Champions League

Champions League Heating Up

With three matches being played in the Champions League group stage there are some clear favorites to make the knockout stage while many teams still have a lot of work to do. The next round of matches are ones from the last round, but the home team now has to hit the road.

There are no huge shocks so far, but one surprise is the play of Jueventus. Juve is in second place in Italy Serie A, but they are in third place in Group B behind Real Madrid and Galatasaray. They host Real Madrid in a big match and they lost to them 2-1 in the last go-around in the Spanish Capital.

No Surprises in Champions League

This week in Champions League play there were no big upsets. However, there were some minor surprises with Barcelona playing to a 1-1 draw with AC Milan, Zenit beating Porto on the road, and Borussia Dortmund beating Arsenal on the road.

Real Madrid - Juventus Clash

Real Madrid and Juventus are two of the biggest clubs in the world and they face each other in a key Champions League match. Real has gotten off to a great start in Group B play with two wins in two matches while Juve only has two draws. No wonder why Real are such big betting favorites.

Mid week Real Madrid was favored at -188 at Bet365 with Juventus at +500 and the draw line at +300.

Champions League Futures

Champions League Futures

There are no Champions League matches this week, as the group play resumes next Tuesday.

While there are not matches this week there are many betting odds out for the overall winner and group stage winner as well as many other proposition bets.

All of these Champions League betting odds are as of October 7, 2013.

Champions League Matchday 2

The second matches of the Champions League group phase took place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and while there were no big upsets there were quite a few surprising draws.

Zenit St Petersburg was at home against Austria Vienna where they were the betting favorites and they played to a 0-0 draw. Another surprising draw was Juventus at home and playing to a 2-2 draw with Galatasaray. AC Milan and Manchester United were on the road and both played to a 1-1 draw with Ajax and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively.

Champions League Preview

Every match in the group stage of the Champions League is a big one, but if you look at the top clubs the best one has to be Manchester City hosting defending Champion Bayern Munich next week. This is a Group D game where each club won their opening match. Bayern is the betting favorite on the road in this match at +110 with Man City at +230 and a draw at +250.

Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is referred to as simply the Champions League and is the biggest club competition in Europe and, probably, the biggest in the world. The Champions League takes the champions of each of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) leagues with the bigger leagues having more entries, and pits them against each other in a tournament that runs from July until May.

The Champions League begins with three knockout stage playoff rounds and then the 10 clubs that survive that advance to the 32-team group stage, where 22 clubs automatically qualify. There are eight groups of four clubs that each play a home-and-away leg against the three other clubs in the group. The top two clubs advance to the knockout stage where there is another home-and away leg to determine who advances to the next round. This culminates in a winner-take-all one-match final.

The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. There were European club competitions that began in 1955, and the current Champions League format was established in 1992. In the 2013 final when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 the match was the most watched sporting event worldwide of the year.

The Champions League has been won by 22 clubs, with 12 that have won at least twice. Real Madrid has been the dominant club in the competition with 10 titles. The top four clubs from the bigger leagues of Europe in Spain, England, and Germany each receive four automatic Champions League entries, with Italy having three.