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Champions League Final Betting Offers: Liverpool v Real Madrid

bet365 champions leagueThe 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 Europa League.

We have selected the top Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference 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.

Champions League 2022 Betting Offers

New Customer

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Featured Offers

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Get your single bets paid out if the team you back goes 2 goals ahead - for multiple bets the selection will be marked as a winner with bet365.

Applies to pre-match single and multiple bets on the standard Full Time Result market for applicable competitions. Only available to new and eligible customers. Bet restrictions and T&Cs apply.

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Existing Customer Promotions

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2022 Upcoming Champions League Fixtures

Round Draw Date First Leg Second Leg
Match 1 26 August 2021 14-15 September 2021
Match 2 28-29 September 2021
Match 3 19-20 October 2021
Match 4 2-3 November 2021
Match 5 23-24 November 2021
Match 6 7-8 December 2021
Last 16 13 December 2021 15-16 & 22-23 February 2022 8-9 & 15-16 March 2022
Quarter-Finals 19 March 2021 5-6 April 2022 12-13 April 2022
Semi-Finals 26-27 April 2022 3-4 May 2022
Final 28 May 2022

2022 Champions League Final

Fixture Date Stadium
Liverpool v Real Madrid Saturday 28th May Stade de France, Paris*

* Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg was stripped of the 2022 final owing to the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia


Fixture Date Stadium
Man City v Real Madrid Tuesday 26th April The Etihad
Liverpool v Villareal Wednesday 27th April Anfield
Villareal v Liverpool Tuesday 3rd May Estadio de la Ceramica
Real Madrid v Man City Wednesday 4th May Santiago Bernabéu


Fixture Date Stadium
Benfica v Liverpool Tuesday 5th April Estadio da Luz
Man City v Atlético Madrid Tuesday 5th April The Etihad
Chelsea v Real Madrid Wednesday 6th April Stamford Bridge
Villareal v Bayern Munich Wednesday 6th April Estadio de la Ceramica
Bayern Munich v Villareal Tuesday 12th April Allianz Arena
Real Madrid v Chelsea Tuesday 12th April Santiago Bernabéu
Atlético Madrid v Man City Wednesday 13th April Wanda Metropolitano
Liverpool v Benfica Wednesday 13th April Anfield

Last 16

Fixture Date Stadium
PSG v Real Madrid Tuesday 15th February Parc des Princes
Sporting Lisbon v Man City Tuesday 15th February José Alvalade
Red Bull Salzburg v Bayern Munich Wednesday 16th February Red Bull Arena
Inter Milan v Liverpool Wednesday 16th February San Siro
Chelsea v Lille Tuesday 22nd February Stamford Bridge
Villareal v Juventus Tuesday 22nd February Estadio de la Cerámica
Atletico Madrid v Man United Wednesday 23rd February Wanda Metropolitano
Benfica v Ajax Wednesday 23rd February Estádio da Luz
Bayern Munich v Red Bull Salzburg Tuesday 8th March Allianz Arena
Liverpool v Inter Milan Tuesday 8th March Anfield
Man City v Sporting Lisbon Wednesday 9th March The Etihad
Real Madrid v PSG Wednesday 9th March Santiago Bernabéu
Ajax v Benfica Tuesday 15th March Johan Cruijff ArenA
Man United v Atletico Madrid Tuesday 15th March Old Trafford
Juventus v Villareal Wednesday 16th March Juventus Stadium
Lille v Chelsea Wednesday 16th March Stade Pierre Mauroy

2022 Europa League Final

Fixture Date Stadium
Rangers v Frankfurt Wednesday 18th May Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

Champions League Format


UEFAAfter 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 if these teams have already qualified through their league it means 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
  • 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.

Group Stages

football drawThere 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.

Knock-Out Stages

footballThe 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.

From 1965 until 2021 away goals counted, that meant if a match is drawn over two legs the team with the most goals away from home would go through.  If teams were equal on away goals the tie would progress to extra time and penalties.

The away goals rule was brought in to encourage away teams to attack at a time when home advantage was more significant.  In more recent times away goals have counted less as pitches are more consistent and advances such as VAR help equal things up.  If anything the away goals rule was preventing home teams attacking in fear of conceding a goal and so UEFA abolished the law for the 2021-22 season onwards.

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.

Format Changes For 2024-25

european super league twelve clubs logosFor the 2024-25 season the format of the Champions League will changes again.  Naturally they were never going to make it smaller and have expanded the number of teams from 32 to 36.  This will result in teams that qualify now playing eight games over the course of ten weeks in a new league phase. Original proposals suggested teams would play ten league phase matches but this was reduced to eight instead.

