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Barcelona v Real Madrid Predictions & Betting Odds – 3rd December 2016

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Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Preview – La Liga 3rd December

It doesn’t get any better than an El Clásico showdown. It is Barcelona v Real Madrid for the first time this season and if the slump in form of the Catalans continue, Madrid could find themselves with a nine point lead at the top of the table going if they can take a win at the Nou Camp. Barcelona have drawn their last two league outings and were terrible last weekend in a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad. Real Madrid have won their last six La Liga games on the bounce now and even though they will be missing Gareth Bale for this one, they are going to be strong. Can Barca haul themselves closer to Real Madrid or will their rivals stretch their already big lead?

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Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Tips

There is an odd start time for this one, 3:15 pm on Saturday which means that it clashes with English Premier League action. That’s a bit annoying. Anyway, this is one of the best games to look forward to on the continent and there is a big three points up for grabs. Barcelona will be under huge pressure to get a win on the board in this one at home. The Catalans have only lost three of their last 13 Clásicos at home in all competitions (W7 D3) but they did lose this corresponding fixture last season at the Nou Camp in the league. Barcelona’s form isn’t quite there at the moment with a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five games across all competitions. In La Liga they have drawn their last two and were shockingly bad against Real Sociedad last weekend in a 1-1 draw. The Catalans have now taken 27 points from their opening 13 league games and this is their worst start since the 2007/08 season.

Barcelona have found the back of the net in each of their last 21 games against Real Madrid and both teams to score in this one at Bet365 will return a price of 4/9. Lionel Messi is the Clásico’s top scorer with 21 goals to his name and he has been in good scoring form this season. He remains without a goal in any of his last five against Real Madrid though, but Messi is a price of 5/6 in the anytime goalscorer market for this one along with teammate Luis Suarez and Neymar is back a little at an 11/8 price. Neymar has been involved in five goals in his six Clásicos (three goals and two assists). Pressure is on boss Luis Enrique here and no Barcelona manager has ever lost two Clásicos in a row at home. The last seven Barcelona goals against Real Madrid at Camp Nou in all competitions have been scored by different players.

So Barca aren’t quite on top of their game at the moment, but Real Madrid are. They are topping the league and have won their last six games on the bounce in the top flight. They have remained unbeaten across their 13 league games this season with ten wins on the board. Out on the road they have won their last three on the bounce, scoring thirteen goals in the process. Cristiano Ronaldo has five goals in his last two league games and he has scored ten of Real Madrid’s last 16 goals at Camp Nou in all competitions. Ronaldo is a quote of 6/5 in the anytime goalscorer market for this one. Ten of his 16 goals that Ronaldo has scored against Barcelona have come at the Nou Camp. They will be missing the injured Gareth Bale for this one. They will be opening up a huge nine point lead over Barcelona if they take the win in this one on Saturday.

Madrid have won five of the last nine against Barca across all competitions and a repeat of their 2-1 scoreline win from their last visit there will fetch a price of 12/1 with Bet365. Manager Zinedine Zidane has now put together a 25 match unbeaten streak in La Liga as Real Madrid boss (W22 D3) and they have averaged three goals per game in that sequence, with a goal scored in each and every one of those games. One thing that you often forget to look at when it comes to El Clásico is the defence. Real Madrid have shipped three fewer goals than Barcelona have done this season and it has to be said the Catalans are lacking a little bit of quality back there at the moment. Another cracking game is on the cards between the two of them and the three points up for grabs here are massive.

Barcelona v Real Madrid Betting Odds

Barcelona 5/6, Real Madrid 3/1, Draw 3/1

Barcelona v Real Madrid Predictions

A 3/1 price on Real Madrid to go to the Nou Camp, against a side they have done alright against recently, screams value. Barcelona’s form has been so patchy lately that it is going to be hard to trust them in this one and they aren’t a good price to get behind in the outright market. Their defence is vulnerable and the Real Madrid attack has been so sharp of late that the hosts are likely to get exposed. Nothing for Real Madrid to fear in this one and everything to gain. Look for an away win. Simple as that.

