For example, the Champions League Final in 2008 featured Manchester United and Chelsea, two of the most prominent clubs from the Premier League. However, there is always a chance that the Champions League Final betting odds will feature a huge underdog club that shocks the Champions League betting community by reaching the Final.
Champions League Final betting odds are often some of the most balanced odds throughout the tournament. In the group stage of the tournament and even in the early knockout stages, many matchups involve one team that completely outmatches its opponent. For example, in the 2008-09 tournament Champions League betting fans have already witnessed Chelsea dismantle Bordeaux 4-0 and Barcelona embarrass Basel 5-0. However, by the time Champions League betting on the semi-finals begins, all four teams are generally very talented and fairly evenly matched. Champions League Final betting in 2008, for instance, featured Manchester United against Chelsea and both of these teams are extremely talented and neither one was featured as a large favorite in the Champions League Final betting odds. Nevertheless, there always remains a possibility that an underdog team will defy the expectations held by most fans and end up featured in the Champions League Final betting odds. In 2008, for instance, Fenerbahce from Turkey played deep into the tournament and only lost to Chelsea 2-3 in the quarter-finals.
As Champions League betting fans predict which teams will end up in the Champions League Final betting odds in 2009, they naturally focus on top squads like Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Barcelona. Nevertheless, it is possible that an underdog will end up in the Champions League Final betting matchup. For instance, CFR Cluj is a very talented club from Romania that most Champions League betting fans remain fairly unfamiliar with. Nevertheless, the team currently boasts a 1-1-1 record in the group stage and has already finished its first game with Chelsea in a draw. An even bigger underdog would be Anorthosis from Cyprus, which similarly boasts a 1-1-1 record despite entering the tournament in the first qualifying round. It is highly improbable that a team like Anorthosis would reach the Champions League Final betting matchup, but other underdogs may emerge as the tournament progresses. If a big underdog does eventually reach the Champions League Final betting matchup, either in 2009 or subsequent years, the key to handicapping the Champions League Final betting odds will be looking for genuine value in the Champions League Final betting odds and not completely overlooking the potential of the underdog.