Champions League Schedule
A typical Champions League schedule will run from June through until May the following year.
June sees the first round of qualifiers take place, one of five qualifying rounds prior to the Group Stages.
The Group stages itself, the main tournament, usually starts in the middle of September, with 6 match weeks between September and December.
Due to the majority of European leagues taking a winter break, the UEFA Champions League knockout phases do not begin until February.
The knockout phases are played across February, March, April, and May with the Final usually set for the end of May, sometimes early June.
Champions League schedule 2020
As with most sport in 2020 the Champions League schedule was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with all sport canceled, the Champions League, which was midway through the Round of 16 was also postponed.
The UEFA Executive Committee announced the tournament will be completed and have rescheduled the remaining 2020 Champions League games as follows;
- Round of 16 – 7–8 August 2020
- Quarter-finals – 12–15 August 2020
- Semi-finals – 18–19 August 2020
- Final – 23 August 2020
Due to the late finishing of the 2019-20 Champions League schedule, the knock-on effect is a late-starting slightly truncated 2020-21 Champions League schedule.
The qualifiers for the 2020-21 Champions League will begin on 8 August 2020, a couple of months later than initially planned but the Champions League Final itself is still scheduled for May 29th, 2021, in Istanbul.
Champions League Picks and Predictions
Our industry-leading experts are on hand to provide you with the best, free Champions League predictions and picks throughout every stage of Europe’s premier tournament.
The Champions League is the best club competition in the world, with Europe’s elite teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, PSG, Manchester City, and Liverpool pitted against one another until only one team remains, crowning them European champions.
The Champions League is so much more however than just the big-name teams, with 55 different associations represented each year from the qualifying stages, the Champions League is no stranger to an upset.
Our expert’s research every Champions League team in equal parts, knowing the ins and outs of Real Madrid is just as important as knowing everything about a lesser-known team they may be facing.
You can often get heavy favorites in the Champions League, but that will be reflected in their odds, so our experts look beyond the obvious and ensure all of our Champions League predictions and picks are the best value selections.
Before making each Champions League prediction our experts analyze statistics, team news, injuries, travel, and more to ensure all angles are covered before comparing them with the bookmakers’ odds. It’s hard to be better informed
All of our Champions League picks and predictions are posted a couple of days before the match to ensure you have time to read the preview and get the best, early Champions League odds available.
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How to wager on the Champions League
The Champions League is fiercely competitive, and while you may see heavy favorites early on in the group stage, they are not infallible and the majority of matches could go either way.
With the margins being so fine between Europe’s elite, you often have to look beyond the obvious and research every possible factor that can influence the game to find an edge.
With 125 matches in the Champions League schedule each season, researching the matches to the level and detail required is no easy task.
Not only do you have a huge amount of information on hand to decipher, but as will all elite soccer matches, there is a huge variety of markets available, and finding the best value and safest picks can be just as tricky.
From the traditional markets such as Moneylines, Spreads, and Goals totals to the more exotic bets such as Both Teams To Score, Team Props, Player Props, and with some sportsbooks even Same Game Parlays, the enormity of markets on offer can be overwhelming.
That’s where Pickswise rises to the top. Our expert analysts lean on decades of experience with Champions League betting, conducting the most in-depth research into every team and match during the Champions League schedule to provide the most informed and well-researched Champions League picks and predictions.
Where to watch the Champions League
Turner Sports holds the exclusive rights to broadcasting both of Europe’s premier club competitions in the Champions League and the Europa League.
Turner Sports will show all 137 UEFA Champions League matches live through their TNT channel.
Turner Sports holds the broadcasting rights to the Champions League until the end of the 2020-21 season when CBS will take over the broadcasting of both the Europa League and Champions League.
How many teams are in the Champions League
A certain number of teams from each League in Europe qualify for the Champions League. The stage in which they qualify for and the number of places each league has depends on the quality of the league itself.
Some teams will have to contest qualifiers while others will qualify directly for the group stages itself.
In total 79 teams will participate in the Champions League each season, with five stages of qualification prior to the 32-team group stage, which is followed by a 16 team knockout stage.
Who has won the most Champions League titles
The Champions League, previously known as the European Cup, was founded in 1955, with Real Madrid winning the inaugural competition.
Real Madrid, have proved that was no fluke ever since, stamping their claim as one of the world’s best clubs and have become the winning most side in Champions League history.
Real Madrid have won the Champions League on 13 occasions, including winning three successive Champions League trophies between 2016-2018
In behind Real Madrid, we have AC Milan win 7 Champions League titles, and 2019 winners Liverpool come in at third with 6 titles.
In total, 22 clubs have won Europe’s premier club competition. As you would expect the bigger European footballing nations come to the fore in the Champions League, with Spanish clubs leading the way with 18 titles, English clubs second with 13, Italy in third with 12 and German fourth with 7 titles.
Previous Champions League Cup Winners
2018-19 – Liverpool
2017-18 – Real Madrid
2016-17 – Real Madrid
2015-16 – Real Madrid
2014-15 – Barcelona
2013-14 – Real Madrid
2012-13 – Bayern Munich
2011-12 – Chelsea
2010-11 – Barcelona
2009-10 – Inter Milan
When do you post your Champions League picks and predictions?
At Pickswise we cover every match on the Champions League schedule, bringing you the most informed and well-researched Champions League predictions for each game.
To ensure you have the time to digest our analysis and preview for each match, all of our Champions League predictions are available a couple of days before matchday.
The Champions League is also extremely popular with sports bettors, partly due to the high-quality action on offer, but also with it being midweek, it tends not to clash with many other sporting events.
As such, you’ll see Champions League odds fluctuate throughout the week, and the odds for a wager can be considerably less on gameday after the public money has been wagered, compared to a few days earlier.
With this in mind, by posting our Champions League predictions and analysis ahead of time, we can ensure you have the best chance of getting the top Champions League odds for your wagers.
Parlays are a great option with Champions League picks as you can see high scoring games, particularly in the group stages, and strong favorites.
Betting a Champions League parlay allows you to combine wagers to boost your odds and potential payouts, as well as having a wager to watch in multiple matches.
We highlight the best Champions League parlay plays either the night before or the morning of a Champions League matchday.
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