Defending Champions Barcelona Are Favourites For The 2010 UEFA Champions League

April 9th, 2010

This week was a prolific occasion in the world of European soccer – with the 2010 UEFA Champions League hosting its quarter finals, and saw another four teams fall at the challenging hurdle.

Manchester United, Bordeaux, CSKA Moscow and Arsenal all failed in their quarter final clashes, losing their spot in the coveted semi final of one of the world’s most followed tournaments.

The first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi finals will take place over the 20th and 21st of April, when Inter Milan are at home to Barcelona, and Bayern Munich are at home to Lyon.

Sportsbet are offering odds for the overall tournament winner, and with the competition being  unpredictable thus far, is an exciting market to punt on.

Sportsbet are offering odds for the overall tournament winner, and with the competition being  unpredictable thus far, is an exciting market to punt on.

Currently topping the odds are the three-time title holders, and defending UEFA Champions League winners, Barcelona at $1.80.

Having had a relatively unthreatened campaign to date, the Spanish side beat Arsenal in their quarter final clash 6-3 on aggregate, with Lionel Messi their, and the tournaments, top scorer – striking the back of the net eight times during the 2010 UEFA Champions League.

Second in the odds are the Italian powerhouse, and two-time UEFA Champions League winners, Inter Milan at $4.50.

After an easy draw in their quarter final clash against the relatively inexperienced CSKA Moscow, the odds are deceptively short – as the Italian Champions have not yet proved themselves when put under pressure.

Although looking back to their round of 16 clash with Chelsea, the 3-1 win certainly puts them in contention for the European title.

Despite their convincingly determined performance against Manchester United in the quarter finals, Bayern Munich are at $5 to win the 2010 UEFA Champions League, and could certainly provide a substantial payout to the willing punter.

The Germans have won the UEFA Champions League four times; although the last time they lifted the coveted trophy was back in 2001.

Looking back over their campaign in this year’s tournament to date, Bayern have progressed through the knock out stages via draws resulting in the away goal advantage, and while being determined spectacles, the score lines prove their at-times vulnerability.

Rounding out the odds for the final four are the French side, and first time semi-finalists in the competition, Lyon at $7.50.

Always a lucrative punt – the underdogs could certainly upset the odds having beaten Real Madrid and Bordeaux in previous rounds rather convincingly, to secure their semi final spot.

The final will be held on the 22nd of May at the Santiago Bernebéu Stadium in Madrid.

So to place a bet on which side you think will be crowned as the 2010 UEFA Champions League winners, or to check out the latest odds, head to Ladbrokes.com.au now!