English Teams Set To Qualify – But How Many?

So now that we have completed the first legs of all the last 16 ties of the 2010/11 Champions League (UEFA have dragged this stage of the competition out a little but, haven’t they?), we are just 90 minutes away from finding out how many Premier League clubs will make it into the quarter finals.

Following the first legs, it’s now almost certain that at least one Premier League team will make it through, which is reflected in the odds that it’s now 600/1 (opened 55/1) that no English team makes it through to the quarter final stage of the 2010/11 Champions League.

Chelsea are in the best position, having put in an accomplished performance away at Copenhagen to enable them to a take a two goal lead back to Stamford Bridge. Tottenham also performed well, keeping a clean sheet in Milan and Harry Redknapp’s men will be confident about closing out the tie at White Hart Lane.

Even though Manchester United were far from their best against Marseille, a 0-0 draw isn’t the worst result, but if the Ligue 1 side get an away goal then things could get interesting. Things are definitely interesting in the Arsenal v Barcelona tie, and if the Gunners can get an away goal at the Nou Camp then who knows?

bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth says that “We heavily fancy three Premier League boys to progress, but Arsenal look to have it all to do – particularly with question marks over Fabregas and Walcott.”

It’s 4/1 that all four Premier League sides get through and 9/2 about an all English final!

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