Preview of our 2022-23 UEFA Champions League predictions
Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League title in the 2021-22 season, thus clinching the 14th UCL crown in their history.
The 2022-23 Champions League season is contested among 80 clubs starting with the qualification. Four best teams qualify for the group stage from the English Premier League, La Liga Primera Division, Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga, alongside two from French Ligue 1 and more from other countries. We use the qualifying phase and play-off round to determine other teams playing in the Champions League.
A total of 32 teams participate in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, with each group containing four squads. The top two teams from each of the eight groups advance to the knockout stages, while the third is demoted to the UEFA Europa League. In the UCL knockouts, teams play against each other in a two-legged tie, except for the Champions League final, which is contested in one match only.
Takebet South Africa publishes free UEFA Champions League betting tips on top group-stage games involving Manchester City, Barcelona, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and more star teams. The experts also cover decisive group matches and give Champions League qualifications predictions. Then, we drop knockout stage tips for betting on the final and all the games in Round 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Find below a list of teams participating in the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League group stage:
- Real Madrid
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Manchester City
- AC Milan
- Bayern Munich
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Atlético Madrid
- RB Leipzig
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Borussia Dortmund
- Red Bull Salzburg
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Inter Milan
- Sporting CP
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Club Brugge
- Six more winners of the 2022-23 UCL qualifiers
Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history during the 2020-21 UCL campaign, to lose it to Chelsea. In the 2021-22 UCL season, the Citizens lost in the semi-final to the eventual champions, Real Madrid. And now, again, they are among the favourites.
Manchester City won the 2021-22 Premier League title for the second time in a row with 93 points, only one point clear of Liverpool.
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders in the world. The Belgian international provided 15 goals in 30 league appearances in the 2021-22 EPL and two Champions League goals during the same season. De Bruyne stays crucial to Manchester City.
Erling Haaland moved to Man City from Borussia Dortmund in one of the most significant transfers of 2022. He is a goal machine in his best years, scoring 62 goals in 67 appearances for the German side in Bundesliga. His ratio was even better with Red Bull Salzburg before that, with 17 goals in 16 league games. Haaland is worth 150 million euros, according to Transfermarkt. He transferred to Manchester City to win the UEFA Champions League at last.
Other key players of Manchester City apart from Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland:
- Phil Foden
- Bernardo Silva
- Ruben Dias
- Joao Cancelo
- Ilkay Gundogan
Bayern Munich won the 2019-20 Champions League title. However, the Bavarians could not defend it as they were knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain in the 2020-21 UCL quarter-finals and by Villarreal in the same stage of the 2021-22 tournament. Bayern won the 2021-22 Bundesliga, their tenth consecutive league title.
The experts predict matches of Bayern Munich in our 2022-23 UCL predictions.
Their star striker, Robert Lewandowski, who broke Gerd Muller’s record for most goals in a single Bundesliga season (40) with 41 goals, has left the German club for Barcelona. Sadio Mane moved to replace him in Bayern Munich after setting a record of 90 goals in 196 league matches for Liverpool.
Thomas Muller is another key person on the pitch and one of the best midfielders in the world. The German international provided the most assists in the 2020-21 Bundesliga (18) and scored two goals in the 2021-22 UCL group stage, overperforming his expected goals of 1.28.
Other key players of Bayern Munich apart from Sadio Mane and Thomas Muller:
- Manuel Neuer
- Joshua Kimmich
- Serge Gnabry
- Leroy Sane
- Jamal Musiala
Liverpool lost the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League final 0-1 to Real Madrid. The last time they won the Champions League was in 2018-19, after they defeated Tottenham by two goals to nil. They finished second in the 2021-22 EPL, just one point behind the new-old champions, Manchester City.
Bettors are welcome to wager on Liverpool with our UEFA Champions League tips.
Mohamed Salah has been the best player for Liverpool in the 2021-22 Premier League and the UCL. The Egyptian international bagged 23 goals in 35 league appearances, and another eight goals in 13 Champions League matches.
Diogo Jota has been one of Liverpool’s best too. Jota finished the second-highest goalscorer for the club in the 2021-22 season overall with 21 goals. However, the Portuguese international scored only one goal in the 2021-22 Champions League during the group stage, underperforming his expected goals.
Other key players of Liverpool apart from Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota:
- Virgil Van Dijk
- Jordan Henderson
- Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Andrew Robertson
Paris Saint-Germain were beaten by the eventual champions, Real Madrid, in the 2021-22 UCL Round of 16. This result was another drawback after their defeat in the 2020-21 semi-final and the Champions League final a year before losing to Bayern Munich.
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest soccer players in the world and is essential to PSG’s success. The Argentine international won the 2021 Ballon d’Or, his seventh, the most in soccer history. He scored five goals in the Champions League during the 2020-21 season and provided two assists. The Argentine international bagged five goals in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage, overperforming his xG of 3.97. Messi created eight chances and provided eight key passes as well. He is still able to perform at the highest level.
Kylian Mbappe has been the best player of PSG and is the most valued one. The French international scored four goals in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage, outperforming his xG of 3.90 with four assists and 13 chances. His top performance is key to Paris Saint-Germain in the UCL.
Other key players of Paris Saint-Germain apart from Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe:
- Sergio Ramos
- Marco Verratti
- Mauro Icardi
Betting odds of 2022-23 Champions League
The Champions League is exciting from the start, and that’s when we analyse early odds for the UCL to get our outright UEFA Champions League predictions ready.
