Previously referred to as the UEFA Cup, the 2010 UEFA Europa Cup final is within reach for the final four elite European sides left in the competition, after this week saw four club’s fall at the quarter final hurdle.
Valencia, SL Benfica, Standard Liège, and VfL Wolfsburg all saw their European campaigns crushed after losing their corresponding quarter finals, and therefore their chance to become European Champions.
Next on the remaining teams’ European schedules are the first legs of the semi-finals, which are set to take place on the 22nd of April, with Fulham FC up against SV Hamburg and Liverpool FC against Atlético Madrid.
Sportsbet are now offering avid soccer betting fans the opportunity to place an early bet on which side they believe will win the overall tournament.
Sportsbet are now offering avid soccer betting fans the opportunity to place an early bet on which side they believe will win the overall tournament, and with some of the most experienced European sides clumped up with some skilled novices – it is any body’s game.
Currently topping the odds are Liverpool FC, the three-time tournament winners, at $2.62.
While lacking in form in the Premier League, the Kop have impressed during their European campaign, with a particularly impressive display over Benfica in their second leg quarter final clash this week.
With Fernando Torres playing spectacularly well for the English side, claiming four goals to his name in the tournament so far, Liverpool are certainly a dominant force for the title.
Next in the odds, and certainly chasing Liverpool’s tails are the German side – SV Hamburg at $3.
Not having ever won the tournament, it would be a fantastic achievement for the Germans to win this year’s Europa Cup as the final will be held at their home ground.
Despite their round of 32 aggregate draw, where Hamburg progressed on the away goal advantage, the side have showcased substantial strength throughout the tournament and pose a strong threat to the other side’s left in the tournament.
Atlético Madrid are heading into the semi finals with odds of $5 to win the 2010 UEFA Europa Cup.
The Spanish giants have only won one of their last six matches in the tournament, with their last win back in the round of 32 against Galatasaray.
While Atlético boast a lot of experience in European football, their performances in this year’s tournament have been anything but inspirational, and need to change their form to succeed.
Rounding out the odds, and continuing with their underdog status are the other English side left in the tournament – Fulham FC at $5.50.
The Cottagers are living a European fairytale with this year giving the London side their best ever performance in the tournament.
Fulham have been regarded as the competition’s outsiders since the knock out stages when they defeated the defending Champions Shakhter Donetsk, and followed it up with a win over the Italian giants Juventus.
The Fulham side have the top scorer left in the competition – Bobby Zamora – among their midst, and he is in firing form at the moment, with the gallant striker cementing their semi final position.
The final for the 2010 UEFA Europa Cup will take place on the 12th of May at the HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg.
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