It all comes down to this. The crowning League of Legends event of the year — the 2020 World Championship — is about to take off! The 22 best LoL teams from all regions meet at the Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai, China to reach the summit of pro play and raise the Summoner’s Cup in victory. The event spans an entire month, beginning on 25 September and concluding in an explosive finale on 31 October. Our favourite LoL teams spent the year battling for a handful of qualifiers into the World Championship, let’s see who made the final cut!


Due to the current state of world affairs, and the cancellation of several major LoL events, the seeding format saw a handful of changes across the regions. In Europe and North America, qualifiers were up for grabs solely in the LCS and LEC Summer Playoffs. After the shutdown of this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, both Europe and China received one extra seed for a total of four. The seeds for PCS (SE Asia) were reduced to two, as opposed to last year’s four seeds after the merger between LMS (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and PCS. The two ‘extra’ seeds from last year’s LMS and PCS merger are the ones handed over to Europe and China this year. VCS (Vietnam) is out of the running due to travel restrictions, handing over their Main Event spot to Korea’s third seed. 


China: Top Esports, JD Gaming, Suning and LGD Gaming. 

Europe: G2 Esports, Fnatic, Rogue and MAD Lions.

North America: Team SoloMid, FlyQuest and Team Liquid.

Southeast Asia: Machi Esports and PSG Talon.

South Korea: DAMWON Gaming, DRX and Gen.G Esports.

Other regions: INTZ (Brazil), Unicorns of Love (CIS), V3 Esports (Japan), Rainbow7 (Latam), Legacy Esports (Oceania) and Papara SuperMassive (Turkey). 


The 2020 World Championship is split into two major stages: Play-In and the Group Stage (Main Event), with the Play-In broken further down into two rounds. Only the teams who qualified for the Group Stage are competing for the ultimate prize, those who were seeded into Play-In have yet to prove their worth! 

Play-In Round One:

  • Two groups of five teams play in a Single Round Robin format. 
  • All matches are Bo1. 
  • Top teams advance to the Group Stage.
  • The second, third and fourth in each group advance to Round Two.
  • The last team in each group is eliminated.

Play-In Round Two: 

  • Only six teams from the original 10 make it to Round Two, retaining the two groups.
  • All matches are Bo5. 
  • The third and fourth-placed teams from the same group in Round One will face one another. The winner then competes against the second-placed team from the other group.
  • Two winners advance to the Group Stage.
  • The four losing teams will be eliminated. 

Group Stage — Main Event: 

  • The four teams from the Play-In stage will join the 12 direct seeds in the Main Event. 
  • All 16 teams are divided into four groups, based on seeding, and play Double Round Robin. 
  • All matches are Bo1.
  • The top two teams in each group advance to the Playoffs.
  • The bottom two teams in each group are eliminated. 


  • Single elimination bracket. 
  • All matches are Bo5.

Round One is kicking off on 25 September with PSG Talon vs Rainbow7 as the first match of the Play-In stage. Followed by INTZ e-Sports vs Legacy eSports, LGD Gaming vs PSG Talon and MAD Lions vs Team Liquid. The Play-In stretches for another three arduous days of back-to-back skirmishes. Round Two will begin on Tuesday, 29 September, after all Round One matches have been played. 


Play-In Round One: 25-28 September.

Play-In Round Two: 29-30 September.

Group Stage: 3-6 October and 8-11 October.

Playoffs: 15-18 October and 24-25 October. 

Finals: 31 October.


Tune in and watch the League of Legends 2020 World Championship online, streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available directly on the platform. To check out ongoing skirmishes, click WATCH. Past standings and concluded matches can be viewed through the VODS tab. 


The Play-In rounds may not be all that we — as fans — hoped for, but we’re still in for some jaw-dropping action from the very first day!

On 26 September, MAD Lions Madrid are roaring for a win, at 3/8 (1.38), in their bout with SuperMassive eSports, at 2 (3.00) to crush their foes on the Rift.

Rainbow7 stand at 7/9 (1.78) to win against V3 Esports, who are at 34/33 (2.03) to reach the end of the rainbow and claim that sweet victory. 

Want to see if the tides of fortune can be turned? Come back for more backbreaking Play-In matchups on 27-28 September to see who makes it, and who doesn’t, to the long-awaited Main Event. 

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The FA Community Shield ushers in the new 20/21 season of English football, with Premier League champions Liverpool taking on the FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley this weekend.

Join us as we take a look at two of the most prestigious English clubs to grace the competition – each side has 15 titles – and give you some exciting FA Community Shield betting options for this Saturday.



The dust has barely settled since their emphatic 2-1 FA Cup victory over Chelsea, and the Gunners enter the FA Community Shield match with only 28 days of rest behind them.

Although many still consider Arsenal to be a work in progress, Mikel Arteta’s influence since his arrival has been felt inside and outside of the club. Tinkering with their style of play and pushing confidence back into the squad, the young Spanish manager has seen his side hold out for remarkable victories against all of the top four, including a notable Premier League win (2-1) over Liverpool at the Emirates.

