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Champions League

Colombia’s James Rodriguez was one of the standout stars of the 2014 World Cup and now he has gotten a huge reward with a massive pay day at Spanish giants Real Madrid. The 23 year old, who won the Golden Boot in Brazil, and scored the goal of the tournament has been sold off by French Ligue 1 club Monaco, as they try and balance their books a bit.

The fee paid is around £71 million and Rodriguez becomes the fourth most expensive player of all time, behind Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. This is a big reaction by Real Madrid, with La Liga rivals Barcelona having already forked out heavily to buy troubled Liverpool man Luis Suarez. With the Catalans gambling on the Uruguayan, who will miss some of the season because of his long ban, Real Madrid may have gotten a leg up here.

James Rodriguez will be lining up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, to form an incredible attacking triumvirate. With Madrid having brought in the brilliant attacking midfielder Toni Kroos, Germany’s World Cup winner, they clearly mean business this season. That is matching up against Barcelona’s impressive line up of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid are trading as 4/1 joint favourites to become the first ever side to defend the Champions League trophy, the same price as Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League, with Barcelona at 5/1. Over in La Liga Primera outright winner market, Madrid are odds on 5/6 favourites with Bet365 to top the pile, with Barcelona at 11/10 and reigning champions Atletico Madrid, after the sale of Diego Costa, out at 14/1 to retain their title.


24th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Football Betting

In failing to secure the Spanish League title after being held to a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, it was quickly announced after the game on Saturday, that by mutual agreement, Barcelona’s Argentine boss Gerardo Martino is leaving the Nou Camp.

After only being hired 10 months ago, Barcelona hit Twitter in reaction to their 1-1 draw against Atletico to announce the decision. Barcelona had taken a lead in the title deciding game, had dominated possession but were pegged back by the Madrid side, who were missing their two best attackers in Diego Costa and Arda Turan for most of the match.

It was Athletic’s first title since 1996, meaning that Barcelona not only missed out on their fifth league title in six seasons, but the Catalan giants finished the season empty handed too. Barcelona feel short of the Champions League semi finals of the first time in seven years, which mounted pressure on Martino. The Argentine joined the club late into the off season, after an illness to Tito Vilanova, who sadly passed away this year.

The next Barcelona manager betting market is already active, with the leader and heavy odds on favourite Luis Enrique trading at 1/10 with Bet Victor. The former Barcelona player announced on May 16th that he would be leaving his managerial job at Celta Vigo. That poured fuel on the fire that he would be heading to the Nou Camp and the 44 year old, knowing the Catalan club, makes a great fit.

With the likes of Ernesto Valverde at 12/1, Pep Guardiola at 14/1, Frank de Boer at 16/1 and even Arsene Wenger at 20/1, they all look to be shots that are so long that this is probably going to be a straightforward conclusion of the former Spanish international getting one of the top jobs in Europe. Who ever comes in will have to deal with some big decisions it looks like with Dani Alves threatening to quit and keeper Victor Valdes heading out after 12 years, and a potential midfield overhaul needed with Xavi not getting any younger.


17th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

European Football Betting

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Preview
Everything is cued up for a massively dramatic finale over in Spain. It isn’t going to get much more tense than this. The only two sides who can get their hands on the title go head to head on Saturday, and it is Atletico who just hold the upper hand because all they need is a draw at the Nou Camp to take a surprise title.

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Barcelona 5/6, Draw 11/4, Atletico Madrid 3/1

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Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips:
Diego Simeone’s men could have wrapped up the title on the weekend. However, they could only manage a come from behind draw against Malaga. Will that missed opportunity come back to haunt them? It may, as they have lost on their last six league visits to the Nou Camp and have conceded at an average of 4.3 goals per game in that sequence. However, Atletico are strong in defence and Barcelona haven’t been as clinically ruthless as they have been known for, and themselves could only take a draw on the weekend, firing blanks in a 0-0 away at Elche. Also, Barcelona have faced Atletico five times this season and haven’t managed to win (D4 L1), the defeat coming in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona have only managed back to back draws in La Liga too, they haven’t gone three in a row without a win since the 2008/09 season.

So they haven’t been at their best, but they have Lionel Messi and they therefore have a chance. Against no La Liga side has Messi scored more goals than he has managed against Atletico, seventeen in total. Messi is a 4/7 shot in the anytime goalscorer market and is running at 5/2 in the First Goalscorer market. It is Neymar though who has netted the two goals that Barcelona have managed against Atletico this term, and the Brazilian is 2/1 in the anytime scorer market. But with only those two goals scored in those five meetings this season, can Neymar or Messi produce when the club needs them too the most? Barca are in the hunt for their fifth title in six seasons. Will their experience in landing titles give them the edge?

