Champions League & Europa League Betting Offers and Free Bets 2020
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 existing. We also list fixtures and information about the Champions League format, European Cup history, previous winners, stats and more.
Latest Champions / Europa League Promotions
Promotions Available To All
Betfair have launched a daily multiples free bet club for those that place £20+ in multiple bets in a day (one bet or several as long as more than £20, one selection must be 1/2+ odds). No opt-in required. Bets must be placed and settle in the same day, on settlement of the qualifying bet you will receive a £5 free bet within 2 hours which is then valid 72 hours for any sports multiples (stake not returned).
The deal applies to the sportsbook not the exchange, multiples only no singles, e.g. doubles, trebles, 4-folds etc and/or complex and exotic bets (Lucky 15, Lucky 31, Lucky 63, Patent, Heinz, Super Heinz, Trixie, Yankee, Canadian or Goliath), cashed out wagers will not count. The offer is available once a day (00:00 - 23:59) but you must opt-in each time you want to use it.
2020-21 Upcoming Champions League Fixtures
|Round||Draw Date||First Leg||Second Leg|
|Match 1||1 October 2020||20-21 October 2020||–|
|Match 2||–||27-28 October 2020||–|
|Match 3||–||3-4 November 2020||–|
|Match 4||–||24-25 November 2020||–|
|Match 5||–||1-2 December 2020||–|
|Match 6||–||8-9 December 2020||–|
|Last 16||14 December 2020||16-17 & 23-24 February 2021||9-10 & 16-17 March 2021|
|Quarter-Finals||19 March 2021||6-7 April 2021||13-14 April 2021|
|Semi-Finals||–||27-28 April 2021||4-5 May 2021|
|Final||–||29 May 2021|
2020 Group Stages
|–||Bayern Munich||Atletico Madrid||Red Bull Salzburg||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|Bayern Munich||–||21st Oct||25th Nov||9th Dec|
|Atletico Madrid||1st Dec||–||27th Oct||25th Nov|
|Red Bull Salzburg||3rd Nov||9th Dec||–||21st Oct|
|Lokomotiv Moscow||27th Oct||3rd Nov||1st Dec||–|
|–||Real Madrid||Shaktar Donesk||Inter Milan||Mönchengladbach|
|Real Madrid||–||21st Oct||3rd Nov||9th Dec|
|Shaktar Donesk||1st Dec||–||27th Oct||3rd Nov|
|Inter Milan||25th Nov||9th Dec||–||21st Oct|
|Mönchengladbach||27th Oct||25th Nov||1st Dec||–|
|Porto||–||1st Dec||27th Oct||3rd Nov|
|Man City||21st Oct||–||3rd Nov||9th Dec|
|Olympiacos||9th Dec||25th Nov||–||21st Oct|
|Marseille||25th Nov||27th Oct||1st Dec||–|
|Liverpool||–||1st Dec||25th Nov||27th Oct|
|Ajax||21st Oct||–||9th Dec||25th Nov|
|Atalanta||3rd Nov||27th Oct||–||1st Dec|
|Midtjylland||9th Dec||3rd Nov||21st Oct||–|
|Sevilla||–||2nd Dec||4th Nov||28th Oct|
|Chelsea||20th Oct||–||8th Dec||4th Nov|
|Krasnodar||24th Nov||28th Oct||–||2nd Dec|
|Rennes||8th Dec||4th Nov||28th Oct||–|
|–||Zenit Saint Petersburg||Borussia Dortmund||Lazio||Club Brugge|
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||–||8th Dec||4th Nov||20th Oct|
|Borussia Dortmund||28th Oct||–||2nd Dec||24th Nov|
|Lazio||24th Nov||20th Oct||–||8th Dec|
|Club Brugge||2nd Dec||4th Nov||28th Oct||–|
|Juventus||–||28th Oct||2nd Dec||24th Nov|
|Barcelona||8th Dec||–||4th Nov||20th Oct|
|Dynamo Kyiv||20th Oct||24th Nov||–||8th Dec|
|Ferencváros||4th Nov||2nd Dec||28th Oct||–|
|–||PSG||Man United||RB Leipzig||İstanbul Başakşehir|
|PSG||–||20th Oct||24th Nov||8th Dec|
|Man United||2nd Dec||–||28th Oct||24th Nov|
|RB Leipzig||4th Nov||8th Dec||–||20th Oct|
|İstanbul Başakşehir||28th Oct||4th Nov||2nd Dec||–|
2021 Champions League Final
|? v ?||Sunday 29th May||Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul|
2021 Europa League Final
|? v ?||Wednesday 26th May||Stadion Energa Gdańsk|
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 & Netherlands) 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 Austria & Czech Republic)
- 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|
|Liverpool||6||2019, 2005, 1984, 1981, 1977, 1978|
|Bayern Munich||6||2020, 2013, 2001, 1974-1976|
|Barcelona||5||2015, 2011, 2009, 2006, 1992|
|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||6||3||217 / 123||56.68%|
