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17th December 2014 / Lee - Category:
A rematch of one of last season’s round of sixteen ties in the UEFA champions League is on the cards, as Man City were once again drawn against Spanish giants Barcelona.
City have had little luck with their draws in the Champions League in their relatively short history in the competition, and they have drawn another short straw this time around.
City pay the price for failing to win their group, although again it was a tough one as they had to battle with Bayern Munich, Rome and CSKA Moscow. Back to back wins over Bayern Munich and Rome saw City edge through in second place behind the Bundesliga outfit from their group.
So City’s success has come with a heavy price tag because they are now charged with trying to beat Barcelona to progress to thee quarter finals.
It has been a strange Champions League draw for City, because they faced CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich in the group stage, just as they had done last year, and now face Barcelona in the round of sixteen, again, just as they did last season.
City came unstuck in last season’s round of sixteen against Barcelona, losing 4-1 on aggregate against the Catalans. Barcelona won 2-0 in Manchester and then finished the job with a 2-1 win back at the Nou Camps. Goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves in both fixtures was enough for the Catalans to progress, with Vincent Kompany getting City’s consolation in the tie.
City are 5/2 underdogs for the first leg of the round of sixteen meeting, which will be played in Manchester on February 24th. Barcelona are even money at online betting site Bet365 to pick up the away win and the Spaniards are 4/11 odds on To Qualify from the tie.
The Citizens have only ever managed three wins from eleven previous meetings with Spanish opponents, losing five of those eleven. Two of those victories came home and away against Villarreal CF in the 2011/12 group stage.
As for Barcelona, their win in Manchester last season, snapped a run of five away games against English sides without a win for the Blaugrana (D2 L3), a sequence that included semi-final eliminations against Manchester United in 2008 and Chelsea in 2012.
Barcelona’s record away at English clubs though isn’t great, winning just seven of their 29 away games played against English sides, losing 14 of those. However, they have massive strength at home, because they have won fifteen and lost just two of 28 home fixtures at the Nou Camp against English opposition.
Barcelona have also beaten English clubs in three UEFA Champions League finals: Arsenal FC (2006) and Manchester United FC (2009, 2011).
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Champions League Outright Winner Odds at Bet365
Bayern Munich 11/4, Real Madrid 11/4, Barcelona 6/1, Chelsea 8/1, Man City 18/1, Atletico Madrid 20/1, Arsenal 20/1, bar 28/1
24th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
European Football Betting
Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Preview
The much anticipated first El Clasico of the season. Which way will it swing? It was honours to Barcelona in the two La Liga meetings last season and the Catalans will be putting an unbreached defence on the line at the Bernabeu. Will the might of Cristiano Ronaldo and his immense goalscoring form, be able to take maximum points for Real against their rivals? Madrid go as 11/8 shots for the win, with Barcelona at 7/4 and the draw at 13/5.
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Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Tips
Carlo Ancelotti’s men had a slow start to the season, losing two of their first three league matches. But then Cristiano Ronaldo came back to full fitness and they have not looked back since. The former Manchester United man has hit a remarkable 15 goals in La Liga this season in the seven league matches that he has appeared in. Truly an astonishing and record breaking goal scoring start to the season. He has now actually scored in each of his last eleven games played in all competitions, including a stunner at Anfield against Liverpool in the Champions League during the week.
Ronaldo looks an obvious 4/1 choice in the first goalscorer market for the match. However, Real madrid have won just two of their last 12 league meetings with Barcelona, so the result is up for question here. Yes, Real Madrid are in stunning form at the moment, an eight match winning streak in all competitions, but do they have enough to beat Barcelona? They clearly have goals, averaging five per game over their last five league matches, but they haven’t gone up against anything like Barcelona’s defence.
Barcelona have recorded eight clean sheets on the bounce since the start of the season. They are one away from setting their longest run of clean sheets in their league history. Barcelona are unbeaten in 13 league games (W9 D4) and they are unbeaten in 11 league games against sides from Madrid. So they have a bit of history and form going for them, and of course that incredible defence this season. They also have Neymar producing this season, and between them Neymar (eight) and Lionel Messi 9seven) have matched Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally. Messi is 5/1 and Neymar 6/1 in the first goalscorer market.
You would be right to expect goals in this one. Both sides have scored in each of the last 16 Clasicos. Only one of the last fifteen have gone under 2.5 goals. The last fixture between them when both sides failed to score was in the 2011 Champions League semi finals, with Barcelona winning 2-0 at the Bernabeu. It has the makings of a classic. Real Madrid are Europe’s top scorers, Barcelona the only side in Europe not to have conceded a goal this season. A real heavyweight clash.
Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Odds
Real Madrid 11/8, Barcelona 7/4, Draw 13/5
Real Madrid v Barcelona Predictions
Really tough game to call. Cristiano Ronaldo is at the heart of everything that Real do. That was proven when he wasn’t fit at the start of the season and they struggled. Barcelona have looked methodically brilliant this season under Luis Enrique. They aren’t going to be steamrolled in the match and it may just be worth edging towards a draw. Barcelona would be happy enough with that.
