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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):

Lionel Messi scores first in the match

Real Madrid lead 2-1 at Anytime in the game

Gareth Bale scores first in the match

Barcelona win and both teams score

Real Madrid win and both teams score

So select your own cash back trigger for your Copa del Rey 2014 betting and enjoy some fantastic coverage on Barcelona v Real Madrid betting with Betfair. New customers registering an account with Betfair can a risk free £50 bet as a welcome bonus when joining.


April 15th, 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.

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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


April 14th, 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


April 11th, 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


April 6th, 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.

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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


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

European Football Betting

Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Preview
It doesn’t come much bigger than El Clasico betting and the second League meeting of the season will take place in Madrid on Sunday. It is Real Madrid who hold a four point lead over third placed Barcelona in the League standings, and there’s a big chance to pull clear of their rivals here.

Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Real Madrid 6/5, Barcelona 2/1, Draw 5/2

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Paddy Power have fired up a great promotion for your Real Madrid v Barcelona betting. Lionel Messi bounced back to top from last time out, netting a hat trick in a 7-0 drubbing of Osasuna. If Messi scores at anytime against Real Madrid on Sunday, then the bookmaker will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Correct Score, Last GOalscorer and Correct Score singles on the match. New customers registering an account with the bookie can also get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips:
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid are looking the real deal at the moment, looking supremely confident and full of goals. However they have had a hard time of things in recent Clasicos, winning just two of the last eleven League meetings with Barcelona. Both of the wins they got in that sequence were by a one goal margin. You can back them to take a one goal winning margin this time around at a price of 3/1 with Paddy Power. They are favourites here because they are humming along and Barcelona have been stuttering in the League a bit. Real did win this corresponding fixture last season, and have the chance to make it two in a row at home over Barcelona in the League for the first time since 2008.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in seven of his last 10 Clasicos (nine goals in total) and will naturally be backed in the goalscorer markets.  Ronaldo, who has netted 25 League goals this season is priced up at 8/11 in the anytime goalscorer market, although that having been said, he hasn’t scored in the last two League meetings with Barca. Real Madrid are currently on an eighteen match unbeaten streak in La Liga, ever since that defeat against Barcelona back in October of last year, and fifteen of those eighteen have been won. They are as strong at the back as they are up front, keeping eight clean sheets in their last eleven in the League.

Still, Barcelona have a good scoring streak at the Bernabeu and Both Teams To Score is an obvious market at 1/2 with Paddy Power. Real and Barca have both found the net in each of the last 14 Clasicos in all competitions (Real 24 goals, Barcelona 25). Real have won their last nine home games on the bounce in the League and with five of those coming with clean sheets, and it is going to be pretty hard to find a reason not to back them to win. Especially with Barcelona having gone and lost three of their last seven La Liga matches.

Barcelona did reinforce their credentials with a thumping 7-0 win over Osasuna last week, with Lionel Messi bagging himself a hat trick. With that coming after running circles round Man City in the Champions League, maybe they are getting back on track well enough. Messi is the top score in League Clasicos among current players with 11 and he is priced up at Even money in the anytime goalscorer market for this latest clash. Barca have found the back of the net in each of their last eleven trips to the Bernabeu in all competitions, so worth backing to get on the scoresheet. Alexis Sanchez could be worth a look too as he has netted three in his last five League meetings with Real Madrid.

Prediction
This one is looking tougher than ever to call. Barcelona have their recent history on their side in Clasico meeting, but Real Madrid are looking the stronger of the two sides at the moment. A talent-laden spectacle on show and would edge things for a Real Madrid outright at 6/5 with Paddy Power. With Barca just being shaky on the road, the home side may just have the edge

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Form (all competitions)
Real Madrid WWDWWW, Barcelona WLWLWW

Stat Attack
Real Madrid have won two of their last eleven League meetings with Barcelona
Since the 2008/09 season, Barca have won five Clasicos to Real Madrid’s two
Both sides have scored in each of the last 14 meetings with each other
Barcelona have scored in each of their last 11 visits to the Bernabeu
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in seven of his last ten Clasicos (nine goals)


March 20th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football Betting

Messi - Xavi (Barcelona)

Man City v Barcelona Betting Preview
The Citizens have an uphill task ahead of them after losing the first leg at home 2-0 to the mighty Catalans. Now Lionel Messi and co have the chance to put this tie comfortably to bed at home, while City will be looking to pick themselves up again after suffering a shock FA Cup quarter final loss against Wigan on Sunday.

