The first round of the UEFA Champions League soccer competition begins tonight with last year’s losing finalists Chelsea taking on French side Bordeaux in London.
The English side are listed as 1/4 favorites with SportingBet.com while fans of Bordeaux can only do as well as 8/1 with BetFred.com and ToteSport.com.
Chelsea are listed as the 11/2 favorites to win the overall competition this season by PaddyPower.com and BetFred.com and those hoping for a draw tonight can get odds of 4/1 with BetDirect.com, SkyBet.com and 888Sport.com.
Tonight’s other match arousing interest in England sees Liverpool travel to France to take on Olympique Marseille. The away side are narrowly favored to win at odds of 7/5 with BlueSq.com, SportingBet.com and 888Sport.com. Marseille fans can get odds of 12/5 with VCBet.com that their side will be victorious while a draw looks even more likely at odds of 9/4 with SkyBet.com and 2/1 with Ladbrokes.com, BetFred.com, SportingBet.com and ExtraBet.com.
Defending champions Manchester United are hoping to become the first side to retain their European title and begin their campaign against Spain’s Villareal at Old Trafford tomorrow night. The English side are listed at 1/2 with BoylesSports.com while supporters of Villareal can get odds of 6/1 with both PaddyPower.com and SportingBet.com that their side will emerge triumphant. SkyBet.com is offering odds of 10/3 that the sides will emerge deadlocked while United’s Dimitar Berbatov is favoured as the first goalscorer by WillHill.com at odds of 4/1.
Manchester United are listed as second favorites to win the overall competition at odds of 13/2 with BlueSq.com, 888Sport.com and Coral.co.uk followed by Italian giants Inter Milan and Spanish side Barcelona at 8/1 with ToteSport.com. Rounding out the top five is Real Madrid, who are being offered at odds of 9/1 to win Europe’s most prestigious soccer competition by Bet365.com and StanJames.com.