So Atletico are unbeaten in five matches against the Catalans this season and the big trend is that all five have gone under 2.5 goals, and swinging under 2.5 for this one too is priced at 4/5 with Paddy Power. The scores have been kept down thanks to Atletico’s superb organisation and defence. They are tough to break down and considering that they only need to get out of the Nou Camp with a point, they probably aren’t going to overexert themselves unless necessary. Atletico have to be cautious, because they haven’t taken a league point at the Nou Camp since back in 2006. Even their main hitman Diego Costa hasn’t managed to score in seven La Liga matches against Barcelona. Still, he is 7/4 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Seven of Athletico’s last 10 goals in the league have been by headers, so look for big threats from corners. David Villa may be a good 3/1 shot in the anytime goalscorer market as he has scored four of his five La Liga goals against Barcelona at the Nou Camp. If Atletico get the title, it will all be down to their superb defence which has only conceded the 25 goals this season, but they have shown signs of the title pressure getting to them, with just a point from their last two matches. Can they hold out under the pressure that Barcelona will throw at them?

Prediction
This should be a fantastic game, and Barcelona will have the majority of possession, but can they break through the tough Atletico defence? Don’t expect this one to be a high scoring match and so it is probably worth going under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/5 with Paddy Power.

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Form (all competitions)
Barcelona LLWWDD, Atletico Madrid WDWWLD

Stat Attack
Barcelona have won their last six league meetings with Atletico at the Nou Camp
Atletico are unbeaten in five matches with Barcelona this season
Atletico haven’t taken a league point at the Nou Camp since 2006
Diego Costa has failed to score in seven La Liga games against Barcelona
All five meetings have gone under 2.5 goals this season


15th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football Betting

European Football Betting

The league title race in Spain will go down the wire next weekend. The mouth watering Barcelona v Atletico betting decider kicks off on Saturday. Diego Simeone’s men hold a three point advantage over Barcelona after both could only manage a draw on the weekend. Atletico came from behind at home against Malaga for a 1-1 draw, while Barcelona missed a chance to close the gap as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Elche.

So now Atletico just need to roll into the Nou Camp on Saturday and hold out for a draw. A victory for Barcelona would give the Catalans the title back, because of their far superior goal difference to that of the Madrid side. This is going to be a fascinating showdown, because Atletico, as everyone is now very well aware of, is a very strong defensively organised side, and Barcelona have been lacking that ruthless cutting edge going forward.

Barcelona will be out for retribution of course, after Atletico knocked them out the Champions League this season. The game on saturday will be the sixth match between the two sides this season, four of them ending in a draw, and Atletico getting a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon in their Champions League meeting.

So that would suggest that Atletico hold firm favouritism here, with all five matches between them this season going under 2.5 goals, (two 1-1 draws, two 0-0 draws and an Atletico 1-0 win), then a low scoring game is most likely to happen here. That would suit the visitors. Under 2.5 goals for your Barcelona v Atletico Madrid betting is up at 9/10 while Atletico holding out for the title-winning draw is priced at 13/5.

Will Barcelona find a way to break Atletico at the crucial time? Real Madrid, who Atletico will meet in the final of the UEFA Champions League, failed to win for the third time in a row, a they were beaten 2-0 by Celta Vigo.

 


12th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football Betting

Football News

It looks as if Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino is feeling hot under the collar after another bitter blow suffered. After crashing out of the Champions League quarter finals and then suffering a costly defeat in La Liga, Barcelona were defeated in the final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, thanks to a wonder goal from Real Madrid man Gareth Bale.

So the Spanish media are pressing Martino hard and there is a growing likelihood, especially if they can’t win the league, that he will be out of a job in the summer. It was always going to be a tough task to take over from Pep Guardiola, but with rumours that he has lost the dressing room, and with Barcelona not having the cutting edge in the final third of the pitch, Spain’s top job is likely to be up for grabs.

So who would be the likely replacement? Well at online betting site Paddy Power, Borussia Dortmund’s popular man Jurgen Klopp is trading as 4/1 favourite. Klopp, who keeps losing his best players against his own wishes, has been linked with a departure from the Bundesliga club, even being linked with Manchester United. Second favourite to become next Barcelona boss is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone at 6/1.

