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Champions League football preview

by Thomas Rooney

There isn’t much rest for the Premier League’s top players. The majority of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea’s players were involved in international fixtures last week and after returning to Premier League action at the weekend – it is now time for some Champions League football.

In terms of football betting, games in Europe are often rather tough to call. Research has to be done with regards to the form of teams from countries other than England and results are much more difficult to predict. For example, who would you fancy for the win between Panathinaikos and Werder Bremen? Difficult to say off the top of your head isn’t it?

Something I like to do when it comes to Champions League football is bet on each of the British clubs taking part. Form can be easily assessed and overall it is much easier to make accurate predictions. So, below are my thoughts on this week’s Champions League games that involve British clubs.

Fenerbahce v Arsenal

Arsenal do have their fair share of injury problems. William Gallas, Bacary Sagna and Kole Toure will all be missing for the trip to Holland. Therefore, their chances of victory are potentially restricted. However, Fenerbache are without a win in this year’s competition and Arsenal should have too much for them. The win against Everton at the weekend was vital for the team’s confidence and I think they will nick the three points. 0-1.

Manchester United v Celtic

This is a game I am very much looking forward to. The football odds will be heavily favouring a home victory, but Celtic will travel to Old Trafford in good spirits after six wins in a row in the Scottish Premier League. Their away form in Europe has always been a problem for them though. They can’t seem to score away from home in the Champions League, let alone win a game. Manchester United on the other hand have been in good form since their stuttering start. Wayne Rooney is a man in the form of his life and he will help Alex Ferguson’s side to a comfortable victory. 2-0.

Atletico Madrid v Liverpool

Liverpool have learned to grind out results this season and they will need to do the same again as they head to Spain looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. They will be without Fernando Torres, but Dirk Kuyt has found his shooting boot of late so that may not be as big a problem as some people think. Madrid also have two wins out of two in Group D though and they will fancy their chance of winning. Overall, I think the teams will cancel each other out and this will actually be a decent result for Liverpool. 0-0.

Chelsea v Roma

Finally for this preview, it is top of the Premier League Chelsea against 14th in Serie A Roma. For me, this is a home banker. Yes, Roma are more than capable of performing in Europe and they have some talented players. However, Chelsea are in irresistible form. Their performance against Middlesbrough at the weekend was a joy to behold and they are more confident than ever. In my opinion, they are the team to beat in the Premier League this year and if they continue to play as well as they are – they will be the team to beat in Europe as well. 3-1.

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