotiv Moscow v FC Porto||Wednesday 24th October||RZD Arena|
|Galatasaray v Schalke 04||Wednesday 24th October||Türk Telekom Stadium|
|FC Porto v Locomotiv Moscow||Tuesday 6th November||Estádio do Dragão|
|Schalke 04 v Galatasaray||Tuesday 6th November||Arena AufSchalke|
|Locomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray||Wednesday 28th November||RZD Arena|
|FC Porto v Schalke 04||Wednesday 28th November||Estádio do Dragão|
|Galatasaray v FC Porto||Tuesday 11th December||Türk Telekom Stadium|
|Schalke 04 v Locomotiv Moscow||Tuesday 11th December||Arena AufSchalke|
|Ajax v AEK Athens||Wednesday 19th September||Amsterdam Arena|
|Benfica v Bayern Munich||Wednesday 19th September||Estadio da Luz|
|Bayern Munich v Ajax||Tuesday 2nd October||Allianz Arena|
|AEK Athens v Benfica||Tuesday 2nd October||Olympic Stadium|
|AEK Athens v Bayern Munich||Tuesday 23rd October||Olympic Stadium|
|Ajax v Benfica||Tuesday 23rd October||Amsterdam Arena|
|Bayern Munich v AEK Athens||Wednesday 7th November||Allianz Arena|
|Benfica v Ajax||Wednesday 7th November||Estadio da Luz|
|AEK Athens v Ajax||Tuesday 27th November||Olympic Stadium|
|Bayern Munich v Benfica||Tuesday 27th November||Allianz Arena|
|Ajax v Bayern Munich||Wednesday 12th December||Amsterdam Arena|
|Benfica v AEK Athens||Wednesday 12th December||Estadio da Luz|
|Shaktar Donesk v Hoffenheim||Wednesday 14th September||Metalist Stadium|
|Manchester City v Lyon||Wednesday 14th September||The Etihad|
|Hoffenheim v Manchester City||Tuesday 27th September||Rhein Neckar Arena|
|Lyon v Shaktar Donesk||Tuesday 27th September||Parc Olympique Lyonnais|
|Hoffenheim v Lyon||Tuesday 18th October||Rhein Neckar Arena|
|Shaktar Donesk v Manchester City||Tuesday 18th October||Metalist Stadium|
|Lyon v Hoffenheim||Wednesday 2nd November||Parc Olympique Lyonnais|
|Manchester City v Shaktar Donesk||Wednesday 2nd November||The Etihad|
|Hoffenheim v Shaktar Donesk||Tuesday 22nd November||Rhein Neckar Arena|
|Lyon v Machester City||Tuesday 22nd November||Parc Olympique Lyonnais|
|Shaktar Donesk v Lyon||Wednesday 7th December||Metalist Stadium|
|Machester City v Hoffenheim||Wednesday 7th December||The Etihad|
|Real Madrid v Roma||Wednesday 14th September||Bernabéu|
|Viktoria Plzeň v CSKA Moscow||Wednesday 14th September||Doosan Arena|
|CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid||Tuesday 27th September||Arena CSKA|
|Roma v Viktoria Plzeň||Tuesday 27th September||Stadio Olimpico|
|Roma v CSKA Moscow||Tuesday 18th October||Stadio Olimpico|
|Real Madrid v Viktoria Plzeň||Tuesday 18th October||Bernabéu|
|CSKA Moscow v Roma||Wednesday 2nd November||Arena CSKA|
|Viktoria Plzeň v Real Madrid||Wednesday 2nd November||Doosan Arena|
|CSKA Moscow v Viktoria Plzeň||Tuesday 22nd November||Arena CSKA|
|Roma v Real Madrid||Tuesday 22nd November||Stadio Olimpico|
|Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow||Wednesday 7th December||Bernabéu|
|Viktoria Plzeň v Roma||Wednesday 7th December||Doosan Arena|
|Young Boys v Manchester United||Wednesday 14th September||Stade de Suisse|
|Valencia v Juventus||Wednesday 14th September||The Mestalla|
|Juventus v Young Boys||Tuesday 27th September||Juventus Stadium|
|Manchester United v Valencia||Tuesday 27th September||Old Trafford|
|Young Boys v Valencia||Tuesday 18th October||Stade de Suisse|
|Manchester United v Juventus||Tuesday 18th October||Old Trafford|
|Valencia v Young Boys||Wednesday 2nd November||The Mestalla|
|Juventus v Manchester United||Wednesday 2nd November||Juventus Stadium|
|Manchester United v Young Boys||Tuesday 22nd November||Old Trafford|
|Juventus v Valencia||Tuesday 22nd November||Juventus Stadium|
|Young Boys v Juventus||Wednesday 7th December||Stade de Suisse|
|Valencia v Manchester United||Wednesday 7th December||The Mestalla|
2019 Europa League Final
|? v ?||Wednesday 29th May||Olympic Stadium (Baku)|
Champions League Format
After a lot of initial chopping and changing the Champions League qualification format has remained roughly unchanged since 2008. Teams either qualify directly or enter into pre-knock-out rounds for a place in the final 32.