Premier League champions Liverpool should present a different challenge than Arsenal’s latest opponents – League One MK Dons proving the victims of a 4-1 thrashing. While viewed by some as nothing more than a glorified friendly, the fixture presents the possibility of laying down a marker ahead of the new season. It’s also a chance for Arteta to try out some of the latest additions to his squad, including the likes of Willian and Saliba.

Having scored both goals to claim Arsenal’s 14th FA Cup, captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is measured at 7/5 (2.40) to open his goal account and help Arsenal secure the shield this weekend.


The Premier League champions record-breaking season finished earlier than their opponents in this fixture, with nothing left to compete for once the league was secured. After ending a 30-year wait for their 19th Premier League title, the reigning champions have been able to regroup and recover with a pre-season training camp in Austria over the summer.

Although their contest in the capital will not be a direct indication of their season – Liverpool lost last year’s contest against Manchester City, only to go on and dominate the league – the Community Shield still offers great insight into what is to come.

Recent news from Anfield suggests that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and ex-Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may both be sidelined due to injury. However, on the positive side, Virgil van Dijk has been given the all-clear after a nasty cut against Salzburg, and Trent Alexander-Arnold has been tipped to be fit and ready come this weekend.

With plenty of talent on the books at Liverpool, Klopp may be tempted to blood some of his younger players this Saturday, while also giving minutes to new signing Kostas Tsimikas, ahead of what will surely be a long season.

As their 19/20 top scorer, Mohamed Salah finds himself an interesting option for Community Shield betting, at 14/15 (1.93) to begin his season with a goal this weekend, while Sadio Mane is calculated at 23/20 (2.15) to find the net.


Liverpool come out as the team to beat this weekend at 7/10 (1.70) to win within the 90 minutes, while Arsenal measure up at 39/10 (4.90). With goals often being traded between these teams, why not bet on the favourites Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1 (3.00)?


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When it comes to competitive Counter-Strike in 2020, all roads have led us to Cologne! The world’s best CS:GO teams fought tooth and nail to ascend the ESL Pro Tour rankings and secured their spot at one of the two 2020 Masters Championships, ESL One: Cologne.

The Group Stage is now behind us and we’re heading straight for the action in this week’s preview of ESL One: Cologne Playoffs. Let’s have a look at the 32 teams in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania as they stake their claim at the hefty prize purse! 


As this year’s global competitions are off-limits, the current format resulted in a separation of teams into regions and divisions of unequal strength. Since the performance of the teams cannot be accessed and compared reliably, the 32 bands of warriors competed in four individual tournaments across four regions. Seeding was determined by the number of points obtained in the ESL Pro League, ESL One: Road to Rio and DreamHack Masters Spring

In the European and North American divisions, the Playoffs will be played in a single-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-three, excluding the Grand Final best-of-five. This format is identical to the one in Asia and Oceania, with one minor difference: the upper-bracket team will be heading into the Grand Final with one map advantage. 



Europe’s 16 top CS:GO teams made it to Cologne, but only eight remain standing. In Group A, Sprout, Complexity, OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas saw no obstacle too large to overcome. All four teams swept through the opposing BIG, Mad Lions, Natus Vincere and mousesports, respectively. In Group B, Astralis, G2 Esports, Heroic and Team Vitality triumphed over Team Heretics, Faze Clan, MIBR and fan-favourites Fnatic. 

Remaining Teams: Astralis, Complexity Gaming, G2 Esports, Heroic, OG, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Sprout and Team Vitality. 

Prize Pool: $325,000

North America

With only eight competing teams, the NA Group Stage wrapped up rather quickly. Group A’s Chaos Esports Club and Furia Esports pushed out 100 Thieves and Gen.G Esports, while Group B’s Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid downright shoved Cloud9 and Triumph back to the bench.

Remaining Teams: Chaos Esports Club, Evil Geniuses, Furia Esports and Team Liquid. 

Prize Pool: $135,000


The four teams in the Asian division are gunning for the finals as we write. Tyloo and ViCi Gaming emerged victorious in the first two rounds, shortly after which Tyloo stomped ViCi in a 2-1. Beyond Esports and Invictus are due to clash on 28 August in a last-ditch effort for the Grand Final. 

Remaining Teams: Beyond Esports, Invictus Gaming, TYLOO, and ViCi Gaming. 

Prize Pool: $20,000


Oceania’s top four have their eyes on the prize! Renegades are in the lead over ORDER, with Chiefs ESC and Avant Gaming scheduled for an early-morning match on 28 August. The winner of this matchup will go up against the upper-bracket loser. Although results are still up in the air, it looks like Renegades won’t leave ESL One: Cologne anytime soon. 

Remaining Teams: Avant Gaming, Chiefs ESC, ORDER, and Renegades. 