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Celtic v Barcelona Predictions & Betting Odds – 23rd November 2016

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Celtic v Barcelona Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League 23rd November

A tough night for Celtic in what has been a really tough group for them. They are bottom of the group with just two points and if they collect fewer points than what Monchengladbach do on Wednesday night, Celtic will be confirmed as the bottom side. The Scottish Champions have to go out and win on Wednesday and hope that City don’t to keep their slim chances alive in the group. But the way that the Bhoys were slammed in a 7-0 defeat against Barcelona at the Nou Camp earlier in the group probably isn’t going to give them too much hope. But maybe they can call on the kind of performance that saw them hold Man City to a draw at Celtic Park. Big night, time for them to step it up.

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Celtic v Barcelona Betting Tips

The Scottish Champions certainly didn’t get a good break in this season’s UEFA Champions League. They have a survival match now against Barcelona on Wednesday on their hands. The Bhoys have faced Barcelona nine times before in the competition and have lost seven of them. They have managed the one victory over them in that sequence, which was at Celtic Park back in November 2012 and that was remarkably after only taking 15% possession in the game. So you never know. But the concern for Celtic is that they are not in any kind of form in Europe at the moment, having lost nine of their last 12 in the competition. They have posted a really poor W1 D2 L9 record in that sequence. Celtic are now winless in their last seven in the UEFA Champions league and this isn’t going to be easy after having been hammered 7-0 by the Catalans already in the group. Over 3.5 goals for a quote of 11/10 with Coral on this one.

So can Celtic pick themselves up after their Barcelona nightmare? They have collected just the two points along the way in the Champions League so far and they have to roll out a win in this one to have any chance of getting through and to get into contention for the UEFA Europa League spot. Celtic’s have an overall home record against Spanish clubs of W7 D2 L5 which isn’t all that bad, however, they have failed to win any of their last six home games in the group stage of European competition. Also, they have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 17 Champions League games now and both teams to score is trading at a price of 10/11 with Coral. In the anytime goalscorer market, Celtic have options in Leigh Griffiths at 10/3 and Mousa Dembele at 11/4. Dembele has netted three of Celtic’s four goals in the competition this season. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has won just one of ten Champions League group stage matches.

So will Barcelona get the three points off Celtic which will help them keep Manchester City off their backs for top spot? They sure have the head to head form over Celtic. Under Luis Enrique, Barcelona Have won 21 of their 27 Champions League matches, losing just four of those. Surprisingly Barcelona have only managed to go W1 D1 L1 record in their last three games in all competitions, a run which was sparked by their loss against Manchester City on Match Day Four. Followed they they just edged a league game against Sevilla and could only manage a 0-0 draw against nine man Malaga on the weekend. Barcelona were missing Lionel Messi through injury for that one. So only the two goals in three games for Barcelona? That’s unlike them, but they are so stacked with quality that you would expect them to come good. Luis Suarez and Neymar are 8/13 options in the Betfair anytime goalscorer market, with Lionel Messi at 8/15.

Lionel Messi has netted seven goals in three Champions League games so far this season, that beats his tally from last season in the competition overall. Neymar, he has four goals and five assist against Celtic in three Champions League games against them. Barcelona’s away record against Scottish sides is W3 D1 L3. The Catalans, largely thanks to their 7-0 win over Celtic are the top scorers in this season’s UEFA Champions League. They have won six of the last seven games against Celtic now in the Champions League and because they need to keep Man City down, it’s likely that they will want to come out and prove themselves. Barcelona would guarantee a place in the next round with a win, but as long as Monchengladbach don’t beat Man City in the other fixture on Wednesday, the Catalans will be through. Barcelona are looking for their 13th successive qualification to the knockout stages of the competition.

Celtic v Barcelona Betting Odds

Barcelona 2/7, Draw 5/1, Celtic 11/1

Celtic v Barcelona Predictions

Celtic produced well against Man City in their other big home game in the group, but still shipped goals badly. Celtic’s form in Europe just isn’t up to the level to expect them to hold out against the Catalans in this one at Celtic Park. It may be worth a flutter of both getting on the scoresheet as Barcelona’s form has dipped a bit, but look over 3.5 goals happening in a Barcelona victory.

