Champions League Promotions and Bookmaker Bonus Offers

Written By: Richard Smith
Last Updated: May 28, 2024

We are now 100% into the new footie season and we are here to bring you all the best Champions League bets and bookmaker bonus offers.

On this page, we’ll be covering all of the action from the qualifying rounds right through to the UEFA Champions League Final, which this year is scheduled to take place in the beautiful and historic city of Istanbul.


Make sure not to miss the main group stages draw which is due to take place on either the 23rd or 24th of August.

There will be 32 teams entering the hat and this will include 26 seeded teams plus 6 teams going into the hat after the qualifying rounds have been completed.

Of course, a lot of the big names will be there and it will now be fascinating match-ups as Barcelona have drawn Bayern Munich and Man City have drawn Borussia Dortmund. It means Lewandowski and Haaland will be facing off against their own clubs which is massive news for fans of the four clubs.


Below you can see a list of the 26 teams from across Europe who secured an automatic playing spot.

Top Seeds

  • Real Madrid (ESP, Champions League holders)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt (GER, Europa League holders)
  • Manchester City (ENG)
  • AC Milan (ITA)
  • Bayern München (GER)
  • Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
  • Porto (POR)
  • Ajax (NED)

Second Seeds

  • Liverpool (ENG)
  • Chelsea (ENG)
  • Barcelona (ESP)
  • Juventus (ITA)
  • Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
  • Sevilla (ESP)
  • RB Leipzig (GER)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Other Automatic Qualifiers

  • Borussia Dortmund (GER)
  • Salzburg (AUT)
  • Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
  • Inter (ITA)
  • Napoli (ITA)
  • Sporting CP (POR)
  • Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
  • Marseille (FRA)
  • Club Brugge (BEL)
  • Celtic (SCO)

Play Off Qualifiers

  • Benfica (POR)
  • Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
  • FC Copenhagen (DEN)
  • Maccabi Haifa (ISR)
  • Rangers (SCO)
  • Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

So the first two groups are the main seeded sides, but it is important to understand how the draw works. The most important thing is that sides from the same country association cannot meet each other.

So looking at last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City, they can only be paired against one of six teams including Barcelona, Juventus, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig or possible Borussia Dortmund.

For fans of Liverpool, Chelsea or Tottenham, it means they could each draw a very tough opponent from the top pot with last year’s winners Real Madrid as well as Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, Not to mention, AC Milan, Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain

It would be very interesting to see Liverpool and Bayern pitted against each other and a reunion with former reds hero Sadio Mane.


With the World Cup coming up in Qatar at the end of the year, the Champions League group games will be settled a lot earlier this season. It means the teams with larger squads will benefit, as there will be a lot of games with the domestic league and cup competitions combined with the Champions League group games.

Below are the scheduled dates for the group games.

  • Matchday 1: 6/7 September
  • Matchday 2: 13/14 September
  • Matchday 3: 4/5 October
  • Matchday 4: 11/12 October
  • Matchday 5: 25/26 October
  • Matchday 6: 1/2 November

The draw for the last 16 will take place on the 7th of November just prior to this year’s World Cup. At that point, it won’t resume until 2023


Following a gruelling series of qualifiers and a final round of playoffs, we finally found out the six teams who made it through to the group stages and these were:

  • Benfica
  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • FC Copenhagen
  • Maccabi Haifa
  • Rangers
  • Viktoria Plzen

To get all the scores and updates on all the qualifying rounds and main group stages, you can visit


In this section, we are looking at the top 5 in the betting for the 2022/2023 Champions League along with the players that could be vital for each team during this year’s tournament.

The prices mentioned are before the group stage begins and will fluctuate as we go through the matches. We will update the prices after each game day.

(prices updated 18th October 2022)

Manchester City – 5/2 9/4 2/1 7/4 15/8

The Premier League Champions have been made favourites for the competition for the last few years and have yet to add this trophy to their collection, showing just how hard it is to win.

This season they have certainly gone big in the transfer market with the purchase of Erling Haaland but will it be enough?

Let’s take a look at the three key players for them in this season’s Champions League

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian is undoubtedly one of, if not the best midfielder in the world and when he plays, City are definitely a better side. Had injury problems last season so it will be interesting to see how he handles the Premiership, Champions League as well as the upcoming World Cup.

Even though he had an interrupted campaign he still ran Salah close in the voting for the PFA Player Of The Year and sure he will feature high in that award from the Premier League once again.

His Champions League stats last season

  • 3 assists from an expected xA of 2.66
  • 387 passes with an excellent 86% success rate
  • 2 goals scored from an expected xG of 1.77 which outlines the importance of the midfielder to Manchester City

Jack Grealish

It was a massive move for the England man after lots of hype following his move from Aston Villa. Only made a small number of appearances last season but 5 of those came in The Champions League and can be expected to be a key member of the squad for the Champions League this season. An incredibly gifted and exciting footballer to watch and this could be a big season with The World Cup also on the horizon.

His Champions League stats last season (only 5 appearances)

  • 1 assist from an expected xA of 1.71
  • Grealish excels in his passing skills having an 86% completion rate from 253 attempted passes
  • 1 goal scored from an expected xG of 1.14

Erling Haaland

Has been the biggest signing of any team in the Premiership and had an immediate impact when scoring both goals in Manchester City’s premiership opener against West Ham in August. Sure to have a positive impact on The Citizen’s goal tally.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 12 total shots with 7 on target (around a 58.3% success rate)
  • 0 assists from an xA of 0.55
  • 3 goals scored from an expected xG of 3.07

Paris Saint Germain – 5/1 9/2 11/2 6/1 7/1

The French Champions have also been at the head of the betting over the last few years and have spent untold amounts of money bringing in the likes of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, with the young Frenchman proving a real asset.

But does the money buy the success they crave? They will continue to dominate their domestic league for sure, but the Champions League is a different animal when playing the best of the best.

Let’s take a look at the three key players for them in this season’s Champions League

Lionel Messi

Has maybe not hit the heights yet at PSG after his move from longstanding club Barcelona. It was clear for all the world to see he was heartbroken to leave, and the jury is still out on whether he can really settle at PSG.

He has kicked off the new season with a brace of goals and that is sure to aid his confidence for the season ahead, and he’ll be hungry to eat into the Champions League goal record with Ronaldo looking unlikely to get his desired move from Manchester United to play Champions League football.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 0 assists from an expected xA of 1.47
  • 26 shots attempted with 10 of those on target for a near 38.5% success rate on that stat
  • 5 goals scored from an expected xG of 5.33


Has become a media interruption in his time at the club so far with lots of talk of moves in the summer. However, it seems as though other clubs were not interested and he kicks off the season at PSG.

Absolutely no doubting the maverick genius of the Brazilian and if he and Messi click together then we could see something spectacular from PSG this season.

His Champions League stats last season. (limited appearances due to injury)

  • 2 assists from an expected xA of 2.17
  • 8 shots were attempted with just 1 of those on target for a very poor 12.5% success rate on that stat
  • 0 goals scored from an expected xG of 0.95

Kylian Mbappe-Lottin

Lots of rumours about a move to Real Madrid surfaced during the summer but it seems PSG have kept one of their greatest assets both on and off (commercially) the field.

Still only 23, and we may well see over the next few years one of the most exciting players to grace the game of football having already achieved so much.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 4 assists from an expected xA of 1.64
  • 27 shots attempted with 15 of those on target for a 55.55% success rate on that stat
  • 6 goals were scored from an expected xG of 5.07

Liverpool – 6/1 8/1 7/1 8/1 8/1

The Premier League runners-up won the Champions League back in 2018/2019 and went very close to securing the Premier League title last season, only to be edged out of it on the final day.

Having secured the extension of Mo Salah’s services, which is a big deal for the Merseyside club, plus the addition of prolific forward Darwin Nunez, it will certainly see them make a strong push in Europe and on the domestic front this season.

Of course, Liverpool has a deep history in the tournament, and of the top three in the betting, they look the best value.

Let’s take a look at the three key players for them in this season’s Champions League

Mo Salah

It’s fantastic that The Reds have been able to tie the Egyptian sensation down to a new contract and Liverpool fans will be breathing a sigh of relief. He has become more or less irreplaceable for Liverpool, and now they have bought in Darwin Nunez to provide strong support up front, Salah will be able to add more assists to his game instead of being relied upon as just a striker.