There are few main favourites to win the 2022-23 Champions League title right before the play-off, with four clubs having implied probability of winning higher than 10%. However, last season’s Champions League runners-up, Manchester City, are the top favourites.
Champions League 2022-23 winner betting odds:
- Manchester City — 4.00 (+300 American; 3/1 Fractional)
- Liverpool — 5.70 (+470; 47/10)
- PSG — 6.50 (+550; 11/2)
- Bayern Munich — 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
- Real Madrid — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
The top goalscorer award is given to the player who scores the most goals during the UEFA Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the most UCL top goalscorer awards (7). Karim Benzema of Real Madrid won the award during the 2021-22 UCL season with 15 goals.
Champions League 2022-23 top goalscorer winner betting odds:
- Erling Haaland (Man City) — 4.00 (+300 American; 3/1 Fractional)
- Kylian Mbappe (PSG) — 7.00 (+600; 6/1)
- Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich) — 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) — 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
- Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Karim Benzema — 12.00 (+1100; 11/1)
Coverage of UEFA Champions League
Takebet South Africa offers extensive coverage of all tournament stages in our UCL betting tips. The experts start with futures such as Champions League winner predictions and get back to outrights before the group stage and the play-off to drop draw predictions.
All tournament stages are covered when it comes to betting picks for games:
- Round of 16
- Champions League final
When we analyse matches for our free UEFA Champions League betting tips, the latter come as singles and accumulators featuring tens of options, from 1×2 to props.
Read on to know more!
Champions League match predictions and outrights
Almost all articles we post are Champions League game predictions. Each is an in-depth article which features a load of data. First, the experts preview the best UCL odds for the given match and count chances: 1×2, under over 2.5 goals, handicaps and goalscorers. Then we recap the run of form for both soccer teams, the most recent match and H2H.
Projections of a starting lineup for both squads and previewing substitutes, absentees and key players are a constant component of our predictions.
Finally, we select bets, usually two or three.
Outright tips cover season-long events and are published weeks before the start of the Champions League. They include the winning team, the teams to reach the final, the teams to win the groups or qualify, the best goalscorer, etc.
Champions League qualification
The Champions League qualification phase starts with the preliminary round and then goes three more rounds before reaching the UCL qualification play-off.
On Takebet South Africa, the experts start with the play-off round of the Champions League qualifiers. We cover the Champions Path with six teams from Round 3 and two clubs entering directly from the national leagues and the League Path with another four winners of Round 3 playing each other for a golden ticket to the UCL group stage.
We start with the UEFA Champions League qualification betting tips!
Champions League group stage
The main action of the UEFA Champions League starts with the group predictions on Takebet South Africa. There are eight round-robin groups in the UCL: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G and Group H, with four teams playing in each group.
The experts pick clashes of big teams for our Champions League match predictions in the first place. Secondly, we predict games of decisive influence. Finally, the soccer analysts of Takebet South Africa may include matches with valuable bets, even between lesser teams.
Champions League knockout stage: Round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals
When the knockout stages of the UCL come, the experts of Takebet South Africa begin dropping Champions League predictions for all games, both first and second legs. Teams play twice against each other, starting from the Round of 16 in February until the semi-finals.
Apart from match tips on the Champions League, our analysts will give you an insight into the aggregate result and the qualifying teams beforehand.
Champions League final predictions
The 2022-23 UEFA Champions League final is set to take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 June 2023. On Takebet South Africa, our UCL predictions for the final match are the primary treatment for sure, with the experts analysing all kinds of bets.
You can anticipate UEFA Champions League score predictions for the final match alongside 1×2, over/under goal bets, handicaps, and goalscorers.
Betting markets and odds of UCL tips
The experts of Takebet South Africa research all available bets for European Champions League predictions to select valuable ones among famous and exotic options.
Some betting markets we use in our analysis:
- Double chance
- Draw no bet
- Under/over goals
- Both teams to score
Our expert picks feature odds of value for you. Singles have odds from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1), and the odds of accumulators are around 10.00 (+900; 9/1).
How experts analyse UEFA Champions League for betting tips
The experts of Takebet South Africa break down betting odds and probabilities, teams and soccer players to get each of our UEFA Champions League betting predictions right.
The UEFA Champions League differs from national soccer leagues in how teams treat it. The knockout stages are two-legged ties: you must be compact to proceed. Take the 2020-21 Champions League champions, Chelsea, as an example. The Blues were poor under their former manager and weren’t favourites to win the competition. Thomas Tuchel took over and turned the team into a compact one in attack and defence.
The Blues conceded just four goals throughout the 2020-21 Champions League. The final showed their resilience: they didn’t concede chances to allow the opponent to punish them.
Teams that have won the Champions League have been compact in style, attacking and defensive-wise. For example, Real Madrid won the competition for three consecutive years with a similar squad, good defensively and offensively. However, it also usually takes seasons of experience playing in the Champions League, a wide bench, and high motivation for the competition.
Being armed with our knowledge of the UCL and years of watching it, Takebet South Africa uses statistics, results, odds, and the news when analysing matches.
Some of the statistics used in our UEFA Champions League tips:
- Goals for and against
- Big chances and shot attempts
- Expected goals (xG)
- Control of the ball
- Effective actions in defence
- Player performances
Taking the stats, the form and H2H into account, experts pick valuable UCL betting tips!
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