@Footy_Tipster gives his best bets and predictions ahead of a huge round of fixtures in the Champions League..

Champions League Predictions & Tips

FC Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain - Tuesday, 8pm

FC Barcelona welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on Tuesday evening in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. 

These two sides gave us a thrilling game in Paris last Wednesday in a Champions League classic, Barcelona went into the half-time break with a 1-0 lead, they found themselves chasing the game soon after though as PSG scored two quick-fire goals. Barca didn’t give up, goals from Raphinha and Andreas Christensen gave the Spanish giants something to defend on home turf on Tuesday evening. 

Despite the advantage, Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez still insists that there’s a lot of work still to do; "I think Paris probably still remain favourites to go through. It's very hard work to defend well against this Paris side. It's been a long time since we produced what we have [in the first leg], but there's still a lot to do. Now it's time to think about the second leg." – He’s right but they’ll take confidence from their victory as they look to secure just their second Champions League semi-final in the last nine campaigns. 

BARCELONA V PSG
Strength
56%
 
 
44%
Attacking Potential
58%
 
 
42%
Defensive Potential
43%
 
 
57%
Poisson Distribution
84%
 
 
16%
H2H
50%
 
 
50%
Goals
48%
 
 
52%
Wins the Game
56.5%
 
 
43.5%

Whilst Barcelona travelled to Cadiz on Saturday evening, PSG were able to enjoy a little rest before this second leg in Spain. The Parisians disappointed at the Parc des Princes, they are usually so good in Paris but they suffered their second loss of the season on home soil, you feel like if they are to progress into the Champions League semi-final, they’ll have to get their main man Kylian Mbappe involved more after the French striker had a quiet evening on Wednesday.

Even after their 3-2 defeat in Paris, PSG coach Luis Enrique still remains positive and knows without the away goal rule this season, it’s all still to play for; "It's all still open. We'll go to Barcelona raring to go and with ambition. It'll be a final for us and I have confidence in my team."

It’s all set up to be another brilliant night on Tuesday, it’s always full of goals when these two sides meet, we’ve seen both teams score in eleven of their thirteen competitive meetings, I’ll be surprised if we don’t have another game full of goals and drama, it’s all set up beautifully for the neutral. 

Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid - Tuesday, 8pm

A raucous Signal Iduna Park awaits for Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night as they head to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.

The first leg wasn’t quite as dramatic as the other three games last week but it was still an enjoyable tie with goals. Borussia Dortmund started the first leg a little slow compared to their opponents, Atleti flew out of the blocks and took an early lead after just four minutes before adding a second just before half-time. The Prussians deserve credit though, they made sure they stayed in the game and have given themselves a real chance here, thanks to a late goal from Sebastien Haller, although having hit the woodwork twice in the dying embers, Dortmund might have felt a little disappointed on their way home from Madrid. 

Dortmund coach Edin Terzic was impressed with how his side reacted in the first leg; "Everything remains open. We made too many mistakes [in the first leg], but more important to me is the reaction we showed. In the end, a draw wouldn't have been undeserved. Now we look forward to what's coming, we know what we have to do at home."

BORUSSIA DORTMUND V ATLETICO MADRID
Strength
40%
 
 
60%
Attacking Potential
47%
 
 
53%
Defensive Potential
44%
 
 
56%
Poisson Distribution
77%
 
 
23%
H2H
33%
 
 
67%
Goals
56%
 
 
44%
Wins the Game
49.5%
 
 
50.5%

Atletico Madrid followed up their victory in the first leg with another victory in La Liga on Saturday afternoon, they beat Girona 3-1 and closed the gap to third to just four points. Despite being so strong at home, the same cannot be said when Atleti are on the road, they’ve won just once in their last seven away games, their last away game in this competition also ended in defeat, they’ll need to improve if they are to make it to their first Champions League semi-final since 2017. 

Atleti coach Diego Simeone was impressed with his side’s performance in the first leg, the Argentine said; "When I win, I am happy. When I win, it gives me a good feeling. When the team plays the way it did, I'm happy. I think all the games at this stage will be very equal – we've seen that in all the matches and in ours too. It's a very difficult rival that we face."

I think this will be quite a feisty affair with both teams desperate to keep their Champions League campaign alive, Dortmund are unbeaten at home in the competition this season against AC Milan, Newcastle, PSG and PSV. We might witness a tight and cagey affair here, I can see Dortmund taking this game to extra-time. 

Bayern Munich v Arsenal - Wednesday, 8pm

Arsenal will make the trip to Germany on Wednesday evening as they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Bayern Munich fans will be in attendance on Wednesday night after serving their one-match ban due to supporters throwing fireworks onto the pitch during their victory over Lazio in the previous round. The absence of the away end last week didn’t phase Bayern Munich too much, the German giants left North London with a 2-2 draw despite Arsenal being the betting favourites in that game, it’s all to play for in this mouth-watering second leg. 

Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel knows that the home fans can make a real difference in this fixture; “We've got a draw so the situation is clear: the winner moves on. We're playing at home, we need this kind of atmosphere from the fans and we need the same devotion, passion and quality that we had tonight – then we'll get through."

BAYERN MUNICH V ARSENAL
Strength
50%
 
 
50%
Attacking Potential
38%
 
 
63%
Defensive Potential
57%
 
 
43%
Poisson Distribution
69%
 
 
31%
H2H
62%
 
 
38%
Goals
67%
 
 
33%
Wins the Game
57.2%
 
 
43.0%

Arsenal had a weekend to forget in the Premier League, after seeing Crystal Palace defeat Liverpool at Anfield before their game against Aston Villa. The Gunners knew a victory at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon would have put a three-point gap between themselves and Liverpool but Villa had other ideas, a 2-0 victory for the Villans didn’t just put a dent in Arsenal’s title hopes, it also now raises questions about their trip to Germany and how they will react.  