Automatic qualification is dependent on the UEFA coefficient ranking of that countries league combined with league position.
Prior to the start of the 2016/17 campaign it was announced the Champions League qualification format will change for the 2018/19 season. This will now see the top four teams from the top 4 ranked association countries, Germany, England, Spain and Italy, automatically qualify for the group stages with no play offs.
This will no doubt make it harder to qualify for teams not from the top four leagues in favour of more historically recognised teams. This will also be coupled with a further dramatic increase in prize money.
I’m sure UEFA would say this is designed to increase the quality of the competition but in actuality it all comes down to cash. UEFA know they can sell TV rights for more money if Man United are playing instead of FC Rostov. This move is also designed to temper the idea of a new European Super League that would directly compete with the Champions League.
The association ranked 5th (this year being France) will receive 3 automatic qualification spots. The 6th ranked association (Russia) will receive 2 automatically spots and then the champions from associations 7-11 (Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium, Turkey & Czech Republic) will receive one spot each. This makes up 26 of the 32 group stage places.
The Champions League winners and Europa league winners from last season also receive an automatically group place, however as this was Real and Atletico Madrid respectively they have already qualified through their league meaning all the remaining places are available to qualifiers.
The remaining 6 places are made up from the qualifying rounds. Qualification takes place in two steams. The Champions stream is a knock out between the league winners of the 14th to 54th UEFA ranked league, these enter between the 1st round to the third round based on UEFA rankings. The remaining 6 teams in this path after the third round enter then the play-off round.
The league stream contains the rest, i.e. the runners up, third and fourth placed teams, that do not directly qualify. Teams again enter at different stages dependent on league ranking. This results in 4 teams entering the play-off round.
The play-off is therefore made up of:
- Champions of teams ranked 12th & 13th (this year being Switzerland & Netherlands)
- 6 teams from the champions stream
- 4 teams from the non-champions, league stream
These 12 teams then play a one off knockout with the 6 winners joining the other 26 direct qualifiers in the group stage.
There is talk that the Champions League group stages may soon change to two groups of 16 but for now the final 32 are still split into 8 groups of 4.
Teams are divided into four pots based on their own UEFA coefficient sores and each group has one team drawn from each pot. At this stage there is a protection to prevent teams from the same country being drawn together.
Clubs play home and away ties with three points for a win and one for a draw. After 6 matches the top two teams progress to the knock-out stages, the third placed team is parachuted into the final 32 of the Europa League and the fourth place team is eliminated. If teams are tied in points it goes to goal difference and then to results against.
The group stages take place between September and December, there is then a break until February until the knock-out stages commence, this matches the winter break taken in many European countries.
At the final 16 stage the country protection remains in place, meaning teams form the same league are not drawn together. Teams play two legs, home and away, with the overall winner on aggregate going through. Away goals count, this means if a match is drawn over two legs the team with the most goals away from home will go through. If teams are equal on away goals the tie will progress to extra time and penalties.
Both the quarter and semi-finals follow the same format although at this stage the draw is completely random as any country protection is removed.
The final takes place in mid-May each year at a venue chose prior to the start of the season. This is intended to be a neutral venue although in several instances in the past a finalist has ended up playing at their home stadium.
|1991||Red Star BVelgrade||Bari|
Most Successful European Cup Teams
|Real Madrid||13||2016-18, 2014, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1966, 1956-1960|
|AC Milan||7||2007, 2003, 1994, 1990, 1989, 1969, 1963|
|Bayern Munich||5||2013, 2001, 1974-1976|
|Barcelona||5||2015, 2011, 2009, 2006, 1992|
|Liverpool||5||2005, 1984, 1981, 1977, 1978|
|Ajax||4||1995, 1973, 1972, 1971|
|Inter Milan||3||2010, 1965, 1964|
|Manchester United||3||2008, 1999, 1968|
|Nottingham Forest||2||1980, 1979|
|Red Star Belgrade||1||1991|
Most Successful British Teams
|Team||European Cups||2nd Place||Played / Won||% Wins|
|Liverpool||5||3||195 / 110||56.41%|
|Manchester united||3||2||269 / 150||55.76%|
|Nottingham Forest||2||5||20 / 12||60%|
|Chelsea||1||1||160 / 80||50.00%|
|Aston Villa||1||0||15 / 9||60%|
|Leeds United||0||1||39 / 21||53.84%|
|Arsenal||0||1||199 / 101||50.75%|
|Man City||0||0||62 / 27||43.55%|
History of the European Cup / Champions League
In similar fashion to the European Championships the creation of a Europe wide club competition was largely delayed for political reasons brought about by the second world war. By the mid 1950’s most other continents had a national club competition and as with the origin of the Euros it was the French that pushed through a European Club Cup.
Smaller tournaments existed both before and after WWII but these were restricted, such as the Challenge Cup between teams in the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Latin Cup in which Mediterranean clubs competed.
After a visiting the South American Championship of Champions two journalists at the French publication L’Equipe championed the creation of a similar tournament in Europe. This eventually culminated in the creation of the European Champions of Clubs’ Cup in 1995.
