Sportsbook handicappers have their eye on a special team and manager to make their online gambling wagers with as Manchester United tries to repeat as the top team in the Champions League.
Champions League semifinal action was fast and furious and sportsbook players had a particular interest in the online gambling matchup between Manchester United and Arsenal, two historic rivals with a history of UEFA Cup betting battles that are of epic proportions.
Manchester United is the sportsbook favorite to take the Champions League and their first leg 1-0 win over hated Arsenal in the semi finals was a sportsbook classic.
John O’Shea scored the only goal for Manchester United, who clearly outplayed Arsenal and should have won by a greater margin were it not for the heroics of Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who made three spectacular saves in the first half to keep Arsenal in the game.
Manchester United is led in their success against the sportsbook odds by Dimitar Berbatov, who had 4 goals in Champions League action. Wayne Rooney is another important ingredient to Manchester United’s success against the sportsbook as he had 4 goals and 2 assists.
The real sportsbook strength of Manchester United is their defense, however, which has been beyond belief in Champions League action thus far. Manchester United allowed just 3 goals against in their first 6 games while going without a loss. Goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar allowed just 2 goals in his first 720 minutes of action.
Sir Alex Ferguson is the legendary manager of Manchester United and he wants more Champions League glory. Since the UEFA replaced the European Cup no team has scored a win against the sportsbook as defending champions and Ferguson wants to be the first to pull it off.
Ferguson, in fact, challenged his team to do just that right after winning the Champions League title over Arsenal last year in Moscow. His team has been focused in answering his call!
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