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UEFA Champion’s League final 2019 guide

April 23rd, 2019 News & Events, Sports Guides

The UEFA Champions League final decides the overall winner of UEFA’s premier competition, making it the most high-profile match of the club football season. The match sees the two teams that have emerged from the group and knockout stages play each other at a neutral venue to see who will be taking home the prestigious trophy.

Be sure to take a look at our UEFA Champions League guide to find out more about the tournament. We’ll discuss all the essential info you’ll need before the big match, including:

When is the UEFA Champions League final 2019?

The UEFA Champions League final 2019 is on Saturday 1st June 2019 with a kick-off time of 20.00 GMT/21.00 CET. The match will last the standard 90 minutes, with extra time (30 minutes) if the scores are level. If there is still no winner after extra time, a penalty shootout will take place. The 2018/19 final will be the 64th in the history of the competition.

Where is the UEFA Champions League Final 2019?

The UEFA Champions League final 2019 venue stadium will be the Wander Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain, the home of Atletico Madrid. The Champions league final stadium was chosen through UEFA’s first ever open bidding process in December 2016. There have been four previous finals hosted in Madrid, but this will be the first held outside of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

Is the UEFA Champions League final on UK TV? What channel is it on?

Looking forward to watching the UEFA Champions League final on TV? You’ll be happy to know you can watch the biggest game of the season on BT Sports in the UK, which is available as part of BT TV, online, or through other providers. BT also broadcasts the game for free on their website, through their app, and on YouTube.

Who will win the UEFA Champions League 2019? What are the odds?

Looking to make some Champions League predictions? The tournament is very competitive, featuring plenty of top teams who are capable of winning the trophy. This makes picking a favourite very difficult.

Thankfully, as the competition rolls on and teams are eliminated, it gets easier to decide who will win the Champions League, as there are fewer clubs to choose from and we can get more of a sense of each club’s form. On the other hand, the fewer teams remaining, the shorter the odds you’ll receive, so if you’re confident a certain team will win, it’s best to place your bet as early as possible.

We won’t know for sure who will be in the UEFA Champions League final until the two legs of both semi-final fixtures have been played on the 30th April 2019 and the 7th May 2019.

For the teams remaining, these are the current UEFA Champions League winner odds:

Club Odds Manager Previous wins
Manchester City 12/5 Pep Guardiola None
Juventus 57/17 Massimo Allegri Two (1985, 1996)
Barcelona 15/4 Ernesto Valverde Five (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Liverpool 9/2 Jürgen Klopp Five (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005)
Manchester United 22/1 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Three (1968, 1999, 2008)
Tottenham 28/1 Mauricio Pochettino None
Ajax 50/1 Erik ten Hag Four (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995)
Porto 100/1 Sérgio Conceição Two (1987, 2004)

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With so many top teams left in the competition, it’s worth having a closer look at the potential winners of the UEFA Champions League 2019.

Manchester City — 12/5

Over the past decade, Manchester City have seen a huge amount of domestic success, but this has failed to translate to the European stage. But, with previous Champions League winner and former Barcelona mastermind Pep Guardiola in charge, this might be the season where City put their form together and finally win the trophy.

They fell at the quarter-final stage last season to Liverpool, but most bookies have them down as favourites for the cup this year. And, with a squad packed with star players like Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne, and David Silva, they’ve certainly got the credentials to go all the way.

Juventus ­— 57/17

In the round of 16 this year, many Atletico Madrid fans were dreaming of reaching a final played on their home ground, especially as they were 2-0 up after the first leg against Juventus. But, any team with Cristiano Ronaldo in its ranks stands a chance, and he popped up to score a hattrick in the next match to knock-out Atletico at 3-2.

Juventus have already proved that you can’t write them off at any stage, which has made many bookies sit up and take note. That’s why they’re second favourites and a popular pick for the title.

Barcelona — 15/4

They might not be the bookies’ favourite, but many football fans will back Barcelona to win their sixth Champions League trophy this year. While they may have lost that midfield magic in Xavi and Iniesta since they last won, the club still has a forward line to give any defence nightmares, with Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suárez and, arguably the best player in the world, Lionel Messi ready to score goals from any angle.

It’s worth remembering that Barcelona have been there and won the trophy many times before, and a lot of players from their last success in 2015 are still in the squad. This makes them a formidable opponent for any team they face at this stage.

Liverpool — 9/2

Other than Barcelona, no team left in the competition has as rich a history as five-time champions Liverpool. They almost added a sixth last year but were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the final. But, with Madrid on the scrapheap this year, they’ve got another chance to pick up their next trophy.

Under Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool are an exciting team to watch, with a squad of players able to play pulsating football. And, unlike last season, they’ve turned around their dubious defensive record, with Virgil van Dijk looking like he could well be the best defender in the world at the moment. If they can put everything together in the remaining fixtures, we could be set to see another special European night for Liverpool and another cup for the cabinet at Anfield.

Manchester United — 22/1

While three-time winners Manchester United have gone through a turbulent period since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, they’ve begun to rediscover their winning credentials under former player Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The Norwegian has been able to bring unity to an undeniably talented squad that had previously seemed like they were strangers every week.

