The Champions League Group Stage has been drawn: Barcelona, ManU, Real Madrid and Chelsea heavily favoured by the online bookies to become the next CL Champions !
Interesting groups with difficult tasks for some of the favourites, yet also what looks to be fairly easy groups for others, that is the result of the champions league group stage draw. Current title holders Inter face Werder Bremen, Tottenham and Twente in Group A, which should see heavy fighting for the top two spots. Barcelona as the top contender for the title should have no problems to advance from Group D against Panathinaikos, Kopenhagen and Rubin Kazan.
Things could become really interesting in Group E, which includes favourite #2 Real Madrid, AC Milan, Ajax Amsterdam and AJ Auxerre from France. This years runner-up Bayern Munich is favoured to take down Group E against AS Rome, Basel (Switzerland) and Romanian champions CFR Cluj.
Group B should be very difficult to call, as it includes Olympique Lyonnais, Benfica Lisbon, FC Schalke 04 and Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Manchester United clashes with Glasgow Rangers in Group C, which also includes FC Valencia and Turkish champion Bursaspor.
An interesting Group F was drawn for Chelsea with French champions Olympique de Marseille, FC Spartak Moscow and first-timer and big underdog MŠK Žilina from Slovakia. Last, but not least, it`s Arsenal in Group H against Shaktar Donetzk, Portugals SC Braga and Partizan Belgrade.
Odds on the first group stage fixtures on September 14 and 15 are already available from your favourite online football bookmakers like Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill or SportingBet. Longterm odds on the next Champions League winner are also already active.champions league, current odds, football, sportsbetting
The World-Cup qualification phase is behind us and all the usual suspects capable of winning this mega event, made it to South Africa. Also, all the former World Champions will compete; Uruguay held off a scare from Costa Rica and France eliminated a very unfortunate Irish team due to an incredible hand play by Thierry Henry.
The international football bookmakers rank reigning European Champ Spain together with 5-time winner Brazil as the top of the list with odds around 5.50 (9/2). These two are followed by England (7.50 or 13/2), Argentina (10.00 or 9/1) and Germany at 13.00 (12/1).
The football bookmakers would currently pay out 14.00 (13/1) for the Netherlands and an always very dangerous Italy. The Top 10 list is completed by France and Portugal with odds around 17.00 (16/1) and the Ivory Coast at 25.00 (24/1).
Behind these 10 top contenders, matters quickly become kind of improbable. While Chile, Serbia, Ghana and Paraguay with sportsbetting odds of around 40.00-60.00 (39/1 – 59/1) might have a very slim chance to win this event, behind these four, there are no less than nine more teams coming it at odds of around 100-to-1, these are: USA, Cameroon, Denmark, Mexico, Nigeria, Australia, Greece, Uruguay and host nation South Africa.
Anyone of these teams winning the FIFA Football World-Cup 2010 would certainly be a major sensation by itself, but if any of “the rest” actually wins it all, then that would rank as one of the most stunning “Cinderella”-victories in sports history for all time. Here the “candidates”:
Switzerland: around 150-to-1
Japan and Slovenia: up to 250-to-1
South Korea, Slovakia and Algeria: 300-to-1
New Zealand, Honduras and North Korea: up to 2000-to-1 (!!)
The FIFA World Cup Final Draw will be held on December 4 in Cape Town (19.00 local time/18.00 CET). Once the draw is complete, some teams winning odds might either go up or down, of course, depending on the group opponents. Especially at World-Cups in the past, there were rather “easy-breezy” groups for the favourites, but also groups containing 4 really strong contenders.current odds, football, sportsbetting, world cup 2010