Man City v Barcelona Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Barcelona 1/2, Draw 10/3, Man City 5/1

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Man City v Barcelona Betting Tips:
Results for both of these clubs have started to go awry a bit lately. Man City suffered a huge home shock on the weekend against Wigan in the FA Cup, their third defeat in their last seven games in all competitions. Just three of those seven games have been won by Manuel Pellegrini’s men, so problems are starting to arise. They lost 2-0 against Barcelona in the first leg, a sending off for Demichelis in an incident where he gave away a penalty, really was the orchestration of their own downfall. They had still been chasing the game a little bit, but Barcelona just stepped up through the gears once Lionel Messi had converted the spot kick. Now they need something special and Sergio Aguero will have to lead from the front and he is 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market, with Alvaro Negredo at 3/1.

Still, they’ll have some hope. They fought back from a 2-0 deficit away at Bayern Munich in their last away game in Europe to remarkably take a 3-2 win. However, history isn’t on their side as only on two occasions before in the history of the Champions League has a side overturned a first leg home defeat to go through (Ajax and Inter Milan). City have never been to the Nou Camp for a competitive game and they only have a small history in Spain. Their record in Spain is W1 D1 L3 and the last time they were there was in last season’s Champions League, blowing a 2-1 lead in the final three minutes at Real Madrid to lose 3-2. You would imagine that there are going to be goals in this one, and over 2.5 for Man City v Barcelona betting is priced up at 1/2 with Bet365.

Barcelona have slipped to two defeats in their last three games, but those defeats were on the road in La Liga. They were the most prolific home side in this season’s group stage of the Champions League, netting thirteen goals in their three games. At home, the Blaugrana have only lost one of their last 25 European matches, winning 19 of those. Their home record against English sides is W15 D11 L2 and the last time they went up against an English side in the knockout stage, they did lose out to Chelsea in the 2011/12 semi finals. Impressively Barcelona have progressed 32 out of the 34 times that they have won the away first leg in UEFA competition, so they look a solid bet to get through. Lionel Messi is 1/2 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market.

Prediction
Things aren’t clicking for Man City, not as well as they should be at the moment. Although they beat Bayern Munich in their last away game, it is unlikely that they are going to get enough of the ball to really threaten Barcelona too much in this one. Would shoot for a straight home win at 1/2 on the Catalans.

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Form (all competitions)
Man City DWLWWL, Barcelona DWWLWL

Stat Attack
Barcelona have lost one of their last 25 European home games
Only two sides have ever overturned a first leg home defeat to progress
Man City have won just three of their last seven games in all competitions
Barcelona were the most prolific home side of all teams in the group stage

 


March 10th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Betfair

Online betting exchange Betfair have come out kicking with their great Cashback Extra Man City v Barcelona offer for the Champions League clash this week. The highly popular bookie is letting your pick your cashback level, so it is totally your call.

The mighty Catalans will bring Lionel Messi and co to the Etihad on Tuesday night, and City will be hoping to avoid getting over-ran as they did when Bayern Munich visited the north west in the group stage. This has the look of being a fantastic game and of course it brings with it the high potential of goals.

Exclusively at Betfair, you can take a Cashback Extra value on Man City v Barcelona betting. What does this mean? It means that when you get into to the offer, you can choose which maximum refund trigger option to take.

Here are the options to choose from:
Barcelona win and both teams score
Match ends in a draw
Goal scored in the first 10 minutes

Then place a pre-match Sportsbook (fixed odds) First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer or Anytime Goalscorer bet on the big match.

If your first pre-match wager on any of those markets loses but your refund option is triggered, then you will get your stake refunded up to the value of £25! So only your first bet placed in the promotion will count towards the refund trigger. This is a tremendous offer, because it’s your cashback, your call.

New customers registering an account with online betting site Betfair can get a risk free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too. Betfair customers can enjoy both fixed odds as well as exchange betting.


February 17th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Nasri - Negredo - Navas (City)

Man City v Barcelona Betting Preview
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides in European competition, and hopefully it will live up to its expectation. The Citizens start the match at the Etihad as underdogs, as their home defeat against Bayern Munich will be on people’s minds. They face another of Europe’s elite now as they try and prove that they are ready to live among such illustrious company.

Man City v Barcelona Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Barcelona 6/4, Man City 7/4, Draw 5/2

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Man City v Barcelona Betting Tips:
It is the first time in the knockout stages of the Champions League for Man City and what a tough test they were handed. They Citizens took 15 points away from their group campaign, finishing second behind Bayern Munich, which is partly reason (with luck involved of course) as to why they have drawn such a tough match. But this is what City are looking to thrive on and the big component here is going to be Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho’s races to get fit for it. City have been missing both of their influential inputs lately. It has left the bookies hovering on prices of 5/4 for Aguero to score at anytime in the game, while Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are around 2/1.

A massive asset to City of course will be Pellegrini himself, who has performed wonders in the competition before. He got Villarreal to the quarter finals twice against the odds, and last season he did it again with Malaga. In his managerial career in Spain, he is no stranger to facing up to Barcelona. However, from 22 previous encounters against the Blaugrana, Pellegrini won just four of them, losing 14. City lost against Bayern Munich at home on Match Day Two, but that has been their only defeat in their last 23 European fixtures on home soil. City’s record at home against Spanish clubs is W2 D2 L0, the most recent encounter coming against Real Madrid in last season’s group stage, the game ending 1-1.

