Champions League Round of 16 First Leg Review
AC Milan have been slashed in the Champions League betting following last night’s 4-0 crushing of Arsenal at the San Siro.
The Serie A club were available at 28.0 before kick-off, but two goals from Robinho, a wonder-strike from Kevin-Prince Boateng and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw the bookmakers cut their odds down to 13.0.
The Gunners were shellshocked in Italy and are now out to 401.0 outsiders to win Europe’s premier competition. They will need to win by five clear goals to proceed to the quarter finals or by a 4-0 scoreline to take the tie into extra time and penalties.
Earlier that evening, Zenit St Petersburg beat Benfica 3-2 in Russia. Benfica took the lead through Maxi Pereira but were pegged back with a goals from Roman Shirokov and Sergei Semak. Oscar Cardozo equalised for the Portuguese side with three minutes left but Shirokov grabbed a dramatic second two minutes later.
Zenit were cut by several firms but are still outsiders at 126.0. With two away goals, Benfica will fancy their chances in the return leg but drifted out to 41.0.
Barcelona remain the favourites to win the tournament, as they have done all season, after a comfortable 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez either side of an effort from Michal Kadlec put Barcelona in control and a late third from Lionel Messi looked to put the La Liga side into the last eight with the return leg at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona are a best-priced 2.4 to become become the first club to retain the trophy since the switch to the Champions League format in 1992.
Lyon take a slender lead to Cyprus after beating APOEL 1-0 at the Stade de Gerland. A goal from Alexandre Lacazette after 58 minutes was enough to win the first leg for the Ligue One club.
Elsewhere in the betting, Real Madrid remain second favourites to win the Champions League while Bayer Munich are third favourites with the bookmakers.
Both play their last-16 first-leg matches next week, as do Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli.
Outright Champions League Winner:
- Barcelona @ 2.4 (Paddy Power)
- Real Madrid @ 3.75 (Betfred)
- Bayern Munich @ 7.0 (Sportingbet)
- AC Milan @ 13.0 (Ladbrokes)
- Chelsea @ 15.0 (bet365)
- Inter Milan @ 34.0 (Sky Bet)
- Napoli @ 41.0 (Coral)
- Benfica @ 41.0 (Bet Victor)
- Lyon @ 81.0 (Boylesports)
- Zenit St Petersburg @ 126.0 (Sportingbet)
- Marseille @ 151.0 (Bet Victor)
- APOEL @ 301.0 (Coral)
- Arsenal @ 401.0 (Sportingbet)
- FC Basel @ 401.0 (bet365)
- CSKA Moscow @ 401.0 (Boylesports)
- Bayer Leverkusen @ 1251.0 (Coral)