The group stage of the 2012/13 Champions League gets underway this week, and the bookmakers are lining up with free bet offers and special promotions for Wednesday night's games.
After much anticipation the second half of opening-game fixtures takes place on Wednesday night:
19:45 Barcelona v Spartak Moscow
19:45 Bayern Munich v Valencia
19:45 Celtic v Benfica
19:45 Chelsea v Juventus
19:45 Lille v BATE Borisov
19:45 Manchester United v Galatasaray
19:45 Shakhtar Donetsk v Nordsjaelland
19:45 Sporting Braga v CFR Cluj
All 16 sides involved will be looking to make a positive start to the group stage so the stakes are high, and the bookmakers are upping the ante further with a host of free bet offers and promotions that Bettingpro.com readers can take full advantage of.
However, you do not need to go hunting around the internet for the offer that suits you best, because we have the pick of the bunch here:
As a Bettingpro reader you can claim a £200 free bet when you open an account with bet365. Also, place a pre-match Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bet on any of Wednesday’s games and if it finishes 0-0, bet365 will refund all losing bets on those markets for that match.
Paddy Power are giving Bettingpro readers an exclusive £250 in free bets on the new season when you register for a new account. And if Chelsea v Juventus, Manchester United v Galatasaray or Celtic v Benfica ends in a draw, Paddy Power will refund losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles on that match.
Sign up at Ladbrokes using bonus code MAXIMUMBONUS and get a free £50 bet on the Champions League. They also have two money back offers for Wednesday night's action. If Eden Hazard scores the first or last goal in the Chelsea v Juventus match this evening, Ladbrokes will refund losing first goalscorer stakes as a free bet. And if Gary Hooper scores the first or last goal in the Celtic v Benfica match this evening, Ladbrokes will refund losing first goalscorer stakes as a free bet.
As a Bettingpro reader you receive a £25 free bet when you open an account at William Hill’s website. They have “Headline Offers” for the three games involving British clubs. For Chelsea v Juventus, they offer 7/2 on Fernando Torres to score and Chelsea to win and 7/1 on Sebastien Giovinco to score and Juventus to win. For Manchester United v Galatasaray, they offer 6/5 on Robin van Persie to score and United to win and 25/1 on Umut Bulut to score and Galatasaray to win. And finally, for Celtic v Benfica, they offer 10/1 on Kris Commons to score and Celtic to win and 7/2 on Oscar Cardozo to score and Benfica to win.
William Hill are offering two money back promotions for customers who use their mobile service to bet on Wednesday’s Champions League games. If your chosen match ends 0-0, Hills will refund losing Correct Score and Double Result bets on the match as a free bet. And if your chosen first goalscorer does not score the first goal but scores the second, they will refund your losing stake as a free bet.
Bettingpro readers can get a £30 free bet when they open a Coral account. And for Wednesday’s Champions League games, the bookmaker has pledged to refund losing first / last goalscorer and correct score bets if the last goal of your chosen match is scored directly from a penalty.
As a Bettingpro reader you can claim a £50 free bet when you open an account with Betfred. And for Chelsea v Juventus the bookmaker are offering their popular “Double Delight-Hat-trick Heaven” promotion. Under “Double Delight”, if your player scores the first goal and goes on to score another, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price. Under “Hat-Trick Heaven”, if your player scores the first and goes on to score a hat-trick, the firm will treble your first goalscorer price.
Boylesports offer Bettingpro readers a £40 free bet when you open an account at their website, and they also offer a cashback special on all Champions League games on Wednesday night. If your first goalscorer selection assists the first goal of your chosen Champions League match, the bookmaker will refund your losing first goalscorer bet.