Would expect goals at both ends and a Both Teams To Score wager is up at 4/9, which isn’t a surprising price. Going over 2.5 goals in the match will fetch you odds of around 4/7 with Paddy Power too. Barcelona topped Group H in the first round, but they did suffer a defeat, losing away at Ajax. They are looking for their seventh successive quarter final appearance, and there could be hope for City to get something out of this because Barca have only won one of their last six matches on the road in European competition, losing three of them. So there are so vulnerabilities and that would point to perhaps a little value in a Man City – Draw Double Result.

Lionel Messi has been in fine form since his return from injury, with five goals in three games and manager Gerardo Martino doesn’t think he’s even fully fit yet. In last season’s round of sixteen, Barcelona lost 2-0 away at AC Milan and then ran riot winning the return leg 4-0. That is the size of the task facing City here. The Spaniards though haven’t won on their last five visits to England, most recently losing in London 1-0 at Chelsea in the 2011/12 semi finals. Barcelona’s overall away record against English sides is W6 D8 L14 so not a place that they have travelled to particularly well. They have not won on their four previous visits to Manchester either (a D2 L2 record at Old Trafford).

Prediction
If both play their natural games, this should be fantastic. Barcelona will still get more of the ball, but the last thing City want to do is expose their back line to counter attacks, as Messi can punish them. The Citizens need to get something on the board to defend here and there could well be value in shooting for that City – Draw Double Chance at 1/2 with Paddy Power, given the fact that Barcelona aren’t travelling well.

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Form (all competitions)
Man City WWWLDW, Barcelona WLWWDW

Stat Attack
City hold an unbeaten W2 D2 home record against Spanish sides
Barcelona have won just one of their last six European away games
This is the first competitive meeting between the two clubs
City have lost just one of their last 23 European home games


February 17th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Messi - Xavi (Barcelona)

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Preview
This is the game of the weekend across the whole of Europe. Barcelona sit top of La Liga, but only on goal difference from Atletico Madrid. Both are in good form, and both have superb defences and a lot of firepower. What is going to give in this top of the table clash in Spain?

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Barcelona 5/4, Atlético Madrid 23/10, Draw 5/2

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Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips:
What an incredible game this should be. The two sides are level on points, having posted identical records of W16 D1 L1. It is only Barca’s better goal difference over Madrid (+5) which sees them top the pile. However, it is Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid who hold the best defensive record in La Liga this season, having conceded just eleven goals. Atletico have won all nine of their home matches this season, and the red hot Diego Costa has netted in each of those nine games (13 goals in total). He is going to be worth eyeing up at 5/4 in the Anytime Goalscorer market.

Costa has scored more opening goals this season in the league than anyone else. Interestingly, of their 47 league goals, not one has been scored from outside of the box. Atletico Madrid have lost their last six league matches against Barcelona, their worst ever run against the Catalans. The two have gone head to head already this season, taking a 1-1 draw at home and then a 0-0 back at the Nou Camp in the Supercopa). A big incentive for the Red and Whites is that with a win, they will be top of the table at the halfway stage of the season.

After 59 days out of action because of an injury, Lionel Messi returned to the Barcelona starting line up in the week, and didn’t waste anytime getting back to goal scoring, netting two goals in 26 minutes against Getafe. Messi is priced up at Even money in the Anytime Goalscorer market alongside Costa. Messi has scored more league goals against Atletico (17) than he has done against any other La Liga side during his career. The influence of Messi is immense. Out of 138 league games in which he has scored for Barca, the Catalans have only lost three of them.

Barcelona’s only defeat in La Liga this season came on the road, when they lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao back on December 1st. They responded in typical fashion though, rattling off three wins on the trot since them. On average, Barcelona have scored 2.4 goals per game on the road this season, and have conceded at a rate of just 0.6 per road game. They have still been getting the job done without Messi, as Alexis Sanchez and Pedro have weighed in very well during his absence. Now with a fit Messi back, and given their run of form against Atletico, will it be Barcelona’s day again?

Prediction
Barcelona have won their last three visits to the Calderon in the league all by a 2-1 scoreline. The two matches in the Super Cup this season bucked a trend of matches between them going over 2.5 goals. You would expect both to get on the scoresheet here at a price of 1/2 with Bet365.

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Form (all competitions)
Atletico Madrid WWWWWD, Barcelona WWWWWW

Stat Attack
Atletico have lost six league games in a row against Barcelona
Madrid have won all nine of their league home games this season
Lionel Messi has scored more goals against Atletico than any other side in La Liga
Diego Costa has netted 13 goals in nine home games for Atletico this term
Barcelona have won 2-1 in each of their last three league visits to the Calderon


January 9th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football Betting










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