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Paddy Power is backing Barcelona and Chelsea for European glory

by Josh Powell | March 17, 2013
RAF-TERNOON DELIGHT: Benetiz looks pretty chuffed. He's oblivious to the anti-Rafa signs drawn in felt-tip behind him

RAF-TERNOON DELIGHT: He’s oblivious to the anti-Rafa signs drawn in felt-tip marker behind him

By Josh Powell

If Chelsea pull their fingers out it is very possible they could win two trophies, finish in the top four and Rafa Benetiz will still have his P45 drop through his letterbox in mid-May. Paddy Power have made the Champions League and FA Cup holders favourites for more European glory this season.

Rafa might not have had much success in the Premier League, but when it comes to knock-out games over 90 minutes he’s one of the best. the Spaniards record is second-to-none and you only have to look at the Liverpool squad that won the 2005 Champions League as proof. A team that included Djimi Traore, Steve Finnan, Harry Kewell and Igor Biscan. Incredible.

Now Chelsea are the 9/4 favourites to win the ‘Trophy that nobody really wants Trophy’, also known as the Europa League. They face Rubin Kazan in the quarter-finals in April.

Three other English clubs  made it through to the Europa League quarter finals and the draw has Tottenham taking on Basel, Fenerbache playing Lazio, and Benfica playing Newcastle. After sneaking through against Inter Milan, Tottenham are second favourites to win the Europa League at 11/4 followed by Benefica at 4/1 as third favourites.

In the Champions League Spanish giants Barcelona have been drawn against David Beckham’s PSG and are now 7/4 to win the tournament for a fifth time.

GN Champs League

The other Champions League quarter finals have Real taking on Galatasaray, Malaga taking on Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich taking on Juventus. Real Madrid are second favourites to win the Champions League at odds of 9/4 after knocking out Manchester United, and last year’s finalists Bayern Munich come in as third favourites at 5/1.

A Paddy Power spokesman said; “Barca will now be the team to beat after their salvo against AC Milan and we’ve got them as favourites to reclaim the Champions League title. Three English clubs making it through to the Europa League quarter finals is a shock and now the smart money is on Spurs or Chelsea to take home the title.”

Champions League outright odds

7/4 – Barcelona

9/4 – Real Madrid

5/1 – Bayern Munich

7/1 – Borussia Dortmund

12/1 – Juventus

35/1 – PSG

40/1 – Malaga

80/1 – Galatasaray

Europa League outright odds

9/4 – Chelsea

11/4 – Tottenham

4/1 – Benefica

13/2 – Lazio

12/1 – Fenerbache

14/1 – Newcastle

16/1 – Rubin Kazan

33/1 – FC Basel

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