Champions League Group A betting
Group A Champions League odds and tips
Champions League Group A immediately leaps of the page as Tottenham Hotspur figure amongst the clubs aiming to progress into the last 16. Spurs along with Dutch Eredivisie Champions FC Twente make their debuts in Europe’s elite competition, while last years winners Inter Milan and Germans Werder Bremen complete the quartet. But what can we expect from Harry Redknapp’s men who secured their place after overcoming a dogged Young Boys in qualifying?
Group A winner odds
Inter – Best odds 5/6 VC Bet
Spurs – Best odds 7/2 Blue Sq
Werder Bremen – Best odds 5/1 Betfred
FC Twente – Best odds 18/1 Bet 365
There’s no denying the fact the North Londoners may have to do it the hard way just to qualify from the group stages. However, perhaps the only saving grace was that it could have been a lot worse considering the Pot Three hopefuls avoided Real Madrid in last Thursday’s draw. Instead, they open their campaign in the Weserstadion in Bremen as a pose to the daunting prospect of kicking off in the Santiago Bernabeu. Nevertheless, Werder Bremen will be no pushovers and are not here by default despite needing extra time in their second leg qualifier against Sampdoria to progress on aggregate.
Like Tottenham who were given an opening leg scare against Young Boys, Bremen who finished third in the Bundesliga last season, at one stage looked to be dropping into the Europa League at the hands of Italians Sampdoria. Markus Rosenberg’s extra-time winner though made it the sixth time in seven seasons they had made it into the group stages. And you can get 11/10 with Bet365 the Germans make it a nightmare start for ‘Arry’s men who themselves are a tentative 9/4 to record their first ever Champions League success.
Jose Mourinho guided Inter Milan to their first top European triumph last term after overcoming Bayern Munich in May’s final. The ‘Special One’ has since left the Italian Champions for Madrid but in Rafel Benitez they have secured a more than adequate replacement. The ex-Liverpool boss tasted Champions League in 2005 with the Reds and will feel he has a real chance of emulating Jose’s success at the San Siro. If Inter Milan do follow up and win the 2010/11 Champions League they should have no problems negotiating their way through Group A. The top seeds are as short as 1/14 to progress but look excellent value at 5/6 with Victor Chandler to finish as group winners. They begin their defence with a trip to FC Twente and can get off to the perfect start in Holland but at no sort of odds (2/5).
Twente owe much of their recent success to former England Head Coach Steve McClaren. He guided the team from Enschede to the Dutch league last term seeing off much fancied rivals in Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, hence their Champions League entry this time around. But McClaren has since left for Wolfsburg and their chances of group progression have diminished rapidly now Michel Preud’homme takes the hot-seat. This is justified with the bookies 9/1 odds for them to qualify and it seems almost a certainty they will finish rock-bottom of Group A.
The best bets in this group surround Spurs and they represent a decent price at 4/5 (Coral) to qualify from the group.
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