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Champions League Betting

There should be a pretty interning UEFA Champions League campaign ahead for the four English sides getting in on the action this season. Leicester, Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham are representing the Premier League in this season’s affair and on Thursday the draw was made with Manchester City landing themselves in the highlight group where Pep Guardiola will get re-united with Barcelona. Scottish champions Celtic join them in the group as well along with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Leicester, after their surprise Premier League title last season got a much more favourable draw as they go into action against Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen. This is new territory for the Foxes of course and while Porto will be a threat in the group, Brugge and Copenhagen are really lacking Champions League experience lately as well, so the Foxes may well have a great chance to mix things up and qualify from their section. Leicester managed to avoid Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven in the draw.

Champions League 2016/17 Group Stage Infographic

Tottenham are back in the mix for the first time in six seasons and they have to take on CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco. It looks like a pretty manageable group for the Lilywhites who will be playing their home games at Wembley this season in the competition because of construction at White Hart Lane. Arsenal can be fairly pleased with their UEFA Champions League draw having been pulled out alongside Basel, Ludogorets and their toughest challengers in the group, French champions PSG.

But it is the big prospect of Manchester City and Barcelona going head to head in the group stage which is really the highlight of the draw. How will Pep Guardiola get on against his former club? There are a couple of other big clashes around the group stage draw with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid paired together in Group D while Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will square off in Group F. We take a look at some of the early betting options for the UEFA Champions League Groups Draw 2016

Group A: Paris St-Germain (France), Arsenal (England), Basel (Switzerland), Ludogorets (Bulgaria).

Not too bad a draw here for the Gunners as they will be expected to qualify from this fairly routinely. There are easy matches against Basel and Ludogorets to come for the North London outfit and their only big battles will come against PSG who of course don’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic prowling around any more. Good news for the Gunners there, but the French champions are running as 8/11 favourite to win Group A with online betting site Bet365 leaving Arsenal as 13/8 second favorites to top the pile.
Prediction: PSG, Arsenal

Group B: Benfica (Portugal), Napoli (Italy), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Besiktas (Turkey).

There is always at least one understated group that will fly under the radar a bit in the group stage and this is it. This isn’t likely to be an explosive group because there are tricky away games for all of these in this group, with even the favorites Benfica and Napoli having to go to the Ukraine and Turkey. Italian outfit Napoli should be strong enough to work their way through the group stage efficient enough and they have the gaols in them to cause a lot of problems. Enough to top the group.
Prediction: Napoli, Benfica

Group C: Barcelona (Spain), Manchester City (England), Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany), Celtic (Scotland).

This is the ‘Hollywood’ group of the UEFA Champions League draw without a doubt. Barcelona get to face up against Pep Guardiola’s Man City for the third time in the last four seasons and they are 2/5 odds on favourites to win the group ahead of Man City who are at 11/4. Barcelona are still expected to come out on top with Bet365 offering 1/2 on Man City taking 2 points or fewer from the two meetings with the Catalans. Guardiola is at City for a stronger Champions League campaign but once again the gods of the draw haven’t been that kind to the Premier League outfit. Celtic, given their struggles through qualification may find the going tough while Monchengladbach aren’t too likely to make a massive impression. They will likely battle Celtic for the UEFA League spot.
Prediction: Barcelona, Man City

Group D: Bayern Munich (Germany), Atletico Madrid (Spain), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Rostov (Russia).

Little doubt about the two favoured to get through this group into the knockout stage of the competition. That will be Bayern Munich who are running at 4/9 to top the section, with last season’s losing finalists, Atletico Madrid at 2/1. The two games between those two is likely to be the deciders in the group, with PSC and debutants Rostov pretty much just making up the numbers. Despite losing Guardiola, Bayern still look a very strong outfit with a powerful squad and should be able to top the pile.
Prediction: Bayern, Atletico

Group E: CSKA Moscow (Russia), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Tottenham (England), Monaco (France).

Here come Tottenham then and they are a trading at 11/10 to take the group win. There are some tricky games in there for the Lilywhites but overall they can’t be disappointed by this draw whatsoever. CSKA Moscow and Monaco are beatable while Bayer Leverkusen as solid a they were last season, may not have the goals in them to really make a huge impact. Spurs should be able to get through this group on their home form alone, while the Germans may follow them through.
Prediction: Tottenham, Bayer Leverkusen

Group F: Real Madrid (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Legia Warsaw (Poland).

