Champions league 2013
This entry was posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013
Two bookmakers may have already paid out on Manchester United wrapping up the Premier League title, but there is little chance of seeing such a publicity stunt being carried out on the major European tournament. There are three British sides left in the Champions League, all facing tough ties, and it is the Scottish champions Celtic who kick off the home nations interest in the last 16 when they welcome the mighty Juventus to Celtic Park on Tuesday night. The Italians are as short as 3/4 for the win, whilst you can get 4.7 on a Celtic victory with Betfair. Take it – we bet with our hearts these days.
Valencia have certainly had a mixed bag of results of late, with a 5-0 hammering at home to Real Madrid a particular low point in the last month, yet they still lie a respectable fifth in La Liga. But as we found out with Chelsea, an Ancelotti side that has built up a head of steam is a very tough nut to crack indeed. PSG are playing well, and we like Becks FC at 3.35.
24 hours later, the glamour tie of the round takes place as Sir Alex visits Jose Mourinho. Rumours of in-fighting at Real have been rife and incredibly, their city rivals Atletico still sit above them in the la Liga table. Such unpredictability in recent months makes us keen to avoid backing Madrid at 4/6 but they should bag a goal at home, and with Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney in full flow we can’t see United failing to net either. Both clubs to score is 4/6 with Bet365.
The bookmakers have found the Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund tie the hardest first leg to call, with the home side just getting favouritism on the night. The Ukrainians are reliant on friendly matches for fitness given their season is on the winter break and therefore over two legs, we’d have to back the German side at 1.5 on Betfair.