However, neither of their styles really seem to fit into the Barcelona ethos, so that is why there doesn’t look to be a great deal of value around. Luis Enrique, a former player with the Catalan giants, has more of that Barcelona touch about him. The current Celta Vigo boss is at 13/2 and looking better value than the other two aforementioned managers. Enrique was a part of the successful Guardiola set up and knows his way around the club.

Stretching the odds a bit, Brendan Rodgers can be taken at a price of 16/1. Looking likely to land Liverpool their first league title since 1990, his swashbuckling style could be an attractive proposition, but frankly it looks highly unlikely.


18th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Betfair

Online betting site Betfair are running their Cashback Extra promotion for Barcelona v Real Madrid betting in the final of the Copa del Rey. The two giants come together at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday night for the honours and the game will be missing one of its biggest stars, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid star is out with his hamstring problem, and despite there not looking as if there is too much to split the two sides, will the advantage have been handed to Barcelona? The Catalans won both of the La Liga meetings this season, and both sides are still in the hunt for the league title, but both still playing catch up to Atletico Madrid there.

So this is a massive chance to put a piece of silverware in the cabinet, and Real Madrid won the last clash between them, when they last met in the final back in 2011 at the Mestalla. It was a goal by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 103rd minute, the game going to extra time, that settled the title 1-0 for Los Merengues.

Barcelona are the competition’s most successful side, having won it 26 times before in history, their last title coming in 2012. Real Madrid have totalled 18 Copa del Rey titles before, their last triumph coming in that 2011 final. So how much will Carlo Ancelotti’s men be missing Ronaldo on the night? It could force a lot of impetus on former Spurs man Gareth Bale.

Barcelona have a lot to prove after getting knocked out to the Champions League quarter finals by Atletico Madrid, and then losing ground in a 1-0 defeat at Grenada in the league on the weekend. So they need to bounce back big here and they are trading as 7/5 favourites with Betfair in the outright winner market. Real Madrid are at 15/8, with the draw at 90 minutes at 5/2.

At online betting site Betfair for your Barcelona v Real Madrid betting, you can pick your own cash-back refund trigger. If your selected trigger happens in the match, then you will get a full refund back on the First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer or Anytime Goalscorer markets, up to £25.

It’s your cash back and your choice, and here are the options (which need to be picked before kick-off):

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15th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Ronaldo - Messi

Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Preview
The final big meeting of the Spanish giants for the season as they come together in Valencia for the Copa del Rey title. Both have had their stutters recently, Barcelona bowing out of the Champions League and Real Madrid playing catch up in La Liga. With Cristiano Ronaldo missing from action, will Barcelona be able to pounce?

Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Real Madrid 7/4, Barcelona 7/5, Draw 13/5

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Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Tips:
At least they have their star player, Lionel Messi fit for the final. However, with defeat against Atletico Madrid in the quarter finals of the Champions League and then a crucial 1-0 defeat at Grenada on the weekend in the La Liga, there are question marks about the mental state of Barcelona at the moment. Are they primed for such a big match? That is back to back matches where they have failed to score and goals against Real Madrid aren’t easy to grab. Lionel Messi is trading as 8/11 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, with Neymar at 8/5. This will be third meeting between the two giants this season and so far Barcelona have won both this term by a 1 goal margin. You don’t see anything bigger than that happening here. Would expect some goals though of course and over 2.5 is trading at 4/7 with Bet365.

Thirteen of the last four meetings in all competitions have gone over the mark, so a big trend to follow here. The last time they met in the final of the Copa del Rey was back in 2011, at the Mestalla in Valencia, and Real Madrid won out on that occasion 1-0 after extra time. The same old game is there with Barcelona at the moment, nothing has changed there, but perhaps their mentality is looking a little fragile at the moment. They still know how to dominate possession in a match and probably will do so on Wednesday night. You can be guaranteed that chances will come. Their loss at Granada on the weekend though may have cost them their shot at the La Liga title, so they may see this game as a chance at some redemption here to finish the season with a bang.

Real Madrid have kept clean sheets in all eight of their Copa del Rey matches this season, so a huge effort from them defensively. They powered their way past Atletico Madrid 5-0 on aggregate in the semi finals, which is no mean feat. But Cristiano Ronaldo’s hamstring will keep him out most likely, meaning that they will look to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale for those moments of inspiration in front of goal. They coped fine on the weekend in winning 4-0 at home against Almeria, with Bale getting in on the scoring action. They will obviously miss the influence of Ronaldo though, but with confidence restored after a couple of setbacks in La Liga (one of them to Barcelona) and reaching the semifinals of the Champions League, Madrid will have a shot here. Would expect them to play their part in big drama, but even with Ronaldo in the side they couldnt’ get the better of their big rivals. Having him missing, does it mean an even bigger uphill struggle to post the win?