A huge clash between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund is going to go down in this one. Along wit the Man City group, this should be a cracker. Real Madrid are a little vulnerable on the road in Germany so Dortmund will have a chance in this one. They Germans are 2/1 to win the group against the 1/2 on Real Madrid. These two were came together in the 2013/14 competition and both took respective home wins. In the last six meetings between the two, Dortmund have won their three home games, Real Madrid two of them (D1).
Prediction: Dortmund, Real Madrid

Group G: Leicester City (England), Porto (Portugal), Club Brugge (Belgium), FC Copenhagen (Denmark).

So here come Leicester in their UEFA Champions League debut. What an occasion for them and they will be happy with the draw although they are lacking the big fixture against a heavyweight. That may come in the knockout stage though. Leicester are actually 11/8 second favourites to win the group behind the 5/4 price on Porto. It should come down to a shootout between those two for the qualification spots because Brugge haven’t been here since the 2005/06 season while Copenhagen are one of the lower ranked clubs to make it to this stage. Good chance for Leicester but you would probably still lean towards the value of Porto, with their experience, getting top spot.
Prediction: Porto, Leicester

Group H: Juventus (Italy), Sevilla (Spain), Lyon (France), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia).

It may not be too hard to delineate what is going to play itself out in this group. You have Juventus, who despite losing Paul Pogba, spent a  lot of money on Gonzalo Higuain to bring them the goals that they need as a true poacher. The Italians should still be strong enough to march their way to success in this group. Sevilla, after winning the UEFA Europa League again, are back for a crack at the UEFA Champions League group stage. They are a tough side to crack on home soil, but the vulnerabilities may be there out on the road from them. Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb probably won’t be up to much.
Prediction: Juventus, Sevilla

Key dates

  • 13-14 September – First round of group matches
  • 6-7 December – Final round of group matches
  • 14-15/21-22 February – Round of 16, first leg
  • 7-8/14-15 March – Round of 16, second leg
  • 11-12 April – Quarter-finals, first leg
  • 18-19 April – Quarter-finals, second leg
  • 2-3 May – Semi-finals, first leg
  • 9-10 May – Semi-finals, second leg
  • 3 June – Final (Cardiff)

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25th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting

Football Betting

Barcelona v Leicester Betting Preview – International Champions Cup, 3rd August

Welcome to the big time, that will be the message sent out to Leicester after they were thumped 4-0 by PSG in the International Champions Cup on the weekend. That will have been a wake up call and now the Foxes have to try and get over that as they head to Sweden to take on the might of Barcelona. The Catalans were comfortable victors over Celtic in Dublin as they opened their account in the summer invitational tournament. How will the Foxes fare against them?

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Barcelona v Leicester Betting Tips

Leicester will have been left feeling a little deflated after suffering a heavy defeat against PSG on the weekend. They lost 4-0 against the French Champions and never got themselves in the running at all. The difficult thing now for them ahead of their Premier League title defence, is restoring some confidence which is not likely to come in a game against Barcelona. It’s hard to see them rolling out a win over the Catalan giants. The Foxes banked a 2-1 win over Oxford to open their summer with and then were really muted in a 1-1 draw against Celtic in the International Champions Cup, although they went on to win the game in a penalty shoot out. But they were really out of the running against PSG, not having any answers in how to deal with the pace, power and creativity of the French outfit.

Leicester will probably be chasing a lot of shadows when they face Barcelona as well and the Premier League champions are naturally heavy underdogs. There is a quote of 4/5 on both teams not to score in the match, while you can take a price of 8/15 on the match to go over 2.5 goals as well. If that happens, it will probably be Barcelona weighing in with most (if not all) of the goals in the match and Barcelona to win to nil is a price of 11/10 with online betting site Bet365 for the friendly. Barcelona kicked off their International Champions Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Celtic on the weekend. They didn’t really look troubled, but not great themselves at any point really, there was a lot of rustiness in them.

Lionel Messi did play for 45 minutes of the game against Celtic and you can always enjoy the live in-play goalscoring markets on him when he is on the pitch. Barcelona weren’t at full strength against Celtic aren’t aren’t likely to be against the Foxes. On the evidence of their game against PSG, the Champions League is going to be a tough thing for Leicester this term and it is not likely that the Foxes are going to get anything out of this exchange.

