Thursday, March 01, 2007


WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO (March 1, 2007)-The second leg of the last sixteen in the Champions League gets underway next week and every team remains in contention to advance to the Quarter-finals. No team enjoys more than a one goal advantage heading into the second leg, so fans can expect heated battles on the pitch as the clubs hope to keep their title dreams alive. With the return legs less than a week away, leading international online sportsbook has released updated odds on which club will win this season's Champions League title.

Fresh from winning the Carling Cup at the weekend, PinnacleSports has pegged Jose Mourinho's Chelsea squad as favourites to win the Champions League at 5.07 as they head home to Stamford Bridge for the return leg against Porto where they have only suffered one loss in 13 Champions League outings. Despite a controversial win in the first match in Lille 1-0 following a quickly taken free kick, Manchester United (6.84) led by the explosive duo of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo remain hotly tipped to capture their first Champions League crown since 1999. Lyon has reached three consecutive Quarter-finals and currently stands at 9.20 to go all the way this year. currently lists both 2005 winner Liverpool and 2004 UEFA Cup champions Valencia as solid contenders for the title at 10.00.

While currently holding an Italian and European all-time record with 17 consecutive league victories, PinnacleSports lists Inter Milan at just 12.00 to emerge victorious citing the side's failure to advance to the Quarter-finals of the Champions League in its current format. Despite ongoing problems in the dressing room and a 2-1 loss in their first match, reigning champions Barcelona remain solid contenders to become the first side to successfully defend the European Cup since 1990 at 12.67. Last year's runner-up Arsenal (13.00) hopes to reverse their loss in the first leg by building on the experience of last campaign as they return to Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, a number of traditional European heavyweights including six-time champions AC Milan (15.93), the Champions league most successful side Real Madrid (18.71), and four-time victors Bayern Munich (21.01) find themselves in the unusual predicament of being long shots.

Benefactors of the Italian match-fixing scandal, AS Roma stand at 21.01 underdogs to capture the Champions League crown. Although they have considerable Champions League experience and beat Arsenal in the first leg, lists Dutch Champion PSV Eindhoven at just 26.01 to win the European Cup. The clubs currently listed with the worst chances to take the Champions League title include Porto (51.05), Celtic (101.21) and Lille (201.00).

For a complete list of odds, please visit the soccer section at .

Current Odds: *All odds subject to change*

Odds To Win Champions League Title
Chelsea 5.07
Manchester United 6.84
Lyon 9.20
Liverpool 10.00
Valencia 10.00
Inter Milan 12.00
Barcelona 12.67
Arsenal 13.00
AC Milan 15.93
Real Madrid 18.71
Bayern Muenchen 21.01
Roma 21.01
PSV Eindhoven 26.01
Porto 51.05
Celtic 101.21
Lille 201.00


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