Last year’s winner of the PFA Player Of The Year could well be in the running yet again for the Ballon D’Or and he has to be fancied to make a strong run as the potential top scorer in this season’s Champions League.

His Champions League stats last season

  • 2 assists from an expected xA of 2.12
  • 1085 passes with an excellent 80% success rate
  • 8 goals were scored from an expected xG of 8.15

Andrew Robertson

Has become a focal point of The Red’s defensive lineup and his contribution going forwards in last season’s Premier League campaign was one of the best in the league.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 3 assists from an expected xA of 2.42 (a great return for a full-back)
  • 600 passes were attempted of which 84% were successful
  • 0 goals scored from an expected xG of 0.19 (that should improve this season)

Darwin Nunez

Nunez had a spectacular season in the Portuguese league and he has clearly been targeted as the replacement to Sadio Mane, and if he can produce a similar output for Liverpool then he’ll be well worth the price tag.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 0 assists from an expected xA of 0.56
  • 17 shots attempted with 8 of those on target for a 75% success rate on goals to shots on target
  • 6 goals scored from an expected xG of 3.48 (sure to be more in this Liverpool set-up)

Bayern Munich – 13/2 11/2 5/1 6/1 5/1

The German Champions are another club that has been dominant in their domestic league for a number of seasons but that was with the assistance of the huge goal tally provided by Robert Lewandowski.

He has now departed for Barcelona and the question is can they fill that gap? They have bought in Sadio Mane from Liverpool and while he’ll score plenty of goals, he is not a poacher like Lewandowski, and the feeling is that Bayern might just struggle in the latter stages of the competition.

Let’s take a look at the three key players for them in this season’s Champions League

Sadio Mane

Had become a focal point of The Liverpool lineup but has made the move to Bayern and is sure to score plenty of goals in the Bundesliga and will definitely make a strong contribution in the Champions League as well.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 0 assists from an expected xA of 2.00
  • 21 shots attempted with 8 of those on target for a 38.09% success rate on goals on target vs attempted
  • 5 goals scored from an expected xG of 4.37

Serge Gnabry

Already in the goals this season and he performed really well in last season’s Champions League for Bayern Munich from just 5 starting appearances.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 0 assists from an expected xA of 1.51 (improvement needed from the wide man this season)
  • 18 shots were attempted with 8 of those on target for a near 45% success rate on shots on target.
  • 3 goals scored from an expected xG of 3.11 (sure to be more this season with more starts)

Thomas Muller

Will be the focal point of the Bayern frontline now that Lewandowski has departed and no doubting he will score plenty of goals both domestically and in the Champions League.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 4 assists from an expected xA of 1.45 (strong hold-up and link player)
  • 14 shots were attempted with 8 of those on target for a 57% success rate (better than one in two)
  • 4 goals scored from an expected xG of 1.96 (excellent returns)

Real Madrid 9/1 10/1 11/1 10/1 12/1

Real just keeps churning out history in this competition having beaten Liverpool last season to register their fifth win in the tournament in ten years.

Karim Benzema must be one of the most valuable players in Champions League history and he sits third only behind Ronaldo and Messi in the all-time goal-scoring charts. An exceptional talent, the Frenchman looks sure to improve his tally this season and Real has to be feared.

Last season they seemed to be underestimated but surely they will be one of the teams to go on and reach the latter stages yet again.

Let’s take a look at the three key players for them in this season’s Champions League

Karim Benzema

One of the best strikers in the world and a player that plays with his heart on his sleeve. The loyalty he has shown to Real Madrid is beyond what we see in the professional game today, and he deserves all of the plaudits that come his way.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 2 assists from an expected xA of 2.80
  • 46 shots were attempted with 23 of those on target. That makes a goal every 1.53 shots on target (amazing stat)
  • 15 goals scored from an expected xG of 7.80

Vinicius Junior

The young Brazilian has become a core part of the Real set up and this hugely gifted player looks sure to achieve a lot more in the game. Has built a great relationship with Benzema up front and together they scored 44 domestically and another 19 in the Champions League. He really is a vital part of the team.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 6 assists from an expected xA of 3.15 (lethal provider)
  • 435 passes were attempted with 84% of those successful.
  • 4 goals scored from an expected xG of 4.34

Antonio Rudiger

Has joined Real after a protracted transfer saga during the summer at Chelsea. Without a doubt, Real are getting a very accomplished defender and it will be interesting how he fits into the style of play in Spain.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 774 passes for an exceptional strike rate of 88%, showing his strong distribution skills.
  • 17 tackles were attempted with 13 of those successful for a 76% success rate.
  • 1 goal scored from an expected xG of 0.56

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


We have taken a look at the Top 5 in the betting for the Champions League but what about other teams that should be fighting for a spot in the last 16 and quarter-finals? The Premier League and La Liga have very strong records over the last few years with Chelsea and Barcelona having both won the tournament twice in the last 12 years.

Let’s look at our next best as we pick out another five teams that have strong chances of advancing to the latter stages, why that is and who will be their star player.

The prices mentioned are before the group stage begins and will fluctuate as we go through the matches. We will update the prices after each game day

(prices updated 18th October 2022)

Barcelona – 20/1 12/1 14/1 12/1 80/1

Barcelona are going through a huge transition phase, but have managed to secure the services of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, and Raphina from Leeds United. Those two add some real quality to a strong squad and this could be a year where they get back to the top table of European football.

They have a deep history in the tournament and have won the competition four times since 2005 with the last of those coming in 2014/2015.

Star Player – Robert Lewandowski

The marquee signing is a bold move by Barcelona, but it was clear before the new season started that Lewandowski was leaving Bayern and he clearly wanted to go to Barcelona and this could be a match made in heaven. All eyes will be on Lewandowski to see if he can repeat his record-breaking goal-scoring in what is a much tougher level, however, The Pole is truly a world-class striker and he can be expected to score 25+ goals in the League and his proven Champions League record is there for all to see.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 3 assists from an expected xA of 2.03
  • 31 shots with 19 of those on target (61% strike rate)
  • 13 goals were scored from an expected xG of 9.65

Chelsea – 16/1 20/1 25/1 20/1 16/1

Chelsea have been Champions League regulars for a few years now and their recent record is strong, winning the tournament in 2021/2022 and in 2011/2012. Don’t forget they also lost out to Manchester United back in 2007/2008 in the final.

Thomas Tuchel has done really well since joining the club as manager and they have secured some great additions to the squad in the summer transfer window including Marc Cucurella from Brighton and Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, who is sure to provide a strong attacking threat.

Star Player – Raheem Sterling

Was definitely underutilised last season at Manchester City but still managed 17 goals across the league and Champions League and this move might just be a good refresher for him, especially with the World Cup coming up at the end of this year.

His pace is a real nuisance for all defenders and he has that great reading of the game which seems to get him into scoring positions, and with Jorginho to work with in midfield, he could thrive even more in this Chelsea side.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 2 assists from an expected xA of 1.16
  • 206 passes attempted with 90% of those successful (outstanding distribution)
  • 3 goals scored from an expected xG of 4.29

Tottenham Hotspur – 14/1 16/1 20/1 25/1 22/1

One of the busiest clubs in Europe during the summer transfer window with 7 new additions to the squad and maybe even more to come. Manager Antonio Conte has clearly stamped his authority on the club and Spurs are heading in the right direction as proven by their opening day thrashing of Southampton in the Premier League.

Star Player – Dejan Kulusevski

If you are reading this then you might have expected to see our choice of star player as Kane or Son and although they are really key, the Swede has proven an absolute model of consistency since joining Spurs and it is his midfield play that makes them tick and his record for assists is of the highest calibre. Add to that his distribution skills and he is an all-round modern-day footballer who has it all (goals, assists and passing)

His Premier League stats last season.

  • 8 assists from an expected xA of 3.40 (fantastic provider)
  • 470 passes were attempted with 87% of those successful.
  • 5 goals scored from an expected xG of 2.69

Juventus – 40/1 50/1 150/1 100/1 500/1

Juventus have certainly fallen down the food chain of European football but are always to be feared in Europe’s top club competition. Of course, they welcomed back Paul Pogba this summer but that might have backfired with the Frenchman sustaining an injury in pre-season and indications he will not be back until 2023.

It remains to be seen if he can get back quickly but remember that Juventus have a very young and strong-looking frontline with Moise Kean and Dusan Vlahovic both prolific, especially the young Serbian striker.

