Champions League Betting Tips
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Champions League Betting Tips

Champions League Betting Tips

The Champions League is back and as Europe's elite teams head back to the pitch fans will also be allowed back in stadiums to see all of the games live. Throughout the season at Bet UK we’ll have all the Champions League betting tips alongside the top betting markets for every game and the outright winner of the competition so you’ll never miss a game.

The Champions League is back for the knockout stages, and after some interesting results in the first part of the group stages, here at Bet UK, we’re expecting fireworks. As always, we’ll have all of the latest online betting odds for every game in the Champions League group stages, so whether you’re looking for the first goalscorer or game-winner, our football betting markets have everything you need. Starting off, we have our betting tips for Tuesday's action:

Semi-Final Betting Tips

Liverpool Vs Villarreal

1st leg date - Wednesday 27th April 2022

2nd leg date - Tuesday 3rd May 2022

1st leg venue - Anfield, Liverpool

2nd leg venue - El Madrigal, Villarreal

Favourite - Liverpool - 2/13 to progress

Overview

Liverpool come into this fixture as heavy favourites; however, as Bayern Munich found out in the Quarter Finals, you can’t take Unai Emery’s Villarreal lightly. The Spanish side had their backs against the wall for the entirety of the two legs but came out on top by converting their only two shots on target. Liverpool on the other hand blew away Benfica with their dynamic offence but will be concerned by the number of goals conceded in recent games.

Recent La Liga fixtures have made it very clear that Emery is putting his entire focus on the Champions League, resting players in La Liga fixtures when they weren’t too far off the Champions League positions.

Villarreal’s goal threat mainly comes down the left-hand side where the pacy duo of former Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma and Samuel Chukwueze link up. Typically, Villarreal start their games in a narrow diamond then after bringing on Chukwueze they begin to push out and create space, this means that Trent Alexander-Arnold will likely be under immense pressure and will be a key figure in Liverpool’s game, Trent has shown a massive improvement in his defensive game and if he can control the game from the right side, Villarreal will struggle to deal with them.

Betting Tip

It’s clear that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be a key figure in this game, especially as Liverpool will hope to create space in Villarreal’s compact midfield. So, we’re backing Trent Alexander-Arnold to get an assist here.

Trent Alexander-Arnold assist - 15/8

Final Score Prediction

Villarreal will perform better than most expect in this game as they’re significantly tougher opposition than given credit for. We do think Liverpool will come out on top but it’ll likely be a cagey affair.

Final Score 1-0: 15/2

Manchester City Vs Real Madrid

1st leg date - Tuesday 26th April 2022

2nd leg date - Wednesday 4th May 2022

1st leg venue - Etihad Stadium, Manchester

2nd leg venue - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Favourite - Manchester City - ⅓ to progress

Overview

After providing the tie of the round in the Quarters, Real Madrid will look to eliminate English opposition in back-to-back rounds. This feat has been attempted ten times with only two clubs successful - Bayern in 2012/13 and AC Milan in 2006/07, Madrid attempted it last season when they beat Liverpool but lost to eventual winners Chelsea, could they lose to eventual winners this year? The betting odds suggest that Manchester City are one of the favourites to win the tournament. One man that stands in Pep Guardiola’s way of making that theory a reality is Karim Benzema, Madrid’s star talisman has 12 goals in 9 Champions League appearances this season including four goals against Chelsea in the last round.

Chelsea became the first team to eliminate Atletico and Real Madrid in the same season last year, could Manchester City join them and get to the final? If they show the same sternness and energy that they did against Atletico, we’d definitely back them to do just that. They’ve shown in other games that they can blow the opposition away with their flawless footballing ability; however, questions were raised about City’s ability to outfight and battle their way to victory, and those questions were undoubtedly answered against Atletico.

Betting Tip

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from Real Madrid’s matches this year, it’s that the opposition right-back either fails to track the defender or they get a yellow card. Reece James’ did an admirable job of keeping Vinicius Jr quiet in the second leg but he still ended up with a yellow card, same can be said for Achraf Hakimi in the PSG fixture. Therefore, we’re backing Kyle Walker to pick up a yellow card.

Kyle Walker to be carded - 14/5

Prediction

This game has all the potential to be a goal-fest. However, Real Madrid specialises in something that Manchester City struggle with, being clinical in front of goal. We believe that City will dominate the game but only head to the Bernabeu with a one-goal advantage.

Final Score 2-1: 7/1

Villarreal have Liverpool in their sights after one of the biggest underdog stories in history! Can a depleted Liverpool avoid disappointment against Unai Emery's side?

Champions League FAQs

Q. Where is the Champions League Final?

After being rescheduled and played in Lisbon at the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, the Champions League Final was scheduled to be held at the Saint Petersburg Gazprom Arena on 28th May 2022. However, the venue will now take place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Q. What time is the Champions League Final?

