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Champions League

The final four sides left standing in this season’s competition, know all know what they need to do to reach the final. There was always going to be a huge clash in the semi finals, one way or another and it fell on Barcelona v Bayern Munich to be the highlight fixture of this season’s final four. Barcelona and Bayern have been trading at the head of the outright winner market since before the group stage of this season’s tournament. Now they will duel for a place in the final.

With Barcelona v Bayern Munich being paired up, it has has left Juventus v Real Madrid betting for punters to enjoy in the second leg. Italian champions Juventus, who edged their way past Monaco in the quarter finals, take on the reigning champions, who had a tough time of things getting past their city rivals Atletico in their huge quarter final clash.

Real Madrid are 4/9 odds on favourites to qualify from their tie against Juventus, while things are naturally a little tighter in the other matchup.

Barcelona, who start at home in their tie against Bayern, go as 8/11 favourites To Qualify, with Pep Guardiola’s Bundesliga champions running at even money to make it through. It will of course be a big return to the Nou Camp for former Barca boss Guardiola, who won 14 trophies as manager of the Catalan giants, including two Champions League titles.

The first legs of the UEFA Champions League semi finals will be played on May 5th.

Champions League outright winner odds

Barcelona 21/01, Real Madrid 23/10, Bayern Munich 5/2, Juventus 9/1


24th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Champions League

Can Real Madrid became the first ever side to successfully retain the UEFA Champions League title? Carlo Accelotti’s men took a step closer as they edged out rivals Atletico at the Bernabeu in midweek and now Los Merengues are 3/1 with online betting site SKybet to retain their title.

It was a great test of their character, having to come through a titanic tussle against the side they beat in last season’s final of course. Only a late goal from former Manchester United man Javier Hernandez sealed the tie 1-0 on aggregate in Real’s favour.

Juventus will join Real, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the last four after their second leg in Monaco finished goalless, meaning the Serie A leaders progressed 1-0 on aggregate. The draw for the semi final line up will be made on Friday.

Barcelona are 7/4 joint favourites for the title after cruising past PSG in their quarter final tie, with Bayern Munich right up there with them. Juventus remain the rank outsiders of the four, a long way out at a price of 8/1 with Skybet to land the trophy.


23rd April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Champions League

Barcelona v PSG Betting Preview

This tie is probably all over bar the shouting. With Paris St Germain needing to land three goals at least in the Nou Camp to progress through to the semi finals, how badly they were outplayed in the first leg doesn’t give them a lot of hope of pulling off something special. They have already lost on the road against the Catalans this season and it could be more of the same for Laurent Blanc’s troops.

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Barcelona v PSG Betting Tips

So the Catalans are holding a pretty big advantage here and they have one good foot in the semi finals of the competition. They banked a pretty comprehensive 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes in the first leg and the power of their forwards again shone through. Luis Suarez netted a brilliant brace in the game to give Barcelona the big advantage. Incidentally, it was by a 3-1 scoreline that Barcelona beat PSG by at the Nou Camp on match day six in this season’s group stage. You can take 9/1 odds at Bet365 on a Barcelona 3-1 correct score win. They are on a tremendous stretch of home form in Europe as you would expect. Including their 1-0 over Man City in the round of 16, Barcelona have now lost just one of their last 31 UEFA Champions League home matches.

Impressively, Barcelona have won 24 of those 31 matches and they have won eight and drawn one of their last nine at home in the UEFA Champions League. They are also running with a strong home record over French opposition as well, having posted a W6 D2 L1 record. Their overall record against French opposition is W11 D5 L4. Need more convincing about Barcelona progressing on Tuesday night? Here’s some. Barcelona have progressed 34 out of 36 times that they have won the away leg first in UEFA competition. It’s highly unlikely that they are going to lose by a 3-0 minimum scoreline that would send PSG through. It is pretty much job done in terms of them qualifying. Again you have the usual big suspects in the anytime goalscorer market, with Lionel Messi at 3/4, and even money on the back of Luis Suarez and Neymar.

So a massive hill for PSG to climb here if they want to find themselves in the final four. They just couldn’t get a hold of Barcelona’s passing and movement in the first leg and were a clear second best to the Catalans. Their away form in Europe isn’t actually too bad though, because including their 2-2 draw at Chelsea in the last round, they have lost just three of their last 13 UEFA Champions League away games, winning seven of those. Out in Spain, their record isn’t terrific though, as they have posted a W4 D2 L4 record over there, and their overall record against Spanish sides is an average W10 D6 L7. While Paris have only ever lost three previous first leg home games in European ties, on each of those three they failed to make it through to the next round.

Barcelona v PSG Betting Odds

Barcelona 4/11, Draw 9/2, PSG 7/1

Barcelona v PSG Predictions

It should be Barcelona all the way in this. They have a tremendous home record in Europe and they were head and shoulders above PSG in the first leg. Of course they make take their foot off the gas a bit, but as long as they have the likes of Messi and Suarez to pounce on the break, this should end up in nothing but a Barcelona win. Have a look at both teams to score though because of Paris needing to do all they can to get on the scoreboard.