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This is a great offer from the highly rated bookmaker. The big clash of the week in the UEFA Champions League is the rematch between Man City and Barcelona on Tuesday. Two weeks ago, Pep Guardiola’s City were embarassed in a 4-0 defeat at the Nou Camp by the brilliance of Barcelona, with Lionel Messi getting himself a hat trick against the beleaguered Premier League club.

All eyes will be on City to see if they can make a better go of things this time around as they face the side who they want to emulate so much. Can the Citizens get their first win on the board against the Catalans in the UEFA Champions League? It would be a massive message sent out by Guardiola’s men if they can pull it offer. With the potential of goals flying around, in-play betting on Man City v Barcelona is going to be action packed.

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Manchester City v Barcelona Predictions & Betting Odds – 1st November 2016

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Manchester City v Barcelona Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League 1st November

The Citizens are trailing badly in their UEFA Champions League group to Barcelona, facing a five point deficit and of course a huge goal difference. So the best that the Citizens can hope for at this point, even with a win on Tuesday night, is second place. The Citizens will be looking for a vast improvement in terms of performance against the Catalans this time around as they got it tactically wrong at the Nou Camp and suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat, not even getting close to challenging Barca. Can they restore a bit of pride or even push on for their first Champions League win over the Catalans?

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Manchester City v Barcelona 2016 Infographic

Manchester City v Barcelona Betting Tips

What can Manchester City produce in this one? They snapped their poor run of form across all competitions with a comprehensive 4-0 win on the weekend in the Premier League at West Brom. So that was a welcome return to top form, but it was by a 4-0 scoreline which they lost at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago against Barcelona. City need to find a way to redress that balance, but that is easier said than done. Even a much improved performance would go a long way. Manchester City have faced Barcelona five times now in the UEFA Champions League and they have lost all five of them. The last time that Barcelona were at the Etihad was back in the 2014/15 season when Luis Suarez secured a 2-1 win for the Catalans. So this season, City have claimed just the one win from their three Champions League games, which will be a bit disappointed by their expectations.

The Citizens though have managed to go unbeaten in their last seven home matches in UEFA Competitions and they haven’t conceded a European goal at home since last December. But on the evidence of the first match up a couple of weeks ago, it is still worth looking over 2.5 goals for a price of 8/15 in this one. Sergio Aguero netted a couple against West Brom on the weekend, snapping a six match drought in all competitions and he is a 6/4 price to score at online betting site Bet365. Kevin De Bruyne was by far their best player at the Nou Camp and he is a 2/1 anytime goalscorer option. Manchester City have scored in just two of their five previous Champions League games against Barcelona. City hold a W3 D3 L2 record at home against Spanish sides, both defeats coming against Barcelona. City held Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw at home in last season’s semi final tie.

It was all too easy for Barcelona in the first leg, helped out by some poor Manchester City defending it has to be said. Lionel Messi bagged himself a hat trick and the Argentinian is a 6/4 shot to score in this return fixture with Luis Suarez the outright favourite in the market at a price of 13/10. Barcelona can boast immense scoring power of course and both teams to score in this one is as short as 4/9 with Bet365, so the bookmakers are expecting goals at both ends. Barcelona do have some key injuries across their back line as they have Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba on the sidelines. So that is something that Manchester City could well profit from if they get their tactics right. Frankly though, any time Barcelona are in action, they are always going to create more chances than they concede so City have to be clinical.

Only three sides in the UEFA Champions League this season are still holding a 100% record and Barcelona are one of those. Their one away game in the group so far saw them edge a 2-1 win at Borussia Monchengladbach. The last time the Catalans went to England was just last season when they made a trip to Arsenal in the round of sixteen and took a 2-0 win at the Emirates. Barcelona’s away record at English clubs is W9 D8 L14, so not the best. However, they have only lost one of their last six away games in the UEFA Champions League with a W3 D2 L1 record in that sequence. Their injury issues at the back may well give City a crack at his, but the visitors are 8/11 to score first in the game.

Manchester City v Barcelona Betting Odds

Man City 2/1 Draw 11/4, Barcelona 13/9

Manchester City v Barcelona Predictions

There should be goals at both ends in this one. City have to be better than they were at the Nou Camp. There’s nothing to lose in this one and actually they may be value to hang in for a draw in this one. Barcelona just need to turn up and put a draw on the board to confirm their place in the round of sixteen and the Citizens would be happy enough with a point against them.

