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Rupert Wyman 23rd Feb 2009 - 23:31

Special One takes on the Great One

The Champions League returns on Tuesday and with more football betting than ever William Hill has every angle covered. Not only do we offer you the best in betting but in previews also. As well as articles and tips here on news.williamhill.com we have exclusive Opta Facts to aid you in your betting and audio previews with expert punditry from Big Ron, Tony Cascarino and Robbie Savage.

Inter Milan v Man Utd

The highlight on Tuesday is Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan hosting Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United at the San Siro.

Mourinho dubbed himself 'The Special One' but he faces arguably the greatest manager of all time on Tuesday. Fergie has won countless trophies at Man Utd and he is seeking to win the Champions League for a third time and in the process become the first side to successfully defend the Champions League.

Of course, before the Champions League replaced the European Cup, teams had won it in consecutive years but since its inception in 1992/93 season no side has won it two years in a row.

Mourinho and Fergie have Champions League history after Jose's then Porto side knocked Man Utd out of the competition on the way to arguably his greatest achievement of winning the Champions League in 2004.

Inter are 11/8 favourites to win the first leg with the English side available at 9/5 to take a lead back to Old Trafford and the draw is priced at 15/8.

The Italian side proudly sit at the top of Serie A and a home win looks the most likely especially as Man Utd have a potential defensive crisis with Nemanja Vidic suspended and Wes Brown, Johnny Evans, Gary Neville and John O'Shea all injured.

Despite the incredible run the Red Devils have been on they have not been at their fluid best at times but in typical United fashion get the job done unlike some of their rivals in the Premier League.

As a result of their favouritism Inter are included in our Tuesday Champions League favourites enhanced odds multiple. The accumulator is priced at 19/1 and includes the three other favourites from the other ties taking place on Tuesday.

Arsenal v Roma

The second English side in action on Tuesday are Arsenal. It is another Anglo-Italian battle as Roma are the visitors to north London. Arsene Wenger's Gunners have been firing blanks in recent weeks but, having never lost at The Emirates in the Champions League, could well prove good value at 5/6 to win the first leg.

Arsenal have had three 0-0 draws in a row in the Premier League but the return of Europe's elite competition could come at just the right time. The Gunners' season has started to go a bit stale with them out of the title race and battling to qualify for next year's Champions League. The chance to win this great trophy will not be lost on Arsenal and they will hope to go one better than they did in 2006 when they lost to Barcelona in the final.

The Gunners will still be missing some attacking options with Emmanuel Adebayor, Eduardo, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and captain Cesc Fabregas all injured and Andrey Arshavin cup-tied but Robin van Persie will lead the line and he looks a good bet to score at anytime at 5/4.

Roma themselves aren't having the best of seasons. They are only sixth in Serie A and like Arsenal can forget about their domestic title for another year. Arsenal go into our Favourites Accumulator.

Atlético Madrid v Porto

An all-Iberian match-up sees Mourinho's former side Porto travel to Spain to take on Atlético Madrid in the first leg. Porto are nowhere near the force they were under the charismatic Mourinho.

Atlético are the third side in our four-fold as they are 10/11 favourites to take a first leg lead to Portugal in two weeks time. The Spanish side are seventh in La Liga and have a fight on their hands if they are to qualify for next year's Champions League. At the weekend they lost 1-0 away to Sevilla, but Sevilla are up in third so the Madrid side certainly did not disgrace themselves.

Porto on the other hand registered a 2-0 victory away at Paços Ferreira on Friday night. But Paços are a poor side who sit bottom of the table in a poor Portuguese league. Nevertheless Porto are top of the league, four points clear of rivals Benfica.

Lyon v Barcelona

The final match of the evening is French champions Lyon entertaining Spanish giants and La Liga champions-elect Barcelona. Barca suffered a shock home defeat to city rivals Espanyol on Saturday, but they still come into this first leg as 10/11 favourites.

The Catalans therefore are the fourth side in our Tuesday accumulator. Despite the loss at the weekend Pep Guardiola's side are still seven points clear of rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and have an incredible +51 goal difference.

Lyon are six points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as they seek their eighth consecutive league title. They warmed up for this clash with Barça by winning away at mid-table Nancy on Saturday. With stars such as Karim Benzema and Juninho the French side should be competitive but Barça should have too much for them.

Barcelona are the top scorers in this year's competition with 18 goals and Argentine star Lionel Messi is 11/2 to score the first goal of the match and increase the total to 19.

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