# Champions League Odds for Totals

November 30th, 2010

The Champions League odds that probably attract the least action are totals, which is unfortunate because these Champions League betting odds can sometimes offer the best value on the board.

The Champions League odds for totals typically involve a line of about 2½, although the prices for the over and under will vary between one game and the next. In order to handicap these Champions League odds effectively one should focus on the ability of each offense to score against its opposing defense.

Champions League odds for totals are fairly simple to understand, as one simply must wager on whether the eventual goal total for a game will be above or below the number established in the Champions League betting odds. When the Champions League odds are set at 2½, for instance, then the under will win if two or fewer goals are scored and the over will win if three or more goals are scored. As with all totals, it is irrelevant which team scores the goals. Also, when you handicap totals in the Champions League odds you must always consider the prices established in the Champions League odds, as there is a good chance they will not be -110. Such pricing can heavily influence where value lies in the Champions League odds. For example, the under may offer great value if the Champions League odds are set at +110, but little value at -125.

As you assess the Champions League odds you should initially analyze both offenses and their opposing defenses. If both offenses seem to outmatch their opposing defenses then the over will likely present the best value in the Champions League betting odds, but if both defenses seem to outmatch their opposing offenses then the under will likely present the best value in the Champions League betting odds. As you perform this analysis of the Champions League odds you will want to look at past games in which teams have faced offenses and defenses that use strategies similar to their opponent in the game you are handicapping. For example, if one team’s offense involves an attacking midfield and one very talented striker then you will want to look at past matches to determine how effective a defense is at stopping such an attack. Also, you will want to determine the probable strategies that each team will implement. If one team, for example, is dealing with a star player who is injured or absent because of previous red cards, then the team may alter its typical game plan. If there is reason to believe that one team will be playing more defensively than usual, then that is obviously reason to strongly consider the under in the Champions League odds.

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