The dust has barely settled on the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League final and already fans can bet on next season. Online sportsbooks have installed Liverpool as second favourites, behind English rival Manchester City and ahead of the Spanish giants.
Champions League betting has become bigger and bigger in recent years. One reason is the growing popularity of the tournament across the world. Another major reason is the rapid growth of online sportsbooks, who make it easy to wager on pre-game and live betting from a computer or mobile device.
The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League tournament is still a few months away from starting, but fans can already bet on all the action including tournament winner and club specials.
Man City, Liverpool Lead 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Betting
Liverpool will be going for back-to-back European trophies next year, but Man City will go into the Champions League tournament as favourites. City, as we all know, pipped Liverpool by one point for the English Premier League title this season. Fans can pick up a Betfred bonus and get enhanced odds on either City or Liverpool winning next year’s Champions League.
Here are the top 10 teams in the early Betfred odds for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League title: Manchester City, 6.00, Liverpool, 6.50, Barcelona, 7.00, Real Madrid, 9.00, Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint German, 10.00, this year’s runner-up Tottenham, 17.00, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, both 23.00.
This Year’s Champs League Teaches Anything Can Happen
If the just-completed 2018-19 Champions League season has taught us something, it’s that anything can happen. This season’s tournament was one of the most unpredictable in recent memory – and unpredictability is a great thing for fans looking to get a great betting deal.
Just look at the semi-finals as an example. Liverpool lost the first leg 3-0 at Barcelona but scored four times at home at Anfield to achieve an incredible comeback victory. Not to be outdone, Tottenham came from 3-0 down on aggregate to score three second-half goals at Ajax Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena and make the Champions League final for the first time.
Live Betting is Where the Big Money Was Last Season
The pre-game betting odds for both semi-finals were fairly even, but the live betting odds were where the real action was. Just imagine the odds you would have got on Liverpool when they were four goals down or on Spurs when they were three goals down. The betting odds would have been out of this world, and fans that took the risk were rewarded with huge payouts.
What does the 2019-20 Champions League have in store for fans? Will there be more comeback heroics of the type that are great for live betting? Or will we see an outsider win the Champions League from 1,000/1+ odds in the same vein that Leicester City won the English Premier League from 5,000/1 in 2015-16? We don’t know – and that’s what makes football betting so exciting.