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This week's best bets in the UEFA Champions League from our football tipsters. Check our profitability for the season and get our latest UEFA Champions League betting tips & predictions.

Napoli v Liverpool (Tuesday 20:00 BST)

Last weekend could not have gone any better for Liverpool, who have made a flying start to their 2019/20 campaign. The Reds hit back from a goal down to beat Newcastle United 3-1 and maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season on Saturday, and later that day Manchester City crashed to a shock 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich City to allow the Merseyside giants to open up a five-point cushion at the summit. There is still a long, long way to go, but boss Jurgen Klopp has to be thrilled with his team’s start and he will be eager to see them transform their flawless form over to the European scene when they kick off the defence of their Champions League crown on Tuesday night.

Liverpool are facing familiar opposition in the form of Napoli, who twice went head-to-head with the Reds in the group stage of last season’s competition. The two teams shared the points as they each won 1-0 on their home patch last time round, but will we see similar scenes in this latest meeting?

While Liverpool have raced out of the blocks this season, Napoli have endured something of a rollercoaster ride over the first few weeks. They opened up with a thrilling 4-3 win at Fiorentina that saw all seven goals come in the first 67 minutes of the game, and a week later they were involved in a match that had the exact same scoreline, although this time it did not go in their favour. Napoli appeared to be dead and buried when they trailed champions Juventus 3-0 just after the hour mark, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side came storming back with three goals in the space of 15 minutes to miraculously level it up. However, there was heartbreak in added time as an own goal gifted all of the spoils to Juventus, leaving Ancelotti’s men in need of a lift when they hosted Sampdoria last weekend. They got it in the form of a 2-0 win, setting them up nicely for this fixture.

So can Liverpool maintain their perfect start to the season, or will Napoli beat the Reds in Naples for the second season running?

This is a very close one to call. Napoli’s defence gives me cause for concern – they may have kept a clean sheet at the weekend, but that came against a Sampdoria side who have netted only once so far this season and were royally thumped by Sassuolo a week earlier. They are now coming up against a potent Liverpool attack with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah already in good scoring form early on, so if the hosts do not tighten up at the back they could be the creators of their own downfall on Tuesday night. But on the flip side, Liverpool are not exactly rock-solid at the back either. They may not be the car crash that they were prior to last season, but the absence of goalkeeper Alisson is a huge blow to them and they have now conceded in three of their four games so far. In Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Isigne they are coming up against a couple of players whose recent form matches that of Mane and Salah, so any slip-ups defensively could be punished here.

So all of this would suggest a thrilling affair full of goals, right? After all, Napoli have had a couple of epic 4-3 scorelines already this season and each of Liverpool’s matches have produced at least three goals. I do not see it playing out like that though. I expect both teams to be much more cautious in what is likely to be a tense affair. Neither side is going to want to begin with a defeat and we saw last season that these two can produce low-scoring affairs despite the firepower on show, so I am going with the draw here. It would be a decent result for a Liverpool side who did, after all, struggle on their travels in Europe last season, losing here in Naples, in Barcelona, in Paris and in Belgrade.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Man City (Wednesday 20:00 BST)

Manchester City dominated the domestic game last season as they completed a clean sweep of the silverware, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, but once again Champions League glory eluded them as they bowed out to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals and they will be desperate to make sure that this is the year they finally rule over the continent. So can City make a winning start when they head to familiar territory for their group stage opener on Wednesday night?

If there is a sense of déjà vu surrounding this trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk there should be – these two clubs have gone head-to-head in the group stage of the Champions League in each of the previous two seasons, with City usually coming out on top. The Manchester club ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium in September 2017 before losing a ‘dead rubber’, with a weakened team, a couple of months later. However, the Premier League champions did complete the double over Shakhtar last season, following up a 3-0 success in Ukraine with a 6-0 demolition at Eastlands, so it is no shock to see the bookmakers making City the odds-on favourites here.

They do not go into this match in fantastic form though. Having opened their Premier League campaign with a 5-0 rout of West Ham United, City dropped points in their second outing as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Spurs. They responded to that with back-to-back wins over Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion, but a surprise 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich City saw them fall five points behind Liverpool in the title race and it was hardly the ideal result ahead of this long trek to face Shakhtar.

Guardiola is hardly panicking though, jokingly congratulating ‘September champions’ Liverpool, and who can blame him. There will be plenty more twists and turns between now and the end of the season and his team have hardly become a bad side overnight. Shock results like the loss at Carrow Road will occur from time to time but they should not dampen the confidence that City can roll into the Metalist Stadium and leave with all three points in the bag. Shakhtar have been in flawless form at the start of their domestic league campaign, reeling off seven straight victories to storm seven points clear at the summit, but they clearly have not faced a team anywhere near the calibre of this Manchester City outfit and that is highlighted by those previous meetings.

