Sports betting: Kiev best Euro value

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DYNAMO KIEV look the best value at 12-1 with William Hill ahead of Wednesday's quarter final draw for the European Cup. The Ukrainians, known principally for the exploits of their top class strikers, Andriy Schevchenko and Serhiy Rebrov, were defeated just once on their way to winning the tough Group E, which contained both the French and English league winners, Lens and Arsenal.

Internazionale, who beat the defending champions Real Madrid 3-1 en route to winning Group C, are the favourites but have been beset by injury problems - notably to Ronaldo and Roberto Baggio - this season. However, they are showing signs of finding their form in Serie A. They won 1-0 at Udinese yesterday, thanks to, significantly, a late Ronaldo goal set up by Baggio.

The second favourites are Manchester United, but they conceded a worrying 11 goals - more than any of the other seven quarter-finalists - in the group stages.

Juventus, the 1996 European Cup winners - who have also been the best side in Europe for the last two seasons, but have somehow contrived to lose the 1997 and 1998 finals to the inferior Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid - are the third favourites. However, they have been left badly lacking a potent goal threat since losing Alessandro del Piero, their superb striker-playmaker, for the season through injury.

Bayern Munich, on the formbook, have as much chance as Manchester United, having drawn both Group games with them, but are a bigger price. But Real Madrid, struggling in La Liga, are hard to fancy.

Kaiserslautern and Olympiakos, winners of the relatively weak Groups F and A, have the chance said acronym suggests.

Marseilles, tipped at 20-1 with Ladbrokes in this neck of the woods at the start of the tournament, have dropped encouragingly to a top-priced 7-1 with Coral, but face a tough task from this point. Classy Parma and goal machines Roma, who fought out a 1-1 draw at Parma yesterday, are worthy market leaders from Serie A, along with Bologna. Bordeaux and Lyons are other French outfits who will be no pushovers, while Atletico Madrid, the Spanish giant wannabes, and Celta Vigo, the Liverpool and Villa killers, must also be respected.

EUROPEAN CUP

C H L S T

Internazionale 7-2 4-1 3-1 7-2 4-1

Man United 4-1 3-1 9-2 10-3 3-1

Juventus 9-2 7-2 7-2 4-1 7-2

Bayern Munich 11-2 9-2 6-1 11-2 6-1

Real Madrid 4-1 6-1 5-1 5-1 6-1

Dynamo Kiev 8-1 12-1 9-1 10-1 8-1

Kaiserslautern 12-1 14-1 12-1 12-1 14-1

Olympiakos 22-1 25-1 20-1 25-1 25-1

UEFA CUP

C H L S T

Parma 10-3 3-1 3-1 10-3 7-2

Roma 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2 7-2

Atletico Madrid 5-1 11-2 6-1 5-1 11-2

Celta Vigo 9-2 11-2 6-1 11-2 4-1

Marseilles 7-1 13-2 6-1 6-1 13-2

Bologna 7-1 8-1 7-1 8-1 6-1

Bordeaux 9-1 8-1 10-1 10-1 10-1

Lyons 20-1 14-1 12-1 16-1 16-1

C Coral, H William Hill, L Ladbrokes, S Stanley, T Tote

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