Champions League predictions: Odds & betting tips Jul 2024

Our free UEFA Champions League betting guide is updated for every round of games. Take a look at the latest predictions from our Football Whispers tipsters.
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Date
Fixture
Prediction

17th July

⚽ Petrocub vs Ordabasy

Both teams to score - Yes

16th July

⚽ Celje vs Flora

Over 2.5 goals

16th July

⚽ Decic vs TNS

TNS to win

Football Whispers Champions League Predictions Today

These are our top free tips for the 2024/25 Champions League. Keep an eye on the odds, which are always subject to change.

Petrocub vs Ordabasy: Both teams to score – Yes

The first of our Champions League betting tips comes from this match up between Kazakhstan based Ordabasy and their Moldovan hosts, Petrocub. We're backing both teams to score. Yes, the first leg ended goalless but that does not tell the whole story. Both sides have seen the majority of their recent fixtures feature goals at both ends with Petrocub seeing four of their last five end with goals at both ends and Ordabasy with three of their past five end the same way. Then there is the detail behind their first leg meeting. It wasn't a cagey affair; there 22 goal attempts in the match!

Kick-Off: 18:00 BST, 17/07/2024

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Celje vs Flora: Over 2.5 goals

We now turn our attention to a total goals wager and we're betting this match up between Celje and Flora produces at least three goals. Both sides have averaged 3.0 goals per game across their respective last four matches whilst the first leg proved that there will be plenty of goal action in the match; the first leg featured five goals – all of them being scored by Celje .

Kick-Off: 18:00 BST, 16/07/2024

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Decic vs TNS: TNS to win

An away game in any European competition – at any stage – is going to be a tough match but we cannot see past TNS winning this match as they visit Decic. For starters, Decic's home advantage is reduced with the game not actually being played at their regular home ground. On top of that the form guide of the two sides contrasts massively; Decic have lost four games on the spin. TNS meanwhile have won four of their last five. The first leg saw TNS ease to a 3-0 win too, which cannot be ignored.

Kick-Off: 20:00 BST, 16/07/2024

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*All odds provided were correct at the time of publication but will be subject to change.

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Champions League Tips – Outright Predictions

The final section of this article is reserved for exploring what teams could well win the Champions League this season. As you are aware, there are many contenders who could make it through to the final and lift the trophy, but we do have a few teams to direct you towards before you make any outright wagers. Whatever the outcome, you'll want to make sure you take a gander at the bet365 bonus code and the William Hill sign up promo code.

Man City @ 9/4 (3.25)

Man City might have fallen at the quarter-final stage last season as they were downed by eventual winners Real Madrid but few would argue that City are the best side in the world from a pure performance perspective right now. With Pep Guardiola at the helm and elite players in every position, it's hard to argue against them being favourites. They do, however, need to prove themselves to be more than a one-time winner in this competition.

Real Madrid @ 3/1 (4.00)

We've just said that Man City are the best side in the world. There will be a host of Real Madrid fans incensed at that sentence. They'd have a strong argument against the statement too because, at the end of the day, football is a results business and Real Madrid get results. With no disrespect intended, Los Blancos won the Champions League last season with Joselu as their main striker. They've added Endrick and Kylian Mbappe to their squad this summer and, as such, will take some stopping. Again.

Arsenal @ 9/1 (10.00)

Third in the Champions League outright betting is Premier League side Arsenal. The Gunners have looked a much better side over the last couple of years with Mikel Arteta very much getting a tune out of his side as they've threatened to win the league title in England. On a pure quality level they could definitely win the Champions League but you do feel that they're unlikely to go all the way on both fronts and, if push comes to shove, Arteta is likely to prioritise the league rather than the Champions League.

*Odds provided by bet365 and will be subject to change.

Popular Betting Markets on the Champions League

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Top Goalscorer Odds

‘Who will be the top goalscorer?’ is a widely popular question when it comes to Champions League predictions. The likely contenders for the prize are detailed below but make sure to check back soon as this will be updated with odds as the competition starts to take shape for 2024/25.

  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Harry Kane
  • Erling Haaland

Penalty Shootout

This is a very cool market for wagering on, especially in the knockout stage. You can bet on whether or not there will be a penalty shootout. This will excite you plenty if other markets seem dull to you.

Name the Finalists

Bookies released this market and the options for those punters who think they can name both of the finalists who will play in showpiece game. If you dare to make an assumption, you can get some competitive odds on certain bookies.

To Reach the Final

If you are sure that a specific team would reach the final but aren't sure whether they would win, this market is perfect. If the odds satisfy you, then go ahead and place the wager.

To finish in the Top 4

The semi-finals are less than a month away, and punters are going crazy guessing who will finish in the top four teams in this year's Champions League. If you can't find this wager on your favourite bookmaker platform, you can request it if they have the feature available.

