Can An English Team Return To The European Throne?
DATE POSTED: 29/09/2015
DATE POSTED: 29/09/2015
The following Champions League review comes courtesy of our friends at Smarkets:
传奇sfIt's a debate full of rhetoric but is the Premier League really the best in the world? Perhaps in 2008 when United broke Chelsea hearts in Moscow; and indeed between 2005 and 2012 England were represented in 7 of the 8 Champions League finals. Since? Just two quarter finalists in 13/14.
Are England's Finest Still Fine Enough?
传奇sfEnglish performances in the Champions League have been disappointing in recent years and this season got underway in a similar vein, with 3 out of 4 of the Premier League's finest losing on match day one. Can they recover and restore some pride to the Premier League as the second round of fixtures rolls around?
传奇sfArsenal (1.44) will be hoping to get their European campaign up and running against after losing their first game in Zagreb. Indeed, with two games against German giants Bayern Munich to come anything other than a win would leave them with a mountain to climb to escape the group.
Manchester United against Wolfsburg has the potential to be the pick of the games this week. After a disappointing result against PSV in their opening European game, United will be looking to recover with a win over a dynamic Wolfsburg side who have little to lose when they travel to Old Trafford. United trade at 1.83 to grab the points here.
United's 'noisy neighbours' on the other hand travel away to play Gladbach. City (1.94) will be desperate for a win after losing to Juventus on match day one and will also want to put Saturday's horror show at White Hart Lane firmly in the past.
Finally Chelsea travel to Porto on a trip that will see Jose Mourinho return to the club where he first triumphed in this competition. Despite a dominant win over Maccabi Tel Aviv last time out in Europe, they've struggled to find any form in the Premier League so far and will face a tough test here and can be backed at 3.5 to win the game.
Elsewhere In Europe
Holders Barcelona host German side Bayer Leverkusen and they will be looking to prove a point having lost their talisman for an estimated 2 months after he picked up a knee injury on Saturday. Can any of their other stars step up when Barca need it most like Messi has so many times before, having netted 77 times in this competition? The market thinks yes, and Barca trade at 1.44 to win despite the blow.
Whoever you fancy...good luck with your Champions League bets this week!
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PPPS. All the odds quoted above were taken from the Smarkets传奇sf website at 11:30 BST on 29/09/15.