FOOTBALL BETTING: Now the dust of the quarter final’s has settled, Barcelona are firmly in pole position to lift the European Cup and are 4/5 with Victor Chandler to do so.
No team since AC Milan in ’88/’89 and ’89/’90 has won the European Cup back to back and no team has done the double under the current format of ‘The Champion’s League’ but Barcelona can be reasonably confident of bucking that trend.
After bypassing Arsenal, Barcelona must now face Mourinho’s Inter Milan, Stan James have placed 4/1 on Inter to win the Champion’s League.
Inter Milan will not give Barcelona the space to roam in, as Arsenal did, and the tie should be a closer affair. However, Barca’s intimidating home form means Inter have their work cut out and the first leg at the San Siro will be all important. Inter to win at home is 11/5 with Bet365.
Bayern were guilty of a slow start in both quarter final matches against Man Utd but showed good character by getting back into both games. They needed the away goals rule in a 4-4 draw in the previous round against Fiorentina and so it proved against Manchester United as well. Lyon are entering new territory after dominating the French league for so many years and are 10/3 with 888sport to win away in Germany in the first leg.
William Hill are offering a quite tempting 6/5 on the final being Bayern Munich v Barcelona come the 22nd of May.
The top goalscorer market is all but wrapped up as nobody seemed to be able to catch Ronaldo’s tally of 7, despite the Portuguese winger exiting the competition in the first knockout round. However, the imperious Lionel Messi stepped up and knocked 4 past Arsenal to take him top of the charts on 8 goals and Ladbrokes‘ 1/33 on him would suggest that nobody can even come close to that with a possible 3 games to go.
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