Prize Pool: $20,000


Tune in and watch the CS:GO ESL One: Cologne Playoffs online, streamed live on the ESL One Live platform. 

If a match is currently in play, you will be directed to the live stream instantly. To view all tournament streams, videos and best-of highlights, look for ‘ESL TV’ on the left-hand menu. 


We’re just in time to catch two of EU’s last matches before the Grand Final. Astralis are at 13/25 (1.52) to win their clash with Ninjas in Pyjamas at 14/9 (2.55) to topple the favourites. 

Shortly after, we will see Evil Geniuses who are 7/12 (1.58) to defeat Team FURIA at 7/5 (2.40) to unleash their fury.

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The UEFA Champions League Final will take place this Sunday at Portugal’s Estadio da Luz. Two of Europe’s biggest teams collide for their chance to steal the headlines and win football’s ultimate club prize.

Join us as we preview the final game of the competition and give you some of the most exciting betting options for the 19/20 Champions League Final.


Paris Saint-Germain

Having fulfilled all of their domestic obligations, Paris Saint-Germain enter the Champions League Final with the monumental possibility of securing their fourth trophy of the season.

Although a convincing 3-0 scoreline against RB Leipzig earlier this week helped secure their spot in the UCL final, the competition has by no means been an easy undertaking for PSG. 

After topping a group that included Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray, the Parisians left their first round of 16 game wounded, suffering their first defeat (2-1) at the hands of Dortmund. From then on it was victory after victory for Tuchel’s men. Goals from Neymar and Velasco saw PSG past their German opposition, while Marquinhos and Choupo-Moting both left it late to overturn a 1-0 loss against Atalanta in the quarter-finals.

Against Bayern Munich, PSG will undoubtedly rely on their frightening attacking force of Neymar at 7/5 (2.40) to score anytime, Kylian Mbappé at 11/10 (2.10), and Angel Di Maria at 11/4 (3.75), to launch deadly counter-attacks through their incredible speed and sensational skills. At the other end of the pitch, Thiago Silva will captain the squad and once again lead the defence, in what could be the Brazilian’s last game with the French champions.

Bayern Munich

It’s been nothing but handing out thrashings for the German champions in a run that has positioned them to fight for their sixth UEFA Champions League trophy.

After smashing through the group stages with a perfect 6-0-0 record against Tottenham, Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade, Bayern Munich easily brushed aside Chelsea in the round of 16, before completely dismantling Barcelona in a historic 8-2 victory. A convincing 3-0 win in the semi-finals earlier this week ended the Lyon fairytale run and gave the Bavarians their well-deserved entry into the final.

The German machine certainly looks capable of overpowering any opposition they face, and everything seems set for Robert Lewandowski to complete a fantastic record of scoring in every single match during the tournament. The chances of FC Bayern’s talismanic Polish striker getting on the score sheet are calculated at 4/7 (1.57).

Although the German champions are backed by an imperious record of 28 unbeaten games, PSG will present a threat. With the two most expensive signings in world football leading the line, the threat of goals from PSG is real. FC Bayern will need to be disciplined at the back to avoid a goal fest that could see the final run away from them.


Bayern Munich come out as favourites at 10/9 (2.11) to win, within the 90 minutes, while Paris Saint-Germain measure up at 11/5 (3.20). With both teams fielding some of the best attacking talent on the planet, why not wager on total goals over 3.5 at 19/20 (1.95)?


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Last week, we covered the explosive start to the LCS Summer Playoffs in North America; this week, we’re heading to Europe! EU’s 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs are just around the corner, with the first match set to kick off on Friday, 21 August. Europe’s top six teams will clash on the Rift in a bid for one of four World Championship qualifiers. Let’s see where we stand so far, and when you can expect you see your LEC favourites in action! 


In Europe, we saw the best of the best compete in a round-robin group stage, hoping to seize one of the seeds into the 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs. Out of 10 outstanding teams, six pushed through and showed us what they’re capable of.

This season, Rogue skyrocketed to the very top of the standings (ending at 13-5 W-L) and pushed MAD Lions Madrid (12-6) down to second place, both moving on to the playoffs in the winners’ bracket. Just below, G2 Esports finished strong in third place (11-7). Fnatic and SK Gaming tied at 9-9, but FNC’s Championship Points total bumped Mithy’s roster up to fourth and SK down to fifth. 

In sixth place (at least) we expected to see none other than Origen. Boy, were we in for a surprise! Just this Spring, Origen stormed the lanes and soared to third place (13-5). Unfortunately, everything went downhill from there. With defeat after defeat, we saw xPeke’s Origen sink through the ranks and leave the competition in tenth place (6-12). 

The sixth seed went to FC Schalke 04, who ended the season at 8-10. To say that the team had a rough start would be an understatement. The first matches of the Spring Split crushed their spirit in a streak of four losses, followed by Forg1ven’s departure and inevitable roster changes. It seems like it paid off though, as Schalke 04 confidently claimed sixth, and don’t look like they’re about to back down!

