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Betting on Champions League football with Casumo

Nothing against cricket, but the world’s biggest and most widely watched sport is football. Such meteoric has been its growth over the past 100 years that today there is no country on the face of the Earth without a sizable football following.

The sheer size of the Beautiful Game also means that it naturally offers immense opportunities to bet on, put your expertise to use and make tall stacks of cash.

As one of the leading sportsbooks in the region, Casumo, is well aware of football’s importance from betting point of view. Thus, we offer a wide range of football markets and bet types for our customers.

 

Champions League – where it started, where it is today

The crown jewel of Casumo’s football coverage is the UEFA Champions League. 

Arguably the Holy Grail in European club football, the Champions League has quite an interesting backstory. 

Europeans have long been the pioneers in most things football, but not many know that they weren't the first ones to organise a pan-continental club-based tournament.

The year was 1948 and the date was March 14 when in the Chilean capital of Santiago, Brazil's Vasco da Gama were crowned the winners of the first and only Campeonato Sudamericano de Campeones (South American Championship of Champions). 

Seated in the stands, scribbling notes on his pad and casting envious looks was French journalist Jacques Ferran - there at the behest of L'Equipe magazine. 

Once back on home soil, a fascinated Ferran would waste no time in reporting how grand a success South America's club-wide spectacle was and how badly Europe needed to have something similar.

It would still take seven years of lobbying by Ferran himself and his editor Gabriel Hanot before the matter was formally discussed in 1955 at a UEFA congress.

After much deliberation and some opposition, the UEFA European Cup was born that very year. 

Over the past 65 years, the European Cup, now called the Champions League, has gone from strength to strength, giving its fans dominant champions and Cinderella stories, skilful attackers to hardnosed defenders and unbridled exultation to cruel heartbreaks.

As of today, it is the most widely watched annual event in not just football but ALL OF SPORTS.

A typical Champions League campaign spans almost the entire year. It begins in late June with the qualifying round, which concludes towards the end of August. The clubs that come out triumphant in the qualifiers are then grouped with those that had already qualified. The group stages generally go on from September to December, and those that survive, battle it out in double-legged knockout phase that lasts from February till May. 

The winner-takes-all finale is then held either in late May or early June, depending on dates.

 

The 2020-21 Champions League campaign from a betting perspective

This season’s Champions League is currently nearing the knockout rounds. Those joining in right now could bet on the fate of the entire tournament, deciding between co-favourites Bayern Munich and Manchester City (both 3/1 to win the tournament) or pick any of the ailing giants such as Real Madrid or Barcelona (both 16/1). They can also take a punt on a potential windfall by picking an underdog such as 2004 winners Porto (100/1).

Also on offer is the market for the highest goalscorer. Erling Haaland (4/1), Neymar (5/1), Marcus Rashford (5/1) and Alvaro Morata (10/1) are currently tied at the top with six goals each. But not far behind with four goals under his belt is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not only the most prolific scorer in the competition’s history but also takes penalties and freekicks for Juve. Unlike his days at Real Madrid, he hasn’t had a deep UCL run with Juve which only means he’d be as motivated as ever to do that this year. He can be backed at odds of 13/2. 

A certain Lionel Messi - you might have heard of him - is also worth a look at a whopping 14/1.

Those eyeing ballsy bonanza plays can consider Raheem Sterling (40/1), who currently only has a single goal to his name but plays for co-favs Man City, who have a crisis at the striker position and often have to rely on Sterling for goals. Not to mention that City have a relatively easier tie against Gladbach coming up.  

The market for Round of 16 individual matchups also offers several gilt-edged opportunities to make some easy cash. The Barcelona vs PSG clash is easily the most hotly anticipated tie of the round while those looking for mismatches or underdog plays might find Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City interesting. There might also be some value in backing RB Leipzig at home against a Liverpool side in a state of freefall.

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About Casumo

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