Champions League – Unique Special Markets

Like any football tournament, bookies love releasing Special markets to their customers. Thanks to them, punters relax and do something different than the regular outright or BTTS markets. As expected, some bookmakers offer unique Special markets for the Champions League this year. Some of them are described below.

Accumulators (ACCAs)

Accumulators are prevalent types of wagers with high payout potential. The trick is that you have to guess right all selections on your bet slip to get the reward from the combined odds. You can place them on multiple matches of the Champions League, and the best part is that you don't have to stake a large sum to win big.

Freekick Score

This market is unusual, and you probably won't find it anywhere, but if you know that a specific player is very capable of performing freekicks, then why not bet on it? You can request a wager via the bookie's request a bet feature and see what kind of odds they would offer you.

Player Assist

Another Special market to think about is to wager on whether a specific player would have an assist during the game. This market is mostly reserved for individual matches, and not outrights.

Winner Nationality/Top Goalscorer Nationality

The nationality markets aren’t directly related to the game, so they are considered specials, even if bookies put them in the outrights category. You will have to guess the nationality of the winning team or the top goalscorer. Again, if you don't find these bets, you can always request them.

Champions League Schedule

The Champions League Format

It doesn't feel like it was that long ago that we saw Real Madrid once again triumph in Europe's biggest club competition but already qualification for the 2025 tournament is close to getting underway with first round qualifying starting on July 9th. The draw for the main tournament will be held on 29th August and, after that has been completed, we'll have a very different competition awaiting us.

The new format sees the four team groups we've become accustomed to abandoned. Now we'll see all qualified teams divided into four pots based on their seeding. Two teams from each seeding pot will then be drawn and assigned to an eight team league. The teams will all play against one another but won't have the traditional home and away fixtures. Instead, each team will have a bit of a lottery as to which team they'll face at home and which they'll face away although that will be limited to facing one team from each seeding pot at home and the other away i.e. a team from seeding pot A has to play one game against each team from seeding pot B in their league, however, one of those teams will be faced at home and the other away.

After the league stage, a straight knockout competition unfolds.

Road to the Final

As we've already touched on, Champions League qualification begins on July 9th with the draw for the league stage coming on August 29th. Around three weeks later, September 17th, the league stage gets underway with eight matchday weeks then running a couple of weeks apart; this stretches through until the final league matchday on January when all the final league stage matches will be played for a blockbuster day of football.

The knockout rounds start on February 11th with the second legs played a week later. March sees the Round of 16 completed before April brings us the two-legged quarter-finals on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th and the semi-final first legs, which are due to be played on the last couple of days of the month. The second legs of the semi-finals are due the first week of May before the much anticipated final on May 31st 2025.

Champions League final: 31st May 2025

The 2025 Champions League will take place on May 31st 2025 and will be hosted in Germany at Bayern Munich's 70,000 capacity Allianz Arena. The Allianz Arena, which has a striking design as dreamed up by architects Herzog & de Meuron, previously held the Champions League's showpiece game back in 2011/12, which saw Chelsea beat Bayern on penalties. It has also played host to games during the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2020 and 2024 respectively meaning it's no stranger to big matches.

Champions League Betting – Frequently Asked Questions

How often are your UCL predictions updated?

We provide a match prediction for every game in the Champions League, from the group stage through to the final. On this page you'll find selected best bets, and can click through to a more detailed preview of any game.

What events does the Champions League consist of?

The UEFA Champions League begins with qualifiers very early in the season and eventually leads to the league stage which is followed by two-legged knockout ties all the way through to the final which is decided within 90-minutes, extra-time or penalties.

Will bookmakers release Champions League-specific bonuses this year?

We think that most established bookmakers would give bonuses related to the Champions League to their customers.

Where will the Champions League final be held?

The location of the final is the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

Who will win the Champions League in 2025?

The bookmaker odds have the usual suspects leading the way with the likes of Man City and Real Madrid likely to attract big money from punters.

Is betting on the Champions League legal outside of Europe?

Betting on the Champions League is legal from anywhere as long as it's done via a legal and licensed bookmaker or online platform.

Who won the Champions League in recent years?

Here's a breakdown of the last six Champions League winning teams:

  • 2024: Real Madrid
  • 2023: Man City
  • 2022: Real Madrid
  • 2021: Chelsea
  • 2020: Bayern Munich
  • 2019: Liverpool
  • 2018: Real Madrid

If you don't have a bookmaker, feel free to register for any of the mentioned bookies. They are all established and provide high-quality content to their customers, along with very competitive Champions League odds. You won't make a mistake joining anyone of the bookies described here.

You can even sign-up for multiple bookies if you like the odds offered on various platforms. We hope that this article helped you make a choice and learn a little more about Champions League betting.

last update : July 2024

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