The UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals have been decided following tense semi-finals. English Premier League teams dominate European football, providing three of the four finalists.
Man City and Chelsea face-off in the Champions League final on Saturday 29 May with Man Utd and Spanish team Villarreal to decide the Europa League on Wednesday 26 May. Soccer fans from Maryland can follow the action live and place bets on the outcome of each match.
The leading Maryland sports betting sites offer several eye-catching markets on the finals, including match winner, first goalscorer, total goals, handicap and more. The matches will be exciting, even for casual followers of the beautiful game. Many armchair fans will be eager to spice up the occasion by placing a bet on the outcome.
We have enlisted the help of a sports betting professional to explain how you can bet on the Champions League final and watch the game for free.
Rivals clash to become kings of Europe
The UEFA Champions League is the pinnacle of club soccer in Europe. The winner’s list over the years reads like a who’s who of the sport. Many British teams have been crowned kings of Europe, and this year we’re all set to celebrate another English champion.
Will it be free-spending Manchester City chasing their first title or an improving Chelsea side who have recent Champions League winning experience. That question remains unanswered, but we’ll find out on 29 May in Istanbul, Turkey.
Soccer fans in Maryland planning to follow the final may wish to take the clues offered by the head-to-head stats attached to this fixture. The overall score between the Cityzens and the Blues is Chelsea 67 wins against 58 victories for Manchester City and 40 draws.
The clubs had already met this year, first in league action at Stamford Bridge in London when Man City strolled to a 3-1 victory. Chelsea got their own back in the FA Cup in April with a 1-0 win at Wembley. Hakim Ziyech scored the winning goal in that game to send Chelsea to the FA Cup final and end their opponent’s hopes of a domestic clean sweep, Man CIty already clinching the Premier League title and League Cup.
Time to pick sides
This is no time to sit on the fence. The final will be played to a conclusion with a champion crowned. If the game is level at the end of 90 minutes, an extra 30 minutes will be played, and if the teams still can’t be separated, it goes to penalties. Which team are you picking to win the match?
Choosing between Man City and Chelsea certainly won’t be easy. Luckily, the leading online betting sites offer over 100 markets in the game, and most don’t require you to choose the winning team. Below are some examples of the options open to bettors;
- Match winner
- Both teams to score
- Correct score
- First goalscorer
- Half time/full time
- Method of victory – 90 mins, extra-time, penalties
- Both score no draw
- Player to be sent off
- Total corners
Placing a bet is easy. Simply register for an account at an online bookmaker accepting wagering on the Champions League final, then use your debit card or chosen e-wallet to deposit. Most sportsbooks will give you a welcome bonus free bet for your troubles.
You should then visit the soccer tab and select the Champions League final. There you will find all pre-match betting markets, including those mentioned above. Click the odds of the bet you want to make to add it to your bet slip. Input your desired stake, then confirm. It’s that easy. Your bet will be live.
Keep up with the play
This year’s Champions League will be one of the most-watched and bet on sporting events of the year. You have options on how to view the play and cheer on your bets. Watch the 2021 Champions League final on TV or view free at a major online sportsbook through their live stream.
The benefit of the latter is an HD quality stream with expert commentary. You’ll also enjoy in-game betting odds. Watch closely and look for any in-play bets worth having. Many of the pre-game betting markets remain live throughout the match.