So it is not a case of will City win, more how will they win and how can we back them. Short odds have plagued us in our search for a good price, so we have turned to Paddy Power’s Same Game Multi feature where there is a very, very tempting bet to be had. City overcoming a one-goal handicap feels like something of a banker bet and that can confidently be backed alongside a goal to be scored in both halves – not one single match involving Manchester City or Shakhtar Donetsk so far this season has feature a goalless half! And the final leg of this multi-bet needs very little to back it up – Sergio Aguero to score anytime. In the space of five league games Aguero has already scored seven goals and that means he is already a third of the way to matching his Premier League tallies in each of the last two seasons. So how can we not fancy his chances of scoring here! 


Champions League Winner


June 12Preliminary Round Draw
June 19First & Second Qualifying Round Draws
June 26Preliminary Round Semi-Finals
June 29Preliminary Round Final
July 10/11First Qualifying Round, First Legs
July 17/18First Qualifying Round, Second Legs
July 23Third Qualifying Round Draw
July 24/25Second Qualifying Round, First Legs
July 31/August 1Second Qualifying Round, Second Legs
August 6Play-off Round Draw
August 7/8Third Qualifying Round, First Legs
August 14Third Qualifying Round, Second Legs
August 21/22Play-off Round, First Legs
August 28/29Play-off Round, Second Legs
August 30Group Stage Draw
September 18/19Group Stage Matchday One
October 2/3Group Stage Matchday Two
October 23/24Group Stage Matchday Three
November 6/7Group Stage Matchday Four
November 27/28Group Stage Matchday Five
December 11/12Group Stage Matchday Six
December 17Last-16 Draw
February 12/13
February 19/20
Last 16, First Legs
March 5/6
March 12/13
Last-16, Second Legs
March 15Quarter-Final Draw
April 9/10
April 16/17
Quarter-Final, First Legs
April 19Semi-Final Draw
April 30/May 1Semi-Finals, First Legs
May 7/8Semi-Finals, Second Legs
June 1Final (Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid)


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Outright betting on UEFA Champions League remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the top club competition in European football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

UEFA Champions League outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on potential winners, finalists etc, and these Champions League prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

UEFA Champions League Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will be crowned European champions at the end of the UEFA Champions League Final. The usual suspects – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich – are at the head of the betting, but that does not mean you cannot make a healthy profit by successfully backing one of them because the bookmakers do not tend to go too short with their odds prior to the start of the competition. So no matter who you back, a tidy profit is on the cards if you successfully predict the winner before UEFA Champions League gets underway. And if you want to wait and see how teams perform you can because this market will be available up until the final itself. However, the odds for the favourites will undoubtedly shorten as the action unfolds. 

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the UEFA Champions League Trophy. This market offers an opportunity to make a nice profit because there is added risk – you will need two teams to reach the final, and not one, for this bet to be a winner. And because of how competitive the UEFA Champions League can be, even the shortest priced final can be backed at an appealing price before the season gets underway. But of course, once the action begins, those odds could shorten quickly.

To Reach Final

This UEFA Champions League betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to make the final. Fancy Liverpool to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will lift the trophy? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before, they will get shorter as the competition unfolds.

Group Winner

The first three markets I have discussed will not lead to a pay-out until the very end of the tournament, but if you want to bet on an outright market that pays out before the final then the ‘Group Winner’ one is the UEFA Champions League betting market for you. It is simple – just pick a group you wish to bet on and back a team to finish top of the table after all six rounds of fixtures have been played. However, if you are looking to make a profit betting on this market you may have to be selective in which groups you bet on because some will have clear favourites and others will be a lot more competitive.

Top Goalscorer

Again, this is another very simple betting market – you are betting on which player will score the most goals in the UEFA Champions League that season. The most talented strikers in world football grace this competition on an annual basis and that means there is no shortage of appealing options when it comes to this market. The question is, who do you pick? Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated this competition for several years now, but Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and many, many others will look to top the Portuguese’s scoring exploits, and with such a competitive field even the most lethal of strikers can be available at tempting odds before the UEFA Champions League gets underway.

UEFA Champions League Betting Tips: How To Bet On Matches

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Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive match – for example, Juventus v Real Madrid or Barcelona v Bayern Munich. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.


The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Barcelona are 1/4 to beat Roma, but that price offers very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back Barcelona to win the match, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Barcelona -2 to win the match is available at 15/8. So what does the -2 mean? It means Roma will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Barcelona must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Barcelona will win by a single goal so you could go Roma +2, which is available at 23/20. That means if Barcelona win the match 1-0 on the field, Roma will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.


Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Juventus and Real Madrid will be drawing at half-time but fancy Real Madrid to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Real Madrid, which is currently available at 5/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Barcelona to win by 1 goal, Barcelona to win by 2 goals, Barcelona to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Barcelona to beat Roma at 1/4, which is hardly appealing, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Schalke to win by 2 goals in this instance would offer a higher price of 3/1.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Bayern Munich to beat Borussia Dortmund but want a bigger price than 4/9. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 8/5 on Bayern to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Dortmund to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Manchester City face Liverpool you may be expecting City to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Manchester City/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 5/2. It does not matter if Manchester City win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.


There is no bigger prize in European club football than the UEFA Champions League crown and 22 different clubs have been crowned European Champions since the competition was first launched - as the European Cup - back in 1955.

No club has been more successful than Spanish giants Real Madrid, who boast a host of European Cup/UEFA Champions League records. Los Blancos have won this competition a record-setting 13 times, with their latest success coming in 2016/17, and they have appeared in the final more times than any other club, having reach the finale on 16 occasions.

Star man Cristiano Ronaldo is the competition's all-time leading goalscorer and he also holds the honours for the most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League campaign having netted a staggering 17 times during the 2013/14 campaign.

Juventus have suffered the most UEFA Champions League Final disappointments having lost in the European finale on seven occasions, but the Italian giants have at least won the competition on two occasions. Atletico Madrid have not been so unfortunate - they boast the unwanted record of the most UEFA Champions League Final appearances without a victory, having lost in three of them.

And when it comes to countries, no nation has enjoyed more success in this European competition than Spain. Real Madrid and Barcelona have combined for 18 European Cup/UEFA Champions League successes over the years - five more than Italy and England.



MOST CONSECUTIVE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLES: 5 - Real Madrid (1955/56. 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60)






MOST GOALS IN A UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEASON: Cristiano Ronaldo - 17 (2013/14)

MOST SUCCESSFUL MANAGER: 3 - Bob Paisley (1977, 1978, 1981), Carlo Ancelotti (2003, 2007, 2014)


1955/56Real Madrid4-3Stade de Reims
1956/57Real Madrid2-0Fiorentina
1957/58Real Madrid3-2 (AET)AC Milan
1958/59Real Madrid2-0Stade de Reims
1959/60Real Madrid7-3Eintracht Frankfurt
1961/62Benfica5-3Real Madrid
1962/63AC Milan2-1Benfica
1963/64Inter Milan3-1Real Madrid
1964/65Inter Milan1-0Benfica
1965/66Real Madrid2-1Partizan Belgrade
1966/67Celtic2-1Inter Milan
1967/68Manchester United4-1 (AET)Benfica
1968/69AC Milan4-1Ajax
1969/70Feyenoord2-1 (AET)Celtic
1971/72Ajax2-0Inter Milan
1973/74Bayern Munich4-0 (AET)Atletico Madrid
1974/75Bayern Munich2-0Leeds United
1975/76Bayern Munich1-0St Etienne
197677Liverpool3-1Borussia Monchengladbach
1977/78Liverpool1-0Club Brugge
1978/79Nottingham Forest1-0Malmo
1979/80Nottingham Forest1-0Hamburg
1980/81Liverpool1-0Real Madrid
1981/82Aston Villa1-0Bayern Munich
4-2 pens
1985/86Steaua Bucharest0-0
2-0 pens
1986/87Porto2-1Bayern Munich
1987/88PSV Eindhoven0-0
6-5 pens
1988/89AC Milan4-0Steaua Bucharest
1989/90AC Milan1-0Benfica
1990/91Red Star Belgrade0-0
5-3 pens
1991/92Barcelona1-0 (AET)Sampdoria
1992/93Marseille1-0AC Milan
1993/94AC Milan4-0Barcelona
1994/95Ajax1-0AC Milan
4-2 pens
1996/97Borussia Dortmund3-1Juventus
1997/98Real Madrid1-0Juventus
1998/99Manchester United2-1Bayern Munich
1999/00Real Madrid3-0Valencia
2000/01Bayern Munich1-1
5-4 pens
2001/02Real Madrid2-1Bayer Leverkusen
2002/03AC Milan0-0
3-2 pens
3-2 pens
AC Milan
2006/07AC Milan2-1Liverpool
2007/08Manchester United1-1
6-5 pens
2008/09Barcelona2-0Manchester United
2009/10Inter Milan2-0Bayern Munich
2010/11Barcelona3-1Manchester United
4-3 pens
Bayern Munich
2012/13Bayern Munich2-1Borussia Dortmund
2013/14Real Madrid4-1 (AET)Atletico Madrid
2015/16Real Madrid1-1
5-3 pens
Atletico Madrid
2016/17Real Madrid4-1Juventus
2017/18Real Madrid3-1Liverpool

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