by Thomas Rooney
If only to avoid talking about Norwich’s last two results, I have decided to focus my football betting on the Champions League this week. It is a competition that is really getting going and as ever, the British based teams will be in action over Tuesday and Wednesday night. I’ll be previewing each of these games in a second.
First though, I just want to point out how strong each of the English teams have looked in Europe so far. Each of them sit top of their respective groups and the football odds are heavily backing one of them to be Champions of Europe come May next year. I’d even go as far to say that an all English final is, once again, a very realistic possibility. Perhaps only Barcelona and Real Madrid will have something to say about this.
For now though this is all just speculation – so let’s take a look at this week’s Champions League fixtures for the British teams.
Liverpool v Atletico Madrid
Rafa Benitez’s men may no longer be top of the Premier League after losing to Tottenham on Saturday, but I fully expect them to continue their solid start to life in Group D with a win on Tuesday night. Fernando Torres could play a part against his old team, but regardless of his involvement, Liverpool will have too much for the Spanish club. 3-1
Roma v Chelsea
So far this season, Chelsea have won every single away game they have played in the Premier League. This trip to Italy though will be far from easy though and Scolari’s men will need to be at their most clinical if they are to get a positive result. Roma are struggling somewhat in Serie A by their standards, but I still think a draw would be a decent result for Chelsea. 1-1
Arsenal v Fenerbahce
Wednesday night sees Arsenal play host to the team they battered 5-2 last time out in Europe. It was a marvellous performance from the Gunners and if they produce anything like this again, it will be a comfortable three points. However, their league form has been shaky, confidence is relatively low and they will have to dig deep if they are to raise their game and beat their Turkish opponents. Arsenal to win – just. 2-1
Celtic v Manchester United
Last but by no means least; it is the battle of Britain as Scottish Champions Celtic take on English Champions Manchester United. At Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago, it was a comfortable win for United, but this won’t be the case this time. In front of their own supporters Celtic will put on a much more respectable show and will fancy their chances of grabbing a much needed point. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are getting back to their best though and I think they will nick it. 2-3
Enjoy the games this week – there should a number of entertaining matches. I’ll be back on Friday when I will be previewing the Championship games taking place over the weekend.