CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW: ROUND OF 16

After a 149-day wait, Champions League betting returns with huge fixtures among European football’s elite. Manchester City take on Real Madrid at the Etihad, while Juventus look to overturn Lyon at the Allianz Stadium. 

With some of the greatest teams in the world set to lock horns, join us as we analyse exciting betting options for second leg fixtures of the round of 16.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING

Juventus

Juventus have once again established themselves as the dominant force in Italian football, ending the season with their ninth Serie A Scudetto in a row. Although they finished their campaign just one point above their nearest rivals, Juventus found the time to rest key players during their final fixtures – with their attention already fixed on the Champions League.

The Bianconeri head into their Friday fixture in desperate need of goals; their 1-0 away loss in the first leg left them bloodied but not yet beaten. Having shown no signs of slowing down, Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line and look to add to his already impressive tally of 35 goals, with his chances of scoring calculated at 7/12 (1.58).

Sarri’s men will take nothing for granted this Friday, but they can take confidence from their incredible win record at home which has solidified their reputation as an exceptional team and established the Allianz Stadium as a fortress.

Lyon

Lyon attained their first-ever victory over the Italian champions last February courtesy of a left-footed effort by Lucas Tousart – upsetting the pre-match predictions and stunning both fans and pundits alike.

With the Ligue 1 season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Les Gones have enjoyed a long break which has allowed attacking talismans Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide to recover from long-term knee injuries and possibly make the starting lineup this Friday.

Knowing that a clean sheet will see them through, but an away goal could make all the difference, Rudi Garcia may set his team up similarly to their Coupe de la Ligue final blueprint from last week. Having withstood a Paris Saint-Germain onslaught for 120 minutes, Lyon may look to emulate their counter-attacking strategy against the Italian champs and make use of their fast-breaking strikeforce to possibly clinch a historic result.

JUVENTUS VS LYON: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Juventus come out as strong favourites, at 3/7 (1.43) to win, while Lyon sport odds of 33/5 (7.60) to once again upset the Italian champions.


Manchester City

Although they have secured silverware in the EFL Cup, disappointment in the Premier League and FA Cup has left Manchester City looking towards the Champions League as a way to finish their season with a bang.

The Citizens go into their fixture this Friday with a 2-1 advantage, having dismantled Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne. City will face an entirely different beast this Friday, with the freshly-crowned La Liga champions the form team in Europe (alongside Bayern Munich) since the resumption of domestic action. Guardiola will be focused on shoring up a defence which has been guilty of costly errors on several occasions this season.

With Sergio Aguero’s ruled out of participation this Friday due to a knee injury, the pressure will be on Gabriel Jesus to deliver the goods at 10/11 (1.91) and see his side past the Spanish champions.

Real Madrid

Almost five months have passed since this fixture was initially due to take place; the Real Madrid team that visits the Etihad now is a different proposition to that from the first leg.

A disappointing 2-1 loss at home, which also saw the red card dismissal of their talismanic captain Sergio Ramos, haunts fans of Los Blancos. However, hope remains in the form of Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois who have both been vital in Real Madrid’s post-lockdown resurgence, leading their team from the back and front respectively.

Real Madrid will head into their fixture with the weight of their prestigious Champions League history heavy upon their shoulders. With their players knowing exactly what is expected when they put on the white shirt and represent Los Blancos, anything but a win for Zidane’s team will be deemed unacceptable.

MANCHESTER CITY VS REAL MADRID: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As the home team, Manchester City are favourites, at 5/7 (1.71), to go on and win, with Real Madrid’s chances measured at 67/20 (4.35).


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LA LIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 32

Spanish football heats up over the weekend as La Liga frontrunners Real Madrid and Barcelona find themselves level on points, and both facing bottom-half teams away from home. An intense local derby mid-table fight for a European spot between Villarreal and Valencia is the highlight of the remaining fixtures in the Spanish league and offers some interesting options for La Liga betting in Week 32.

LA LIGA BETTING: WEEK 32

Celta Vigo

Focused and determined to climb the ladder, Celta have hit their stride following an unpredictable restart to the league. Although currently positioned in 16th place, Celta Vigo fans have seen their side score seven goals in their last two fixtures, picking up the same number of points in their four fixtures since the restart.

Knowing an empty stadium against the current champions will not add much to their home advantage, Óscar García Junyent will hope for continuing solidity from his side; Celta have only conceded once in their last seven games, and should not be written off easily.

Barcelona

A 71st-minute strike from Croatian substitute Ivan Rakitic was enough to ensure the win for Barcelona last weekend against Athletic Bilbao. Although level on points with the league leaders, Real Madrid’s head-to-head advantage means that Barcelona will need to finish at least one point above their rivals in order to claim their 27th La Liga title.

Despite the fact that they have dominated in their head-to-head record against Celta Vigo, Quique Setién’s team are by no means entitled to the win. With Celta widely considered one of Barcelona’s bogey teams of recent seasons, Barca fans will undoubtedly look towards their Argentinian talisman Lionel Messi to lead the line and ensure the full three points. 