Star Player – Dusan Vlahovic

Was a star for Juventus last season and he looks sure to progress further and could possibly reach 30 goals this season if staying fit. It is not just his goalscoring though and he is a solid provider as well.

His Serie A stats last season.

  • 3 assists from an expected xA of 3.28 (solid provider)
  • 119 shots attempted with 52 of those on target (for a near 44% success on that stat)
  • 24 goals scored from an expected xG of 17.04

Ajax – 100/1 66/1 100/1 150/1 750/1

With Erik Ten Haag now moving to Manchester United, the Ajax hot seat has been taken over by Alfred Schreuder and they kicked off their Eredivisie campaign with a hard-thought away win against Fortuna Sittard, It will take time for Schreuder to settle in but he will get excellent support from a strong board and backroom team.

Ajax was one of the stars of European Football decades ago but have been consistently improving over the last few years and last year won their third Eredivisie title on the trot.

Star Player – Antony (Transferred to Manchester United)

The young Brazilian is a gem of a player and has become a very important part of this Ajax team. As we write this in early August, it is not clear if he will still be with Ajax as there are plenty of clubs in the hunt for the wide man.

His goal input is vital for the Dutch Champions and his assist and passing record mark him out as a highly technical player with the pace and ability to get into goal-scoring positions. Looks sure to improve his goal tally in both the Eredivisie and Champions League this season.

His Champions League stats last season.

  • 4 assists from an expected xA of 2.11 (solid provider)
  • 325 passes were attempted with 82% of those successful.
  • 2 goals scored from an expected xG of 1.79

The prices mentioned are before the group stage begins and will fluctuate as we go through the matches. We will update the prices after each game day

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


We’ve taken a look at the top teams in the betting for the Champions League as well as the “next best”

But what about the dark horses, the outsiders who might just cause an upset and go all the way to Istanbul in 2023?

Everybody has their favourite team, but most of us have an underdog we follow as well. As you follow the Champions League over time you seem to find teams that continuously qualify year on year, then they start getting out of the group stages regularly but cannot go any further. It’s these teams where we might find a dark horse at a juicy price and we have picked out four that fit the bill.

The prices mentioned are before the group stage begins and will fluctuate as we go through the matches. We will update the prices after each game day

(prices updated 18th October 2022)

Porto – 150/1 250/1 500/1 250/1 250/1

100/1 for a club that is seeded in the top pot in the draw is a big price, and the Portuguese club have a huge history in European competition.

Dominant in the Primeira League, they once again ran out winners of their national top-level league by a six-point margin from Sporting CP and look sure to get a nice group having been allocated a spot in the first pot for the draw.

Rangers – 250/1 500/1 1000/1 1000/1 NO OFFERS

At the time of writing Rangers had just reached the final qualifying stage and are due to meet PSV in a bid to make it to the group stages.

Of course, last year was heartbreaking for the “Gers” supporters as they were narrowly defeated in the final of the Europa League and that will certainly spur them on.

They also lost out to Celtic in their domestic championship so will be working hard to join their great rivals in the group stages. They won 3-0 to claw back a 2-0 deficit against Union Saint Gilloise and that will have given them immense confidence to push through to the group stage.

Shakhtar Donetsk – 1000/1 500/1 500/1 500/1 500/1

Shakhtar has been a regular in the Champions League over the last few years and of course, we all know that this period for them must be very tough with the current situation in their country.

Last season saw them beaten by two of the best teams in Europe, losing 2-0 away to Inter Milan and then only being beaten by the odd goal 2-1 in another away defeat to eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid. Those two games show that they are not just here to make up the numbers and are a tough team to beat, particularly at home.

It remains to be seen if games will be played on home territory but they are an automatic qualifier and the 750/1 on offer is just too big for another team who could progress from the group stages.

Club Brugge – 1000/1 500/1 150/1 100/1 200/1

Last season saw them matched up with RB Leipzig, PSG and Manchester City so their fate was pretty much sealed straight after the draw, and so it proved. However, the previous season they had won three of their group matches and the way the seeds are this year they have no chance of meeting three teams that strong this time around.

Not saying it will be easy, but certainly easier and if they can be matched up with one of the slightly weaker second seeds and a qualifier in the draw then we could see them progress to the knockout stages.

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


The draw for the eight groups took place on 25th August 2022. Below is the final draw for the group stages plus the fixtures for each group.

Matchday 1: 6/7 September
Matchday 2: 13/14 September
Matchday 3: 4/5 October
Matchday 4: 11/12 October
Matchday 5: 25/26 October
Matchday 6: 1/2 November



Liverpool 4/9 21/20 11/10 13/5 5/1
Napoli 13/2 5/2 5/4 2/5 1/10
Ajax 7/1 7/2 6/1 80/1 No Offers
Rangers 16/1 80/1 250/1 500/1 Knocked Out

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


Liverpool are rightly the firm favourites to win Group A and they head into the opening game of the Champions League following a 9-0 drubbing of Bournemouth in the Premier League. They were outplayed against Manchester Utd the previous week but should be too powerful for their three rivals here.


07.09.18:45Ajax vs Rangers
07.09.21:00Napoli vs Liverpool
13.09.21:00Liverpool vs Ajax
13.09.21:00Rangers vs Napoli
04.10.21:00Ajax vs Napoli
04.10.21:00Liverpool vs Rangers
12.10.18:45Napoli vs Ajax
12.10.21:00Rangers vs Liverpool
26.10.21:00Ajax vs Liverpool
26.10.21:00Napoli vs Rangers
01.11.21:00Liverpool vs Napoli
01.11.21:00Rangers vs Ajax


Well, this group certainly got off to a bang with group favourites Liverpool getting thrashed 4-1 by a rampant Napoli side and Jurgen Klopps team’s stuttering start to the season continues. Napoli was by far the better side and have now been cut into a best price 5/2 to win the group while Liverpool has seen their price drift from odds on to odds against at 21/20.

In the other game, Ajax comfortably brushed aside an out-of-form Rangers team who now have a mountain to climb to get out of the Group stage. It looks like an early bath for the men from Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Ajax seem to be managing fine without Antony and Lisandro Martinez and they are now firmly in the running for the group with their price being cut from 7/1 to half those odds and now a best-priced 7/2.


So after a poor result on matchday one, Liverpool got their Champions League campaign back on track with a hard-fought win over Ajax, which included Mo Salah’s first CL goal this season which has seen his price cut to 20/1 for the Golden Boot.

Salah scored first before Ajax equalised in the 27th minute and Daley Blind could have put the Dutch side in front on 75 minutes but flashed a header narrowly wide. Liverpool had 10 corners, 10 shots and an even more amazing 10 shots on target so it was thoroughly deserved when they grabbed a late 89th-minute winner.

In the other group game, it was no surprise to see Napoli outclass Rangers and it looks very tough now for Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side now to even qualify with a doubleheader against Liverpool in October.


It was a relatively straightforward task facing Liverpool as they welcomed the Group A minnows Rangers, and it was a comfortable enough win for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and they now look firmly on track to qualify with the return leg with Rangers coming on matchday four.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored early before Mo Salah wrapped it up in the 53rd minute with a penalty. Liverpool has a tough job to win the group still but they should now be able to secure a safe passage from the group.

In the other game Napoli crushed Ajax 6-1 away from home and the result wasn’t in any doubt, even before the Dutchmen lost Dusan Tadic, who was sent off in the 73rd minute after a second yellow card. Napoli has now won all three group games and are in pole position to win the group.


Napoli won their fourth game on the trot and have now safely qualified for the next stage of the tournament whilst Liverpool thrashed Rangers to more or less confirm qualification as well.

Napoli played an interesting strategic game here, surrendering possession to their rivals and Ajax were definitely in the mood to try and take advantage, but the Italians, who only had 5 shots on target, converted four of these opportunities with two coming in the opening 20 minutes and it was an always a struggle for the Dutch side after.

They pulled a goal back in just after halftime, but Napoli restored their two-goal lead with a penalty in the 63rd minute. Ajax had a penalty of their own in the 83rd minute and went searching for the equaliser. That left gaps and Napoli wrapped the game up in the 89th minute with a fourth goal to run out worthy winners.

In the other game, it was no surprise to see Liverpool win and they and Mo Salah finally got their shooting boots on as they thrashed the Scots 7-1.

Rangers took a shock lead in the 17th minute, but the glory was short-lived as the Reds responded and went in at halftime on level terms. Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead on 55 minutes and from there the floodgates opened with Salah grabbing a quick-fire hat trick on 75,80 and 81 minutes.