Barcelona v Leicester Betting Odds

Barcelona 2/7, Draw 4/1, Leicester 8/1

Barcelona v Leicester Predictions

You would have to roll with Barcelona backing the win in a game which goes over 2.5 goals. There will be better from them having gotten that game against Celtic under their belt and Leicester were laboured angina against PSG. This should be fairly one way traffic in favour of the Spaniards.

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31st July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


Celtic v Barcelona Betting Preview – International Champions Cup, 30th July

Celtic put themselves to the test again in a busy summer for them. They are currently battling their way through the UEFA Champions League qualifiers at the moment and had a long trip out to Kazakhstan to deal with on Wednesday. Now it is off to Dublin for them on Saturday as they take on Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. How will they fare against one of the best sides in the world?

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Celtic v Barcelona Betting Tips

The games are coming thick and fast for Celtic at the moment and their participation in the International Champions Cup must only be about money. They are involved in early pre-season matches in trying to qualify for the UEFA Champions League so the last thing they need to risk his injuries through these friendly matches. They go into this one the back of a long trip out to Kazakhstan to face FC Astana where the Boys rescued a 1-1 draw out of nowhere from Leigh Griffiths netting an equaliser. That was their first shot on target just before the 80th minute mark in a tough game for them. Griffiths is in great scoring form this summer though and he is a 14/5 quote to net in this one.

Just wait for the in-play betting markets to open though for the real goal scorer value, wait and see who is really up for this. Celtic have already played one game in the International Champions Cup, losing on a penalty shoot out against Leicester after a 1-1 draw with the English Champions. Celtic were the more energetic and driven for the two but just couldn’t make those breakthrough. Still they have had a lot of games under their belt already and they are only going to get sharper for it. But now they go into a big game giants Barcelona and quickly have to turn around to finish the job against FC Astana on Tuesday night. This will be Barcelona’s first game in the competition this summer.

The Catalans are strong favourites to take the win in the match and it is reported that Lionel Messi will play some part in the game. He quit international football in the summer after losing the Copa America final on a penalty shoot out and he has had all that court drama over his tax charges as well. Not a great summer for him and if he plays, it won’t be a full shift. Barcelona overall have not taken their strongest squad with them for their tour, but they do have Luis Suarez there as well as Messi and both of them are 4/7 in the pre-match anytime goalscorer market. Following this game in Dublin, Barcelona will go on to face Leicester and Liverpool in the International Champions Cup. Barcelona have signed Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti, Denis Suarez and Lucas Digne over the summer..

Celtic v Barcelona Betting Odds

Barcelona 1/5, Draw 5/1, Celtic 14/1

Celtic v Barcelona Predictions

Barcelona do what Barcelona do, not matter if it is their first or second string. There will probably be a blend between the two in Dublin and the Catalans are still worth backing. Celtic should be far more focused on their Champions League qualifying campaign than these friendly distractions, no matter how high profile they are.

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28th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


Online betting site Betfair have signed a huge sponsorship deal with European giants Barcelona. The club as signed a three year global agreement with the UK based bookmaker, which means that the betting exchange will get the benefits of some big branding at the Nou Camp on the LED pitch-side boards.

On top of that, Betfair will be able to use barcelona’s players for marketing campaigns. So there will be access to the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi for Betfair.

“Barcelona is delighted to sign a long-term collaboration agreement with Betfair, a prominent leading company in the field of sports betting,” said Manel Arroyo, Barcelona’s vice-president of marketing and communication. “We hope our members and all football lovers will enjoy this new global partnership, as well as exclusive promotions and unique sporting experiences.”

Betfair’s marketing and brand director Paul Gambrill added: “Barcelona are consistently competitive at the top level and will help us achieve our ambition of growing the Betfair brand internationally. We very much look forward to working with the club to offer the incredible fans unique promotions, content and experiences.”

18th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

European Football

Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Preview

Barcelona are one game away from retaining their Copa del Rey title as they face off against Sevilla on Sunday in the Copa del Rey Final. After having claimed the Spanish League title recently, the Catalans will be looking to put another trophy on the board. These two met in the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the season, Barcelona taking a 5-4 thrilling win. But there was a win each in the two La Liga contests this season, but after their midweek Europa League exertions, will Sevilla have the stamina to produce another win over Barca?

