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UEFA Champions League: Barcelona v Manchester United odds and preview

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona v Manchester United odds and preview The first leg matches from the UEFA Champions League semi-finals are underway with the all-English game today and the Barcelona v Manchester United on Wednesday night. We have already taken a deeper look into the first semi-final game, now it's time to focus on the upcoming Champions League match between the Spanish Barcelona and the English Manchester United. Looking at the betting odds offered on the Champions League at the British-licensed online bookmaker Bet 365 (sorry, no USA wagers), FC Barcelona is a small favourite, sitting on odds 6/4 (2.50) to win the first leg of the semifinals, but either way the payout for the punters will be big, with Manchester United underdog at 2/1 (3.00) and a draw would pay on 21/10 (3.10) odds. At the North-American sportsbook BetUS (new window) Barca is +150 favourite, while Manchester Utd. holds odd +185 to win the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. Live betting on the Barcelona v Manchester United game will be available at both bookmakers.

 The 2/1 odds on Manchester United could turn out to be a golden opportunity for the Red Devils fans, considering the squad is in perfect condition. Veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is deemed fit to take part in the Champions League semi-final, first leg, after recovering from a groin strain, while Wayne Rooney, Owen Hargreaves and Anderson have all recovered from their injuries sustained during the Premiership games. According to the latest reports, Gary Neville and Darren Fletcher will also join Manchester United for the Champions League game. Meanwhile information on the Barcelona's health is worrisome for Barca's fans and bettors. French striker Thierry Henry missed Monday practice suffering from a fever and Ronaldinho, Lilian Thuram, and Jose Edmilson also missed practice. Barcelona's captain Carlos Puyol will miss out the first leg of the Champions League semi-final due to suspension.

 Overall tough game to predict, considering that Barcelona and Manchester United have met just seven times in European competitions and each squad made out with two victories, while three games were drawn. The last time Barca and Manchester Utd. met was twice during the the 1998-99 season, both games finishing with a draw. Barcelona and Manchester United are both unbeaten this Champions League season.

 The UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final game Barcelona v Manchester United will start on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 18:45 EST from Nou Camp, Spain.

 Published on 04/22/2008

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