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Bet365 offer risk free in-play bet for Barcelona v Man City

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The game of the week undoubtedly is the big clash at the Nou Camp in the UEFA Champions League between Barcelona v Manchester City. This could turn out to be a cracker and it will give a good indication of where Pep Guardiola has gotten Manchester City to in the quest to mould the Premier League club into the style of the Catalans. This is a big ask for Man City though as Barcelona have only ever lost two games at home against English opponents and the Citizens have failed to win any of their last three matches.

But this puts Pep Guardiola’s against his former club and it is likely to be a very special night at the Nou Camp. Barcelona have averaged 3.3 goals per game this season across all competitions and they have won all four of the previous UEFA Champions League meetings between themselves and the Citizens. But City’s cause in those previous meetings weren’t helped by having a man sent off in three of them and missing a penalty in the other. So there has been drama and tight wins for Barcelona from previous meetings. Can the Citizens pull a huge night of the bag and take control of their group?

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Barcelona v Manchester City Predictions & Betting Odds – 19th October 2016

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Barcelona v Manchester City Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League 19th October

What a game we could have in store here. Pep Guardiola’s takes his Manchester City troops to the Nou Camp to face his former side. The Citizens are heavy underdogs for the game and this could be the defining match in the race for the top spot in the group. Barcelona hold a two point advantage over City with the Citizens having dropped points at Parkhead against Celtic last time out. Will Barcelona hand them a stern lesson, or can Guardian’s new charges pull off the unexpected and take a tremendous three points away from the Catalans. This is a mouth watering clash between two brilliant sides. Which will prevail?

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Barcelona v Manchester City 2016 Infographic

Barcelona v Manchester City Betting Tips

The highlight of the UEFA Champions League fixtures this week and just what the competition thrives on. This is a high profile clash and it is given extra hype because it is the return of Pep Guardiola to the Nou Camp. Their first meeting between these two happened back in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League round of sixteen, and the Spaniards won that 4-1 on aggregate. The two met the very following season in the same stage and the Catalans won out 3-1 on aggregate on that occasion, and they have seen City get a man sent off in three of those four clashes with the Premier League side. Barcelona have won both of their group stage matches so far heading into this one, smashing Celtic 7-0 and then edging Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in Germany. So they are the front runners in the group and they bumped into an English side last season in the round of 16, that being Arsenal who they bat 5-1 on aggregate. Both teams to score in this one is a price of 8/15.

Barcelona hold a W18 D11 L2 record at home against English sides, which is pretty strong. You can likely go and look over 3.5 goals in this one instead of the usual 2.5 goal line because it would be a huge surprise if this finished under 2.5 goals so you may as well push a little further. There’s a wealth of attacking power on display. Over 3.5 goals will return a price of 11/10 on the game. Lionel Messi returned from injury on the weekend in La Liga and scored in a win. Messi Neymar are 8/11 options in the anytime goalscorer market, while Luis Suarez is in at a price of 4/9. They are powerful in front of goal and even defender Gerard Pique is in scoring form, with three goals in his last three games and he is a 5/1 poke to net. Barcelona have taken just 13 points from their 21 available in La Liga this season, their worst start for some time. But they have still scored 40 goals in 12 games in all competitions at an average of 3.3 per game.

So can Manchester City land what would be a huge marker by winning at the Nou Camp? The Citizens have gone off the boil just a little bit without a win in their last three. Their ten match winning streak in all competitions came to an end with a 3-3 draw with Celtic at Parkhead on Match Day Two in the Champions League. City have conceded six goals in their last three games which is a huge concern for them in taking on Barcelona’s front three. But City have fired off seven goals in two Champions League games this season. Last season they went to Spain twice, carding a 3-1 win at Sevilla in the group stage and then losing 1-0 at Real Madrid in the semi finals, a game in which they had no intention of playing attack in. They’ll be setting up a lot differently under Pep Guardiola to what they did then and for Pep, this is second return to the Nou Camp after leaving.