Rangers now have two games left to salvage something from a campaign which has been a baptism of fire at this level.


  • Original group second favourites Napoli are now a best-priced 1/10 to win the group after matchday four.
  • Liverpool are now a best-priced 5/1 with Betfred to win the group ahead of Napoli.
  • Mo Salah has now been cut from 33/1 to just 3/1 to be the leading Champions League scorer. That price is available with Bet365
  • After winning their fourth game and now topping the group, Napoli are now 16/1 with William Hill to win the Champions League outright.
  • Ajax are now 12/1 just to qualify from the group. A tough ask after three consecutive losses.



Atlético Madrid 10/11 4/6 11/10 5/1 No Offers
Porto 100/30 5/1 25/1 18/1 4/1
Bayer Leverkusen 7/2 9/1 7/2 8/1 No Offers
Club Brugge 14/1 15/2 5/2 8/15 1/7

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


Athletico have not made a great start to the La Liga season and being put in here at a shade of odds on at 10/11 looks a short price. The same cannot be said of their rivals from Portugual who have a strong record in this competition and have kicked off the Primeira League with three straight wins and top the table at the time of writing.

At 100/30, they look a really good value bet in Group B.


07.09.21:00Atl. Madrid vs FC Porto
07.09.21:00Club Brugge KV vs Bayer Leverkusen
13.09.21:00Bayer Leverkusen vs Atl. Madrid
13.09.21:00FC Porto vs Club Brugge KV
04.10.21:00Club Brugge KV vs Atl. Madrid
04.10.21:00FC Porto vs Bayer Leverkusen
12.10.18:45Atl. Madrid vs Club Brugge KV
12.10.21:00Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Porto
26.10.18:45Club Brugge KV vs FC Porto
26.10.21:00Atl. Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen
01.11.18:45Bayer Leverkusen vs Club Brugge KV
01.11.18:45FC Porto vs Atl. Madrid


It was a crazy start to Group B with the two favourites meeting each other early, but not before the drama unfolded in the last ten minutes with Porto having a man sent off on 81 minutes before Athletico took the lead in the first minute of injury time. Porto bounced back to equalise in the 6th minute of injury time with a penalty before a final twist and Antoine Griezmann grabbed the winner for Athletico in the eleventh minute of extra time.

It sees Athletico strengthen in the group betting from 10/11 into 4/6, while Porto has drifted from 7/2 to 5/1.

The second game saw Club Brugge defeat the out-of-sorts Germans Bayer Leverkusen and Brugge who were put up as one of our dark horses to follow are now 15/2 from an opening 14/1 to win Group B.


So one of our original selections from our “Dark Horses” selection who were Club Brugge registered another win this week and now top Group B after slamming Porto 4-0 away from home. They have now been cut into 150/1 from 1000/1 to win the tournament and there was no freak about this win.

They outplayed Porto from the start, and after winning a penalty in the 15th minute they went on to score three more in the second half. They did pick up 4 yellow cards in the game so that is something they will need to be aware of as we progress through the group stage. Porto are now out to 4/1 to qualify from this group and have a tough task.

In the other match, Bayer Leverkusen caused a bit of an upset when beating Athletico Madrid and the Spanish team have now drifted to odds against to win the group and now face the Belgian leaders in a doubleheader over the next two games.


Club Brugge are without a doubt the surprise of the tournament so far and racked up their third successive win when comfortably accounting for pre-tournament group favourites Athletico Madrid scoring in the middle of each half to run out very comfortable 2-0 winners. They are now odds on to win the group and if they can hold Athletico away from home then they should seal qualification from the group.

In the second game in Group B we saw FC Porto grab their first points of this season’s Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. This game was turned on its head late in the first half where first Porto were denied a goal by VAR and more or less immediately after, Leverkusen were awarded a penalty that Patrik Schick failed to convert.

Porto scored twice in the second half and now sit in second spot behind the runaway Belgians.


In what was a vital game for Athletico Madrid against group leaders Brugge, the Spaniards failed to take advantage of home territory against the Belgians and now look set to struggle to qualify being in third spot.

It was not through want of trying as they dominated possession and had a total of 17 shots with 9 on target which is an incredible stat. It was also due to a fine goalkeeping display from Simon Mignolet.

Antoine Greizmann, back from Barcelona almost single-handedly tried to find a way through but the Brugge defence held firm, even after a late sending-off for Kamal Sowah. It leaves the Spaniards in a very precarious position, whilst Brugge has now qualified.

In the second game, we saw Porto run out comfortable 3-0 winners away to Bayer Leverkusen and they have now taken the second spot and put themselves in a strong position for qualification to the next phase.

It was another game where the home team controlled possession and had 13 shots at goal but could not convert. Porto scored early (6th minute) and then dropped back and allowed the Germans possession. They countered well, and two quick fire penalties midway through the second half put the game out of reach for the home team


  • Original group favourites Athletico have now drifted in the betting to win the group and are now a top-priced 13/8 to qualify from the group after matchday four
  • Club Brugge who were one of the outsiders for the tournament have now had their group odds cut to 1/8 with William Hill after their draw with Athletico sealed qualification.
  • Brugge have now also been cut to for the tournament and can be backed at 150/1.
  • After losing to Porto on matchday four, Bayer Leverkusen are now out to 12/1 to qualify.
  • Porto are now 1/2 from 9/2 to qualify for the next stage after beating Bayer Leverkusen on matchday four.



Bayern Munich 4/6 8/13 2/9 1/20 1/20
Barcelona 2/1 7/4 7/1 30/1 No Offers
Inter Milan 8/1 25/1 30/1 20/1 10/1
Viktori Plzeň 150/1 500/1 600/1 1000/1 Knocked Out

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


Bayern are renowned as one of the greats of European football, and although they have lost Lewandowski to their group rivals, they have bought in Sadio mane from Liverpool who is already having an effect in the goalscoring department.

There is still uncertainty surrounding transfer business for Barcelona but from a value perspective, they look the call here and we fancy Lewandowski will come back to haunt his old employer.

07.09.21:00Barcelona vs Plzen
07.09.21:00Inter Milan vs Bayern Munich
13.09.18:45Plzen vs Inter
13.09.21:00Bayern Munich vs Barcelona
04.10.18:45Bayern Munich vs Plzen
04.10.21:00Inter vs Barcelona
12.10.21:00Barcelona vs Inter
12.10.21:00Plzen vs Bayern Munich
26.10.18:45Inter vs Plzen
26.10.21:00Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
01.11.21:00Bayern Munich vs Inter
01.11.21:00Plzen vs Barcelona


This group quite simply went the way of the form teams and saw Bayern Munich put up an impressive performance away to defeat Inter Milan comfortably by two goals to nil and they have shortened from an opening price of 4/6 into 8/13.

In the other game, Barcelona easily outclassed Viktoria Plzen and have been cut slightly into 7/4 from 2/1.

The talking point of course will be Robert Lewandowski who took advantage of this weak opposition to score a hat-trick, and along with Erling Haaland, they head the betting for the Golden Boot with Lewandowski now a 5/2 chance from 9/1.


Matchday two saw the big matchup between Bayern and Barcelona, but the Germans ran out comfortable 2-0 winners and now look sure to progress as they will face the group minnows Viktoria Plzen over the next two games and will surely wrap up qualification quickly.

Barcelona hit the woodwork in the 63rd minute and Raphina and Robert Lewandowski tried hard with plenty of chances, but it was not their night and now they face Inter Milan in a doubleheader which could well decide who will qualify from the group.

Inter took advantage of the game against Plzen when comfortably winning 2-0 against the Czech champions. Milan are a huge price to win the group, which make sense, however, the upcoming double header with Barcelona could see them set themselves up for qualifying.


It was a stroll for Bayern Munich on matchday three as they trounced Viktoria Plzen 5-0, and they’ll qualify if, as expected, they beat the minnows in the turnaround fixture. Three goals in 21 minutes effectively ended the contest and two further goals in the second half added gloss to a dominant display.

Leroy Sane scored twice for the Germans and he is now priced up at X for the Golden Boot after that brace.

What looks like a fight for the second spot in the group saw Inter Milan beat their rivals Barcelona to move onto six points after a narrow and hard-fought 1-0 victory in which they did very well in keeping Robert Lewandowski quiet.

Barcelona had the ball in the net on 67 minutes but it was ruled out for a handball in the build-up. It is now going to be a huge game at the Nou Camp in the turnaround fixture and it seems it is a must-win game now for Barcelona.