Excel Esports, Misfits Gaming and Team Vitality did not pull through and concluded the season in seventh, eighth and ninth places respectively. 


The LEC Summer Playoffs will span three rounds and conclude in the semi-finals and finals, anticipated to take place in early September. Unlike previous seasons, seeding is determined by the number of obtained Championship Points, awarded for performance during the Summer Season. 

  • All matches are best of five.
  • The top four teams play in the winners bracket, fifth clashes with sixth in the losers bracket.
  • Double elimination bracket, where the first seed picks between third and fourth seed in Round One. 
  • The loser with the lowest seed from the winners bracket will play in the losers bracket in Round Two.
  • The loser with the highest seed from winners’ bracket will play in the losers bracket in Round Three. 
  • Top four qualify for 2020 Season World Championship. 

Round One is going live on 21 August, with SK Gaming vs FC Schalke 04 as the first match of the playoffs. The winner of the match will sit in the losers bracket, awaiting the lower R1 seed of the weekend’s winners bracket skirmishes. 

As the first seed, Rogue opted to face Fnatic on Sunday, leaving MAD Lions to go up against the formidable G2 Esports on Saturday, 22 August. The losers will be sorted by seed ranking and will drop down to the losers bracket in R2 and R3. The winners, on the other hand, are on a highway straight to the semi-finals. 


Round One: 21-23 August.

Round Two: 28 August.

Round Three: 29 August. 

Semifinals: TBD, anticipated between 30 August and 5 September.

Finals: 6 September.


Tune in and watch the League of Legends LEC Summer Playoffs online, streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available directly on the platform. To check out ongoing skirmishes, click WATCH. Past standings and concluded matches can be viewed through the VODS tab. 


FC Schalke 04 are favourites to win, at 4/9 (1.44), in their first Summer LEC Playoffs bout with SK Gaming, at 7/4 (2.75) to overwhelm their opponent. 

On Saturday, G2 Esports stand at 4/11 (1.36) to topple Mad Lions Madrid, who are at 21/10 (3.10) to roar in triumph. The second match in the winners bracket will see Rogue at 7/9 (1.78) to push through to the semi-finals, but they may have found a worthy adversary in Fnatic, who are at 34/33 (2.03) to prove their worth. 

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We’re back in action, and the stakes are high — the LCS Summer Playoffs are taking off; the top eight LCS teams will cross swords in a bid for the 2020 World Championship. The teams have earned their spots through epic victories and jaw-dropping action in the Summer Season, but they must prove their worth once more. With only three qualifying spots up for grabs, we’re in for Rift-shattering plays! Let’s recap where we’re at and take a look at some LCS 2020 betting options.


North America’s 10 best teams went head-to-head to secure one of eight spots in the Playoffs. Team Liquid dominated the competition with a 15-3 Win-Loss ratio, Cloud9 were right on their heels at 13-5. Both teams are at the top of the LCS 2020 Summer Standings and will start off in Round Two of the winners bracket. 

FlyQuest and Team SoloMid had an impressive showing as well, both finishing the run with 12 Wins and 6 Losses. Evil Geniuses got off to a shaky start but managed to find their footing in the last few matches (8-10) and head into the Round One winners bracket along with Golden Guardians (9-9), TSM and FlyQuest. 

In the final match of the split, Dardoch’s Olaf and Aphromoo’s flawless Soraka plays secured the win for Dignitas, and with it the eighth and final spot in the LCS Summer Playoffs. Unfortunately, the final standings left Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals trailing in the dust. 


The LCS Summer 2020 Playoffs will span three rounds and conclude in the early September Finals. 

  • The top eight teams from Summer Season clash in best of fives, with the top two teams receiving a bye into the second round of the winners bracket.
  • Teams who placed 3rd-6th (FlyQuest, TSM, Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses) are up in the first round of the winners bracket.
  • The last two (100 Thieves and Dignitas) compete in the losers bracket.
  • Double-elimination bracket, where the first seed (Team Liquid) picks between Round One winners. 
  • The top three teams qualify for the League of Legends 2020 World Championship. 

Round One started on 13 August, with TSM and Golden Guardians heading into the first skirmish. In a crushing 3-0 stomp, GG came out on top and are moving on to Round Two. 

FlyQuest made their play against Evil Geniuses on Friday, 14 August. After five exhausting matches, FlyQuest soared into Round Two with a score of 3-2 against Evil Geniuses, who are now demoted to the losers bracket. 

Dignitas and 100 Thieves, in the losers bracket, stormed the Rift against TSM and EG over the weekend. Unfortunately, the underdogs were knocked out of the running in two clean (0-3) sweeps. Pending results from the first matches of Round Two, TSM and EG are awaiting the losers and will be wrapping up Round Two next weekend. 

As the first seed, Team Liquid has the pick of their opponent, and they’re going to clash with Golden Guardians on 21 August, leaving C9 to face FlyQuest a day prior. With the first two eliminations now behind us, Round Two is sure to turn up the heat!