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19th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Champions League

What was going on in Portugal on Wednesday night? The big shock of this season’s UEFA Champions League happened as FC Porto took down one of the tournament favourites Bayern Munich 3-1. A massive shock for the German juggernauts as FC Porto continued some good home form in Europe, extending their unbeaten form to seven now.

The question is, have they done enough? How valuable will that away goal that Bayern sneaked be at the end of the day? Porto have been slashed to 11-10 with online bookmaker Bet365 to reach the last four having been 5-1. They were 4-1 underdogs for the first leg.

Bayern were 1-7 odds-on favourites to move through to the semi finals, but have now been moved out to 8-11, and moved out to a general 7-2 to lift the trophy having previously been joint-favourites.

Barcelona, who had no such issues on the road, are 6-4 favourites to win the UEFA Champions League after thumping Paris St-Germain 3-1 in the Parc des Princes. It was the night of Luis Suarez who scored two brilliant goals, and the fixture was heavily one sided, and Barcelona are 1-100 with bet365 to make the final four. PSG are 16-1.


15th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

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Another big night of UEFA Champions League quarter final action to come on Wednesday. Barcelona head to the city of lights to take on Paris St German. Barcelona lost there back in this season’s group stage, but they have gotten better and better the longer the season has gone on, and the Catalans, fronted by Neymar, Messi and Suarez are odds on 3/4 favourites for the win. Barcelona have scored in each of their last 18 European games against French opposition.

Also on Wednesday night, Bayern Munich head to Portugal to take on one of the surprise packages of this season’s Champions League, FC Porto. Bayern have never lost on Portuguese soil (W5 D6 L0 record) and with them being being the tournament’s top scorers and the side to have produced the most shots at goal this season, the Bundesliga outfit are expected to take a comfortable first leg advantage, even though Porto haven’t lost at home in their last six European fixtures.

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15th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Champions League

PSG v Barcelona Betting Preview

A quick turnaround in meetings for these two after they battled it out for top spot in the group stage of this season’s competition. Barcelona topped the group but they did lose 2-1 in Paris during the group stage. Can the visiting Spaniards get something on the board to be able to convert comfortably back at the Nou Camp, or can PSG record another famous win?

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PSG v Barcelona Betting Tips

Only one team has managed to beat Barcelona this season in the UEFA champions League and that of course is PSG. They are also the only side to have scored three or more goals against the Catalans since last season’s edition. The two have met twice before in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League and PSG triumphed on aggregate in the 1994/95 season, before Barcelona got their revenge in the 2012/13 season. Expect goals to come because both teams have scored in each of the six previous UEFA Champions League matches between them, each having scored ten goals in total. You can take a both teams to score bet for 4/6 at Betfair, and over 2.5 goals is at 5/6.

PSG have shipped ten goals in the Champions League this season and that is the highest tally of the eight teams left in the tournament. So that won’t bode too well for them down the line. They have failed to make it past the quarter finals in the last two editions of the UEFA Champions League too. But they did score that home win over Barcelona in this season’s group stage thanks to goals from David Luiz, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi. However Edinson Cavani is their shortest priced option at 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. PSG are impressively unbeaten in 33 European home games now (22 wins, 11 draws) and they won all three home group games before holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw on home turf. They hold a W6 D4 L1 home record against Spanish sides .

The Catalans are in great form at the moment and are on a six match winning streak in the UEFA Champions League. They haven’t done that since back in the 2011/12 season. During that six match sequence, they have averaged 2.5 goals per game as well. Lionel Messi is even money favorite in the anytime goalscorer market for the game in Paris, with Luis Suarez and Neymar at 2/1. Barcelona have scored in each of their last 18 games against French opposition in European games, but they haven’t won any of their last four games on French soil (D3 L1). Overall, the Blaugrana record away to French sides is W3 D3 L3. Impressively for Barcelona, 17 of their 18 goals in the Champions League this season have come from open play. They haven’t been the strongest on the road over the last couple of season, and have a W5 D1 L3 record in their last nine away games in the competition.

PSG v Barcelona Betting Odds

Barcelona 4/5, Draw 14/,5 PSG 19/5

PSG v Barcelona Predictions

PSG have a proud European home record going and Barcelona have failed to win in France recently. So that means that there could be value in the draw for this one. Barcelona are likely to have more than enough to make the semi finals, but they could be in a hard night in Paris again, and a high scoring draw looks reasonable.

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13th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

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Another action packed weekend of Premier League football returns and there are two fascinating duels lined up for Sunday. Chelsea head to the KC Stadium with an eye on three points against the Tigers, who have lacked a lot of bite this season. The Blues have the league title in their sights and have never lost a Premier League game against Hull.

So Chelsea are favourites there, as are Liverpool in their home clash against Manchester United. Huge game and the atmosphere should be electric at Anfield with some vital points up for grabs in the race for a Champions League spot next season.

But the action gets even hotter into the evening as Barcelona v Real Madrid action from La Liga brings forth another round of El Clasico betting. What a game this is set up to be. Real Madrid have lost their way a bit lately and have handed top spot over to Barcelona who have been kicking up through the gears lately, scoring 14 goals in their last four home games alone in the league.