Bayern are away and gone in the group and have safely qualified after four straight wins, so it seems strange that they are priced at 1/20 to win the group with William Hill which actually looks generous.

The Germans had an easy enough task against the group minnows Viktoria Plzen who rallied and scored a couple of second-half goals, but Bayern were always in control and it will be interesting to see if they can go unbeaten in the group.

Meanwhile, the bigger match was what looks like a two-way fight for second between Barcelona and Inter Milan, who produced a six-goal thriller in a pulsating 3-3 draw.

After taking the lead in the first half and having a 1-0 lead at the break, all was going well for Barcelona, however, Inter equalised on 50 minutes and took the lead on 63 minutes when Lautaro Martinez fired in a right footed effort from inside the area.

Step forward, Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker equalised in the 82nd minute before Inter looked to have scored the winner in the 89th minute, but the Pole was having none of it and Lewandowski secure a point for the Catalans in the dying seconds to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

It still looks tough for Barca, but next up they host Bayern and no doubt Lewandowski will be fired up against his old team.


  • Barcelona are now a top-priced 8/1 to qualify from the group after being held to a draw by Inter Milan on matchday four.
  • Inter Milan who were put in as third favourites at 8/1 for this group are now out to 9/1 with Betfred, being 5 points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
  • Robert Lewandowski’s price to be the leading Champions League scorer has drifted even though he notched a double on matchday four. The price available now with William Hill is 18/1.
  • Viktoria Plzen are now out of the running from a group and qualification perspective and looks likely to finish on zero points.
  • Bayern Munich are now a best price of 11/2 to win the Champions League with William Hill.



Tottenham 1/2 4/11 EVS EVS 4/9
Eintracht Frankfurt 11/2 16/1 9/1 9/1 28/1
Marseille 11/2 10/1 25/1 10/1 4/1
Sporting CP 7/1 4/1 6/5 7/5 5/1

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


Tottenham have invested heavily in pre-season and Antonio Conte is sure to be relishing going up against the best teams in Europe. Fortunately for him, he has drawn what looks on paper to be one of the easier groups having missed the likes of PSG, Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Still, he’ll want to make sure he gets the job done and Spurs at least qualify for the next stage. However, at 11/2 it is Marseille that looks the value here with star striker Luis Suarez already finding the net twice in their opening 3 matches and he will make it tough for Tottenham when they meet.


07.09.18:45Eintracht Frankfurt vs Sporting
07.09.21:00Tottenham vs Marseille
13.09.18:45Sporting vs Tottenham
13.09.21:00Marseille vs Eintracht Frankfurt
04.10.18:45Marseille vs Sporting
04.10.21:00Eintracht Frankfurt vs Tottenham
12.10.21:00Sporting vs Marseille
12.10.21:00Tottenham vs Eintracht Frankfurt
26.10.21:00Eintracht Frankfurt vs Marseille
26.10.21:00Tottenham vs Sporting
01.11.21:00Marseille vs Tottenham
01.11.21:00Sporting vs Eintracht Frankfurt


Group favourites Tottenham who have landed one of the easiest groups on paper made no mistake in their opening game against Marseille at home and Antonio Conte’s men continue to impress with their opening to the new season.

They are now 4/11 from an opening price of 1/2 and it is very difficult to see them not qualifying comfortably from this group. Recent signing from Everton, Richarlison notching both of the goals.

In the other tie from Group D, we saw Sporting Lisbon comfortably beat the German side Eintracht Frankfurt. The Germans came into this game in fine form following two wins but were easily outpointed by the Portuguese team who are now 4/1 from 7/1 for Group Glory whilst their German compatriots have been pushed out to 16/1 from 11/2 and now face an uphill struggle to qualify.


After being beaten 2-0 by Sporting Lisbon, Spurs now find themselves with a much tougher task to qualify from the group. The game is Lisbon produced plenty of chances for both teams but neither could make the breakthrough and in the end it came down to a lapse of concentration in the 90th minute when Paulinho evaded his marker to steer home a header and they rubbed salt in Antonio Conte’s wounds just three minutes later.

Spurs now face a doubleheader against Eintracht Frankfurt which will surely be the deciders as to who qualifies out of the two.

Frankfurt registered their first group win by disposing of Marseille with Jesper Lindstrom firing in the winner for the German side just before halftime. Frankfurt had a second goal ruled out by VAR for offside in the 79th minute and this second consecutive loss now see’s Marseille priced at 13/2 to even qualify from the group.


The match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Tottenham ended goaless and Tottenham are still favourites to win Group D where they will next face the Germans at home. It just wasn’t Spur’s night as their two prolific strikers Min and Kane had enough opportunities between them but failed to find the target.

In the other tie, Marseille finally sparked into life with a 4-1 drubbing of Sporting Lisbon after the Portuguese had a man sent off in the 23rd minute. From then on it was pretty much one-way traffic and the French side ran out solid winners and are now back in with a shout of qualifying after losing their first two games. They remain bottom but with only a point less than Tottenham and Eintracht Frankfurt.


Group D has now really tightened up, with only 3 points separating Spurs (7 points) at the top and Eintracht Frankfurt (4 points) at the bottom. This is one of the most exciting groups and there should be a few twists and turns in the remaining two group games.

Spurs defeated last year’s Europe League winners Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 after taking a 3-1 lead at halftime. The Germans then had a man sent off in the middle of the second half and scored late for a consolation. Spurs still have a tough game away to Marseille (who are now in flying form) and it remains wide open with Spurs not really value in the group winner market at odds on.

In the second game, Marseille continued their fine recent form by defeating Sporting Lisbon with two first-half goals, a penalty by Matteo Guendouzi and a second by Alexis Sanchez. They now sit second in the table after losing their first two group games.

The match itself was turned on its head in the 60th minute as Pote was sent off and after that, it was just a case of playing the game out for Marseille.


  • Original group favourites Spurs are now 2/5 with most bookmakers to win the group after matchday four.
  • Marseille who won their second consecutive group game on matchday four are now 9/2 from 12/1 to win the group and are now 10/11 best price to qualify from Group D with William Hill and others.
  • Sporting Lisbon are now a general 11/2 to win the group after their second loss to Marseille, where they had a man sent off for the second consecutive match.
  • After losing to Tottenham, Frankfurt remains at 28/1 to win Group D.
  • Son Heung-Min scored a brace against Frankfurt and can now be backed at 66/1 to win the Champions League top scorer award.



Chelsea 1/3 11/10 13/8 4/5 1/12
AC Milan 100/30 6/5 4/5 13/8 18/1
Salzburg 10/1 10/1 9/1 6/1 10/1
Dinamo Zagreb 50/1 20/1 20/1 33/1 33/1

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


Chelsea have had a decent start to the season and recently fought out a high-tempered draw with Tottenham which ended 2-2 with Harry Kane scoring a last-gasp equaliser. Chelsea have performed well on this stage in recent seasons but 1/3 to top this group against an AC Milan side who are riding a crest of a wave is just a ridiculous price.

The Italians top Serie A at the time of writing and at 100/30, that looks well overpriced.


06.09.18:45D. Zagreb vs Chelsea
06.09.21:00Salzburg vs AC Milan
14.09.18:45AC Milan vs D. Zagreb
14.09.21:00Chelsea vs Salzburg
05.10.18:45Salzburg vs D. Zagreb
05.10.21:00Chelsea vs AC Milan
11.10.21:00AC Milan vs Chelsea
11.10.21:00D. Zagreb vs Salzburg
25.10.18:45Salzburg vs Chelsea
25.10.21:00D. Zagreb vs AC Milan
02.11.21:00AC Milan vs Salzburg
02.11.21:00Chelsea vs D. Zagreb


Group favourites Chelsea were stunned by Dinamo Zagreb on the opening matchday and that sent shockwaves through the Chelsea hierarchy as they sacked manager Thomas Tuchel the next day. That loss has seen Chelsea’s odds to win the group drift from an opening price of 1/3 out to 11/10 with Zagreb being trimmed into 20/1 from an opening 50/1.

Zagreb fully deserved their win and now new Blues manager Graham Potter will be tasked with guiding his team through the rest of the group games.

In the other group game, we saw outsiders Red Bull Salzburg put up a fine display to hold AC Milan to a 1-1 draw which now sees Chelsea propping up the group. Salzburg remains at 10/1 to win the group, whereas AC Milan have been cut from 100/30 into 6/5.


