The European Champions Cup, also known as the Heineken Champions Cup is in its seventh season in 2020/2021. It is a rugby championship run by the European Professional Club Rugby, and it takes teams from the six best nations in European rugby.
Revised Format for 2020/2021
The tournament last year was delayed because of the sanitary situation, so they will have a 24-team tournament that starts in early April. The teams will include the following:
England: There will be eight clubs from England, and they will play in the Premiership Rugby.
France: There will be eight clubs from France, and they will play in the Top 14.
Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales: There will be eight clubs from these countries, and the top four sides will play in the Pro 14. One of the contenders, Leinster, is one of the four provincial rugby teams from the island of Ireland. If you want to place bets on rugby, including Leinster, check out the Unibet betting site.
Both tournaments will begin on the weekend of April 2 through April 4, when they will resume the Round of 16 matches. The knockout stages will then continue in the quarter finals, semi finals and finals, which is scheduled to be played in Marseille.
The quarter finals will take place April 9 to April 11, followed by the semi finals April 30 to May 2. The Championship match will take place on May 22.
The Knock-Out Stage
The eight quarter finalists include the pool winners from 1 to 5 and the runners-up from 6 to 8. It is based on their performance in their own pool, and the four pool winners with the best pool record will have home advantage in the quarter finals.
The quarter finals don’t have a bracket, and they use the standard format of #1 vs #8, #2 vs #7, #3 vs #6, and #4 vs #5. The winners of these matches will advance to the semi finals. The higher seeded team will have home advantage in each match.
The following day, there are three more matches, including Wasps (+3.5) v. ASM Clermont-Auvergne (-3.5), Munster (+3.5) v. Toulouse (-3.5), and Exeter Chiefs (-14.5) v. Lyon OU (+14.5). The final three matches of this round are played on April 4th, and they include Racing 92 (-14.5) v. Edinburgh Rugby (+14.5), Union Bordeaux (-2.5) v. Bristol Bears (+2.5), and Scarlets (-1.5) v. Sale Sharks (+1.5). It should be an action packed weekend, with plenty of great rugby to watch.
Betting on Rugby
Rugby is an extremely popular sport that began in the UK more than one hundred years ago. It is a contact sport, and two teams play to score points through goals, conversions, and scoring tries. There are strict laws on how tackline can happen, which are designed for the safety of the players.
When you bet in rugby, there are several different ways of doing it. You can bet on one team to win, which is a pretty straightforward bet. You choose the team, place the bet, and wait for the results. Another type of betting is handicap betting. In this case, one team is given a hypothetical disadvantage (or advantage), where they have a spread assigned. For example, when a team has a +14.5 next to it, it means that they begin the game with an additional 14.5 points. In other words, they start the game with 14.5 points. The other team has to beat them by more than this number.
You can also place over/under bets where you have a number and a category, so, you might see 40 as the number, and you can choose the over or the under. You decide if you think they will score more or less than 40 points.
Betting on the Tournament
Tournaments can be a lot of fun to bet on because you can bet on the individual matches or the outright winner of the tournament. This helps you stay engaged because you will follow your choice through the entire tournament. You have to keep in mind that the odds will change throughout the season and the tournament. It will be based on how the team is doing and other factors as well.