Guardiola was there with Bayern Munich in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League semi final and lost 3-0. City played out a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League on the weekend at Goodison Park and were dominant and brilliant, but they couldn’t get a winner, missing two spot kicks as well, one of them from Sergio Aguero who isn’t having a great time of things from the spot. Aguero actually missed one against Barcelona in the 2014/15 clash against Barcelona at the Nou Camp but he is running at a price of 13/8 in the anytime goalscorer market to make a breakthrough for City, with Kelechi Iheanacho at 7/4 and Kevin De Bruyne at 11/5. The concern for City is the lack of clean sheets that they have taken, so if you picture them being likely to concede you have to ask yourself whether or not they can match Barcelona going forward.

Barcelona v Manchester City Betting Odds

Barcelona 1/2, Draw 10/3, Man City 5/1

Barcelona v Manchester City Predictions

This should be pretty entertaining. Pep Guardiola is trying to get Manchester City to where Barcelona are, but they aren’t there yet. Pep is still moulding the side into his shape and that’s going to make more time. City have conceded far more than they should have done this season, so it’s worth siding with Barcelona to take the win but it is also worth expecting both sides to get on the scoresheet.

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UEFA Champions League outright winner odds and Predictions

Champions League Betting

The time for wrapping up your ante post betting on the UEFA Champions League is here as the competition proper starts this week. From the Premier League it is Man City, Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester who are taking part but all of them are running at a long price to go and take the title. Not too surprisingly the usual faces of the three main powerhouses of Europe are right at the head of the market and it is Barcelona who are running as 3/1 outright favourites to take the title.

Barcelona have won the tournament four times in the last eleven seasons so certainly have  a good enough track record and no-one is going to argue that. Their last title came in the 2014/15 season when they took a 3-1 win over Juventus in the final. On top of their own brilliance of course, you have a strong trend towards Spanish clubs in taking the title in the UEFA Champions League. Each of the last three winners have come from Spain (Real Madrid 2, Barcelona 1)  and in total six of the last eleven winners have been from Spain. You can take a punt on Spain as the winning nationality at a price of 11/10 with online betting site Bet365.

Then you have a quote of 11/4 on a German side winning it, followed by a 5/1 punt on one of the English sides lifting the trophy. The thing about this is that you have the power of both Barcelona and Real Madrid on the Spanish side of things, along with Atletico Madrid who have lost two of the last three finals let’s not forget. Whereas from Germany you are pretty much baking on Bayern Munich coming through the pack and from England, it genuinely looks as if only Manchester City are going to be able to raise themselves to get anywhere near close enough.

Bayern Munich are second favourites and now are under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti, no stranger to this competition of course being a previous winner. They appear to be a strong, if not stronger than ever at the moment. They have quality in spades in every position you look and with the goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, then you really can’t count them out and they are the ones most likely to split the the Spanish dominance in the competition. They actually look a very good punt here to follow up on their 2012/13 season victory in the tournament, when they beat rival Borussia Dortmund in the final.

You will have to take Real Madrid into consideration as well of course then with them having won two of the last three editions of the UEFA Champions League. Nothing much changes with them and their setup and they should be looked at of something as a banker for a berth in the semi finals. Real Madrid have the goals to go all of the way, but they perhaps aren’t as strong overall in all departments when you stack them up against Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Their defence is a little more susceptible and if Ronaldo isn’t running the show then they are naturally not going to be as strong.

Last Ten UEFA Champions League winners

06/07 – Milan, Italy
07/08 Manchester United, England
08/09 Barcelona, Spain
09/10 – Inter Milan, Italy
10/11 – Barcelona, Spain
11/12 – Chelsea, England
12/13 – Bayern Munich, Germany
13/14 – Real Madrid, Spain
14/15 – Barcelona, Spain
15/16 – Real Madrid, Spain

Barcelona and Bayern Munich have more a united feel about them, they just appear on the surface to be a little stronger as a whole. So what of Manchester City and their chances under Pep Guardiola? The Spaniard has won the UEFA Champions League twice before of course, so he knows what it takes to get the win on the board. But this is his first season with Manchester City and it would take something special for them to step up to the level of the likes of the big three at the head of the market. The defence of the Citizens is probably going to be their achilles heel at the end of the day, but they are a hefty 12/1 quote at Bet365 to take the title but are just going to be far better value in finishing as the top English side.

