Now that the long process of eliminating the minnows is over with and the formalities of including the winners of the Israeli League, the Lichtenstein champs and other teams with no hope of competing with the big boys of European soccer have been taken care of it’s time to get down to some real soccer competition.
Entering the tournament the Spanish teams were heavy favorites in the Champions League odds. Former champs Real Madrid and Barcelona were the top two favorite teams in the betting pool to win again in the 2010-11 campaign. Both teams have gone through some addition and subtraction of superstars over the summer but the most important move might have had nothing to do with the players but the hiring of Coach Jose Murinho by the Real.
Chelsea is the top team in the EPL and a favorite among many Champions League betting fans this year. Arsenal is always dangerous and Man U might be down a bit this season but you can never discount a Fergie team in this tournament.
Defending champ AC Milan is a mainstay in the Champions League betting action as well, as is a newly resurrected Inter.
In the second-day of full action for the tournament these teams plus many others will be in action and it should be great day for soccer enthusiasts.
Among the many can’t miss games on Wednesday is a matchup between Real Madrid and Ajax. Both of these European giants have claimed the Champions League Trophy before and would love to get it back. They’re playing in the tournaments group of death and there should be plenty of action in the battle for the top two spots in Group G. Look for Real to win the first leg and home.
Bayern Munich vs. AS Roma should be another good matchup on Wednesday. These two teams are the likely qualifiers from Group E and will likely be content with a draw in this matchup and that seems like a likely result.
Arsenal has a fairly easy draw and should win easily on the road against Braga.