September 18, 2013

Champions League Betting Tips

Champions League BettingBy Mark Rawlinson

The Champions League action continues tonight as the teams from Groups E-H get their 2013/14 European campaign underway.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Celtic are the three British teams involved this evening plus the likes of Barcelona and AC Milan are also in action this evening.

Chelsea v FC Basel

Jose Mourinho takes charge of his first Champions League game since returning to Stamford Bridge this evening as they host Swiss league champions FC Basel.

And The Special One will be hoping to guide his side through to the knockout stages this year after Rafa Benitez failed to do that last year.

Of course, the Blues did go onto win the Europa League last year and they beat Basel in the semi-finals to book their place in the final at Amsterdam.

Chelsea are big favourites going into the game, with Paddy Power providing the best odds of 4/11, whilst Bet Victor offer the best odds on a Basel win at 10/1.

The match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 7:45pm.

Marseille v Arsenal

When the draw for the group stages were made, Arsenal fans would be forgiven for cringing at the teams they had been drawn against.
They face French side Marseille tonight, who finished second in Ligue 1 last season, whilst they also face matches against Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, who both finished second in their respective leagues.

And to make things worse, Arsene Wenger already has a huge injury list, with Santi Cazorla, Yaya Sanogo, Tomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby all unavailable for the game.

However, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker, who were all doubts, will all feature tonight.

Despite their depleted squad, the Gunners go into the game tonight as favourites with Coral offering the best odds of 29/10 on them winning. William Hill provide the best price on a Marseille win at 23/10.

This game is live on Sky Sports 4 from 7:45pm.

AC Milan v Celtic

Celtic face an extremely tough test in their first Group H match, as they travel to the San Siro to face seven-times European champions AC Milan.

Celtic’s monumental task is helped slightly as Milan are without Kaka, Riccardo Montolivo, Stephan El-Shaarawy, Ignazio Abate and Mattia De Sciglio are all ruled out due to injuries.

However Celtic will be without James Forrest who has not travelled to Italy to receive treatment on a sciatica problem whilst Joe Ledley is also a major doubt.

Milan are strongly backed to win, and William Hill, amongst others, provide the best odds at 1/2 on them securing the three points. The best odds on a Celtic win are provided by Bet 365 at 15/2, and the same outlet are offering odds of 7/2 on a draw.

This match is live on Sky Sports 2 from 7:45pm.

Other big matches to look out for tonight include Barcelona v Eredvise champions Ajax, also in Group H, whilst in Arsenal’s group, Napoli host Borussia Dortmund. For the best betting odds on these and the other three matches this evening, click HERE.

You can also claim free bets with William Hill by clicking HERE.

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