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta still believed his side could get a result in Germany after their first leg performance; “But even at 2-1, we were composed, tried to find our rhythm and didn't try to rush things. I have a lot of belief we can go there and beat them. We have to prepare really well." The London side will be hoping this isn’t the start of their season fizzing out. 

I think we can expect more of the same in this second leg, five of the last six games in the Champions League between these two sides have seen both teams score on the night, whilst Bayern Munich have won their last two home games against Arsenal in this competition, both with a 5-1 scoreline.


Champions League Bet of the Day

The Champions League is the most prestigious competition in club football. Starting with qualifying matches in mid-summer, teams from all over the continent battle it out to reach the 32-team group stage.

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Those teams are split into eight groups of four. The teams then play each other home and away, with the top two progressing to the last 16. Teams who finish third in their group drop into the Europa League. 

The knockout rounds of the competition are often home to the greatest moments and relate directly to Champions League betting drama.

All of the knockouts take place over two legs, with the aggregate score used to decide which team progresses (extra time and penalties are used to decide ties where aggregates are level after 180 minutes). 

Of course, the goal is reaching the Champions League final, which is a one-off match held in a neutral venue. 

Throughout the course of the competition, our expert football tipsters will provide you with free Champions League predictions.

This page will frequently be updated with our Champions League bet of the day and various other free football tips. 

Champions League Group Predictions

888Sport is your go-to place for Champions League predictions.

Football punters all over the world are searching for betting value when it comes to Europe’s premier competition, and our football prediction experts are here to help you out.

The group stage takes place through the first half of the season. Teams supposedly poised for long unbeaten runs have been toppled by minnows. Failure to qualify from a group has seen the end of many managerial tenures. 

The format lends itself to chaos on matchday six as teams compete for the top two spots.

888Sport brings you regular and well-informed Champions League tips during the group stage, including BTTS, total goals, goal scorer tips and match winner predictions. On occasion, we will dabble with Champions League correct score predictions, too. 

When does the Champions League 2023/24 begin?

  • Matchday one: September 19-20

  • Matchday two: October 3-4

  • Matchday three: October 24-25

  • Matchday four: November 7-8

  • Matchday five: November 28-29

  • Matchday six: December 12-13

What is the group stage draw for the Champions League?

  • Group A: Bayern, Man United, Copenhagen, Galatasaray

  • Group B: Sevilla, Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Lens

  • Group C: Napoli Real Madrid, Braga, Union Berlin

  • Group D: Benfica, Inter, Salzburg, Real Sociedad

  • Group E: Feyenoord, Atlético Madrid, Lazio, Celtic

  • Group F: PSG, Dortmund, Milan, Newcastle

  • Group G: Man City, Leipzig, Red Star, Young Boys

  • Group H: Barcelona, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Antwerp

Free Champions League Betting Tips & Predictions

At 888Sport, we have a stacked team of betting experts. Alongside our free Champions League tips, we also have tipsters covering football from all over Europe, along with several other sports.

Daily sports tips are uploaded to the 888Sport blog with dedicated pages for football predictions, Premier League tips and Championship predictions from one of the best in the business in Football League expert Tony Incenzo.

You can also find tips and predictions on a range of other competitions and sports, including horse racing tips and NFL expert picks. In addition, check out our up-to-date sporting calendar for a full list of the biggest upcoming events.

Check back on this page during the season for our latest 888 tips and free Champions League predictions. We will consistently be monitoring Champions League odds to provide you with the best value picks. 

Outright Champions League Odds

Defending champions Manchester City top the Champions League winner odds for 2023-24. Priced at 2/1 to retain the crown, City are eyeing up back-to-back trebles this season.

As of 29th June 2023, Bayern Munich are second favourites at 7/1 ahead of Real Madrid (9/1) and PSG (10/1).

Runners up in 2022-23, Inter are way out at 33/1 despite having lifted the Champions League trophy on numerous occasions themselves.

Newcastle, who have qualified for the competition for the first time in two decades, are priced at 20/1 to win the competition.

The Magpies have the longest price of any Premier League club with Arsenal and Manchester United at 14s and 16s respectively. 

Key Champions League Dates 2023-24

  • 11th July 2023 – Preliminary qualifying rounds begin

  • 22nd-30th August 2023 – Qualifying Playoff Round

  • 31st August 2023 – Group stage draw

  • 19th-20th September 2023 – Group stage matchday 1

  • 3rd-4th October 2023 – Group stage matchday 2

  • 24th-25th October 2023 – Group stage matchday 3

  • 7th-8th November 2023 – Group stage matchday 4

  • 28th-29th November 2023 – Group stage matchday 5

  • 12th-13th December 2023 – Group stage matchday 6

  • 13th-21st February 2024 – Round of 16 1st legs

  • 5th-13th March 2024 – Round of 16 2nd legs

  • 9th-10th April 2024 – Quarter final 1st legs

  • 16th-17th April 2024 – Quarter final 2nd legs

  • 30th April-1st May 2024 – Semi final 1st legs

  • 7th-8th May 2024 – Semi final 2nd legs

  • 1st June 2024 – Final 


*All of our 888 Experts picks and betting tips can be considered as a suggestion only.*

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to Alamy*

Sam (Footy_Tipster) is a sports betting tipster, specialising mainly in football although he has also been known to provide tips in Formula One. He has been running an online football tipping service for the past 10 years and continues to grow his community, with a social media following of over 30,000 sports fans. 

 

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