The group phase will be abandoned and instead all teams will compete in a single league.  Teams will play four home ties and four away ties but all against different opponents.  Points are awarded as standard; 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw with goal difference and then goals scored coming into play if teams are tied.

The top eight teams in the league go straight through to the last 16, teams places 9th to 24th enter into a two-legged play-off round with 9th-16th teams seeded in that draw.  The winners of the play-off ties join the other 8 in the last 16.  The knockout stage is played as before.

The qualification system will work in the same way for the original 32 places.  The additional four places will be filled as follows:

  • An additional place to the 3rd placed team in the country ranked 5th in the UEFA ranking
  • An additional place for a domestic league champion through the ‘Champions Path
  • Two places awarded to the countries that performed the best in the previous season of UEFA competitions (how those places will be allocated remains to be seen and it may be up to the countries themselves to give out the sports, such as to the 5th placed team in the league or to the winners of the domestic cup).

Plans to award two places to teams with the highest UEFA coefficients who did not qualify were also abandoned on the basis it would act a safety net to the bigger teams who have a bad season.

The idea behind the changes being flouted is it will give teams more to play for for longer in the league phase vs the group phase.  In reality we know that the real reason is it adds at two extra games for each team along with a whole play-off round of 16 fixtures.  This gives them more matches to sell as part of TV and commercial deals.

Quite how this is supposed to fit in with already hectic domestic and international schedules along with a new enlarged club world cup and an enlarged World Cup remains to be seen.  Similar plans are being rolled out for the Europa League (8 game league phase) and Europa Conference League (6 game league phase), both of which will have 36 berths.

Previous Winners

Year Winner Host City
2022 ? Paris
2021 Chelsea Porto
2020 Bayern Munich Lisbon
2019 Liverpool Madrid
2018 Real Madrid Kiev
2017 Real Madrid Cardiff
2016 Real Madrid Milan
2015 Barcelona Berlin
2014 Real Madrid Lisbon
2013 Bayern Munich London
2012 Chelsea Munich
2011 Barcelona London
2010 Inter Milan Madrid
2009 Barcelona Rome
2008 Manchester United Moscow
2007 AC Milan Athens
2006 Barcelona Saint-Denis
2005 Liverpool Istanbul
2004 Porto Gel’kirchen
2003 AC Milan Manchester
2002 Real Madrid Glasgow
2001 Bayern Munich Milan
2000 Real Madrid Saint-Denis
1999 Manchester United Barcelona
1998 Real Madrid Amsterdam
1997 Borussia Dortmund Munich
1996 Juventus Rome
1995 Ajax Vienna
1994 AC Milan Athens
1993 Marseille Munich
1992 Barcelona London
1991 Red Star BVelgrade Bari
1990 AC Milan Vienna
1989 AC Milan Barcelona
1988 PSV Eindhoven Stuttgart
1987 Porto Vienna
1986 Steaua Bucharest Seville
1985 Juventus Brussels
1984 Liverpool Rome
1983 Hamburg Athens
1982 Aston Villa Rotterdam
1981 Liverpool Paris
1980 Nottingham Forest Madrid
1979 Nottingham Forest Munich
1978 Liverpool London
1977 Liverpool Rome
1976 Bayern Munich Glasgow
1975 Bayern Munich Paris
1974 Bayern Munich Brussels
1973 Ajax Belgrade
1972 Ajax Rotterdam
1971 Ajax London
1970 Feyenoord Milan
1969 AC Milan Madrid
1968 Manchester United London
1967 Celtic Lisbon
1966 Real Madrid Brussels
1965 Inter Milan Milan
1964 Inter Milan Vienna
1963 AC Milan London
1962 Benfica Amsterdam
1961 Benfica Bern
1960 Real Madrid Glasgow
1959 Real Madrid Stuttgart
1958 Real Madrid Brussels
1957 Real Madrid Madrid
1956 Real Madrid Paris

Most Successful European Cup Teams

Team Number Wins Years
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
Juventus 2 1996, 1985
Benfica 2 1962, 1961
Nottingham Forest 2 1980, 1979
Porto 2 2004, 1987
Chelsea 2 2012, 2021
Celtic 1 1967
Hamburg 1 1983
Steau Bucharest 1 1896
Marseille 1 1993
Borussia Dortmund 1 1997
Feyenoord 1 1970
Aston Villa 1 1982
PSV Eindhoven 1 1988
Red Star Belgrade 1 1991