CELTA DE VIGO VS BARCELONA: LA LIGA BETTING ODDS

As expected, the current La Liga champions are favoured to come out on top, with Barcelona at 13/20 (1.65) to win, while the chances of Celta Vigo are measured at 41/10 (5.10).


RCD Espanyol

Two losses and a draw in their previous three fixtures have seen RCD Espanyol slip down the table into last spot. With a game against the current first place holders Real Madrid this Sunday, Abelardo Fernández must get his team’s act together, and fast, to spare his side from any embarrassment on the field.

With the worst points tally and goal difference in the league, RCD Espanyol are unfancied and all but consigned to relegation. However, fans of the Blanquiazules will no doubt expect their side to come out with all guns blazing, ready and willing to fight for their pride.

Real Madrid

Seeking his second La Liga trophy as a manager, Zinedine Zidane has seen his side win all of their last four fixtures. Level with Barcelona (but clinching first place due to their head-to-head record), Real Madrid must aim to push away from the champions this weekend as they take on RCD Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium.

Midfield maestro Luka Modric will be suspended after accumulating his fifth yellow card, which means that Real Madrid fans may witness the return of Carlos Casemiro to the lineup, supported by both Kroos and Valverde in the midfield. With goals a-plenty coming from all areas of the team since the restart, youngsters Mariano Diaz and Vinicius Junior will look to get in on the action if they make it into the lineup.

RCD ESPANYOL VS REAL MADRID: LA LIGA BETTING ODDS

RCD Espanyol enter the fixture with their chances calculated at 61/10 (7.10) to win, with the league leaders Real Madrid looking strong as favourites at 3/7 (1.43).


Villarreal

Following three consecutive wins in the league, Villarreal shared the spoils of their last game with Sevilla last Monday in a 2-2 draw at home. Ahead of their next game, good news is emanating from the Estadio de la Cerámica; Villarreal captain Bruno Soriano may be set for his first league start in over three years.

With an intense derby against rivals Valencia on the horizon, Javier Calleja must push his team to take advantage of their opponent’s poor form and overcome the recent one-sided history of this match-up.

Valencia

With only one win in their last five fixtures, losing to both Eibar and Real Madrid and sharing points with Levante and Deportivo Alaves, Valencia have allowed themselves to slip down the La Liga table, dropping down a couple of positions since the restart.

With a derby against Villarreal on the cards this Sunday, Los Murcelagos must gather themselves and forget about their recent troubles. Albert Celades must look to ensure his players are ready to make a statement, as three points could prove vital for his team’s campaign to get back into European football, hurling them into sixth-place if results go their way.

VILLARREAL VS VALENCIA: LA LIGA BETTING ODDS

In one of the tightest games to call this weekend, Villarreal come out on top at 119/100 (2.19) to win, with the travelling team Valencia looking at odds of 11/5 (3.20).


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PREVIEW: LA LIGA RETURN

Spanish football is due for an imminent return to our screens, with La Liga set to resume play as of 11 June. Sevilla welcome Real Betis to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in the opening fixture.

Having been suspended since 23 March, the top division of Spanish football returns this Thursday. So, what better time than now to take a look at our La Liga preview?

As players return to their club facilities for safe training sessions, managers and coaches face the task of preparing their teams for the newest set of challenges they may face on the field. Join us as we take a look at an open La Liga table, and read on as we showcase an intense battle for first place, the fight for European positions and the scrap to avoid relegation.

La Liga title and the battle for the Champions League

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona continue the season sitting on 58 points just ahead of their historic rivals, Real Madrid. The defending champions seek their third title in as many years. Packed with experience, this Barca team knows what strings need to be pulled in order for them to claim their 27th La Liga trophy. Barcelona resume their campaign with an away fixture against Mallorca on Saturday 13 June.

Standing just two points behind the leaders, Real Madrid will eagerly await any opportunity to leapfrog their rivals and claim the league’s top spot. Secure in the runners-up position with nine points to spare, Los Blancos supporters will demand that their team push on and claim a historic 34th title at the expense of their rivals. Real Madrid’s first game back will be at home to Eibar on Sunday 14 June.

Third-place Sevilla find themselves atop close competition with only two points separating them from sixth place. With plenty of games left to play in La Liga, Los Nervionenses will need to prove they have what it takes to cope with the mounting pressure from the teams below them. Sevilla take on Real Betis this Thursday as the first game of La Liga’s return.

Real Sociedad hold onto the final Champions League spot, tied on 46 points with Getafe. Although predicted to go on and secure this position by the end of the season, Real Sociedad still need to face Real Madrid, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, each of whom find themselves equally desperate for points. Real Sociedad will host Osasuna this Sunday 14 June.

The fight for Europa League

Getafe resume the season from fifth position, level on both points and goal difference with Real Sociedad. Bordalás will try to ensure sure that his team are in a strong position come the end of the season. To do so, they will need to overcome Atletico Madrid, who are currently only one point behind them. Getafe travel to Granada this Friday for their first fixture.