The Champions League Final will kick off at 20:00 (BST)

Q. What channel is the Champions League Final on?

The Champions League final will be broadcast in the UK on BT Sport.

Q. What is the format of the Champions League?

The Champions League consists of two stages, the group stages and the knockout stages. During the group stages, the teams drawn in each of the eight groups will play each other twice, the top two teams will progress to the knockout stage and the third-place team move across to the Europa League knockout competition. During the knockout stage of the Champion League, teams will play each other twice with the winner from both legs progressing until only two teams remain in the final.

Champions League Group Stages

Group A

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Man City 4 / 0 / 2 18 / 10 / +8 12
2nd PSG 3 / 2 / 1 13 / 8 / +5 11
3rd RB Leipzig 2 / 1 / 3 15 / 14 / +1 7
4th Club Brugge 1 / 1 / 4 6 / 20 / -14 4

Group B

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Liverpool 6 / 0 / 0 17 / 6 / +11 18
2nd Atletico Madrid 2 / 1 / 3 7 / 8 / -1 7
3rd FC Porto 1 / 2 / 3 4 / 11 / -7 5
4th Milan 1 / 1 / 4 6 / 9 / -3 4

Group C

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Ajax 6 / 0 / 0 20 / 5 / +15 18
2nd Sporting Lisbon 3 / 0 / 3 14 / 12 / +2 9
3rd Borussia Dortmund 3 / 0 / 3 10 / 11 / -1 9
4th Besiktas 0 / 0 / 6 3 / 19 / -16 0

Group D

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Real Madrid 5 / 0 / 1 14 / 3 / +11 15
2nd Inter Milan 3 / 1 / 2 8 / 5 / +3 10
3rd Sheriff 2 / 1 / 3 7 / 11 / -4 7
4th Shakhtar Donetsk 0 / 2 / 4 2 / 12 / -10 2

Group E

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Bayern Munich 6 / 0 / 0 22 / 3 / +19 18
2nd Benfica 2 / 2 / 2 7 / 9 / -2 8
3rd FC Barcelona 2 / 1 / 3 2 / 9 / -7 7
4th Dynamo Kyiv 0 / 1 / 5 1 / 11 / -10 1

Group F

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Manchester United 3 / 2 / 1 11 / 8 / +3 11
2nd Villarreal 3 / 1 / 2 12 / 9 / +3 10
3rd Atalanta 1 / 3 / 2 12 / 13 / -1 6
4th Young Boys 1 / 2 / 3 7 / 12 / -5 5

Group G

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Lille 3 / 2 / 1 7 / 4 / +3 11
2nd Red Bull Salzburg 3 / 1 / 2 8 / 6 / +2 10
3rd Sevilla 1 / 3 / 2 5 / 5 / 0 6
4th Wolfsburg 1 / 2 / 3 5 / 10 / -5 5

Group H

Position Team W / D / L GF / GA / GD Pts
1st Juventus 5 / 0 / 1 10 / 6 / +4 15
2nd Chelsea 4 / 1 / 1 13 / 4 / +9 13
3rd Zenit 1 / 2 / 3 10 / 10 / 0 5
4th Malmo 0 /1 / 5 1 / 14 / -13 1

Champions League History

Originally titled the 'Coupe des Clubs Champions Européens' (European Champions Cup in French), the UEFA Champions League is a prestigious competition with a decorated history. This competition was originally only opened up to teams who had won their league and was contested in a straight-up knockout format, in contrast to the Group Stage and knockout format we witness today.

The competition was dominated in its early stages by Real Madrid who won all of the first five competitions before being beaten by Barcelona in 1960/61, Barcelona would eventually be defeated by Benfica in the final. This would be Barcelona's only final appearance until 1986 when they also lost to underdogs Steaua București 2-0 on penalties after missing all of their four spot-kicks. In 1997, the rules changed to add runners-up from the most prestigious leagues to the competition and then changed once again in 1999 to add 3rd and 4th placed competitors.

However, this just led to further dominance by stronger leagues, the chances of minnow teams winning the competition have faded with Jose Mourinho's FC Porto being the only winner that hasn't featured from Spain, England or Germany in that period.

22 sides have won the competition in 67 seasons, Spain has the most winners with 18, England second with 14 and Italy in 3rd with twelve. Germany (8), Netherlands (6) and Portugal (4) are the only other nations that have had more than one winner. Meanwhile, France, Romania, Scotland and Yugoslavia have all had one winner. Remarkably, the last three competitions have all had a club reach the final for the first time, Tottenham Hotspur (2019), Paris Saint Germain (2020) and Manchester City (2021), all lost in their first finals. The last time this happened was in 1975 when five debutants all lost their opening finals, for the same thing to happen this season, we would need to see Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Salzburg, Lille or Villarreal reach the final, which isn't something we'd back in our betting tips.

2022-04-19