Every match in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League are big at this point, the round of eight (8). With the field whittled down from 78 when the first round of qualifiers began to the eight quarter-finalists, referring to a club as an underdog is insulting . Unless you somehow consider the leaders of the resurgent French league, Monaco, or the defending English champions, Leicester City, chopped liver.
Competing in Europe for the first time since 2006-07, Celta Vigo are the lone Spanish club left in the UEFA Europa League, and have shortened their Odds to Win 2017 UEFA Europa League Title Game from an opening 30-to-1 to 10-to-1 at the SuperBook of Las Vegas, WestGate.
In EUFA Champions League play, international football action from across the pond, found Borussia Dortmund in desperate need of a positive result on Wednesday. In its first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Benfica the Dortmund side dominated the Portuguese in Lisbon but failed to find the back of the net and ultimately lost by 1-0.
The UEFA Europa League round of 16 contenders played out a crazy weekend on the pitch and while Manchester United were drawn versus Russian side Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League the club remains the SuperBook of Las Vegas, WestGate, favorites to earn the 2016-17 EUFA Europa title at 4-to-1 odds.
The global bookmakers favorites to win the 2017 EUFA Champions League, Barcelona (3-1) are odds-on to advance to the semi-finals but will have to deal with Paris Saint-Germain over the tournament’s two legs. The current La Liga leaders won’t be able to simply put their chances on cruise control when they take the Parc des Princes pitch on Tuesday night.
The official website of the Champions League, UEFA.com, positioned an interesting article for those North American English speaking hillbillies (yes us) and it reads like this:
The Knockout Stage of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League got under way in early December when the draw was conducted and returns to the pitch this New Year of 2017 (Feb. 14-15 and 21-22) with the second leg (March 7-8 and 14-15). The 2016-17 UEFA Championship League Title will be decided on June 3 in at Millennium Stadium in Wales.
Back in May of 2016 when Real Madrid were celebrating their 2015-16 UEFA Champions league title and wrapping up their champions parade the tournament was preparing to begin once again. As we enter 2017 a quick look at the remaining schedule for the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League tournament that ends with a March Final at Cardiff’s National Stadium of Wales.