Champions League & Europa League betting

The climax of the European club season is upon us and there's plenty of Champions League & Europa League betting odds enhancement offers to be found, including bookmaker free bets.

Wednesday sees Manchester United face Ajax in the Europa League final before the Champions League final between Real Madrid v Juventus on June 3.

Big games mean there's lots of odds enhancement offers including bookmaker free bets, which is manna from heaven when it comes to matched betting.

Matched betting involves placing bets on opposite outcomes to neutralise risk and generate a guaranteed profit from the bookmaker free bets.

Big sporting events such as the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival are the best times for matched betting because of the odds enhancement offers and there will be plenty when it comes to Europa League and Champions League betting.

Europa League betting offers

Manchester United have never won the Europa League, or its previous incarnation - the UEFA Cup. Jose Mourinho's team face Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, May 24.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and the winners will qualify for the Champions League group stage. The match is on BT Sport but non-subscribers can watch a Man Utd v Ajax free live stream.

Odds enhancement offers include Ladbrokes offering new customers odds of 25/1 that a goal will be scored in 90 minutes. That's enhanced from the normal price of 1/25.

You should note that some of the winnings will be paid as bookmaker free bets.

Paddy Power have their popular 2-up offer, which will see bets instantly paid out as a winner if your selection goals two goals up.

Profit Accumulator will show you how to take advantage of this offer to lock-in a profit if your team goes two goals up.

Here's some Ajax v Man Utd match stats from UEFA to get you in the mood for the match.

This is the clubs' fifth meeting in UEFA competitions; the past four produced two wins for each side.

The teams first met in the 1976/77 UEFA Cup first round; Ruud Krol's first-leg goal gave Tomislav Ivić's Ajax a 1-0 lead to take to Old Trafford, but Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy struck as Tommy Docherty's side won the return leg 2-0.

Their most recent encounters were in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32. Ashley Young and Javier Hernández scored in the Amsterdam first leg as Sir Alex Ferguson's men won 2-0. 'Chicharito' extended their lead in the return fixture, but Aras Özbiliz equalised and Toby Alderweireld made it 2-1 to the visitors on the night – though United still won the tie.

Current Red Devils Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and David de Gea all featured in that 2011/12 tie for United, while Paul Pogba, in his first spell at the club, was on the bench for the first leg.

Form guide

Ajax have marginally outscored United en route to the final: 24–23 – but they have conceded 15 goals to United's eight.

Ajax are without a victory in their last six European games away from the Amsterdam ArenA: D3 L3 – three draws followed by three defeats.

United are unbeaten in ten European matches (W7 D3) since a 2-1 loss at Fenerbahçe in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage.

Ajax have had more attempts on goal (225) and attempts on target (95) than any other team in this season's tournament. United have had 208 attempts on goal, 76 of them on target.

United have attempted (7,582) and completed (6,702) the most passes in this season's UEFA Europa League. Ajax have attempted 6,033 passes, 5,142 finding their target.

Ajax have committed more fouls (236) and received more yellow (45) and red (4) cards than any other side in this season's UEFA Europa League. United have been penalised 176 times, with 21 bookings and two red cards.

Champions League betting offers

Juventus face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3 at 7.45pm BST.

The odds enhancement offers and bookmaker free bets will be announced closer to the the time but, for now, here's some stats from UEFA.

  • It will be the 62nd European Cup or Champions League.
  • Madrid are 11-time winners, Juve have two titles.
  • Madrid aiming for back-to-back titles, a UCL first.
  • The final pits together comp's best defence and attack.

Madrid want to become the first side to make a successful UEFA Champions League title defence. They are the fifth reigning champions to return to the final the following season, the most recent being Manchester United in 2009.

No team have won the European Cup in successive seasons since Milan (1989, 1990).

Zidane is also attempting to become the first coach to win the UEFA Champions League two years running, while Sergio Ramos is seeking to become the first captain to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy in consecutive seasons.

Ronaldo (2008, 2014) and Ramos (2014, 2016) could become the first players to score in three UEFA Champions League finals. Ronaldo and Ramos are two of five players to have scored in two finals, along with Raúl González (2000, 2002), Samuel Eto'o (2006, 2009) and Lionel Messi (2009, 2011), a list that Marcelo and Gareth Bale – who both netted in 2014 – and Morata, on target for Juve in 2015, could join this season.

Dani Carvajal, Raphaël Varane, Ramos, Fábio Coentrão, Luka Modrić, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema started the 2014 final for Madrid, with Marcelo and Isco coming off the bench and Pepe an unused substitute.

In 2016, Madrid's victorious final starting line-up included Keylor Navas, Pepe, Toni Kroos and Casemiro, plus Carvajal, Ramos, Marcelo, Modrić, Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema, with Danilo, Isco and Lucas Vázquez making substitute appearances. Kiko Casilla, Nacho and James Rodríguez were unused replacements.

Should Madrid triumph in Cardiff, it will be the tenth UEFA Champions League win for a Spanish side – twice as many as the next highest-ranked nation, Italy.

This is Madrid's 29th UEFA final. In addition to their 14 European Cup appearances, they were UEFA Cup winners in 1985 and 1986 and European Cup Winners' Cup runners-up in 1971 and 1983. They lifted the UEFA Super Cup in 2002, 2014 and 2016 having lost in 1998 and 2000, and won the European/South American Cup in 1960, 1998 and 2002, losing in 1966 and 2000.