Enjoy Midweek Euro Soccer Bonus Action With The Champions League At Bet365 Sport
This evening, the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Group Stage will get under way with 32 teams chasing their dream of succeeding Real Madrid as the champions of what is the most prestigious tournament in European football.
Across each of those weeks, Bet365 will be offering punters the chance to enjoy some outstanding betting on the event, particularly in the form of Accumulator betting, thanks to the sites massively popular Euro Soccer Bonus promotion.
Let’s learn a bit more about this hugely popular offer before we take a look at the teams competing in this stage of the tournament, which is contested over six weeks in the run up to Christmas.
Bet365 Euro Soccer Bonus – Champions League
We already know that you can use the Euro Soccer Bonus every week of the domestic season on matches in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A, but you can also now bet on Champions League games. From the Group Stage onwards, any matches taking place in the competition will qualify as eligible for a Euro Soccer Bonus when used in a winning accumulator.
For your accumulator to qualify you need to add three or more selections from Champions League matches to your coupon from the Match Result, Scorecast or Both Teams to Score/Match Result markets at Bet365 Sport. You can mix and match your selections from different competitions and the three markets above, but all selections must be from the named competitions and markets for your bet to qualify.
Once you have selected the games to add to your bet slip, simply click on the Multiple Bets button at Bet365 and then select the accumulator. Enter your stake for the bet and then click the Place Bet button. Once you have completed that and your bet is confirmed, you have placed your bet and it will qualify for a Euro Soccer Bonus if you win.
How much of a bonus you will win depends on the size of the winnings portion of your total return and the number of selections on your accumulator. The higher your winnings and the greater the number of selections on your accumulator, the higher the value of your bonus.
Your bonus can range from 5% for a successful treble bet, up to the maximum 100% bonus for any 14-fold bets or more. The maximum payable bonus for a successful accumulator bet is capped at £100,000.
The great thing about the Euro Soccer Bonus is that you can use it multiple times throughout the season on successive accumulator bets. All accumulators you place will qualify for the bonus, so you could use this offer twice in Champions League weeks by making up your own accumulator bets for the action on Tuesday night, then another for the games on Wednesday night.
With so many high quality games to enjoy, using the Euro Soccer Bonus is a no-brainer if you are a regular accumulator bettor on Champions League football. Let’s now take a look at how the competition is shaping up with a look at each of the eight groups for this stage of the tournament.
The Champions’ League Group Stage 2017
The 32 teams in the competition at the Group Stage were drawn into 8 groups of four teams in August. Teams were seeded in the draw and the eight groups selected were as follows:
- Benfica (Portugal)
- Manchester United (England)
- FC Basel (Switzerland)
- CSKA Moscow (Russia)
The consensus of opinion was that this was a good group for Manchester United to be drawn into. They will renew their rivalry with Benfica, who they defeated to win the 1968 European Cup, while both FC Basel and CSKA Moscow should not have the firepower to cause United too many problems. How United perform away from home, especially against Benfica, will likely decide who tops the group.
To Qualify: Manchester United & Benfica
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: FC Basel
- Bayern Munich (Germany)
- Paris St Germain (France)
- Anderlecht (Belgium)
- Celtic (Scotland)
The gods weren’t kind to Celtic drawing them with giants from German and French football and then adding a very tricky opponent from Pot 3 in Anderlecht. Brendan Rodgers men will likely feel that a top two spot is beyond them, given the quality and resources Bayern Munich and PSG have available which means that the two games against Anderlecht plus their home games take on added significance. Bayern and PSG to qualify at a canter but I think Celtic can pinch that Europa League spot.
To Qualify: Bayern Munich & Paris St Germain
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: Celtic
- Chelsea (England)
- Atletico Madrid (Spain)
- AS Roma (Italy)
- FK Qarabag (Azerbaijan)
This is not an easy group for Chelsea with Atletico Madrid only knocked out of this competition in each of the past four years by city rivals Real Madrid and AS Roma really tricky opponents, plus a trip to Azerbaijan is never easy in midweek. That said I do fancy Chelsea to progress, but I think it will be behind Atletico who are past masters in this competition and who always shine in the group phase. Roma should clinch third in the group relatively comfortably.
To Qualify: Atletico Madrid & Chelsea
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: AS Roma
- Juventus (Italy)
- Barcelona (Spain)
- Olympiacos (Greece)
- Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Juventus defeated Barcelona in last year’s quarterfinal stage and the teams renew their acquaintance this week in the first match day. In truth, both these giants of European football should walk through the Group Stage as Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon are nowhere near the quality of either of their two other group opponents. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top as both teams will want to secure that top seeding for the knockout phase.
To Qualify: Juventus & Barcelona
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: Sporting Lisbon
- Spartak Moscow (Russia)
- Sevilla (Spain)
- Liverpool (England)
- Maribor Branik (Slovenia)
Arguably the easiest group of this stage of the competition sees Sevilla and Liverpool renew their rivalry from the 2016 Europa League final, which Sevilla won. I think both Sevilla and Liverpool will be very confident of progressing here and I would be hugely surprised if either of the two hadn’t wrapped up qualification by the time they meet for the second time on Match Day five of the group stages.
To Qualify: Sevilla & Liverpool
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: Spartak Moscow
- Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
- Manchester City (England)
- Napoli (Italy)
- Feyenoord (Netherlands)
If Manchester City struggle on their travels then this could be a tricky group for them. Napoli are, I believe, one of the most underrated sides in this year’s competition and Shakhtar (even though they play their games in Lviv) and Rotterdam are not easy places to go to pick up results. That said, City should have enough quality to qualify here and I fully expect Napoli to push them really close for top spot.
To Qualify: Manchester City & Napoli
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: Feyenoord
- AS Monaco (France)
- FC Porto (Portugal)
- Besiktas (Turkey)
- Red Bull Leipzig (Germany)
Arguably this is the most competitive group in the entire phase and you can make a case for any one of the four teams to qualify from the competition. Monaco have been hit by the loss of four key players from last season’s semifinal team, Red Bull Leipzig are talented but not tested at this highest level of the game, while both FC Porto and Besiktas have talented squads but perhaps are a tad short of the very highest levels. I expect this group to go to the wire and perhaps Monaco and FC Porto to just squeak through.
To Qualify: AS Monaco & FC Porto
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: Red Bull Leipzig
- Real Madrid (Spain)
- Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
- Tottenham Hotspur (England)
- APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus)
This is a really tough group for Spurs against the current holders and a very strong Borussia Dortmund team, which makes their opening night game at home to Dortmund a crucial game. Madrid should win the group but it will be a real battle between Dortmund and Tottenham for third place and I think Dortmund’s greater experience in this tournament, plus Tottenham having to play their games at Wembley will mean the Germans have the edge.
To Qualify: Real Madrid & Borussia Dortmund
3rd Place Europa League Qualifier: Tottenham Hotspur