Sports gambling on the UEFA Champions League is one of the most exciting events on the online sports gambling calendar due to its prestige, quality and tradition. The UEFA Champions League rivals the Super Bowl in sports gambling popularity and television viewership and is the most prestigious club trophy in the world.
The Final for this event is set for May 22 in Madrid. As the drive towards the final takes place in late spring every sports gambling site will see an increase in traffic and wagering activity from fans throughout the world.
Barcelona of Spain is the defending champion of this sports gambling event as they defeated one of most prestigious names in soccer, Manchester United of England, 2-0. Both Barcelona and Manchester United are two of the sports gambling favorites to again contend for the 2010 title.
Real Madrid, also from Spain, is another popular choice with gamblers for the 2010 UEFA Champions League title. Chelsea from the United Kingdom is also a leading contender. Barcelona began sports gambling action this year in Group F where they led despite a sluggish start of 3 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss.
Their defeat was on October 20 of last year at Rubin 1-2. Forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi led Barcelona with 4 goals apiece. Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been stellar. Manchester United was leading Group B and looked to be in top form with a record of 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss.
Their loss was on November 25 of last year to Besiktas. Forward Wayne Rooney has been the top sports gambling asset for Manchester United with 5 goals while another forward, Michael Owen, had 4 goals. Midfielder Paul Scholes added 3 goals.
Real Madrid has an all time record setting total of 9 UEFA Champions League titles and started off with a mark of 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss, which was at Milan 2-3 on October 21. Forward Cristiano Ronaldo led the team with 7 goals.