Round One: 13-16 August.

Round Two: 20-23 August.

Round Three: 29-30 August.

Finals: 5-6 September. 


In the meantime, you can tune in and watch the League of Legends LCS Summer Playoffs from the comfort of your home. The LCS Summer Playoffs matches are taking place entirely online and will be streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available to registered users and visitors alike, without any restrictions. To tune-in to ongoing skirmishes, head to WATCH. Previous tournaments are available on the VODS tab. You can also check out highlights and commentary by your favourite Youtube creators and Twitch LoL streamers.


The next match will see Cloud9 as favourites, at 1/5 (1.20) to win their first LCS Summer Playoffs matchup against FlyQuest eSports at 32/9 (4.55)

The second brawl is not one you will want to miss! The leading seed, Team Liquid, sit at a comfortable 1/5 (1.20) to emerge victorious, and Golden Guardians will stake their claim at the coveted Worlds qualifier at 32/9 (4.55) to defeat the top dogs. 

If you’re interested in placing a wager on League of Legends tournaments, we’ve got you covered at EnergyBet with our LCS 2020 betting options. Check out the latest odds for this season’s action-packed matchups and back your favourites to take the Nexus!

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The knockout phase of the Champions continues this week with excitement for the quarter-finals spreading across the continent. This year’s competition has a unique format, with all ties played in Portugal over a single leg, making for some interesting Champions League quarter-finals betting options.

Paris Saint-Germain take on Atalanta this Wednesday at the Estadio da Luz, while Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig travel to the Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade for their one-legged showdown.

Join us this week as we give you a rundown of everything you need to know and provide you with some exciting Champions League betting options for the upcoming fixtures. 



Few would have believed that Atalanta would make the final eight having lost their first three fixtures in the competition.  Manager Gian Piero Gasperini has seen his men exceed public expectation with an exciting brand of football that has not only secured a third-place finish in Serie A, but also granted entry amongst Europe’s final-eight Champions League contenders. 

The effectiveness of Atalanta’s strikeforce could make the difference for their fixture against the French champions. With an incredible tally of 98 goals in Serie A, this Atalanta team is known for demolishing their opposition – scoring over three goals in each of their last three champions league matches.

Recent news from Italy suggests that Josip Ilicic will not be available for selection with the Slovenian granted time off to deal with a personal issue. Having scored 21 goals this season, the loss of Ilicic could prove fatal for Gasperini’s European aspirations. All eyes will now be on Alejandro Gomez, the midfielder widely considered the primary creative force behind Atalanta’s free-flowing attack.

Paris Saint-Germain

Awarded the Ligue 1 title after Covid-19 caused an early halt to the French season, Paris Saint-Germain have completed another domestic quadruple. Having completed all their other goals for the season, the French outfit can now focus entirely on the one competition which continues to elude them – the Champions League.

Considered one of the favourites to win the competition, Paris Saint-Germain secured their place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016 with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund. With the promise of Champions League glory just over the horizon, the Parisians now look to overcome a strong Atalanta side and progress to the semi-finals.

Having suffered a nasty ankle injury against Lyon in their League Cup final victory, Kylian Mbappe remains a major doubt and will likely not feature, while Angel Di Maria is also ruled out due to suspension. PSG fans will put the responsibility of a win on the shoulders of Mauro Icardi, with the Argentinian scoring six times in his last five appearances against Atalanta for his former club Inter Milan.


Paris Saint-Germain come out as favourites, at 34/33 (2.03) to win, while Atalanta measure up at 12/5 (3.40). Mauro Icardi is a good shout for Champions League quarter-finals betting at 6/5 (2.20) to score this Wednesday.

RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig impressed many in the footballing world after sweeping aside last season’s runners-up, Tottenham, in the round of 16. Having already assured their return into the competition next season, courtesy of their third-place finish in the Bundesliga, the Red Bulls now look to take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side this Thursday.

Not many would contest the fact that RB Leipzig go into their fixture widely considered the underdogs, mainly due to the fact that their top goalscorer, Timo Werner, opted to join Chelsea before the end of their Champions League campaign.

Julian Nagelsmann will, however, still see this as a chance for his side to create some history of their own. Assured by the quality of his team, the German manager will look towards his young guns to step up and carve a path into the semi-finals.

Atletico Madrid

Atleti dumped the reigning champions from the competition in the previous round and now take on RB Leipzig for their chance to secure a semi-final spot.

Unbeaten in their last 18 matches, having conceded just 27 goals in 38 La Liga games, Atletico Madrid have proved that they are a team built on a solid defensive foundation – difficult to break down and even harder to beat.

History is also on their side, with Los Rojiblancos having always progressed against Bundesliga sides in the knockout stages of the Champions League (versus Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and Bayern Munich in 2016). Diego Simeone’s men cannot rely on history though, as their opponents have made a habit of disrupting the established order.


