Bookies Stack Odds Against Two All-English European Finals
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The prospect of two all-English European finals in UEFA’s premier club competitions is considered unlikely by one of the UK’s biggest bookmakers.
With Liverpool and Tottenham on separate sides of the Champions League semi-final draw plus Arsenal and Chelsea being in a similar situation in the Europa League, the chances of Premier League dominance appear conceivable.
Online bookmakers Betway don’t quite see it as a likely outcome though, with their odds of the last four remaining sides in Europe all being English set at 9/1 (+900) ahead of this week’s first-leg semi-finals.
That’s an implied probability of just 10% but, given the number of clubs from all over the continent who entered both tournaments at the start of the season, Betway believe the odds represent a ‘real chance’ of coming to fruition.
“With four of the eight clubs contesting the European semi-finals being English, there is a real chance of both finals being battled out by clubs from the one nation,” said Betway spokesman Alan Alger.
“We make it just 9/1 that Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal make it through their last-four ties and lock-out both the Champions League and Europa League finals.”
Spurs, who are somewhat depleted through injuries and suspensions, host the tournament’s surprise package Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday, before Liverpool travel to the Lionel Messi-inspired favourites Barcelona on Wednesday.
Betway go 10/1 that both English clubs win the first legs, making it considerably more likely for both Premier League teams to lose their opening fixture at 9/2.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and Arsenal were – in theory – dealt easier ties against Frankfurt and Valencia in the Europa League, UEFA’s secondary club competition.
It’s just 4/1 that both London clubs win the opening leg of their semi-finals, with two defeats priced at 10/1.
Ajax, once a powerhouse of European football who have this season enjoyed a re-birth in the Champions League, are chasing their fifth European Cup, which would equal Liverpool and Barcelona’s haul of five apiece.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have never lifted the famous trophy and their semi-final showdown with the Dutch side will be their first appearance in the last four since 1962.