With world-class talents like Paul Pogba, David de Gea, and Juan Mata in the team, they definitely have the individuals to win the Champions League. However, question marks remain over a shaky defence that’s made up of the questionable signings of past managers.

While not usually the underdog, the Red Devils triumphed on away goals in a dramatic round of 16 tie against a strong Paris Saint Germain side. If they can feed on the fighting spirit that saw them progress, they could certainly be taking part in the final in May.

Tottenham — 28/1

Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have made steady, if unspectacular, progress over the last few years, moving from occasional Champions League qualifiers to a yearly fixture. Performance in the competition has also seen incremental improvement, with a group stage elimination (2016/17) and a round of 16 elimination (2017/18) preceding this year’s run to the quarter finals. It remains to be seen just how far Pochettino can take them this season.

Their star man is, undoubtedly, local boy Harry Kane, who is supported by a cast of capable players, including midfield maestro Christian Eriksen. On their day, Spurs can beat the very best teams in the world, but they’ll need to be at their best to get their hands on the trophy. They remain an outside bet for the Champions League.

Ajax — 50/1

Ajax are a team with an amazing heritage in this competition. Recent decades have been less kind, with a mix of qualifying, group-stage, and knock-out eliminations combined with appearances in the Europa League, including last year’s run to a final defeat by Manchester United. But this year has seen the club’s latest generation of talented youngsters take the next step and deliver their best Champions League run for years.

With a fantastic performance in a 4-1 victory over holders Real Madrid in the round of 16, Ajax announced themselves as a team to watch. Though gifted, not many people expect this team to go all the way, citing a lack of experience in the squad. Our advice is to enjoy this team while you can, as reality will likely come calling in the summer and many of the starlets will depart for bigger clubs — star man Frenkie de Jong is already Barcelona-bound come June.

Porto — 100/1

Since their famous Champions League win in 2004, Porto have been very consistent in reaching the knockout phase of the tournament, with a run of round-of-16 and quarter-final appearances. That’s not to say they haven’t picked up any silverware: they won the Europa League in 2011. But over recent years, there’s been a sense that Porto have become a team that will only make up numbers at this late stage of the Champions League, simply not having the squad to beat the bigger teams.

Porto were impressive in the group stage — qualifying with more points than any other team — but this was achieved in a weak group of Galatasaray, Lokomotiv Moscow, and Schalke (who Man City beat 7-0 in the round of 16). They are the team that everyone wants to draw at this stage, so it would be a real outside bet to put money on them to defy the odds. 

[EDIT 03.06.19]: Liverpool played Tottenham, winning 2-0.

Who won the UEFA Champions League final in 2018?

In the 2018 UEFA Champions League final, Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to take home the trophy for the third time in a row, one short of their own record of four consecutive titles. You can learn more about the most successful teams in the competition in the next section.

The match took place at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, and saw a spirited match that was decided by a two goalkeeping errors by Liverpool’s Loris Karius. The first saw him deflect a kick off Madrid’s Karim Benzema and straight into his own goal, while the second, for Madrid’s third goal, involved letting a long-range shot from Gareth Bale run through his hands. Bale ended the match with two goals, also scoring a spectacular overhead kick for Real’s second.

In terms of betting, the bookies called this one exactly right. There were no surprises as Real Madrid, backed at 127/100 just before the final, were able to beat underdogs Liverpool (93/50). And, Madrid were the favourites from the beginning of the competition proper, with outright odds of 4/1 setting them apart from the pack.

It’s worth noting that Real Madrid were only backed at 10/1 to win the Champions League this year, having lost both their manager (Zinedine Zidane) and their star player (Cristiano Ronaldo). They were subsequently knocked out in the round of 16 by Ajax. Liverpool are still in with a chance this year.

UEFA Champions League winners: Who has won the most?

Wondering who the most successful club in the history of the UEFA Champions League is? Well, you won’t be surprised to find out that it’s Real Madrid, who’ve won the trophy 13 times since 1956. In total, they’ve been to the final sixteen times and lost on just three occasions.

They’ve also been a dominant force for long periods of time. They won the European Cup (as it was called then) the first five times it was held in 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960. They also hold the record for consecutive wins since it was rebranded as the Champions League in 1992, winning three times in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

There are quite a few other teams who boast a stellar record in the cup, too. Here’s a list of the 11 Champions League winners who have won the tournament more than once:

  • Milan: won seven times (1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007), runner up four times (1958, 1993, 1995, 2005)
  • Bayern Munich: won five times (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013), runner up five times (1982, 1987, 1999, 2010, 2012)
  • Liverpool: won five times (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005), runner up three times (1985, 2007, 2018)
  • Barcelona: won five times (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015), runner up three times (1961, 1986, 1994)
  • Ajax: won four times (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995), runner up twice (1969, 1996)
  • Internazionale: won three times (1964, 1965, 2010), runner up twice (1967, 1972)
  • Manchester United: won three times (1968, 1999, 2008), runner up twice (2009, 2011)
  • Juventus: won twice (1985, 1996), runner up seven times (1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017)
  • Benfica: won twice (1961, 1962), runner up five (1963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990)
  • Nottingham Forest: won twice (1979, 1980)
  • Porto: won twice (1987, 2004)

If you’re looking to place a winning bet on this year’s final, you need to ensure you’re as informed as possible about what’s happened in previous matches. Take a look at the last ten UEFA Champions League finals in the table below.

