Europe’s premier knockout soccer competition gets underway again tonight after its two-month break with tournament favourite Barcelona travelling to France to play underdog Olympique Lyonnaise.
The Spanish side are 3/1 with SkyBet.com, PaddyPower.com, BetFred.com, BoyleSports.com, Betfair.com, ExtraBet.com and Coral.co.uk to win the competition and are also heavily favoured going into tonight’s match at the 41,000-seat Stade Gerland.
Ladbrokes.com lists Barcelona at odds of 4/5 to defeat last year’s French champions followed by SportingBet.com at 9/10 and Coral.co.uk, WillHill.com, ExtraBet.com, Bet365.com and ToteSport.com at 10/11. Most other online bookmakers including BoyleSports.com, BetFred.com, VictorChandler.com and 888Sport.com are offering the Catalans at evens to emerge victorious this evening.
Lyonnaise’ best finish in this competition came during the 1963/64 season when it was defeated in the final by Sporting Lisbon but any hopes of a repeat seem distant with ToteSport.com offering it at odds of 5/2 to win tonight. Slightly longer is the 11/4 being offered by BoyleSports.com, BetFred.com, SportingBet.com VictorChandler.com and WillHill.com while BlueSq.com, SkyBet.com and 888Sport.com list ‘Les Gones’ at 3/1.
Many would see a tie as a sort of victory for the French tonight but even this seems unlikely with WillHill.com offering odds of 2/1 for this eventuality. ToteSport.com, Coral.co.uk and BlueSq.com are giving punters 9/4 for a draw followed by BetFred.com, BoyleSports.com and ExtraBet.com with 12/5.
The tournament’s other favoured team are also in action tonight as defending champion Manchester United travel to Milan to take on Internazionale at the 80,000-seat San Siro.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team are 9/2 with ToteSport.com, 888Sport.com and BlueSq.com to win the competition but must first get past ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and his very talented squad over two legs.
Ladbrokes.com and ToteSport.com list the English team at odds of 7/4 to win tonight’s game followed by the 37/20 being given by SportingBet.com. VictorChandler.com are giving Manchester United at 19/10 along with BoyleSports.com while BetFred.com, PaddyPower.com and StanJames.com are listing odds of 2/1.