Initially 16 clubs competed in a knock-out cup. The first European Cup saw Scottish champions Hibernian compete but at this time the English FA banned the English champions Chelsea from entering. The first final was held in Paris in 1955 and was won 4-3 by Real Madrid.
The following year in 1956 Manchester United decide to enter the Cup against the advice of the FA. This did nothing to dent the dominance of Real Madrid who won consecutive titles in 1956. In 1957 on of the biggest ever strategies in football occurred to the Manchester United squad. Flying back victorious from a semi-final against Red Star Belgrade the club plane crashed during a fuel layover in Munich, the resulting fire killed 23/44 on board including many of the ‘Busby Babes’. It took Manchester United over ten years to recover from the disaster.
Real Madrid continued to dominate in the early days winning all of the first five European Cups to 1960. Benfica then won two consecutive titles before AC Milan won in 1963 followed by Inter Milan in 1964 and 1965 and Real Madrid again in 1966.
1967 saw the first ever British Champions in Celtic that started a 15 year spell of British success in the European Cup. Manchester United won the cup in 1968 ten years after the Munich disaster. This was followed period of Dutch success in the early 1970’s that included Celtic beaten by Feyenoord in the 1970 final before Ajax won three European Cups on the bounce between 1971-1973. It was Bayern Munich’s turn next as they won the cup three years back to back from 1974-76.
The most successful manager in European Cup history, Bob Paisley, lead the most successful British club in Europe, Liverpool, to their first title in 1977 beating Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome 3-1. Liverpool won the title back to back beating Real Madrid 1-0 at Wembley in 1978 before Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest became the only team to win the European Cup more times than their own domestic league winning back to back in 1970 (Vs Malmo) and 1980 (Vs Hamburg).
Liverpool took the crown back in 1981 beating Real Madrid 1-0 in Paris before Aston Villa got in on the act winning their first an only title in 1982. Hamburg won in 1983 before Liverpool grabbed their fourth crown with a 1-0 victory over Roma at their home stadium in Rome.
The Heysel disaster in 1985 saw British clubs banned from Europe for 5 years. Disruption in the Liverpool section of the stadium in the final against Juventus led to a wall collapsing killing 39 mainly Italians. The match carried on but Liverpool lost 1-0 on the night.
The vacuum left by the absence of English teams meant no one dominated with 6 clubs winning the following 7 titles up to 1992.
The Champions League
In 1993 the old European Cup was changed to the Champions League. The money and prestige that went with this has helped to make the competition one of the most watched and most valuable in the world.
Marseille won the first and only title for a French team in 1993. They were banned the following year and stripped of their Ligue 1 title following match fixing allegations against their chairman, Bernard Tapie.
AC Milan won in 1994 followed by Ajax in 1995, Juventus in 1996 and Borrusia Dortmund in 1997. In 1998 Real Madrid won their 7th title after a 32 year gap. This was also the first year that non-champions were allowed entry to the competition.
Manchester United won their second title in 1998 beating Bayern Munich 2-1 with two injury time goals. They were the first team to win the cup having not been Champions of their own league, they also still hold the record for winning the cup with the fewest victories, five.
Real Madrid began a new era of dominance winning in 2000 and 2002, Bayern won in 2001, Milan got their 6th crown in 2003 and Porto were victors in 2004. Liverpool won their 5th European Cup in 2005 beating AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul following a 3-3 draw. This is cited as the most exciting ever European final with underdogs Liverpool down and out 3-0 down at half time, they scored 3 goals in 7 minutes during the second period and went on to win the shoot-out.
The last ten years or so have been dominated by Italy, Spain and England. Barcelona have emerged as the new dominant force winning in 2006 (Vs Arsenal), 2009 (Vs Juventus), 2011 (Vs Manchester United) and 2015 (Vs Juventus). Real Madrid not to be outdone claimed ‘La Decima’ winning the European Cup for the 10th time in 2014 beating rivals Atletico in the final.
AC Milan got revenge on Liverpool beating them in the 2007 final and Bayern Munich became the only German team to win since 2001 by beating rivals Borrusia Dortmund in the 2013 final at Wembley.
Real Madrid Dominate Again
The 2016 final was held at the San Siro in Milan in a repeat of the 2014 final between local rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Madrid took the game on penalties to win the trophy for an amazing 11th time leaving Atletico heart broken yet again. The 2017 final was played at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff but it was Real Madrid, and Ronaldo in particular, who dominated yet again, beating Juventus to win their second title in a row, and 12th in total.
The 2018 Champions League was played in the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev Ukraine. Liverpool impressed getting to the final with one of the highest goal tally’s ever. It was however Madrid who won yet again for the third successive year in a row, 13th time in total, following a spectacular over head kick goal from Welshman Gareth Bale and two horrendous mistakes by Liverpool’s goalkeeper.
The 2019 final will be held in Madrid and it is hard to see Real not winning it for the fourth time in a row in their local rivals stadium, Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano. British football however is in rude health and with no less than 4 English teams in it this time, plus Celtic, there has never been a better chance for a UK team to take back the world’s biggest club football trophy. For bet ideas and previews see our Champions League betting tips page.