AC Milan ran out reasonably comfortable winners at home to the Croatian side with ex-Arsenal and Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud converting a penalty just before halftime. A second goal followed shortly after the break which more or less killed the game.

The Croatians got back in the game in the 56th minute when Mislav Orsic fired in to make it 2-1. However, Milan scored again with 13 minutes left and ran out comfortable winners. Milan are now favourites for the Group while Zagreb can still be backed at 5/1 to qualify which looks a big price seeing as they have a doubleheader to come against Salzburg who are no mugs themselves.

Chelsea battled to a 1-1 draw with Salzburg and now prop up the table. Their price of 13/8 to win the group is ridiculous now facing AC Milan in the next round of matches and there is definite value in backing Salzburg to qualify at 15/8.

Chelsea started the much better side, and put the Austrians under a lot of early pressure and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a great chance in the fourth minute but blasted over. The first goal came after the break and it was Raheem Sterling who fired Chelsea into a 1-0 lead. The game continued to ebb and flow but Salzburg drew level in the 75th minute and both teams could not find the winner.

It leaves Chelsea at the bottom of the group and they really have their work cut out to qualify.


Chelsea finally got their Champions League campaign kickstarted with a first group win when beaten AC Milan 3-0. The blues looked a much more cohesive unit than they have done in recent weeks, and Graham Potter seems to have got them ticking after a tricky transitional period. It will be tougher for the Blues in the return leg, but they are now odds on to qualify for the next stage.

In the other game, Salzburg registered a hard-fought 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb and they remain unbeaten in the group stage so far after two opening draws. With the form they have shown so far, they have a very solid chance of qualifying but are pretty good value to potentially run out Group Winners.


After a bad start to their Champions League campaign, Graham Potter has really turned this Chelsea side around as they did the double over AC Milan with a 2-0 away win. A Jorghino penalty and another goal from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the first half put paid to any chances AC Milan had.

Fikayo Tomori was sent off for the foul that led to the penalty and from there onwards it was a cruise for the Blues as they saw out the game without major alarms.

In the other game in Group E we saw the surprise of the group Red Bull Salzburg away to Dinamo Zagreb and the two sides played out an entertaining game creating 19 chances between them.

The Austrian side took the lead on 12 minutes before Zagreb equalised in the 40th minute. There were a few anxious moments for the Croatians as VAR intervened, but the goal was given.

All in all, a draw was a fair result and Salzburg who remain unbeaten in the tournament must now fancy their chances of progressing past the group stages.


  • Chelsea have strengthened into strong odds on favourites to win Group E with most bookmakers. However, William Hill are a standout 1/10.
  • Red Bull Salzburg can now be backed at a price of 2/1 to qualify from the group after their three draws and win on matchday three over Dinamo Zagreb.
  • AC Milan are now out to 18/1 third favourites to win the group after their matchday four loss to Chelsea.
  • Dinamo Zagreb who shocked Chelsea on matchday one are now out to 14/1 from 8/1 with William Hill to qualify from the group.
  • After losing their first group game and picking up 7 points from their next three games, Chelsea are now 16/1 from 20/1 with William Hill to win the Champions League outright.



Real Madrid 1/4 1/20 1/33 1/100 1/33
RB Leipzig 5/1 12/1 22/1 40/1 20/1
Celtic 14/1 25/1 40/1 100/1 No Offers
Shakhtar Donetsk 50/1 25/1 40/1 50/1 200/1

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


Last year’s winners Real Madrid are going to be mighty tough to beat in this group and although Leipzig are in here as second favourites, they may not cause the biggest threat. Celtic are back on top of the battle in Scottish football after winning the title last season and it will be a fight between them and Rangers once again.

However, Shakhtar Donetsk is a team that is always difficult to beat and they performed really well when only losing 2-1 at The Bernbeau last season in the Champions League and could well spring a surprise and qualify here at tempting odds of 10/1.


06.09.21:00Celtic vs Real Madrid
06.09.21:00RB Leipzig vs Shakhtar Donetsk
14.09.18:45Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic
14.09.21:00Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig
05.10.18:45RB Leipzig vs Celtic
05.10.21:00Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk
11.10.21:00Celtic vs RB Leipzig
11.10.21:00Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid
25.10.21:00Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk
25.10.21:00RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid
02.11.18:45Real Madrid vs Celtic
02.11.18:45Shakhtar Donetsk vs RB Leipzig


Group favourites Real Madrid ran out comfortable 3-0 winners away to Celtic and like their Scottish counterparts Rangers, they now look very unlikely to progress. Real Madrid have now been cut into 1/20 to win the group from an opening price of 1/4 and they are going to be difficult to beat in this group.

The big shock here was in the other game where Shakhtar Donetsk were 4-1 winners over one of the top Bundesliga sides RB Leipzig. That win came away from home and although they were unfancied for the group at 50/1, those odds have now been halved and it’s important to note we put Shakhtar up as one of the teams to qualify from this group in our pre-tournament analysis.


Real Madrid kept their unbeaten start to Group F with two late goals which now means that RB Leipzig are sitting at the bottom of the group and are now 20/1 to win the group which looks very unlikely as they face off with Celtic on a doubleheader in October.

Matchday one winners Shakhtar hosted Celtic at the ground of Legia Warsaw in Poland and the game ended in a 1-1 draw after Celtic wasted a number of chances to win the game. It gets tough for Shakhtar now with a doubleheader against Real Madrid, but they have played the Spaniards before and were not disgraced. With 4 points Shakhtar are still decent value at 11/4 with William Hill to qualify


Real Madrid are now 1/100 to win the group after disposing of Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 with all three goals coming in the first half. These two teams have met a few times over the last few years and although Shalhtar have got the worst of the results in that time, they have often given the Spaniards plenty to think about, and this game was no different. Don’t be surprised if Shakhtar can get at least a point in the return leg.

In the other group game, RB Leipzig disposed of Scottish Champions Celtic 3-1 and the Scots are now left propping up the group. Andre Silva scored two goals in quick succession in the second half to wrap up the points and the Germans coasted from that point on. The Germans also had a goal chalked off by VAR in the 61st minute and were full value for the three points.


It was heartbreak for Shakhtar as they took the lead against the mighty Real Madrid, only to lose an injury-time goal in the 95th minute which gave them a draw. They have performed well so far in this tournament and now sit in the third spot in the group a point behind RB Leipzig.

Shakhtar took the lead right at the start of the second half with a header from Oleksandr Zubkov and it was against the run of play with Real having most of the possession and chance in the first half. From then on it became a defensive strategy for Shakhtar and they almost pulled off one of the victories of the round.

However, Real kept on producing chances and it was deep in injury time when they got their reward as ex-Chelsea player Antonio Rudiger popped up late to head home from a Toni Kroos cross.

In the other game, we saw the final nail in the coffin for Celtic fans as they were more or less dumped out of the competition after losing 2-0 at home to RB Leipzig, which has carried the Germans into the second spot in the group.

Celtic now have to win their next two games and hope other results go their way, which looks unlikely, and they still have to face Real Madrid away.


  • Shock winners on matchday one Shakhtar Donetsk have now been pushed out to 200/1 to win the group with William Hill after their agonising draw to Real Madrid on matchday four.
  • Real Madrid are now 1/33 to win the group but are still available at 12/1 to win the tournament outright, even though they look assured to qualify easily from the group (could be a very generous price).
  • After their two opening group game losses and two wins over Celtic, RB Leipzig can now be backed at 9/1 to win the group generally but are a standout 20/1 with William Hill.
  • Celtic are now a big price at 191/1 to qualify for the next round on the exchanges.
  • Karim Benzema is now priced at 66/1 with Bet365 to win the Champions League Golden Boot.



Man City 1/5 1/10 1/33 1/50 1/16
Borussia Dortmund 11/2 6/1 10/1 20/1 8/1
Sevilla 9/1 33/1 50/1 100/1 No Offers
FC Copenhagen 40/1 100/1 200/1 250/1 No Offers

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


A cracking good group with Manchester City the firm favourites to top the group and the tournament favourites should have no trouble in securing progression here. The story, of course, will be the one of Erling Haaland against his former club and he will surely be wanting to score against his former employers.

It is difficult to see City not winning this group but from a betting perspective, it is Sevilla who looks the most interesting bet to qualify. Dortmund have not started great in the Bundesliga and the same can be said of Sevilla, but at 5/4 they look the value to qualify in the second spot behind Manchester City.