Prediction
You can never write off Barcelona in these encounters. After going on a five match winless streak against Madrid last season, they have bounced backed with two wins from two this term. Ronaldo’s absence will hinder Real a bit and a draw after 90 minutes is a big probability. Worth a shot at Barcelona 8/11 probaby for a Draw No bet though, as they will have something to prove.

Find the latest results, League Table, Top Scorer and more on our football statistics on online-betting.me.uk (just choose your country & your preferred topic)

Form (all competitions)
Barcelona WWDWLL, Real Madrid LWWWLW

Stat Attack
Real Madrid have kept clean sheets in all eight of their Copa del Rey matches this term
Barcelona have won the last two meetings by a one goal margin
Lionel Messi is top scorer in the competition this season with five goals
Thirteen of the last fourteen meetings have gone over 2.5 goals


14th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football Betting

Champions League

The final four in the UEFA Champions League all know what they have do in their semi finals. Chelsea, last standing Premier League will face up to the tough task of taking on Atletico Madrid, but there may be some relief at having missed the two bigger guns of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. That’s questionable though.

Jose Mourinho’s men, who performed a dramatic comeback in the quarter finals against Paris St Germain remain as the outside shot to get their hands on the trophy at a price of 4/1.

Chelsea head to the Calderon on Tuesday, April 22nd and welcome the Spaniards back to the Bridge eight days later. The first leg of Real Madrid v Bayern Munich kicks off on April 23rd, the run leg getting settled first on April 29th.

Chelsea start as 7/2 underdogs for their visit to Spain, against a well-organised, hard working and very tough Atletico Madrid side. Diego Simeone’s men knocked out Barcelona in the quarter finals and this is the further they have ever been in the tournament. Anyone thinking that Chelsea got an easy draw would be wrong. Atletico are overwhelmingly powerful side and are even money favourites at online betting site Paddy Power to win the first leg.

Real Madrid start at the Bernabeu against the reigning European Champions Bayern Munich are Cristiano Ronaldo and co are trading at 5/4 to win that first leg, with the visitors out at 2/1. This is a match worthy of being the final really, with the two European heavyweights going toe to toe. Tough match to call but it is the Germans who remain 6/4 favourites to win this year’s final.

Champions League Winner Odds at Paddy Power
Bayern Munich 6/4, Real Madrid 13/5, Atletico Madrid 4/1, Chelsea 4/1


11th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Champions League

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Preview
The two Spanish giants have everything to play for in this one after drawing the first leg. It is advantage Atletico though who have the away goal, but they have lost their ace, Diego Costa through injury. Will we see Lionel Messi take centre stage and guide Barcelona through?

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Odds at online bookmaker William Hill
Barcelona 5/4, Atlético Madrid 2/1, Draw 9/4

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Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips:
If the home side hadn’t of lost Diego Costa (their scorer in the first leg) then the prices here may be even closer. The two sides battled their way to another draw, their fourth in a row (all this season) last week in the first leg. The big trend along with the drawn matches this season is that all four of them have gone under 2.5 goals as well, so you can clearly see that Atletico know how to handle Barcelona at the moment. Granted, they barely touched the ball in the first leg, taking just 29% of possession, but they are a fantastic defensive unit. Atletico have only conceded five goals in their nine matches in the Champions League this season. No other side has conceded fewer than that and that is where their strengths are. They are very strong, very well organised. But they have picked up more yellow cards than anyone else this season.

At home in the Champions League this season, Atletico Madrid have won all four of their matches, scoring thirteen goals for themselves and conceding just the two. Of course, the big blow for them has been losing their dangerman Diego Costa who has been fantastic for them. Still, they have David Villa, who is now going to have to step up big time to ease pressure on them by making the ball stick up front. Again, possession is going to be the big problem for Atletico Madrid in this one and it is going to be a matter of how long they can keep switched on. They haven’t won any of their last five games at home (in all competitions) against Barcelona, but they have drawn the last two. A goalless draw, like it was at the Calderon when they met there in La Liga back in January, would be enough to see Atletico gain a semi final berth.

