Five English Contenders For The Champions League
For the first time in the history of the competition one league accounts for five teams in the last 16 of the Champions League. English clubs from the Premier League are that quintet and ENGLAND are favourites at 11/8 with bet365 to be the winning nationality. A Premier League team have not been champions of Europe since 2012.
Teams from the old First Division dominated the European Cup in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and there was another period of dominance in the mid to late noughties this century. However, this is the first season ever in which five Premier League outfits have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Tottenham (away to Juventus) and Manchester City (at Basel) are first in to bat tonight. The DRAW double is 15/1 with William Hill.
There is a direct correlation between wealth and wage bill and winning the Champions League. Basically the six richest clubs lift the trophy which means the two Manchester clubs are England’s best hopes. Fans of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham will be disappointed because their clubs don’t have enough money to win the Champions League.
Manchester City have the backing of a nation and money literally is no object. Despite a huge global fan base Manchester United can’t keep up and City will always have the resources to outspend them. Alexis Sanchez moving to United could be an exception to this rule. So MANCHESTER CITY are the tip to win the Champions League at 10/3 with Ladbrokes.
If the Champions League is the pinnacle of European football racing on the All-Weather at Southwell does not represent the best of British racing. However, beggars can’t be choosers today because the jumps meetings at Ayr and Lingfield have been lost to the weather and Southwell is it if you want a bet on racing in Britain today.
The purpose of racing on artificial surfaces is to keep the show on the road when there are no turf fixtures. There is just £50,000 in prize money on offer over six races at Southwell but betting offices will have racing to show from this country. The Betway Handicap (3.25pm) is a Class 3 race worth less than £10,000 to the winner but is the most lucrative contest. COUER DE LION is the bet of the card at 7/4 with Coral.