England have two representatives in the form of Arsenal and Chelsea, the 4th and 5th best teams in the Premier League at the moment, with the Gunners in action when they travel to the San Siro on Wednesday night for the first leg of their tie against AC Milan.
It has been a strange season for Arsene Wenger’s side who had a bad start to the campaign although Thierry Henry helped them win at Sunderland and they can currently be backed at 25/1 (Bet Victor – £50 free bets) to win the Champions League which might not be a bad price if they can get past the Rossoneri.
As for Chelsea, they are on offer at odds of 14/1 (Unibet free bets) and the pressure is really on Andre Villas-Boas to deliver in this competition, something which his predecessors have been unable to do at Stamford Bridge. The Blues seem cursed in this competition, with Roman Abramovich desperate to see John Terry finally lift the trophy aloft in May.
The top two clubs in the betting are Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the Spanish arch-rivals potentially on a collision course to meet in the final at the Allianz Arena, something which would be an almighty spectacle.
Real are actually ten points clear in La Liga, although Jose Mourinho’s team can be backed at odds of 11/4 (bet365 bookmaker) and part of the problem is that they seem unable to beat their Catalan rivals when the two teams meet. Can Madrid actually land the spoils when it counts?
Pep Guardiola saw his team’s modest away form continue on Saturday as they went down at Osasuna, with the holders now heading to Leverkusen this week hoping that they can get things right in Germany and take home an advantage. Sportingbet offer odds of 6/4 that Barcelona are victorious.
Bayern Munich are third in the betting and should prove too strong for FC Basel at the last sixteen stage, while it hasn’t escaped the attention of the layers that the German giants will have an obvious advantage should they reach the final thanks to it being played in Munchen.
Bet Victor offer a best price 11/2 about Jupp Heynckes’ side who are currently embroiled in a see-saw battle with Borussia Dortmund for the German title and they could be the best value.
AC Milan are on offer at odds of 28/1 despite being top of Serie A, while Internazionale are even bigger at 33/1 following their unexpected defeat to Novara at the weekend.