Champions League Betting 2018
Champions League 2018 Free Bets
There will be a vast array of Champions League Free Bets on offer ahead of the final, although most of those specifically related to the game itself will only be made available in the days leading up to the match.
Champion League Accumulator
However, should you so wish, there are plenty of long-term offers that can be used now.
Champions League Free Bets that you could currently use include the various ‘Welcome Bonuses’ available from most of the major bookmakers, such as Coral and Ladbrokes, where any matched deposit bonuses can be used on almost any Champions League market you wish.
There are other alternatives, such as William Hill’s ‘Super Sub’ offer, which ensures that if you place a goalscorer bet and your selection is subbed, the bet will run onto the player who replaces them. For example, Yannick Carrasco scored after coming off the bench for Atletico Madrid to replace Augusto Fernandez in last season’s final.
Champions League Betting Offers and Enhanced odds
You can be 100% certain that there will numerous Champions League Betting Offers and Enhanced Odds available in the days leading up to the final on May 26th 2018.
If you are contemplating having a bet on one team to win the match within 90-minutes, you might well be best advised to hold fire until you see the Enhanced Odds offers available, as with many of the major bookmakers will be looking to attract new custom by offering hugely inflated odds on both the finalists – Juventus v Real Madrid.
Enhanced Odds are one of the most popular Champions League Free Bets available and you could get some very attractive prices.
Champions League Latest Betting Odds
Real Madrid will travel to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as favourites in Champions League betting to win for the 12th time and, in doing so, become the first team to retain the trophy since the Champions League was established in 1992.
Champions League Betting odds are limited at present, but in a couple of days there will be a full range of markets to bet on.
As it stands Real Madrid are priced at around 6/4 (2.50) to win in 90-minutes, Juventus 15/8 (2.88) and the draw at around 12/5 (3.40). In the outright market, Real are around 5/6 (1.83) to lift the trophy, with Juventus at 11/10 (2.10).
There will be even more more Champions League betting offers available over the coming weeks, including many markets related to individual players and specialist bets not usually available on regular matches.
Champions League History
The UEFA Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football and is one of the most prestigious club competitions in the world.
The competition, in its current format, was introduced in 1992 when it replaced the European Champion Clubs’ Cup.
To illustrate its worldwide popularity, the final of the 2012–13 competition was the most watched UEFA Champions League final, as well as the most watched annual sporting event in 2013. It drew in a huge 360 million television viewers.
In its current format, the Champions League begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The ten teams who get through this qualifying process enter the group stage, joining 22 other teams who qualified in advance.
The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four and play each other in a double round-robin system, similar to their domestic league format. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match on Saturday 3rd June at 19:45 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Since its initial inception in 1955, Real Madrid are the most successful club in the competition’s history. They have won the tournament 11 times, including its first five seasons. Spanish clubs have recorded the highest number of victories with 16 wins and are closely followed by England and Italy who have 12 wins apiece.
The competition has been won by 22 different clubs, of which 12 have won it more than once. Since the tournament changed name and structure in 1992, no club has managed consecutive wins. AC Milan remain the last holders of the competition to successfully defend their title after doing so in the 1989–90 season.
Last Year’s Champions League Final
In 2015/16, Real Madrid clinched their 11th title after their second final victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in three seasons. It was also the third all-Spanish final, after Real faced Valencia in the final in 2000 and the sixth final in total between teams from the same country.
The game at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza ended in a 1-1 draw after 90-minutes, with Sergio Ramos giving Real an early lead before Yannick Carrasco drew Atletico level late on. That led to extra-time and eventually penalties where Los Blancos prevailed 5:3.
Champions League Records
Most Successful Clubs in Champions League History
Real Madrid – 11 Titles
- AC Milan – 7
- Bayern Munich – 5
- Liverpool / Barcelona – 5
- Ajax – 4
Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Liverpool and Real Madrid make up an elite group of European teams who, following a ruling introduced in the 1968/69 season, have been able to keep the cup on the basis of having won the competition either five times or three years in a row.
Ajax are the only club in the list who have not won the trophy five times but won the cup three years in a row between 1971 and 1973.
Top Goal Scorers in Champions League History prior to final of 2016/17 Season (excluding qualifiers):
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 103 goals
- Lionel Messi – 94
- Raúl – 71
- Ruud van Nistelrooy – 56
- Karim Benzema – 51
- Thierry Henry – 50
- Alfredo Di Stéfano – 49
- Andriy Shevchenko – 48
- Eusébio – 46
- Filippo Inzaghi – 46
- Didier Drogba – 44
The personal rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has continued this season, with the Argentinean netting 11 Champions League goals and the Portuguese striker bagging 10 to date.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani scored eight goals apiece this season.
Messi and Ronaldo are favourites to top the scoring charts again but as you would expect, it’s hard to find value on a market that they excel in so regularly. However, if you back either player with 888Sport, they will pay out treble the odds on your first bet.
Other players to consider for any goalscorer betting that we have not mentioned yet include; Man City’s Sergio Agüero, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.
Three easy steps to get Champions League free bets
1. Choose a free bet; take a look at our extensive list of free bets, check the main conditions for wagering requirements and click ‘CLAIM IT NOW when you see an offer you like.
2. Register with the online bookmaker; complete the online registration form and enter the promotion code where appropriate, you’ll need to declare your payment details so have them handy. You must be able to trust your bookmaker with your financial details, Freebets.com only promotes reputable bookmakers and you can read our reviews in the Bookmakers section
3. Deposit some funds and place a bet; in most instances you can deposit as little as £5 or £10, but this will restrict the size of your free bet. We recommend starting out with the smaller free bet offers until you find your feet and go with those that match your first bet or deposit or even give you more than your first bet or deposit.
Champions League Betting Tips
The Champions League Final is now the most eagerly anticipated game in the football calendar, with viewers from around the world glued to TVs, desktops and mobile devices to watch the action unfold.
This year’s final (Juventus v Real Madrid) is a potential classic, with both teams fully deserving their place in Cardiff. In addition, Real Madrid have already seen off Italian opposition in Napoli, whilst Juventus accounted for Spanish giants, Barcelona.
Real Madrid have a number of players capable of winning a game with a moment of brilliance, but they are not always the most convincing defensively.
Juventus have a vastly experienced squad, a rock solid defence and, in former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, a player who will be desperate to put one over his former club. There’s also the added factor of Real being managed by former Juventus star Zinedine Zidane.
There will be plenty of Champions League betting tips in the weeks ahead but, as things stand, Juventus look the value bet to win the Champions League outright, whilst Higuain could be worth a punt as an Anytime Goalscorer.
Champions League Live Streaming
The Champions League final will be screened live on BT Sport and is expected to be available to watch on free to air Freeview channel BT Sport Showcase.
You can also live stream the match on any device with the BT Sport app as long as you have an account. The match will also be shown on YouTube.