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Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Tips

Will there be more silverware added to Barcelona’s trophy cabinet? Having missed out on the Champions League title, they can make amends somewhat with a win in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona are the all time leaders in Copa del Rey titles having won it 27 times before in the history of the competition. They are also the current reigning champions so will be looking for a title defence to boot. Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao in last season’s final. Barcelona managed to hold on to their supremacy in a tight La Liga race so will be full of confidence and the Catalans put together an immensely strong run of form down the final straight in La Liga. Over 3.5 goals is a price of 5/6 for the Copa del Rey Final betting. Barcelona have won their last five games played and have been in immense scoring form having netted 24 goals in total in those five games, averaging just under five per game.

There is no stopping Luis Suarez in front of goal at the moment it would seem. The former Liverpool man has been in tremendous scoring form having netted 14 goals in his last five appearances for his club. That’s immense and with both Suarez and Messi being odds on prices in the anytime goalscorer market, the first goalscorer market instead will have more appeal. There Suarez is 11/5 to open the scoring with Messi at 5/2. Barcelona have a strong record in recent meetings with Sevilla but they did lose against them earlier in the season, out on the road in La LIga. These two also played the UEFA Super Cup match at the start of the season and that was a thrilling game, Barcelona winning it 5-4. Hopefully the Copa del Rey Final is as good as that. Each of the last nine meetings has seen both teams score and they have all gone over 2.5 goals as well. Both teams to score is a 4/6 quote. Barcelona hold a W8 D1 L1 record in their last ten against Sevilla in all competitions.

Sevilla have been a pretty strong cup side over the last decade. They have won the Europa League four times and they have claimed the Copa del Rey title twice as well. They produced a wonderful second half performance against Liverpool in the Europa League Final in the week, not playing well in the first half but then really upping their game to win 3-1. Striker Kevin Gameiro looked brilliant again and Euro 2016 is going to miss him as he hasn’t been called up to the French squad. If you consider that both teams have scored in each of the last nine meetings, then it’s fair to assume Gamerio is going to be value at 9/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. Not one single away win did Sevilla land in the La Liga season and overall in all competitions, won just five games away from home, including the Europa League Final against Liverpool. Two of those five away wins were in the Copa del Rey. Sevilla have lost five of their last eight (W1 D2) away from home. Of note, the last time these two met in the Copa del Rey was back in 2010 in an earlier round when Sevilla won on away goals in the tie.

Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Odds

Barcelona 1/4, Draw 5/1, Sevilla 9/1

Barcelona v Sevilla Predictions

The Catalans have been at it down the final stretch of the season. They have been irrepressible and Luis Suarez has been the catalyst to it all. At the end of the day, Barcelona are likely to have too much in the tank for Sevilla, however, as they showed on Wednesday night against Liverpool, they can get amongst the goals, so look for both teams to score.

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19th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football


It is a big weekend of European football as titles get down to the wire across the continent. Over in Germany, Bayern Munich can win the Bundesliga title with a win over Monchengladbach and boss Pep Guardiola has promised that they aren’t going to rest players as they look to close out the domestic season before meeting Atletico Madrid next week in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi final.

Bayern have won their last six Bundesliga matches in a row so are heavily backed to win on Saturday. Bayern have conceded just two goals in their last nine Bundesliga matches and have posted a W14 D0 L1 record at home this season in the German top flight.

The La Liga title remains a tight battle. Barcelona’s four match winless streak recently in the Spanish top flight took everyone by surprise and they head into the weekend level on points with Atletico Madrid, with Real Madrid just one point behind them. Barca have snapped back into form in some style, scoring fourteen unanswered goals in their last two league matches. Barcelona go to Real Betis on Saturday while Real Madrid, who have won their last five league matches, have a trip to Real Sociedad.

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30th April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bet Victor

Online betting site BetVictor are running a huge Champions League betting offer this week. Tuesday and Wednesday brings around the quarter final second legs and on Tuesday you have Manchester City trying to build in a 2-2 draw as they welcome PSG to the Etihad in what should be a close tie.

