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Schalke shock causes changes in Champions League odds

| 06.04.2011

Real Madrid and Schalke’s dominance of their respective Champions League quarter-final first legs has caused a bit of a shake up on the odds for the tournament winner.

Madrid’s 4-0 win at the Bernabeu over Tottenham has shortened their Champions League odds from 4/1 to 3/1 and they are now almost guaranteed to progress into a semi-final showdown against either Barcelona or Shakhtar.

However, the big shock came in the other quarter-final to have already begun, with Schalke leaving Inter Milan with a 5-2 victory.

As Schalke now look destined to move into the last-four at the expense of last year’s Champions League winners, the Germans have understandably been cut from 40/1 to 12/1 to win the tournament.

This result also bodes well for Chelsea and Manchester United as the winner of their quarter final are now liable to face Schalke in the semi finals.

Prior to last night’s result at the San Siro, Inter would have certainly been the more feared of the two sides, but Schalke have saved their best form for the Champions League this season.

Schalke are struggling in mid-table in the Bundesliga and are only five points adrift of the relegation places with only seven games of the campaign remaining.

They may have also scored five goals against Inter, but Manchester United and Chelsea will both feel they have a strong chance of making the final and will definitely feel that luck is on their side, with Real Madrid and Barcelona expected to meet in the other half of the draw.

Despite still waiting to play their first leg, Chelsea’s betting odds have shortened to 5/1 to win the Champions League on the back of Schalke’s victory, while Manchester United remain at 6/1.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.