The Champions League Betting Guide – Guaranteed Results
The FCF, like Comic Relief, is here to help. It might not be funny, it might be soul-destroying, but by Christ we’re doing something constructive. So, to continue in that spirit, here’s our Champions League betting guide.
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12/1 PSG to get to the semi-finals or better.
Ever since the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, and more importantly, the signing of Maxwell at left back, Paris Saint-Germain have been a revelation. They’ve enjoyed a 100% success rate under Ancelotti. Anybody who argues that this statistic is less than crucial because PSG have only played one league game under Ancelotti is to be disregarded. Anybody who points out that Paris Saint-Germain aren’t even in the Champions League, well, they’re probably the same people who said PSG have only played one league game under Ancelotti.
2/1 Manchester United to get to another final.
Yes, they struggled against Benfica. Yes, they struggled agaisnt Basle. Yes, they struggled against Otelul Galati. But once they’d stopped buggering about, played a proper team and stopped making love to hubris, they qualified comfortably. With the guarantee of Champions League income, Alex Ferguson was allowed to at least make a pragmatic short-term signing for the midfield in January and the title looks like a real possibility. In the Champions League, with a deep squad and momentum in the league, you can expect their only other competition to come from Real Madrid, but they’ll hope to avoid them in the draw.
8/1 Manchester City to knock out Barcelona.
Unlikely, but not impossible. After another summer of gauche transfer activity, bringing in Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Sergio Aguero, Owen Hargreaves and Stefan Savic, on top of hundreds of millions of pounds of talents amassed in the years before, qualification was a given. With such backing, no wonder Roberto Mancini has declared himself happy with his current squad, and he won’t be looking for any additions. Once the Champions League gets back under way, you’d have to expect them to knock out most opposition without breaking a sweat.
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