It’s been a season of many ups and downs for Atletico Madrid who find themselves in unchartered territory, occupying sixth place and a point away from Champions league positions. Simeone knows his squad is more than capable of digging themselves out of their current predicament; if only they can replicate the passion which saw them push past Liverpool in their final fixture before the break. Los Rojiblancos travel north Athletic Bilbao on Sunday 14 June.

The scrap to avoid relegation

We’ll end our La Liga preview at the bottom, as the restart of the league signals the resumption of a gruelling relegation battle. While the prospect of another year in La Liga seems out of reach for RCD Espanyol and potentially Leganes, 18th-placed Mallorca sit only one point away from safety and may yet save themselves. Just 7 points separate positions 14-18 in the table.

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Champions League Final

Real Madrid are in search of a third Champions League Final win in a row and a record breaking 13th win in Europe’s top competition. For Liverpool, it’s a chance to make it a 6th win and first under Jurgen Klopp.

For 90 minute betting on the big match, a £20 on Real Madrid to win returns £45 and £20 on Liverpool to win nets £60

Let’s look at special markets to find some value bets.

Liverpool have scored 40 goals in the Champions League this season and with fire power of Salah, Mane and Firmino it’s 5/1 (6.0) that Liverpool win the match and over 3.5 goals in the match.

With Real Madrid’s players already used to the Final stage and Ronaldo ready to shine again, we have a price of 23/10 (3.30) that Real Madrid win and both teams to score in the match

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Liverpool to finish the job in style

Liverpool take a 5 v 2 lead into 2nd leg of the Champions League semi-finals and strong favourites to qualify for the Final. If you fancy Liverpool to complete the job in style then £20 on a win for the Reds and both teams to score returns £72.

In the other semi-final Real Madrid host Bayern Munich and with plenty of goals in the last round a £20 stake on Real Madrid to win and over 3.5 goals will net you  £73.

In Europa League Arsenal, face an uphill task to qualify having not taken advantage of the extra man in the first leg. If you believe the Gunners can still reach the Final then £20 stake will get you back £64.

Good luck with your bets!

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Anfield roar to give Liverpool lead in semi-final 1st leg

We’ve priced up many Champions League semi-final 1st leg specials including 43/20 Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals in the match and if you think Liverpool’s name is on the trophy then its 9/4 that Liverpool win the Champions League.

In the other semi-final Ronaldo will be out to shine on the big stage yet again as Real Madrid head to Munich. A £20 stake on Real Madrid winning the first leg nets you £71.

Arsenal face Atletico Madrid and Antoine Griezmann in Europa League semi-final first leg and will need a big lead to head into 2nd leg with their shaky defence. Our specials include 4/1 Arsenal to win first leg and both teams to score.

Good luck with your bets!

Tottenham Destroy Real Madrid

Two goal Dele Ali gives European Masterclass

Following Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid, superlatives have been thrown around like confetti. Superb, awesome, history making. Whichever way you want to describe it, it was a jolly fine performance from a Tottenham side that oozed class and confidence.

All through the game, former Manchester United star, Ronaldo looked in total anguish as Tottenham tore them apart. Real Madrid only really got going in the last ten minutes when Ronaldo pulled one back for the visitors, but by then it was far too late.

Dele Ali gave a truly world class performance and thoroughly deserved his two goals (even though one was a massive deflection) and totally outshone Real Madrid’s talisman, Ronaldo. Harry Kane too, although failing to get on the score sheet had a massive impact on the game. Both players were watched wistfully from the stands by the Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez. This result will surely give Spurs masses of confidence for their upcoming Premier League fixtures and will not go unnoticed by the rest of Europe either.

Chelsea Well Beaten by Roma

Chelsea became the first Premier League Team to register a loss in the Champions League. Roma pretty much did to Chelsea what Tottenham did to Real Madrid with a commanding performance against the current Premier League champions.

City and United a Step Closer to Qualification

Neither Manchester City nor Manchester United qualified conclusively but both sides won comfortably and are almost certain to progress to the knockout stages.
City need one more victory and United only a draw in their remaining fixtures to book their place in the round of 16.

 

Tottenham take on Real Madrid

Will Kane be fit enough to play?

There is still a chance that Tottenham star Harry Kane could be fit to play against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Tottenham Hotspur are 11/5 to defeat European Champions Real Madrid 6/5 [odds correct as of 12:00 GMT Tuesday October 31] at their new home, Wembley stadium. Kane has a minor hamstring injury and Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino will want to allow him as much chance to recover as possible before making any decision.

Both teams come into the game hot on the heels of defeat. Tottenham lost to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Saturday by the narrowest of margins. Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat to Girona on Sunday which led their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, to question Zinedine Zidane’s tactics.

Walk in the Park for Liverpool?

Liverpool 1/20 should not face too much in the way of opposition against Slovenian side, NK Maribor 37/1 [odds correct as of 12:00 GMT Tuesday October 31]. Maribor who are bottom of Group E with just one point from their first three games, could be on the receiving end of yet another history making score line, like that that was inflicted upon them by Liverpool just two weeks ago. Liverpool beat NK Maribor 7-0 in the away fixture.

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