Favourites Atletico Madrid are calculated at 7/5 (2.40) to win, with RB Leipzig sporting odds of 9/4 (3.25).


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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.



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 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 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.


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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Championship play-off final betting preview

Yes, it’s cliche, but the play-off final is truly the “richest game in football” with the victor securing a lucrative spot in the Premier League. With so much at stake, play-off final betting appeals to football fans worldwide, and we’ll explore some options below.

Wembley stadium is the battleground for the two teams fighting to make it into the Premier League fold this Tuesday. A west London affair, the Championship play-off final will pit Brentford against Fulham. As the last domestic English fixture before the restart of the Champions League, eyes up and down the country will be firmly fixed on this last-ditch effort for promotion.

Join us as we get into the nitty-gritty of this fixture and provide you with some exciting Championship play-off betting options for this 4 August final.


After 46 gruelling games, a record of 24 wins, nine draws, and 13 losses throughout the 19/20 EFL Championship, Brentford finished the season in third place. With a tally of 81 points – equal with their final play-off opponents Fulham – the Bees finished well ahead of their semi-final rivals.

As a side very much on the up, Brentford breezed past Swansea in the play-off semi-final, beating them twice over two legs, 1-0 away and 3-1 at home. With the club looking like it has secured the pieces it needs for future success, including a new Brentford Community Stadium, the turn of the decade could signal a new era for the Bees. One which may include Premier League football for the first time in their history.

In order to reach the promised land of top-flight football, they must overcome a strong Fulham side, experienced in play-off qualification and well-versed with reaching the top-tier of English football. Brentford fans will have a lot of confidence going into their Tuesday fixture knowing that their side achieved two victories over the Cottagers this season, without conceding a single goal.

Manager Thomas Frank will hope to once again turn Fulham’s game plan on itself, employing the help of his lead striker Ollie Watkins. Looking to secure his 27th goal for his side, the English striker is at 7/5 (2.40) to be an anytime goalscorer come 4 August.


After being dragged down to the Championship depths following a miserable 18/19 Premier League campaign, Fulham have steadied the ship and maintained course amongst the promotional mix for the duration of the season.

Keeping hold of key players like Aleksander Mitrovic and Tom Cairney, while adding substantial additions such as Anthony Knockaert, has played a crucial role, enabling the Cottagers to win plaudits for playing some great football.  Now on the verge of redemption, Fulham face a Brentford team against which they have failed to score a single goal in their previous two meetings.

Bouncing back into the Premier League has huge ramifications for any club, both in terms of finance and club stature, but for a club like Fulham, it arguably means more. Having established themselves as a Premier League club at the turn of the millennium, Fulham have become somewhat of a yo-yo club in recent years. This fixture represents a chance to get back to where their fans feel they belong.

Attention will be heavily focussed on Aleksandar Mitrovic to score the Fulham’s first goal of the season against their opponents, with his chances of banging in a goal calculated at 19/10 (2.90).


Brentford are favourites to secure the final place into the Premier League at 16/15 (2.07) to win, with Fulham measuring up at 53/20 (3.65).


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FA Cup final Betting Preview

The FA Cup is an all-London affair this Saturday, as Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in the competition’s final at Wembley Stadium. With the Premier League season complete, and a gap until Champions League fixtures resume, all eyes are focussed on this showdown for silverware!

Join us as we dive into the recent form of the teams and provide you with some exciting FA Cup final betting options ahead of the last big game in English domestic football.


A 3-2 victory over Watford last weekend signalled the end of a difficult season for the Gunners which was overseen by no less than three managers and resulted in a disappointing finish in eighth place. Current manager Mikel Arteta was appointed on 20 December after a series of unsatisfactory results that had led to the dismissal of Unai Emery and club-legend Freddie Ljungberg. Since the arrival of Arteta, the north London club has undergone a cultural and mental shift which has prompted better results against the big hitters in the league and a run to the FA Cup final.

Having beaten the previous FA Cup winners Manchester City in the semi-finals, as well as the champions of England in the same week, Arsenal have begun looking like a cohesive unit having been branded shaky and lacking unity earlier in the season.

Their last result against Chelsea in the Premier League is an indicator towards the renewed sense of optimism around the Emirates Stadium. After going a man down, the Gunners found it within themselves to level the score twice, ending the match with a point both proved and attained as the game finished 2-2.

With regards to injuries, the Arsenal backline looks to have been weakened further as things have gone from bad to worse. Shkodran Mustafi joins both Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari on the side-lines after a “really nasty injury” left the German ruled out for the final fixture of the season.

Arsenal fans will go into the fixture hopeful that their strike force – consisting of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Golden Boot runner-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – can fire them to a historic result this Saturday.


Initially viewed as a season of restructuring and blooding young players into the English game, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have subverted all expectations, finishing only one place lower than last season and qualifying for the Champions League in the process.

