Trying to decide who to bet on for this season’s Champions League is a tricky decision. Of the English teams, it seems that all of them might well be able to challenge Barcelona for the crown of European Champions, though it could be argued that Arsenal and Chelsea have less of a chance than the two teams from Manchester, despite Chelsea’s recent signing of Mata from Valencia and Arsenal’s deadline day purchase of Arteta from Everton. Mata will offer Chelsea more options in the wider areas of the park while Wenger will be hoping that Arteta can help fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas’ recent departure back to his hometown team that trained him until he was fifteen, Barcelona, who are incidentally also Arteta’s parent club. However, neither team seems to possess the strength in depth of squad that Manchester United and Manchester City currently boast and it appears that if there is going to be a real challenge mounted by one of the English teams, it is going to be one of these two.
The Manchester United squad looks a lot stronger than last season despite the retirement of Paul Scholes in the summer because Ferguson’s new purchases – Ashley Young from Aston Villa and Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers – have slotted in easily and are thriving while the emergence of Danny Wellbeck and Tom Cleverley through the youth ranks has proved once again that Manchester United are amongst the best teams in Europe for developing young players. Both have spent a season on loan to other Premiership clubs and are now battling for first team places at United due to some outstanding recent performances.
There will undoubtedly be a lot of Man Utd betting happening at the moment and so their Champions League odds will most likely be changing rapidly. It is consequently best to get a bet on early if you are going to make one. The same can be said for if you are planning to bet on Manchester City. Sergio Aguero has already been a revelation, David Silva is developing into the world-class playmaker that he’s always threatened to be, Mancini has somehow managed to hold onto Carlos Tevez and Hargreaves has just signed on deadline day to give them even more options in midfield. My money’s on the Champions League trophy ending up in the possession of either one of the Manchester teams or Barcelona at the end of this season.