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22nd October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
European Football Betting
Real Madrid have been one of the explosive hot tickets of the season. Since Cristiano Ronaldo got his season up and running, Carlo Ancelotti’s men haven’t looked back. The former Manchester United man has been in astounding scoring form in La Liga, breaking the record for the most prolific goal scoring start to a new season in the Spanish top flight. Real Madrid have been the ones grabbing all the headlines and they are going as favourites for the weekend’s El Clasico, the first of the 2014/15 season.
But under new manager Luis Enrique, Barcelona have been going about their business in a very quiet, yet very efficient manner. It has been a remarkable start from them and punters have good reason to get behind the visitor to the Bernabeu on Sunday, because they have a formidable defence which has not conceded a single goal in eight league matches so far this season. That is eight clean sheets on the bounce, and is a huge improvement over last season’s efforts. With Barcelona winning both La Liga meetings last season, they do look some good value.
They haven’t been as prolific as Real Madrid in front of goal, who have scored 30 goals in eight games, but Barcelona have returned 22 though, which is a rate of 2.75 per game. The big difference between the two sides, and what has happened to Barcelona this season, is the step up in production of Neymar. He has been clicking far better with the team, has looked sharper than at any stage during his debut season, and now Barcelona have both he and Lionel Messi ticking along with goals.
Real Madrid largely rely on Cristiano Ronaldo for his heavy input, as he has scored half of Real Madrid’s league goals this season. That’s right, half. Barcelona have been upgraded in very subtle ways under Enrique and their defence could be the key factor in this. Real Madrid have conceded at over a goal per game this season, and that is where this one may be won or lost. If the Barcelona back line can stay intact, then they have Messi and Neymar to do the damage up front. The game could also see the return of Barcelona new boy Luis Suarez following his lengthy ban after his World Cup bite.
They aren’t going to care if it is a 1-0 win on the road at their biggest rivals. As long as they get maximum points, then that is all the Catalans will be concerned about. The value on them is not to be dismissed for the first El Clasico of the season, and of course it is probably worth going over 2.5 goals for the meeting and only one of the last fifteen meetings between them have done so. Barcelona have the defence. Can it withstand Cristiano Ronaldo? If they mark him out of the game, (and Real Madrid’s early season form without him, proved that he carries them) then Barcelona could be fantastic value to avoid defeat.
8th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The return of the UEFA Champions League heads back into the spotlight on September 16th, 2014 with the first round of Match Day one games. Leading the way into the new season of Europe’s top club competition is reigning champions Real Madrid who are 7/2 favourites at online betting site Bet365.
Will they hold on to their title?
Will it be another case of who will fill the fourth semi final spot alongside Barcelona, Madrid and Bayern Munich?
Real Madrid 7/2 favourites at Bet365 Champions League betting
The Spanish giants of course got stronger through the summer, adding the star attraction of James Rodriguez to the already formidable attack of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Madrid have the depth and the quality to go far again, and punters haven’t been afraid to get behind them again this season for a repeat success. There shouldn’t be any issues for them in the group stage, going alongside Liverpool, Basel and Ludogorets. Real Madrid have won the European Cup ten times now, easily Europe’s most successful club. They waited for over a decade to land it last season, it probably won’t be long before they get their hands back on it.
Bayern Munich 4/1
There aren’t going to be many punters writing off Bayern Munich to make a run to at least the final four this season, but there are reservations about them this term. They came unstuck in the semi finals last season, hammered by Real Madrid on that occasion, by Pep Guardiola’s men haven’t looked their normal prolific selves coming out of the gate in the new season. So there is a bit of solidifying for Munich to do and the price of 4/1 on them at Bet365 may be a bit shorter than punters would like to see, considering Barcelona and Chelsea are only a couple of points adrift of them.
The Catalans fell a long way short of their best last season, when they were outworked by Atletico Madrid in the quarter finals. They have a new man at the helm in Luis Enrique and with a couple of clean sheets wins to open with (not conceding a single shot on target in either), could he be the man to inspire and inject new life into the La Liga outfit? Their ethics and style haven’t changed and they will be more than a handful for most of the competition that will come up against them in the tournament. They may have lost some of that imposing nature, but they could be big value as 6/1 shots.
Out of the four English clubs taking part in the competition this season, only Chelsea are deemed by the bookmakers to have a realistic shot at getting close to the title. They have the tactical astuteness of Jose Mourinho, a huge upgrade in quality with the additions of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, which could see them genuinely go a step further than their semi final exit last term. With everyone else in the field, including Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool all bar 14/1, then punters will likely be eyeing up their betting options as a one in four shot between the big guns.
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24th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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.
17th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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.
15th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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?
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
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
12th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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.
18th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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.
15th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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.
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