Most Successful British Teams

Team European Cups 2nd Place Played / Won % Wins
Liverpool 6 3 227 / 129 56.83%
Manchester United 3 2 285 / 157 55.09%
Nottingham Forest 2 5 20 / 12 60%
Chelsea 2 1 181 / 92 50.83%
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 1 94 / 51 54.26%
Tottenham 0 1 55 / 25 45.45%

Data current to end of 2021 Campaign and includes European Cup and Champions League

Future Champions League Final Venues

Year Stadium City Country Previous Finals
2022 Krestovsky Stadium Saint Petersburg Russia Never
2023 Allianz Arena Munich Germany 2012
2024 Wembley London UK 2011, 2013 (1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1992: Old Wembley)

History of the European Cup / Champions League

Early Days

Starred FootballIn 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.

European Cup

Champions League TrophyThe 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

Real MadridThe 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 & 2021 Special Years

sports cancelledThe corona 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.

Much of the 2020-21 season was also held behind closed doors with the competition starting late due to the delayed end to the 2020 campaign.  The lack of fans and compacted domestic and European schedules meant many of the top teams faltered.  Man City reached their first final, at last, in an all English affair against Chelsea, who were not expected to get that far.  City were favourites but the occasion got the better of them and it was Chelsea, with their new manager Thomas Tuchel who had only taken over in January, who took their second title.  PSG will be particularly annoyed given Tuchel failed to win it with them, including losing the 2020 final, but was able to get over the line with Chelsea at the first attempt.

2021 Group Stages

Group A

Man City PSG RB Leipzig Club Brugge
Man City 24th Nov 15th Sep 3rd Nov
PSG 28th Sep 19th Oct 7th Dec
RB Leipzig 7th Dec 3rd Nov 28th Sep
Club Brugge 19th Oct 15th Sep 24th Nov

Group B

Atlético Madrid Liverpool Porto AC Milan
Atlético Madrid 19th Oct 15th Sep 24th Nov
Liverpool 3rd Nov 24th Nov 15th Nov
Porto 7th Dec 28th Sep 19th Oct
AC Milan 28th Sep 7th Dec 3rd Nov

Group C

Sporting CP Borussia Dortmund Ajax Beşiktaş
Sporting CP 24th Nov 15th Sep 3rd Nov
Borussia Dortmund 28th Sep 3rd Nov 7th Dec
Ajax 7th Dec 19th Oct 28th Sep
Beşiktaş 19th Oct 15th Sep 24th Nov

Group D

Inter Milan Real Madrid Shakhtar Donetsk Sheriff Tiraspol
Inter Milan 15th Sep 24th Nov 19th Oct
Real Madrid 7th Dec 3rd Nov 28th Sep
Shakhtar Donetsk 28th Sep 19th Oct 7th Dec
Sheriff Tiraspol 3rd Nov 24th Nov 15th Sep

Group E

Bayern Munich Barcelona Benfica Dynamo Kyiv
Bayern Munich 8th Dec 2nd Nov 29th Sep
Barcelona 14th Sep 23rd Nov 20th Oct
Benfica 20th Oct 29th Sep 8th Dec
Dynamo Kyiv 23rd Nov 2nd Nov 14th Sep

Group F

Villarreal Man United Atalanta Young Boys
Villarreal 23rd Nov 14th Sep 2nd Nov
Man United 29th Sep 20th Oct 8th Dec
Atalanta 8th Dec 2nd Nov 29th Sep
Young Boys 20th Oct 14th Sep 23rd Nov

Group G

Lille Sevilla Red Bull Salzburg VfL Wolfsburg
Lille 20th Oct 23rd Nov 14th Sep
Sevilla 2nd Nov 14th Sep 23rd Nov
Red Bull Salzburg 29th Sep 8th Dec 20th Oct
VfL Wolfsburg 8th Dec 29th Sep 2nd Nov

Group H

Chelsea Juventus Zenit Saint Petersburg Malmö FF
Chelsea 23rd Nov 14th Sep 20th Oct
Juventus 29th Sep 2nd Nov 8th Dec
Zenit Saint Petersburg 8th Dec 20th Oct 29th Sep
Malmö FF 2nd Nov 14th Sep 23rd Nov

2021 Knockout Stages


Fixture Date Stadium
Man City v Chelsea Saturday 29th May Estadio do Dragao, Porto
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