Things were never going to be easy for the Blues after their transfer ban was upheld last summer. Following the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri, club-legend Frank Lampard was tasked with galvanising veteran and rookie Chelsea players into a feasible Premier League squad.

Quickly establishing himself as a more than capable hand, Lampard has seen his side through a thrilling FA Cup run, beating the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City and Liverpool on their way to Wembley. Winning eight out of their last 11 games since the restart, Chelsea now take on London-rivals Arsenal on 1 August for their third final against the Gunners in just four years.

Despite a topsy-turvy season, Arsenal will present a threat. The Gunners have a storied history in the FA Cup, having won the competition more times than any other club (13). Chelsea fans will hope that Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic, together with the raw talent of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, can make the difference, as doubts around the availability of Willian, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic persist.


The 10-point gap between the teams in the Premier League table has led Chelsea to emerge as favourites, at 13/11 (2.18) to win the game within 90 minutes, while Arsenal are calculated at 47/20 (3.35) to claim their 14th FA Cup.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final Betting Tips

Arsenal top goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is measured at 5/4 (2.25), to score anytime for the Gunners during the final while the odds of Olivier Giroud scoring against his previous club are measured at 7/4 (2.75).

Both sides have found the back of the net in five out of their last six encounters, including a UEFA Europa League final, so why not bet on both teams to score at 7/10 (1.70)?


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The Premier League draws to a close this weekend with English teams taking to the field for the final time in the nation’s top flight. Although Liverpool will go down as the deserved champions of the 19/20 season, history remains to be written elsewhere, with teams battling it out for survival and European qualification.

Join us as we take a look into the final round of fixtures in the English Premier League and preview some exciting options for EPL Betting in week 38.


Leicester City

This Sunday, Leicester City play Manchester United in a winner-takes-all final-day showdown. With both teams aware that only the full three points will guarantee a place amongst Europe’s elite next season – and the accompanying financial rewards – the clash promises to be a vital and epic finale to the turbulent 19/20 EPL season.

The Foxes head into the game in fifth place, just a single point behind both Chelsea and Manchester United. Brendan Rodgers will be on the back foot this weekend, unable to play his strongest lineup as James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira are all currently sidelined due to injury, while defender Caglar Soyuncu serves a suspension.

Leicester fans will place their hopes of Champions League football on the shoulders of Jamie Vardy, who stands on a current tally of 23 goals and is in prime position to claim his first Golden Boot. The striker is at 23/20 (2.15), to score anytime against the Red Devils.

Manchester United

Manchester United’s resurgence has slowed after two league draws against Southampton and West Ham. Their failure to fully capitalise on the results of teams around them has left them vulnerable and in the middle of a three-way fight for a spot in the top-four. Although currently third in the table, the Red Devils find themselves level on points with Chelsea and only a single point away from their opponents Leicester City in fifth place. 

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are to succeed, hopes will hinge on Bruno Fernandes to once again turn the cogs of the Manchester United machine and secure the win and a place in the Champions League.

Having won 1-0 in their previous fixture at home to the Foxes earlier this season courtesy of a converted Rashford penalty, Manchester United have the opportunity to do the league-double over a wounded Leicester City side. 


Edging it as favourites, Manchester United are fancied at 5/4 (2.25) to win, with Leicester City sporting odds of 9/4 (3.25).


Having suffered a demoralising 5-3 defeat to champions Liverpool on Wednesday, Chelsea ensured their fight for a top-four finish goes down to the wire.

Although a single point will be enough for the Blues to qualify for European football’s premier competition, Frank Lampard will ask his players to relish the pressure, secure a win, and make a statement on the pitch before their upcoming FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Chelsea have won eight out of their last 11 Premier League fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers and should be able to deploy enough firepower to swing the result their way. All subject, of course, to their shaky defence being able to withstand the pace and power of the Wolves attack. 

Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud is at 3/2 (2.50), to continue his immense form and bang in a goal this Sunday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

If not for a few poor showings on the road, Wolverhampton Wanderers could have already successfully booked their ticket into the Europa League for next season. With just a point separating them from seventh-place Tottenham, a win against Chelsea this Sunday will see their fantastic season end with a top-six finish.  

If their previous encounter against the Blues, which ended in a 5-2 defeat at the Molineux Stadium, is anything to go by, this weekend’s matchup is set to be a cracking affair between two teams desperate for the three points.


Chelsea are favourites at 6/7 (1.86) to win, and secure a top-four spot, while Wolves are measured at 13/4 (4.25), to go on and ruin the day of many Londoners.


Arsenal fans will be relieved to see the end of the Premier League season after their final fixture against Watford this Sunday. Although they have virtually nothing to play for – European qualification via the league having slipped beyond their grasp – the Arsenal manager has already expressed his desire to end the season strongly, mindful that a positive result could help confidence ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 1 August.

Knowing the catastrophic implications of an injury to a star man, Arteta may look to rest one or two of his key players. As their starting XI for the FA Cup final will remain undecided until the day, Arsenal’s young guns will stand ready to showcase their talent in this fixture and petition the manager for an opportunity to feature in the final.

