2019-20 UEFA Champions League

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The following page provides details on the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League. It will be updated throughout the competition.

Topics covered include:

2019 UEFA Champions League Title Odds

Currently, Manchester City, Barcelona, and reigning champs Liverpool are title favorites.

We’ll continue to update Champions League title odds, as well as post Group Stage and Knockout Round odds, throughout the year.

Also, give our how to bet the Champions League a read. If you’re interested in betting the Champions League in the US, in New Jersey take a look at DraftKings Sportsbook or FanDuel Sportbook. We’ll post recommendations for Pennsylvania residents in the near future.

What teams have qualified for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League?

A total of 26 teams received automatic qualification already based on their domestic league finishes. Those teams are placed into pots based on their previous year league or Champions / Europa League finish. The remaining 6 teams (32 total) qualified via a playoff.

Here are the completed Champions League Group Stage pots.

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
LiverpoolReal MadridLyonLokomotiv Moscow
ChelseaAtlético MadridBayer LeverkusenGenk
BarcelonaBorussia DortmundRed Bull SalzburgGalatasaray
Paris Saint-GermainNapoliOlympiacosRB Leipzig
JuventusShakhtar DonetskClub BruggeSlavia Prague
Bayern MunichTottenhamValenciaRed Star Belgrade
Zenit Saint PetersburgAjaxInter MilanAtalanta
Manchester CityBenfica Dinamo ZagrebLille

How UEFA Champions League qualification works

The four major domestic leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga) receive 4 automatic Group Stage births (for teams who finish in their top four the previous year). Ligue 1 (France) and the Russian Premier League each receive 3 automatic Group Stage entries.

From there, it’s a complicated cascading system involving coefficients, qualifiers, and playoffs. If you want to figure it out, discern the process from the rundown here.

How Champions League Group Stage pots are determined?

The Group Stage is where most casual (and hardcore) fans start paying attention to the Champions League. This is when 32 qualified teams are slotted into 4 pots. Then they’re randomly drawn to create 8 groups of teams each. The top 2 teams out of each Group advance to the Knockout rounds.

You’ll likely have noticed that teams already qualified for Group play are in pots.

  • Pot 1 has the previous year’s Champions League and Europa League winners. Pot 1 also contains the champions of the top 6 associations. This year, the Premier League has 3 of the Pot 1 spots, with Manchester City (EPL winners), Liverpool (Champions League winners) and Chelsea (Europa League winners).
  • Pots 2, 3 & 4 contain the remaining teams. Placement is based on their UEFA coefficients.

There are some restrictions on Group Stage draws to restrict certain clubs from playing others from within their league.

Champions League Knockout Rounds

The top two teams in each Group Stage bracket advance to the Champions League Knockout Rounds.

  • For the Round of 16, a random draw is held with restrictions so clubs from the same domestic league can’t play each other.
  • For the Quarterfinals, a random draw is held with no restrictions.
  • For the Semifinals and Final, a random draw is held with no restrictions.

Where to bet the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League in the US


In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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