Tuesday’s other game sees Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg head out to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid. It is the Wolves who pulled off a shock 2-0 home win over The Whites in the first leg, but the big question is whether or not they have the defensive strengths to hold out for a place in the semi finals.

Then on Wednesday you have the mammoth Atletico Madrid v Barcelona clash from the Calderon. The first leg was a brilliantly intense affair, Barcelona coming from behind for the third time this season against Atleti to post a 2-1 win over them. Can Barca finish the job at the Calderon, or will Atletico repeat their 2013/14 quarter final success over the Catalans?

Wednesday sees Bayern Munich defend a narrow 1-0 first leg lead as they head out to Portugal to face Benfica, who gave a pretty good account of themselves against the German powerhouses last week. Can the Portuguese outfit find a way back into the tie?

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11th April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Preview

Barcelona have lost two of their last three matches as they appear to have hit just a sticky period of form. They had to come from behind in their UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg at home against Atletico Madrid as well and they benefited from the visitors going down to ten men and therefore tiring in the second half. Tempers were on the edge in a spiky first leg and the intimidating atmosphere of the Calderon for the return will keep this on a knife edge. Both sides have to put in a some big shifts in this one to make it through to the final four of the competition. This could be a thriller.

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Atletico Madrid v Barcelona 13th April 2016

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips

Another tough duel between these two is on the cards. Atletico Madrid will be hoping to pull off a repeat of their 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign, when they beat Barcelona on aggregate during their run to the final. That time they drew at the Nou Camp in the first leg before winning 1-0 back on home soil. This time around, Atletico took the lead at the Nou Camp last week through Fernando Torres but then he got himself sent off and heaped extra pressure on the visitors as they lost 2-1. A repeat of that 1-0 home success though would be enough to send the battling Atleti through again against Barca thanks to their away goal. You can back an Atletico Madrid 1-0 Correct Score option at a 17/2 quote for the game. Atletico boss Diego Simeone has won 11 one of his previous 15 UEFA Champions League home matches at the Calderon, losing just one.

So a great record and Atletico, in their typical dogged way, were holding their own against Barcelona until Torres got sent off. Going down to ten men and chasing Barcelona’s ball possession its toll on them in the second half. Still, Atletico Madrid have a great home record going in Europe as they have lost only two of their last 28 European matches there at the Calderon. Of those 28 games in what sequence they have won 23 of them. Atletico have won seven and lost seven of their previous 18 European games against fellow Spanish sides. You don’t expect a high output from Atletico, because that’s not their style. They have only netted 12 goals in 9 UEFA Champions League matches this season. Antoine Griezmann is a 6/4 anytime goalscorer option. Atleti have never scored more than one goal in their nine Champions League/European Cup encounters with Spanish clubs. They have kept twelve clean sheets in their last 14 UEFA Champions League home matches though.

So Barcelona were handed a way back into this tie with Atletico going down to ten men in the first leg. Luis Suarez popped up with a double and the former Liverpool man has scored 15 goals in his last 17 UEFA Champions League matches. He can be backed at 6/4 to net in the game while Lionel Messi is an 8/11 option in the anytime goalscorer market. Messi has scored 25 goals in 29 games against Atlético Madrid, his favourite opponent alongside Sevilla. Barcelona last failed to score in a UEFA Champions League match against Atletico back at the Calderon in that 2014 meeting and they have only earned the one clean sheet in 13 matches against Spanish opposition in the European Cup.

They have a tremendous record though of success in European Cup quarter finals, of W14 L3. That’s some quality there of course and in matches against Spanish opposition they hold a W7 D6 L0 and part of this is a shoddy W1 D3 L6 record on the road. They are only W4 L6 in a record of European two-legged ties against fellow Spanish opposition. They have managed to get through on 38 of the 40 previous occasions of having won the first leg of a tie at the Nou Camp. You can back this to go under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/5 with online betting site Bet365. A Barcelona 2-1 correct score is an 8/1 punt and why is that interesting? These two have met three times this season, Atletico have opened the scoring in each, only for Barcelona to win 2-1.

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Odds

Barcelona 5/4, Draw 12/5, Atletico Madrid 5/2

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Predictions

The spirited, dogged Atletico Madrid. Can they pull this off again against Barcelona? They actually have some appeal because the Calderon is an intimidating place for any visiting side and Barcelona have just gone off the boil with one win in their last four matches in all competitions. Atletico will stick in there and make this close. Back the home side to nick the win.

