I don’t know about you, but I like a little bet every now and then. Especially sports betting. I saw this awesome UEFA Champions League prize on Greatodds.com and I definitely think I am going to get involved.
It’s that time once again where all the best clubs in European football return to competition on Wednesday. This year Europe’s footballing Super-Powers will be fighting it out to claim a career-defining Champions League title. Basically GreatOdds is offering WIN R100 000 every match day in during Group Stages!! I am getting involved, that sounds to good too be true. Click the picture below to go find out more of how to get involved…
To give you a little clue of how things are looking, I have got the breakdown on every team and what there odds are. I am not to clued up on the whole odds vibe but I am going to give the guys at Greatodd’s a little email to give us a little update through the tournament.
BARCELONA – 5/2
With 7 out of the 11 Spanish starters in the World Cup final you can see why Barca are this year’s favourites. As a Catalan and Barca legend Pep Guardiola has pulled together this star studded team and he has a fantastic record in his 2 seasons as Manager. He has built a fantastic squad and with new additions David Villa and Javier Mascherano it is fair to say that Guardiola is spoilt for choice. If Barca fire on all cylinders then they will be unstoppable!
REAL MADRID – 9/2
The “New Galacticos” have a myriad of individually brilliant players and it is now up to the self-proclaimed “Special One” Jose Mourinho to manage the massive egos and create a system that plays to their strengths. Real Madrid’s weakness and Mourinho’s strength have always been in defence and if the Portuguese can get the back 4 playing with the same organisation he had at Porto, Chelsea and Inter then Madrid will be a force to be reckoned with. Christiano Ronaldo will also need to improve his form dramatically and lead the team from the front.
CHELSEA – 11/2
Chelsea have been playing the best football in their history under Ancelotti and their remarkable recent goal scoring record serves testimony to this. The Londoners have never won a European Cup or Champions League in their history and Ambramovich and the entire Chelsea squad will be dead keen to exorcise this demon and establish Chelsea as a true European Super Power. The trick for the Blues will be balancing their English title defense and Champions League campaign but I think if you had to ask any Chelsea supporter they would gladly sacrifice the Premiership for European glory.
MANCHESTER UNITED – 8/1
United are always a force to be reckoned with under Sir Alex and although their squad cannot compare to Barca, Real and Chelsea on paper the Red Devils play with a togetherness which any team will envy. Sir Alex is reaching the end of his career and the Scot will be looking to add as many trophies as possible to his already astounding legacy. There will once again be a heavy weight of expectation on Wayne Rooney’s shoulders but he has risen to the occasion time and again in the Red and White of United.
INTER MILAN – 12/1
Inter were deserved Champions last season after brilliant wins against Chelsea, Barca and Bayern landed them their first European trophy since they won back to back European Cups in 1963/64 & 1964/65. They still have an incredibly strong squad but they have lost their influential manager Jose Mourinho. Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has large shoes to full but he will be keen to prove his managerial pedigree after a horrible end to his career at Anfield. No team has ever won back-to-back titles since the inception of the Champions League brand, with the last team to have done it being Inter’s bitter rivals AC Milan in 1988/89 & 1989/90.
ARSENAL – 14/1
Despite their rich history the Gunners have never won the European Cup or Champions League. The closest they came was a loss in the final against Barcelona in the 2005/06 Final where an early Jens Lehman red card left them with little chance against the Catalans. Arsene Wegner always has unwaivering faith in his squad and style of football and he will be backing his boys to go all the way. If he can keep his squad fit and Cesc Fabregas motivated then they might stand a chance but it will take a mini-miracle for the North Londoners to lift the trophy at Wembley come the end of May.
BAYERN MUNICH – 16/1
Last year’s Runners Up exceeded all expectations in 2009/10 but will be looking to go one step further this season. With Arjen Robben out for the first 2 months of the season it will be up to Bayerns other stars to perform in the Group Stages and ensure progression to the Knockout Stages. Louis van Gaal has done great things with the club since his arrival and he will be hoping that his team continues to improve in 2010/11.
So place a bet of R100 and get the chance to win R100,000… I am definitely going to give this a shot and maybe even throw a little cash on Chelsea, seeing as though they are doing so well at the moment. It’s kind of a given that we will be getting the trebble this year. Premier League, FA CUP and of course the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!