There was a mixed reaction from the bookies after what was not a great week for the English clubs in the Champions League.
With only Liverpool winning, most bookies odds on an English team lifting the trophy in Berlin next June (the final is on 06/06/15) have shortened.
The bookies shortening their prices are Skybet at 11/4 and Ladbrokes at 3/1 (£100.00 Free Bet until end of September).
The odds shortening seems strange due to only one English team winning, and that wasn’t exactly a great win either. One reason for this could be the other results in the respective groups.
Despite losing their opener, Arsenal’s cause has been helped by the other two teams in their group (Anderlecht and Galatasaray) drawing. The same applies to Chelsea, who actually find themselves topping their group after dropping 2 points at home.
The plight of Manchester City is less certain though and they are already under huge pressure. They may well have played okay in Munich yesterday and more than competed with Bayern, but Roma’s 5-1 thrashing of CSKA means City cannot afford any slips from now on in, especially in their head to heads with the Italians.
All these factors could be behind the reason why the bookies seem to be sending out a mixed message. One bookie whose odds have lengthened is Betbright, and they are currently offering the best price – 13/4 – on an English team lifting the Champions League.