06.09.18:45Dortmund vs FC Copenhagen
06.09.21:00Sevilla vs Manchester City
14.09.21:00FC Copenhagen vs Sevilla
14.09.21:00Manchester City vs Dortmund
05.10.21:00Manchester City vs FC Copenhagen
05.10.21:00Sevilla vs Dortmund
11.10.18:45FC Copenhagen vs Manchester City
11.10.21:00Dortmund vs Sevilla
25.10.18:45Sevilla vs FC Copenhagen
25.10.21:00Dortmund vs Manchester City
02.11.21:00FC Copenhagen vs Dortmund
02.11.21:00Manchester City vs Sevilla


Without a doubt, the highlight of the opening games in Group G was the away demolition of Sevilla by a Manchester City side headed by Erling Haaland who is scoring goals for fun in the Premier League and is now the 7/4 favourite for the Champions League top scorer after a brace here. City have been shortened into 1/10 from 1/5 to win the group and it’s difficult to see that not happening.

Their biggest challenge will surely come from Haaland’s previous club Borussia Dortmund who also won comfortably beating FC Copenhagen 3-0.

However, they have drifted from an opening price of 11/2 to 6/1, such is the power of Manchester City’s squad. Dortmund are realistically playing for the second spot here.


Of course, the games in Group G were of huge interest with Manchester City hosting Borussia Dortmund and it was the first time Erling Haaland face his old team. Of course, the script was written and the Norwegian did not disappoint, grabbing the winner in the 84th minute.

Jude Bellingham gave the visitors the lead with a close-range header in the 56th minute which forced Pep Guardiola to make three changes and after that the pressure kept on building. Haaland hit the post in the 66th minute before the equaliser came on 80 minutes through John Stones. City have shortened to 2/1 to win the tournament while Dortmund are now 11/1 to win the group after this loss.

In the other game, FC Copenhagen fought out a goalless draw with Sevilla and these two now look to have their work cut out to qualify.


The Manchester City and Erling Haalnad bandwagon just keeps on rolling, and after drubbing their Manchester counterparts 6-3 in the league (Haaland scoring a hat-trick), they continued in the same vein of form here against Copenhagen with a 5-0 trouncing and Haaland scoring another brace.The Norwegian looks a lock for the Golden Boot and is now a best price 1/2 in that market, whilst City have been shortened into 7/4 (2/1 available with X)

It is three wins from three in the Group stage and its tough to see them dropping any points in the group phase.

The other game saw Borussia Dortmund hammer Sevilla 4-1 and they are now two wins from three and facing the Spaniards at home in the retrun fixture, must be strong favourites to qualify behind Manchester City. They were 3-0 up before half time and although Sevilla reduced the deficit in the 51st minute, Julian Brandt secured the game with a fourth goal in the 75th minute.


So we finished matchday four with both games ending in draws.

Manchester City travelled to Copenhagen and were widely expected to produce another wide-margin victory, but Pep Guardiola’s plans were hit early on as Sergio Gomez was sent off on the half-hour mark after having an initial booking upgraded by VAR.

It meant that Guardiola had to sacrifice an attacking option and Riyad Mahrez was substituted. City still dominated the play but could not find a way through and Copenhagen deserved a point.

In the other game, City’s main group rivals Borussia Dortmund also could only manage a draw at home to Sevilla, but that still leaves then poised nicely to qualify behind City for the next phase.

Sevilla took the lead on 18 minutes as Tanguy Nianzou powered a header home following a cross from a free kick. The lead did not last long though as Borussia composed themselves and got back on level terms in the 35th minute as Jude Bellingham continued his recent scoring run.

It was a second half of few chances and the spoils were quite rightly shared.


  • Original group favourites Manchester City are now a best-priced 1/16 to win the group after matchday four.
  • After these two draws on matchday four, the Germans Borussia Dortmund are now a top-priced 12/1 to win the group with William Hill.
  • Erling Haaland is now a top-priced EVS to win the Golden Boot with Bet365.
  • After drawing Manchester City, FC Copenhagen have now been cut to 22/1 to qualify from the group with William Hill.
  • Manchester City have strengthened as favourites for the tournament and are now 15/8 with William Hill and Betfred



Paris Saint Germain 1/3 1/7 1/6 1/10 4/9
Juventus 5/2 6/1 25/1 33/1 150/1
Benfica 12/1 10/1 7/2 6/1 9/4
Maccabi Haifa 150/1 250/1 1000/1 1000/1 1000/1

(prices updated 18th October 2022)


What a baptism of fire for Maccabi Haifa, but also what an opportunity for their fans and players to be playing against some of the very best in the world.

This looks a two-horse race on paper and it will be a shock if PSG does not qualify, but the same cannot be said of Juventus who have not had the best start to the season, whereas Benfica have won three out of three in Portgual and will give both of the top teams enough to think about.

Juventus look like they will be without Pogba which is a huge loss and at 9/4, that looks a tempting price to come in second behind PSG in this final group.


06.09.21:00Benfica vs Maccabi Haifa
06.09.21:00Paris SG vs Juventus
14.09.21:00Juventus vs Benfica
14.09.21:00Maccabi Haifa vs Paris SG
05.10.21:00Benfica vs Paris SG
05.10.21:00Juventus vs Maccabi Haifa
11.10.18:45Maccabi Haifa vs Juventus
11.10.21:00Paris SG vs Benfica
25.10.21:00Benfica vs Juventus
25.10.21:00Paris SG vs Maccabi Haifa
02.11.21:00Juventus vs Paris SG
02.11.21:00Maccabi Haifa vs Benfica


Kylian Mbappe showed his class in scoring both goals for PSG against a depleted Juventus side in a 2-1 win. They have now been shortened into 1/7 from 1/3 to win the group, whilst their Italian rivals have drifted from an opening price of 5/2 out to 6/1.

In the second game in this group, Benfica registered what was a straightforward win over group outsiders Maccabi Haifa and they are now firmly in the running to qualify from this group. Benfica has now been cut from 12/1 to 10/1 to win the group while Maccabi Haifa has gone from 150/1 to 250/1 which clearly reflects their chance in this group.


PSG were away to Maccabi Haifa and the French side were shocked early when they went 1-0 down in the 24th minute. That kickstarted them into gear and Lionel Messi equalised on 37 minutes. The second half was all PSG and Kylian Mbappe scored his third goal of this Champions League campaign and he is now priced up at 100/30 for the Golden Boot.

Neymar got in on the act to make it 3-1 late on and a comfortable victory for the Parisians.

In the other game, Juventus would have expected to register their first points in this season’s tournament but they were beaten 2-1 by a well-organised Benfica side who are now two from two and sit on six points with PSG. The Italians already look in trouble and you can now back them at 75/1 to win the Champions League.

Juventus started sharply against the Portuguese team and Polish star Arkadiusz Milik scored just four minutes in, but Benfica rallied and a penalty just before halftime seemed to knock the stuffing out of Juventus and they grabbed the winner in the second half on 55 minutes.


Benfica and PSG went into matchday three with two wins apeice and after a 1-1 draw they both stand on 7 points. Messi scored for the Parisiens on 22 minutes but an own goal gifted Benfica an equaliser in the 41st minute and from then on the game remained goalless. Neymar hit the bar in the 49th minute and although PSG dominated, theycould not find a way through. They are still heavy favourites to win the group after this draw.

In the other fixture, Juventuse disposed of Maccabi Haifa to secure their first points of the tournament when winning 3-1, however, it was not all plain sailing for the Italians and they will be given a tough game in the return leg in Israel. Juventus have now put themselves in position to make up serios ground on Benfica in second spot and will be hoping to win the next game before a potential group qualification decider on the 25th October.


A shock result in Group H with Macabbi Haifa beating Juventus, or was it?

The Italians have struggled throughout this campaign and now look likely to be eliminated at the Group stage. There was no fluke about the win of the Israeli team, and now Juventus have to worry about the distinct possibility of finishing last in the group.

Omer Atzili was the player that did the damage after scoring in the 7th and 42nd minutes for a memorable brace.

Juventus grew into the game in the second half but for all of their possession (58%) they could not really carve out any decent chances and now the Europa League could even prove out of reach.

In the other game the spoils were shared between PSG and Benfica and both are now on 8 points, which is five points clear of their other group rivals.

