Sides like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Benfica, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan, etc, etc, the list goes on, battle it out for the Europe’s top prize every season, and with such big clubs included, the competition is a major betting event.
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UEFA’s decision to allow more than just the national champions into the competition (starting back in the season of 1992/93) made the cup far harder to win, as now instead of just facing one team from each nation, you can now face four teams from countries such as Spain, England and Germany.
This means that rather than just having to potentially face one of Real Madrid or Barcelona in the draw, you now have both in there. Likewise with England, where you can now have Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool (for example), rather than just one of those 4 clubs.
The current format sees qualification through domestic leagues, or winning the Europa League. Some sides go directly into the group format (for example league winners of major European Leagues), while some sides have to play preliminary qualifiers.
Once all that is completed, the competition proper starts with 32 teams in 8 groups of 4 teams, labelled A to H. All teams play each other in their group, home and away (6 matches each in total). The top 2 from each group then go into the Round of 16 knock out stages, followed by Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals, and the Final to decide the Champions of Europe.
Popular betting markets on the Champions League are Outright Winner, Group Winner Betting, Top Tournament Goalscorer, and Match Betting. In the group stages there are lots of weekly games allowing Acca Insurance to come into play.