Season Winner Score Runner-up Winner’s country Manager Host city
2008/09 Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United Spain Pep Guardiola Rome, Italy
2009/10 Internazionale 2-0 Bayern Munich Italy Jose Mourinho Madrid, Spain
2010/11 Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United Spain Pep Guardiola London, England
2011/12 Chelsea 1-1p Bayern Munich England Roberto Di Matteo Munich, Germany
2012/13 Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund Germany Jupp Heynckes London, England
2013/14 Real Madrid 4-1aet Atletico Madrid Spain Carlo Ancelotti Lisbon, Portugal
2014/15 Barcelona 3-1 Juventus Spain Luis Enrique Berlin, Germany
2015/16 Real Madrid 1-1p Atletico Madrid Spain Zinedine Zidane Milan, Italy
2016/17 Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus Spain Zinedine Zidane Cardiff, Wales
2017/18 Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Spain Zinedine Zidane Kiev, Ukraine
*aet – after extra time

**p – after penalty shootout

UEFA Champions League trends

Teams

  • In the last ten years, Spanish teams have won the Champions League seven times.
  • Spanish teams are the most successful in the history of the competition, with a total of 18 wins spread across Real Madrid (13) and Barcelona (5). Barcelona are the sole Spanish representatives still left in the competition this year.
  • Spanish teams have a winning mentality — Real Madrid are undefeated in all four finals they’ve reached in the last ten years, while Barcelona are undefeated in three.
  • English and German teams have been the biggest losers in the last ten years, with three teams each getting to the final and losing. However, it’s worth noting that one of these occasions was an all-German affair (Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund in 2013).
  • However, all four English entrants have reached the quarter-finals this year, the first time it’s happened since 2008. That year, Manchester Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal were the teams and we had an all-English final when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties. Could the same happen in 2019?
  • A Portuguese team hasn’t reached the Champions League final in 15 years, when Porto played Monaco in 2004. Can they defy the odds this year?
  • Both Manchester United and Juventus have been to the final twice in the last decade and lost, but they’re both still in with a chance to succeed this year.

Managers

  • The most successful managers in the history of the Champions League have all won the competition three times: Zinedine Zidane (2016, 2017, 2018), Carlo Ancelotti (2003, 2007, 2014), and Bob Paisley (1977, 1978, 1981). None of them are participating this year.
  • The most decorated Champions League manager left in the competition this year is Pep Guardiola who has won it twice with Barcelona (2009, 2011). This year he is looking to win with Manchester City, the bookies’ favourite.
  • Massimo Allegri, the Juventus manager, has reached the final twice (2015, 2017) in the last four years but has never managed to lift the trophy.
  • In the last ten years, Spanish and French managers have had the most success in the Champions League with three wins a-piece. There are two Spaniards left in the tournament this year: Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona), while there are no French managers.

Players

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) is the all-time leading goal scorer in the Champions League with 124 in 160 appearances, while Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is in second with 108 in 131 appearances — both players’s teams are still in the tournament this year.
  • While Ronaldo has more goals, it’s Messi who has a better strike rate of 0.82 goals per game versus Ronaldo’s 0.78 per game.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been the top scorer in the Champions League in the last six seasons with an average of 13.67 goals. This year, however, he has just 4, while his closest rival Messi has 8. Is he due a goal rush for Juventus?
  • Other top-scoring players still in this year’s competition to look out for are:
    • Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Moussa Marega (Porto) — 6 goals
    • Harry Kane (Spurs), Sergio Agüero (Man City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus) — 5 goals
    • Leroy Sané (Man City), Gabriel Jesus (Man City) — 4 goals

Matches

  • Recent Champions League finals have tended to be fairly goal-happy affairs, with an average of 3 goals scored in regular time and 3.3 after extra time over the last ten years. Compare this to the average Europa League final (2.5 in 90 mins, 2.7 aet) and the average Premier League match (2.72 in 90 mins) and you can see that teams tend to focus more on goals.
  • In 8 of the last 10 Champions League finals, the team that has scored first (in 90 minutes or extra time) has gone on to win the trophy. Bayern Munich (2012) and Atletico Madrid (2014) were the two unlucky teams to strike first but ultimately lose.
  • Champions League finals in the last ten years have tended to be fairly calm, with an average of 4.3 yellow cards awarded in 90 minutes and 5.2 issued over 120 minutes. Compare this to the Europa League, where 5.1 have been issued in regular time and 5.8 after extra time.
  • Since the rebranding of the European Cup to the Champions League in the 1992/93 season, the most common score line after 90 minutes has been 1-1 (six occasions), closely followed by 2-1 (five occasions).

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