|Manchester United||3||2||279 / 154||55.20%|
|Nottingham Forest||2||5||20 / 12||60%|
|Chelsea||1||1||168 / 83||49.40%|
|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||81 / 39||48.15%|
|Tottenham||0||1||55 / 25||45.45%|
Data current to end of 2020 Campaign and includes European Cup and Champions League
Future Champions League Final Venues
|2021||Atatürk Olympic Stadium||Istanbul||Turkey||2005|
|2022||Krestovsky Stadium||Saint Petersburg||Russia||Never|
|2024||Wembley||London||UK||2011, 2013 (1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1992: Old Wembley)|
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 was held in Madrid and it was hard to see Real not winning it for the fourth time in a row in their local rivals stadium, Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano. It was however Liverpool in the end who reached the final to avenge their 2018 defeat and they gained their sixth European crown beating Tottenham 2-0 in a lackluster all English Final.
Despite the fact the final was forgettable the journey was not with both Liverpool and Spurs staging amazing semi-final comebacks. There were more games won from behind in this season that some regard it was the best campaign ever for excitement (if you are a neutral).
With both the Europa and Champions League finals last year being an all English affair there is no doubt British football 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.
2020 A Special Year
The cornona virus outbreak in 2020 saw the cancellation of football in March, right in the middle of the last 16 second legs. Football did not resume until June at which point UEFA opted to complete the Champions League over two weeks in a single leg knockout competition from the quarter-finals onwards, with all matches held in Lisbon.
Bayern Munich won their sixth title against PSG in the latest ever final (23rd August) but the year will be remembered most for the special circumstances. One of the big benefits to come from this was how much people enjoyed the single-leg rounds and intense knockout stage, that could perhaps lead to changes in the future for the competition, which has always struggled with balancing fixture congestion for clubs.
Previous Fixtures 2020
Round Of 16
|Atletico Madrid v Liverpool||Tuesday 18th February||Wanda Metropolitano|
|Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain||Tuesday 18th February||Westfalenstadion|
|Atalanta v Valencia||Wednesday 19th February||Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia|
|Tottenham v RB Leipzig||Wednesday 19th February||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium|
|Chelsea v Bayern Munich||Tuesday 25th February||Stamford Bridge|
|Napoli v Barcelona||Tuesday 25th February||Stadio San Paolo|
|Real Madrid v Manchester City||Wednesday 26th February||Santiago Bernabéu|
|Lyon v Juventus||Wednesday 26th February||Parc Olympique Lyonnais|
|RB Leipzig v Tottenham||Tuesday 10th March||Red Bull Arena|
|Valencia v Atalanta||Tuesday 10th March||The Mestalla|
|Liverpool v Atletico Madrid||Wednesday 11th March||Anfield|
|Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund||Wednesday 11th March||Parc des Princes|
|Juventus v Lyon||Friday 7th August||Juventus Stadium|
|Manchester City v Real Madrid||Friday 7th August||The Eithad|
|Barcelona v Napoli||Saturday 8th August||Nou Camp|
|Bayern Munich v Chelsea||Saturday 8th August||Allianz Arena|
|Atalanta v PSG||12th August||Estádio da Luz|
|RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid||13th August||Estadio Jose Alvalade|
|Man City v Lyon||14th August||Estádio da Luz|
|Barcelona v Bayern Munich||15th August||Estadio Jose Alvalade|
|RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta v Paris St-Germain||18th August||Estádio da Luz|
|Manchester City or Lyon vs Barcelona or Bayern Munich||19th August||Estadio Jose Alvalade|
2020 Champions League Final
|PGS v Bayern Munich||Sunday 23rd August||Estádio da Luz|
2020 Europa League Final
|Sevilla v Inter Milan||Friday 21st August||Stadion Köln|