The scoring was made up of two penalties with Kylian Mbappe opening the scoring on 39 minutes after Juan Bernat was fouled. Benfica then equalised from the spot after Marco Verrati conceded the spot kick. The game petered out after this, and all in all, it was a decent night’s work for both sides who should now both qualify.


  • PSG are now 1/3 to win the group after drawing against Benfica on matchday four.
  • Maccabi Haifa are now a huge 1000/1 to win the group.
  • Benfica have now shortened into 1/100 with William Hill to qualify from this group after the latest draw against PSG on matchday four.
  • Kylian Mbappe scored both goals for the Parisians on matchday one, notched another on matchday two and a penalty against Benfica on matchday four, but is and is now a top price of 9/2 with Bet365 to be the Champions League top scorer.
  • Juventus can now be backed at a top price of 200/1 to win the group and have drifted to 500/1 to win the tournament with Bet365.


There are now so many different bets you can place on football and once the group stages get started we’ll be focusing on specific Champions League bets that are available.

We know that our audience is made up of advanced or expert bettors and especially those who have a good knowledge of football betting, however, we thought it would be helpful to list here some of the different types of bets you can place on football and answer the question, How do I bet on football?

So in this section, we have picked out some of the less common bets you might want to have a look at.

Both Teams To Score

A straightforward bet type and one where the bookies usually have the advantage, but by looking at our team stats above you can see if you might expect both teams to score.

As an example, let’s look at a recent qualifying fixture where PSV played Monaco and won 3-2 to progress to the final qualifying round.

PSV’s average match goals per game were 3.8 last season while Monaco averaged 5 match goals per game the last time we saw them in Europa League. It’s no wonder this was a high-scoring game.

Match Result Under/Over 2.5 Goals

Using the same match as an example we might expect PSV to win and if both teams are likely to score as the stats tell us then backing PSV and over 2.5 goals looked a fair bet seeing as they were at home.

Most punters have a gut feel on this bet but by using the stats we have gathered for all of the teams you can make some pretty informed decisions to find the best UEFA Champions League bets and improve your strike rate.

Handicap 1st Half

Another interesting market and if we look at a game that was due to be played on 16th August between Rangers and PSV. We’ll see that this market had some value.

Rangers will have to go for it being at home in the first leg considering how strong PSV are in terms of home goals scored. Rangers will be looking to get at least a two-goal cushion whilst PSV will try and contain early before trying to nick a goal on the night.

Backing PSV with a +1 start in the first half handicap betting could pay dividends at a short price (no prices available at time of writing) However, they are priced up at 1/2 to win the match with a +1 handicap.

Total Away Goals

A market where you’ll often get matchups of supposed weaker teams at home and stronger teams away, and we have such a match-up in one of the final qualifying games where Dynamo Kyiv are the outsiders at home to Benfica.

Kyiv’s average team goals scored was 0.2 while their average team goals conceded was 1.8 last season. While Benfica had an average of 1.4 in the Champions League and 2.3 in the Primeira League.

Both teams drew in Kyiv last year but Benfica were 2-0 victors at home in Portugal.

We could therefore expect it tough for Kyiv and the away side might score 2 goals. So backing over 2 match goals looks a solid bet.

Top 5 In-Play Football Bets

Next Team To Score

As the bookmakers look for more ways to give punters a wide selection of betting offers, they are turning to fast markets so the “Next Team To Score” market is one that has become popular.

To Win and Both Teams To Score

A live-in-play bet that fluctuates in price throughout the match and one that offers much bigger returns than just a straight win or a straight both teams to score bet.

Here you are picking a team to win the match and of course, both teams to score. But you could back both teams to win and two goals at various points of the match to create a profitable bet whoever wins.

This is definitely one of the best Champions League bets as there is lots of historical data available online to help you find potential winners.

Match Result And Over/Under 1.5 Goals

Similar to the above bet, but here you have the draw that also enters the equation and it makes for six possible results giving you even more options to bet throughout the match to create a profit. It means placing these in-play bets at strategic times when a team has scored.

Total Goals Odd/Even

An interesting bet if you like backing shorter prices with less risk. Here you can choose to back odd or even on the 90 minutes, the first half or the second half. Again prices will fluctuate as goals are scored and the clock ticks down. An interesting bet to add to your “Request A Bet” choices.

Total Goals

This is just a straight bet where you might have an opinion on the total goals. many bookmakers will offer a price on 0-2 Goals, 3+ Goals, and 4+ Goals.

A bet that can pay dividends when a top team are playing a lower-level opponent. It is possible to “Dutch” the 3+ and 4+ to make a profit.


Above we covered some of the more common football bet markets, but let’s look at some of the markets that are open before the Group stages begin on the 6th September.


We all have our own favourite striker and this year with all of the transfers in Europe we have some exciting matchups. Lewandowski vs Bayern, Haaland vs Dortmund and Mane vs Liverpool. And that is without mentioning Benzema and Mbappe. So who are the favourites and who might be a bit of value in the betting based on our earlier analysis of the groups.

The top strikers in the betting for leading scorer are listed below (prices updated 18th October 2022)

  • Erling Haaland 7/2 7/4 11/8 1/2 EVS
  • Kylian Mbappe 7/1 7/2 3/1 5/1 9/2
  • Karim Benzema 7/1 16/1 50/1 33/1 66/1
  • Robert Lewandowski 9/1 5/2 7/2 5/1 16/1
  • Mo Salah 12/1 25/1 20/1 33/1 3/1
  • Lionel Messi 50/1

With Manchester City the favourites it is no surprise to see Haaland top this market (EWVS favourite after matchday four) as the favourite and City have now qualified from their groupeasily enough, so he’ll surely net a few more in the remaining group games, as should Karim Benzema who is in the veteran stage now but just keeps pouring it on and scoring goals.

Mbappe has to be high on the list (9/2 after matchday four) but Lewandowski has now drifted in the betting with Barcelona looking to have a fight to qualify now. He’ll still be a lot of peoples favourite though. (Now 16/1 after matchday four)

Mo Salah’s goalscoring form over the last two seasons has been exceptional and he is another who was value at the start of the group games (but now only 3/1 after matchday four). At a bigger price we still think Harry Kane (50/1 after matchday four) could well be value. Spurs look to have one of the easier groups and if getting through these stages of the competition, he could rack up a few goals in the knockout stages.

You can keep up to date with the 2022/2023 Champions League Top Scorer table at


This is a really interesting betting market and at the time of writing the clear favourite here was England at EVS (Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham) so you still have four darts to throw at the board here and that could be a very generous price if you add it into multiples and with all four now looking like qualifying after matchday four. Yes, you have a chance to get two teams to the final and your bet is a lock. But, what happens if Man City reach the final and face PSG? Will City be much shorter than EVS?

Apart from England, Spain is another country the started with four teams (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletico Madrid and Sevilla) in the contest but are now trading at more than eight times the price of the Brits at 8/1. That now looks a very short price considering the recent results on matchday four for the last three mentioned.

France are well represented by PSG and Marseille and Germany has Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and last year’s Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

All being said the value really lies in backing England now at (5/6 after matchday three) as their four clubs look to be playing very well both in the Champions League and in their domestic league.


Last year’s finalists Real Madrid and Liverpool were priced up at 4/1 and 11/4 at the start of the tournament and we would not have put you off those prices, especially Real who look to have an easy enough job in the group stage. They are now priced at 100/30 and 9/2 respectively after matchday four

Bayern Munich who have a strong history in the competition are now into 9/4 after matchday four, but that looks a little skinny and the bet that looks value here now is Tottenham who have been cut from 12/1 to 8/1. With Kane firing the bullets for the North Londeners, they could quite easily mount a serious challenge this year with things seeming to be more stable with Antonio Conte building a sound squad.

Other Major Football Leagues and Tournaments

As well as The Champions League, our footie expert Mike Lovatt covers all of the big football leagues and tournaments from across the World and you can also read his thoughts on The Premier League, EFL Championship, and The World Cup.

Whatever type of football bets you like to place, and whatever Champions League team you support, we hope we have provided you with some great info and stats which will hopefully make your football betting more profitable.

Richard Smith
Richard Smith

I am a total sports fan, in particular horse racing, football and golf, and have been writing about these and other sports for a number of years. I have had the chance to attend many of the biggest horse racing events in my time and my sporting claim to fame has to be winning the inaugural RacingTV Tipstar contest back in 2014. When not watching or writing about sports and sports betting I like to take an interest in cryptocurrency, and last but not least spending time and playing with my two young grandchildren.

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