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11th April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting


Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Preview

Barcelona were caught out in a home defeat against rivals Real Madrid on the weekend in a massive La Liga clash. Now they have to deliver a response in this one against another tough opponent in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night. They take on La Liga title contenders Atletico who will probably roll into the Nou Camp and dig in hard to give themselves something to play for back in the second leg. However, Atletico have won only one of their last 18 against the Catalans.

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Barcelona v Atletico Madrid 2016

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips

Well, it has been a rare sight to see Barcelona lose this season. But a 2-1 home defeat in the league against Real Madrid happened on the weekend and it snapped an astonishing 38 match unbeaten stretch of form. Still, Barcelona have won their last six in a row against Atletico and would set a new record if they extended that to seven in the week. Barcelona and Atletico met in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League quarter final, their only previous European meeting, and Atletico won 2-1 on aggregate then. Barcelona have in the quarter finals for the ninth consecutive season running and in seven of their last eight campaigns they have gone on to reach the semi finals. The only time they failed to reach the semi finals in that sequence was against Atletico Madrid in that 2013/14 season.

Barcelona can boast a tremendous record in the UEFA Champions League. Not only are they just one of two sides remaining unbeaten in this year’s tournament they have won 17 of their last 21 matches in the competition (D2 L2), having scored in each of those 21 fixtures. Their record gets even more impressive when you look at just their home form. They have lost only one of their last 37 UEFA Champions League games at the Nou Camp, winning 30 of those. Barcelona have a W14 L3 record from previous European Cup quarter final appearances. However, they trail W4 L6 in their previous two-legged European ties against Spanish clubs. It is even money that the Nou Camp fixture will go over 2.5 goals.

You have some serious scoring power with Barcelona of course. Let’s start with Lionel Messi who is 10/11 to net in the anytime goalscorer market. That is the same price actually as Luis Suarez and between them they have scored 42 of Barcelona’s last 51 UEFA Champions League goals. Remarkable input from them. Messi has scored 25 goals in 28 previous games against Atletico as well. Luis Suarez has netted five goals in four home games in the UEFA Champions League this season, while Neymar has scored eight goals in his last seven Champions League knockout stage matches. With Atletico expected to shut up shop, both teams to score in the match is a big 6/5 punt but Barcelona have only ever managed one clean sheet in 12 previous European Cup matches against fellow Spanish opposition.

Atletico Madrid have gone up against Spanish opponents eight times before in the Europa Cup and in none of those matches did they manage to score more than one goal in a game. So you wouldn’t expect them to bring a big attacking threat to this game and currently their game plan is build on defence and organization. They have taken 13 clean sheets in their last 17 UEFA Champions League matches just to highlight that. They have remained unbeaten away from home in the UEFA Champions League this season (W2 D2) but had a struggle against PSV Eindhoven in the last round, needing penalties to get through after things were goalless after both games. Atletico have a W7 D4 L6 record from previous European matches against fellow Spanish clubs. Striker Antoine Griezmann has scored 8 goals in his last 9 appearances and is a 5/2 option in the anytime goalscorer market. They had a nine match unbeaten streak snapped on the weekend with a league defeat.

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Odds

Barcelona 4/9, Draw 10/3, Atlético Madrid 13/2

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Predictions

Atletico are all about defence, but you have to ask yourself whether it can stand up to Barcelona’s attack? Atletico know how to dig in and fight and frustrate but you would still, more often than not, back Barcelona’s immense attack to get the job done on the night. It may not be a high scoring spectacle but Barcelona can win this to nil.

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4th April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting


Do league games get any bigger than Barcelona v Real Madrid? Probably not and the two heavyweight clash in a La Liga battle on Saturday evening. Barcelona are powering their way to the domestic title and start the game ten points clear of third placed Real Madrid. The Catalans have only lost one of their last seven at home against Real Madrid as well in the league, having won five of those seven.

So they have the form and they of course have what is an unstoppable forward line. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have been destroying defences all season and when Real Madrid and Barcelona met at the Bernabeu earlier in the season, Barcelona rolled off a thrilling 4-0 away victory. The Catalans are on a 22 match unbeaten streak in the league (W20, D2) having scored in every game in that sequence.

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1st April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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