Champions League Quarter Finals First-Leg Preview And Betting

March 31st, 2010

This year marks the 55th edition of the UEFA Champions League, and this week the 2009-10 tournament is holding the 1st leg of the quarter-finals.

Tonight will see the last two of the first-round quarters take place, with Arsenal at home to Barcelona, and Inter Milan hosting CSKA Moscow.

The Emirates Stadium will be full to the brim with kick-off at 8.45pm (CET), and will see Barcelona going into the match – despite not having the home ground advantage, as favourites at $2.40.

Tonight will see the last two of the first-round quarters take place, with Arsenal at home to Barcelona, and Inter Milan hosting CSKA Moscow.

Arsenal has odds of $3, and with their 5-0 thrashing of F.C. Porto in the previous round, could well defy the odds. However Barcelona also had a thrilling previous round, beating the German Stuttgart 5-1 on aggregate, and are favourites to win this year’s tournament.

Barca’s striker Lionel Messi is favourite to score first in London at $4.20, while the English side’s best hope is Nicklas Bendtner at $8, alongside former Arsenal player Thierry Henry who will face his former side.

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza will see Inter Milan kick-off against the underdogs of the entire tournament CSKA Moscow at 8.45pm (CET).

Having been written off from the get-go, the Russian side clinched a win in the previous round against Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate, and are going into tonight’s quarter with long odds of $9.

Inter, hot to win the 2009-10 competition, are going into tonight’s first-leg as favourites at $1.45.

The Italians are favourites to score first tonight at $1.42, while Moscow is at $4.

For punters interested on betting on tonight’s matches, head to Ladbrokes.com.au, who have a huge variety of markets on offer ranging from top scorers, the first side to score, the half time result, the winning margin, first player to be shown a card, and many, many more!

Tuesday saw the other four quarter finalists face off, with Lyon at home to Bordeaux at the Stade de Gerland, while over in Germany; Bayern Munich played Manchester United at the Fuball Arena München.

It was a case of home ground advantage in the opening leg of the quarters – with neither of the visitors claiming a win.

It was a good performance by Lyon, who beat fellow French side Bordeaux 3-1, with Lisandro Lopez scoring a fantastic opener and following it up with a late penalty demolishing the back of the net.

Bordeaux managed to net the crucial away goal, capitalised by Marouane Chamakh’s header, and will help the side when going into the second-leg on the 7th of April.

Bayern finally got revenge over United for the 1999 Champion’s League Final, beating the English side 2-1.

It was an incredibly similar affair to that of the ’99 final – with a last minute goal clinching the win, however this time it was from the German side. United would have been lucky coming away with a draw, but Ivica Oli? netted in the final seconds giving the German’s the advantage for the second round clash on the 7th of April.