Chelsea have replaced Tottenham Hotspur as the favourites to win the UEFA Europa League after the London clubs and Newcastle United all reached the quarter-finals last night.
The odds on Rafa Benitez’s men picking up their second successive European trophy fell from 5/1 to 57/20 thanks to their 3-1 win over Steaua at Stamford Bridge, coupled with Spurs’ unconvincing performance over Inter Milan in the San Siro.
The Italians’ 3-0 defeat in London last week had seen their title odds tumble to 66/1, but punters who backed them at this price would have been dancing a jig of delight around the living room as it looked like they would overcome the deficit after pulling the tie level with 15 minutes still remaining.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s crucial strike in extra time ensured Spurs’ progression despite a further Inter goal in the closing stages, but the result nudged their tournament odds out ever so slightly from 3/1 to 13/4.
Newcastle’s impressive triumph over Anzhi has seen them reeled in from 16/1 on Thursday afternoon to 11/1 on Friday morning following Papiss Cisse’s injury time winner at St James’ Park.
Anzhi had been on offer at 9/1 to win the competition prior to their visit to England’s north-east, making Alan Pardew’s side’s victory even more impressive.
Swiss champions FC Basel held off a strong challenge from Zenit to progress to the last eight despite a 1-0 defeat in St Petersburg, but their tournament odds remain unchanged at 18/1.
Lazio crushed Stuttgart 5-1 on aggregate and move from 9/1 to 15/2, while Fenerbahce fall from 20/1 to 13/1 after a 1-1 draw with Viktoria Plzen was enough to see them progress on aggregate.
Fellow Champions League dropouts Benfica are 9/2 third favourites after winning 3-2 in Bordeaux to seal a 4-2 aggregate score.
Rubin Kazan are the other club remaining in the cup after beating Levante in extra time, and they are priced at 8/1 to be celebrating in May.