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2008 Champions League: Odds and preview of the final game

2008 Champions League: Odds and preview of the final game For punters in Europe and especially in the U.K. the time just couldn't go any slower while awaiting the 2008 Champions League Final game Manchester United v Chelsea. Millions of pounds and euros will be bet on the final game of the UEFA Champions League 2008 and we are here to show you the latest odds and a brief preview of this very important football game. Beginning with the betting odds on the Champions League final, we have found the best offers at the British licensed online bookmaker Bet 365 (official website), where Manchester United are a big favourite to win the European competition listed with odds 2.50 (6/4). Draw in regular time will pay out on odds 3.00 (2/1), while the odds on Chelsea to win the Champions League final have been lengthened to 3.10 (21/10) from 2.80 just a day ago. The British bookie has also opened 36 additional betting markets on the CL final game, extra 14 from the 22 markets yesterday, visit the bookmaker for the full list of betting odds on the game or to bet online on the Champions League final.

 Eventhough this is the first Champions League final to be contested between two clubs from England, Manchester United will be shooting for their third victory, while this will be Chelsea's first appearance in a Champions League final. But don't discount the Blues yet, they have eight players with CL final experience, six of them with medals, Nicolas Anelka, Claude Makelele, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho, Andriy Shevchenko (twice) and Belletti all won their Champions League final appearances, while Ashley Cole and Michael Ballack appeared, although lost, their Champions League finals. Meanwhile Manchester United has only five players with Champions League final on their resumes - Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville were part of the team that beat Bayern Munich in 1999, the last time the Red Devils took the CL trophy to Manchester, Edwin van der Sar has played on a final twice, winning once, Owen Hargreaves and Patrice Evra also played in a CL final. Paul Scholes and Wes Brown also got medals for the 1999 victory, but did not get any playtime on the field.

 A though game ahead, Manchester United will rely heavily upon the Champions League top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo with seven goals, but Chelsea has a weapon of its own in the face of the runner-up Didier Drogba with six goals in this CL season. Manchester United are still without a loss in this Champions League campaign with nine wins and three draws, while Chelsea lost once this season to Fenerbahce, their only defeat in the 2008 Champions League. Neither of the two participants have been beaten in their European competition finals, a record which is about to be broken on Wednesday. You can bet live on the Champions League final Manchester United v Chelsea at Bet 365 (USA excluded) or alternatively at BodogSports (Canada excluded).

 Published on 05/19/2008

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