The last time that Barcelona lost a Champions League quarter final match was back in April of 2003. Since then they have won eight and drawn seven of their games at this stage. They don’t have a great record against fellow Spanish sides though as they have only won two of their previous seven Champions League games against Spanish opposition (W2 D3 L2). They are going up against one of Europe’s top defences here too. Barcelona have seen a red card dished out to opposition in four of their last eight Champions league matches. It was Neymar who rescued a draw for them in the first leg (he has four goals and two assists in his last 10 Champions League games), but of course Lionel Messi is the standout option in the anytime goalscorer market. He has scored 67 goals in 85 Champions League appearances. He has also netted 19 goals in his last 20 Champions League away matches.

Prediction
All of the experience required to deal with situations like this is with Barcelona here, that is not in question. Whether they can find a way past Atletico Madrid is, because they haven’t beaten them in four previous attempts this season. Wouldn’t be shocked to see this play out to a draw, nor go under 2.5 for a price of 4/5 which looks a valuable bet.

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Form (all competitions)
Atletico WWWWWD, Barcelona LWWWWD

Stat Attack
Lionel Messi has 19 goals in his last 20 Champions League away matches
No-one has scored more set piece goals than Atletico in this season’s tournament
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 15 Champions League quarter final matches
Atletico have conceded just five goals in nine Champions League matches this season


6th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Messi - Neymar (Barcelona)

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Preview
A fantastic looking Spanish heavyweight clash in the Champions League. These two sides know each other well of course and they are duking it out for the Spanish League title as well as for a place in the Champions League semi’s. Have Barcelona upped their game just at the right time?

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Barcelona 8/15, Draw 10/1, Atletico Madrid 6/1

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Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips:
Will Barcelona’s greater experience be the telling factor here? They are looking for their 17th appearance in a row in the semi finals. The last time Atletico were at this stage was all the way back in 1997. Barcelona hold a strong head to head record against Atletico, W60 D25 L19 so that immediately puts them in good standing. They have already met this season in La Liga, the two sides drawing 0-0 at the Vicente Calderon back in January. The last time they went up against one another at the Nou Camp in the league was back in December of 2012, with the Catalans running out 4-1 winners. Lionel Messi scored a brace in that match, and the argentine is trading at 1/2 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market. They most recently played out a 0-0 draw there in the Spanish Super Cup back in August of last year.

Messi’s record, well just the 67 goals in 84 Champions League matches. He’s closing in on Raul’s record of 71 goals in 142 appearances in the competition. Messi has scored in five successive Champions League appearances now (eight goals total). Barcelona have not lost a match in the quarter finals of the Champions League since back in 2003, winning eight and drawing six of their games since them. However, they have only won two of their previous six Champions League matches against fellow Spanish sides (W2 D2 L2). That highly important 4-3 win away at Real Madrid in La Liga recently in the league, looks to have done their confidence wonders and they go as favourites here.

But Atletico are no slouches, let’s not forget that. They are top of La Liga and they have won seven, drawn one and lone none of their eight matches in the Champions League this season. No other side has won more games in this season’s tournament. Impressively they have only conceded four goals along the way to the quarter finals, the best record of all sides in the last eight. They are in a bit of form as well against fellow Spanish sides, winning their last three in a row in Europe against Spanish opposition. All of those came in the 2011/12 Europa League, when Atletico lifted the title. This is the furthest they have been in the Champions League.

Their big hitman is Diego Costa who has netted seven goals in five Champions League appearances this season. The man is a beast and he is trading at a price of 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. They are in fantastic from, winning their last six matches in a row in all competitions, conceding just two goals in those six. This match may not be as high scoring as it would immediately suggest and would shoot under 2.5 goals for a price 11/10 with Paddy Power here. Both are looking pretty strong at the moment and wouldn’t be surprised to see this one play out to a draw with everything left to play for in the return leg.

Prediction
A really tough match to call at the moment. Atletico don’t give much away and they have a world class striker in Costa. But then Barcelona have Messi who is looking back at his peak. Both sides are familiar with each other and this first leg could be a bit cagey. Would stick under 2.5 goals as all three meetings (two in the Spanish Super Cup, one La Liga) this season have ended in draws under the mark.

Find the latest results, League Table, Top Scorer and more on our football statistics on online-betting.me.uk (just choose your country & your preferred topic)

Form (all competitions)
Barcelona LWWWWW, Atletico Madrid WWWWWW

Stat Attack
Lionel Messi has scored in five successive CL appearances now (8 goals)
Diego Costa has seven goals in five CL appearances this season
Barcelona have not lost a quater final Champions League match since 2003
Atletico have W7 D1 L0 in their eight games in the competition this season


31st March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League










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