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21st March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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Sunday should be a pretty epic day of football. Not only do you have Liverpool v Manchester United in the Premier League, but out in Spain later in the evening, there is massive El Clasico clash of Barcelona v Real Madrid. Games don’t come bigger than this.

The duo are once again embroiled in a scrap for top spot in the Spanish top flight. Real Madrid have had some indifferent form lately and have let slip a solid lead over their rivals, and now it is Barcelona out in front in the title race, but only by the one point. Luis Enrique’s men, who knocked Man City out of the Champions League in the week, will be hoping their brilliant attack picks up a four point lead over their rivals. However, is Real Madrid who are looking for their third win in a row over Barcelona after already having beaten them in La Liga this season 3-1.

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20th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Champions League

The quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League have thrown up a fantastic Madrid derby. There is a repeat of last year’s final as Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Champions League betting will see a mighty battle between the two La Liga rivals.

With the big Spanish clash, it has pushed Bayern Munich into further favouritism at the head of the UEFA Champions League winner market at a price of 7/4 with online betting site Bet365. The German powerhouse get to take on FC Porto in the quarter finals.

Barcelona site behind Bayern Munich at a quote of 5/2 with Bet365 to land the trophy. Barcelona, who saw off Manchester City in the round of sixteen, go into a quarter final clash against Chelsea’s conquerors’ Paris St Germain. Juventus, who did a brilliant job against Bayer Leverkusen in their round of sixteen clash, take on Monaco, who knocked out Arsenal.

Paris St-Germain v Barcelona

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

Porto v Bayern Munich

Juventus v Monaco

The first legs are on 14-15 April, with the return matches on 21-22 April.

UEFA Champions League odds

Bayern Munich 7/4, Barcelona 5 /2, Real Madrid 4/1, Juventus 87/1, Atletico Madrid 16/1, PSG 18/1, Porto 66/1, Monaco 66/1

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20th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Ronaldo - Messi

Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Preview

Real Madrid’s dip in form recently has handed supremacy and perhaps favouritism over to Barcelona in the race to become Spanish champions this season. But this is a big opportunity for Real Madrid to hit back and take over at the top of La Liga again, as they trail their hosts by just the one point in a tight title race. Defeat would leave Carlo Ancelotti’s men facing an uphill struggle to get their hands on the domestic crown.

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Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Tips

Brilliant match to warm up Sunday evening. Real Madrid are on a two match winning streak in Clasico’s having beaten their rivals in last season’s Copa Del Rey and then again in this season’s La Liga meeting at the Bernabeu. However, it is Barcelona who are running as strong favourites, even though they have already lost two home matches this season. You have to go back to the 2007/08 season to find the last time that they lost three home matches in a single season though. But with a one point lead at the top of the table over Real Madrid, big opportunity to Barcelona stamp their authority on the title race. They are in form, winning nine of their last 10 La Liga outings (L1 – a home defeat against Malaga).

A record breaking 21 El Clasico goals Lionel Messi has scored during his immense career. He has scored eight of Barcelona’s last sixteen goals against Real Madrid too and is up as a quote of 3/1 in the First Goalscorer market at online bookmaker Bet365. Barcelona have the best attack (78 goals scored) and defence (16 conceded) in La Liga this season and only once have they conceded more than two goals in a game (their league defeat against Real earlier in the season). You throw in Luis Suarez and Neymar alongside Messi and you see why they have been so prolific. They have scored 14 goals in their last four home matches in La Liga, and 77% of their games at the Nou Camp have gone over 2.5 goals. The last six El Clasico meetings have done so too.

Real Madrid’s form in the title race suffered a setback recently having been held to a draw against Villarreal and then a loss at Athletic Bilbao. Gareth Bale answered his critics with a brace in a 2-0 win for them over Levante in their last league outing though, but they aren’t in great shape on the road. They have lost two of their last three away games, failing to find the back of the net in both of those defeats. They have put up a W10 D0 L4 record on the road in La Liga this season, and have a W3 L3 record in their last six road games. Only once in the last 30 years have they managed to do the league double over Barcelona too.

You may want to sit down to read this stat, but Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just the two league goals in Real Madrid’s last nine games. He is a man who has been struggling for form, so too Bale, by and large. Bale is a 9/5 quote in the anytime goalscorer market, with Ronaldo, who scored from the penalty spot against Barcelona earlier in the season, at 5/4. Real have been shaky lately and just scraped through their Champions League second leg at home against Schalke, winning out 4-3. They can’t look to the boss for great inspiration either in big clashes, as Carlo Ancelotti has lost five of his seven league clashes with either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona since taking charge of Real Madrid (W1 D1).

Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Odds

Barcelona 8/13, Draw 10/3, Real MAdrid 15/4

Barcelona v Real Madrid Predictions

Who are the more fluent and confident side at the moment? Barcelona. Three points here would see them take a firm grip of things at the top of La Liga and you would expect it to come. Real Madrid are just looking a bit shaken up at the moment for some reason, and would bank on Barcelona to capitalize on that in a high scoring game over 2.5 goals.

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20th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football Betting










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