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Champions League Betting – Munich Gets The European Nod Over Spanish Giants

Posted by Todd Shale on 2/13/2012 4:24:04 PM
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Soccer fans following online betting odds for the Champions League will see that it is a three-horse race to the finish line, and unless something drastic occurs, the winner of this year’s competition should emerge from the trio of favorites. Lean towards the team from Germany to scoop the biggest prize in club soccer.

What: Soccer Sport Betting
When: Round Of 16 begins on Tuesday, February 14th, 2:45 PM ET
Where: Various Stadiums In Europe
Pick: Bayern Munich

The Favorites

It should be no surprise that Barcelona (+150) are the favorites after winning two of the last three Champions League competition, and they romped to the top of Group H with 16 points, but if you have been watching Barca, they don’t have that aura of invincibility that they have had in previous years and a lot of that is down to a sizeable deficit in La Liga to Real Madrid (+250), who were the only team that had more points than Barca in the group stages. Madrid hasn’t won the Champions League since 2002 and they would love to be the ones to wrest control of Europe from their bitter rivals.

The only team that can seemingly hang with the Spanish giants is Bayern Munich (+500), who is locked with Borussia Dortmund in a battle at the top of the Bundesliga. Munich is anchored by German team members that lost to the Spanish national team in the World Cup in 2010, and of course, the Spanish team was largely Barca-influence, so that is an intriguing storyline to watch for as well.

The Second Tier

It gets interesting here for soccer betting players because it is going to take a few breaks to get past the top three. It starts with Chelsea (+1000), who rolled to the top of Group E, but they’re also struggling in the English Premiership and that could take their attentions away from the Champions League. The team and manager Andre Villas-Boas recently met with owner Roman Abramovich, and if that doesn’t raise the urgency level of the team, we’re not sure what will. Arsenal (+1800) may offer better odds after winning Group F, and they received a jolt of inspiration in the form of Thierry Henry’s loan period, but he will leave the club and return to New York after their opener against AC Milan (+2000), who is leading Serie A.

Their rivals from Inter Milan (+2500) are next, and like Chelsea, they may have league matters on their mind as they’re currently fifth in Serie A, which means they are out of next year’s Champions League spots. Also like the Blues, Inter has had a couple of big losses coming into the round of 16 and the Champions League could be the spark to their season….or it could be a quick exit. Another Italian club, Napoli (+3000), has a great chance to pull off a huge upset of Chelsea in the round of 16, and they have nothing to lose as they’re outside of the Champions League spots in Serie A; that is a dangerous combination.

The Longshots

Benfica (+4500) won back-to-back Champions League competitions in 1961 and 1962, but there has been no European hardware since then. They’re currently trying to hold off Porto in Portugal, and they have a tricky test coming with Zenit St. Petersburg (+10000), who is starting to run away with the Russian Premier League. Lyon (+8000) is normally a team that soccer betting players will consider heading into the Champions League as they always seem to give the bigger teams trouble.

Bayer Leverksen (+12000) have fallen out of the European spotlight after their 2002 loss to Madrid in the final, and they nearly stole Group E from Chelsea. The problem is, they’ll be taking on Barcelona in the round of 16 and it may take all of their powers just to defeat the defending champions. A better wager may be Marseille (+12000), who get Inter in the next round and if they can gather some momentum from a win over the 2010 champions, anything can happen.

How It Will Play Out

It is very tough to get past the top three, because even on a poor day, Barca, Madrid and Munich can beat any of these teams handily. The English duo of Chelsea and Arsenal should also be considered, and the Gunners could be a excellent darkhorse to ride to a Champions League victory.

However, we’re taking the Germans from Bayern Munich as Barca is going to spend a lot of energy trying to chase down Madrid in La Liga, and the two could meet in this competition, which softens up the winner for Munich. With odds of +500, there is more value in wagering on the Germans and they have more than enough talent to win the competition for the fourth time (and first time since 2001). Take Bayern Munich in your sports betting picks.

Champions League Betting Pick: Bayern Munich

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