Arsenal’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is at 5/7 (1.71), to add another goal to his tally and a great option for EPL betting in week 38.


Things went from bad to worse for Watford after a heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last Tuesday was exacerbated by Trezeguet’s volley, gifting relegation rivals Aston Villa a win. As things stand, the Hornets go into their final game of the season equal on 34 points with Villa but in the relegation zone due to their inferior goal difference.

In their previous fixture against the Gunners they were able to turn a two-goal deficit into a 2-2 draw; caretaker manager Hayden Mullins knows that his team must go one better this time out to lessen the threat of relegation.

With their fate not entirely in their own hands, Hornet fans will be keeping one eye fixed on Aston Villa, where a loss by a margin of over two goals may keep Watford in the Premier League regardless of a low-scoring loss against Arsenal.


Home-side advantage plays into the hands of Arsenal as they find themselves at 14/5 (1.93) to win, while Watford are at 27/10 (3.70), to take the full three points.


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The intense rivalry to claim bragging rights in north London is the highlight of the Premier League this weekend, while the fight for spots amongst Europe’s elite continues to bubble up. Join us as we dive into the Premier League and offer up some interesting options for EPL betting in week 35.



A 0-0 bore draw against Bournemouth on Thursday would certainly not have been the kind of preparation Tottenham fans would consider ideal with a north London derby looming. Having won just two of their last 10 fixtures, Mourinho must push his team to step up and pick up the pace for one of the Premier League’s biggest fixtures of the season.

Eric Dier will not feature due to a recently imposed four-game ban, so Spurs may have to set up differently for their first north London derby at their new stadium. With their team currently sat in the middle of the table, Spurs fans know that a win against Arsenal could push them into the centre of the battle for Europa League qualification, with three points possibly hoisting them up into sixth place.


A red card for Nketiah’s late challenge on James Justin last Tuesday saw Arsenal go down to 10 men and ultimately concede against Leicester City, in what became their 14th draw of the season. Now on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Gunners travel the short distance across the capital to take on their fiercest rivals in a north London derby that should be highly competitive, despite the lack of fan attendance.

With the usual pre-match mind games between Mourinho and the Gunners already catching the attention of the public, Arsenal fans know their team must push aside their dreadful record against the Portuguese manager and capitalise on a shaky Tottenham team. Having scored for Arsenal in the previous 2-2 encounter with Spurs, why not consider Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fire in another goal this Sunday at 13/12 (2.08) as an option for EPL betting in week 35?


In what looks to be one of the closest games this weekend, Tottenham come out slightly ahead at 8/5 (2.60) to win, with Arsenal’s chances measured at 17/10 (2.70).

Sheffield United

Having put together a three-match unbeaten run, Sheffield United welcome Chelsea to Bramall Lane this Saturday, in what is a must-win fixture for both sides. With John Egan’s late strike against Wolves last Wednesday moving Sheffield United to within a single point of sixth place, three points this weekend could spell a possible Europa League finish for the side that were battling it out in the championship last season.  

Although Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment, Chris Wilder will take confidence from his side’s previous encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which ended in a 2-2 draw.


Chelsea look to defend their newly acquired third place, as the Blues sit one point above Leicester City in the Premier League table. Boasting five wins out of six since the restart, the London team go into their Saturday fixture having bagged eight goals in their last three games.

Although history and form are on their side, Chelsea have a few injuries to worry about, most notably Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. Securing three points away to Sheffield United with a weakened midfield could prove trickier for the Blues than initially anticipated.


Chelsea come out on top as favourites at 3/5 (1.60) to win, with Sheffield United at 26/5 (6.20), to cause an upset.

Manchester United

Having entered the record books by winning their fourth consecutive game by a three-goal margin against Aston Villa last Thursday, Manchester United look like they’re back to their best ahead of a home fixture to Southampton.

Unbeaten since the restart of the league and currently on a five-game winning streak, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will demand his team continue their pursuit of Champions League football, and reestablish themselves amongst the higher echelons of European football. Regardless of Manchester United’s current standing in the game, Mason Greenwood is one of the young starlets of the sport across the continent right now; why not back the 18-year old to score for the Red Devils at 7/6 (2.17)?


Three wins, a loss and a draw since the restart of the league has left Southampton in 12th place, battling it out amongst the mid-table teams. With a comfortable 16-point gap from the relegation zone, the Saints have picked up at points an outstanding rate for a team with seemingly nothing left to play for.

Southampton fans will look to their top scorer, Danny Ings, to add to his 19-goal Premier League tally. The Saints should take the battle to the Red Devils at Old Trafford as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team have already shown they have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United having secured a home 1-1 draw earlier this season.


On account of their recent form and home advantage, Manchester United march into the fixture as favourites at 2/7 (1.28) to win, with the chances of the travelling side, Southampton calculated at 9/1 (10.00).


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