Real Madrid wrote history last year, by defeating Liverpool in the final and winning their third consecutive Champions League-title. But after being considered one of the favourites to win the title for a number of years, Real Madrid has now fallen down in the list of winner odds. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that Ronaldo, the top goal scorer of all time in Champions League, has left the club for Juventus.
Instead, we have three other big clubs on top of the winner odds. Manchester City is after a great Premier League season the favourite to win, to the odds of 5/1. They are however closely followed by Barcelona to the odds of 11/2 and Juventus to the odds of 13/2.
How Champions League 2018/19 will end according to the winner’s odds
Winner odds collected from Unibet 2018-10-08
Schedule and results
The schedule for Champions League spans over nearly a year. The qualification rounds starts in June with the first leg. Usually, three qualification rounds are played over the summer – and it all ends with a play-off for the group stage.
The group stage usually begins during autumn, spans over 6 rounds and ends in December. The play-offs then begins in February with the round of 16, and ends in May or June with the final.
Here at Oddsexpert, you can find the Champions League schedule in its entirety – as well as the results from finished matches.
The format of Champions League
The present format of Champions League contains 32 teams split into eight groups. From 1955 until 1992 it was only the countries respective league winners that qualified to the tournament. For the season of 1997/98 Champions League was however expanded with some of the second-placed teams from the different leagues.
The teams who win the major European Leagues will be directly qualified to the group stage of Champions League, and other top placed teams will have to enter the qualification stage. Since the season of 1999/00, the top three or four teams in the big leagues such as Premier League or La Liga has the chance of qualifying into the group stage as well.
In the group stage of Champions League there are 32 participating teams divided into six groups: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G and Group H. There are four teams in each group, and the top to teams in each of them will move on into the round of 16. The third team in each group will move on to the Play-offs in Europa League.
The Champions League play-offs
The play-offs in Champions League starts in February, and is a knockout stage. The teams will play against each other twice, at home once and away once. If the result would be a tie after two games, the team that has scored most goals in their away-match will move on to the next stage. If the two teams has scored equally as many goals, the result will be set through additional time and penalties.
The teams that move on to the next round will face each other in the round of 16. The matches are decided through a draw – although two teams from the same country won’t face each other in this round. The matches in the quarter- and semifinals are also decided through draws. There is no match for third place in Champions League, only one final for the top two teams. The final is played in a pre-decided arena, and is settled through just one match.
Champions League tables – follow your team
Here at Oddsexpert, you can follow all the teams and their results from the group stage. The tables for the different groups are updated as soon as the match results are set – so that you can stay updated on your favorite team!
Champions League facts and history
UEFA Champions League is the club tournament where the best teams in Europe competes for the title of European Champions. The tournament was played for the first time in 1955, under the name European Champions Club’s Cup. The format of the cup has changed a number of times since then, mostly because more teams has been added. The current format of Champions League came about in 1993, and since then the tournament has been played with 32 teams.
Winners throughout the years
Since the start back in 1955, Real Madrid has won the title 12 times – and is still the only team to defend their title. After Real Madrid it is Milan, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool that has been most successful in Champions League.