Today’s Sports Betting Preview – By Rick Elliott
Wins For The Manchester Clubs In The Champions League
ENGLAND is the second favourite behind Spain to be the nationality of the winners of the Champions League. Liverpool beat a star-studded PSG at Anfield but Tottenham threw away a great chance to beat Inter but lost in Italy on the opening night of the group stages. The Manchester clubs begin their campaign to win the Champions League tonight. United have been the champions of Europe three times but MANCHESTER CITY have never won the old European Cup or Champions League and are 11/2 with Betfair to break their duck.
The Premier League champions are at home to Lyon at the start of the group stages of the biggest club competition in Europe and the rest of the world. The Champions League is huge because most of the best players appear in the major leagues in Europe, in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Pep Guardiloa is banned from the touchline for tonight’s match at the Etihad but he would have had his say before tonight’s meeting which starts his campaign to win the Champions League as a manager for the third time. A CITY WIN TO NIL is the bet at 11/10.
Young Boys are the champions of Switzerland for the first time since 1986 and are playing in the group phase of the Champions League also for the first time. The English Premier League is much richer than the Swiss First Division and money usually talks in this type of fixture in which United can beat Old Boys. MANCHESTER UNITED have lost just three of their last 20 away games in European competition and can secure three points in Switzerland. The away win is 7/10 with bet365.
Two of today’s three Flat meetings in Britain offer over £100,000 in prize money and Yarmouth is the richest fixture. The most valuable race is the listed contest for fillies over one mile and two furlongs at 3.35. Chain Of Daisies has the highest Racing Post Rating but as a horse aged three Winter Lightning gets five pounds and Chain Of Daisies carries an extra three pounds for winning a previous listed race. The weight advantage of eight pounds means WINTER LIGHNING is the horse to back at 6/4 with Ladbrokes.