Champions League Qual Betting Odds Comparison

The Champions League is the holy grail of football for many sides and certainly for many of football’s legion of money men. Whilst the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG won’t be thinking about the competition just yet, many of Europe’s smaller sides are already very much involved.

Whilst the big boys won’t start their quest for Champions League glory until September, the pre-group qualification stages began back in June. Sides such as Northern Ireland’s Linfield, The New Saints of Wales and Malta’s Hibernians may not be household names but they, unlike relative giants such as Everton, AC Milan and Valencia, can at least say they played in the 2017-18 Champions League.

The draw for the Group Stage takes place at the end of August but before then we have a number of qualification rounds ahead of us. We’ve got live odds comparison for all of these games. If you fancy a bet on some of this Champions League football, this is the easiest way to get the best betting odds.

You might not ordinarily bet on sides you’ve barely heard of, but with no other major football between now and August, why not give it a chance? There are three qualifying rounds and then a round of play-offs prior to the start of the Champions League proper.

The first qualifying round has been and gone, with sides such as the aforementioned Linfield and Hibernians managing to progress. Those two face Celtic and Red Bull Salzburg respectively, so we fancy it is safe to say that will be the end of the line for them.

The second qualifying round of this year’s Champions League takes place on the 11-12 and 18-19 July. The final qualifying round follows a week later, with first legs on the 25-26 July and return fixtures on 1-2 August.

At this stage some of Europe’s genuine heavyweights enter proceedings. Napoli, Sevilla, Liverpool, Hoffenheim and Sporting Lisbon await the plucky minnows who make it this far. The draw for this crucial stage of the 2017-18 Champions League will be made on the 4th August. The key matches will then be held on the 15-16 August and 22-23 August.

This whole process will ultimately put 10 sides through to the Champions League Group Stage. If any of the smallest sides can make it this far they will be in line for an unparalleled (for them) pay day. It’s unlikely that any of the sides from the first qualifying round will make it this far but, of course, anything can happen in football.

At the other end of the spectrum, failure for the likes of Liverpool or Napoli would be a huge blow. The financial implications and the impact on attracting new signings would really set these clubs back.

Of course, none of this concerns neutrals. All we care about is backing winners at the best odds so, with easy odds comparison to help, enjoy your Champions League summer betting!

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