Our prediction would be Bayern Munich. They look immensely strong and their defensive strengths under Ancelotti could just be the tipping point. The German powerhouses are never going to be short of goals, but they look very well drilled and organised at the back under the new boss and should have a pretty decent shot at landing the title.

UEFA Champions League Winner Odds

Barcelona 3/1, Bayern Munich 4/1, Real Madrid 5/1, Juventus 9/1, Man City 12/1, Atletico Madrid 14/1, PSG 14/1, Borussia Dortmund 20/1, Arsenal 25/1, Tottenham 33/1, Napoli 66/1, Sevilla 66/1, Porto 66/1, 80/1 bar

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UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer Prediction & Odds

Champions League Betting

Trends, they play a big part in football betting and there is a big one running in looking at your UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer betting for the forthcoming season. The market is always a hot one with some big prices running ahead of the big kick off in the new season and there are the usual faces dominating the main positions at the head of the market. Of course, you’re going to be looking at a player who is likely to get to the final with their respective club, because the more games they play, the more chance of goals that they are going to have.

Of course though you also have special players who can run up big tallies through the group stage alone and you are generally thinking the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo for that. Something to consider as well is the quality of opposition that the big guns in the UEFA Champions League draw are going to be facing in the group stage. For example this season you have Real Madrid going up against Borussia Dortmund, but then have easy games against Legia Warsaw and Sporting. Bayern Munich will have a tough nut to crack in Atletico Madrid, but then should create plenty against competition debutants Rostov and PSV Eindhoven. Easier games can lead to more goals of course.

UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer Odds

Cristiano Ronaldo 4/1, Luis Suárez 4/1, Lionel Messi 5/1, Robert Lewandowski 9/1, Sergio Aguero 16/1, Gonzalo Higuain 16/1, Thomas Muller 20/1, Neymar 14/1, Pierre aubameyang 20/1, Antoine Griezmann 20/1, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema 33/1, 40/1 bar

Barcelona get to take on Manchester City, Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach so should have plenty of chances to find the back of the net. Juventus have a good looking group which should boost the chances of summer signing Gonzalo Higuain as they take on Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla and Lyon. So who is topping the market in UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer betting? It is a certain Cristiano Ronaldo who is a 7/2 price with Bet365 to walk away with the title. He’s done it before of course, five times actually in his career he has finished the season as the top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League.

He is the all time leading goalscorer in the history of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and he has top scored for the last four seasons straight (although jointly with Neymar and Messi in the 2014/15 season). You can’t keep the man down and going back to the trend we were talking about at the start of the article, here it is. Each of the last eight top goalscorers in the UEFA Champions League have come from a Spanish club, alright, either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Going back over the last nine seasons of the competition Cristiano Ronaldo has top scored on five occasions, Lionel Messi five and Neymar once (again Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi tied in the 2014/15 season).

So is it worth looking beyond the big three of Ronaldo (7/2), Suarez (4/1) and Messi (5/1)? We would suggest so and we are not even going to bring Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Thomas Muller or Pierre Aubameyang into the picture. Nor Gareth Bale. Nor Neymar or Antoine Griezmann. As you can see there is tremendous depth in this market but it is going to take something very special to stop Ronaldo most likely, from walking away with the personal accolade, but with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski starting the market at an industry best price of 9/1 with Bet365, who can’t be tempted by that?

Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in each of his last two seasons in Europe with Bayern Munich. At the time of writing he had opened the new season with a seven goal haul in just four games. This is a man who netted 42 goals for Bayern last season across all competitions and he has to get himself in the picture. His work up top with Thomas Muller is spectacular and with the difference in style between the two players, it is so hard for defences to stop them. With the support that he can rely on from a powerful attacking side, he has to be worth a flutter and even as an each way punt at quarter odds. That would be our value punt in the Top Goalscorer market, but naturally Cristiano Ronaldo would remain our outright favourite. Momentum is with him, but the long value is on Lewandowksi.

UEFA Champions League Top Goalscorer and Goals total

2007–08 – Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United – 8

2008–09 – Lionel Messi  Barcelona – 9

2009–10 – Lionel Messi Barcelona – 8

2010–11 – Lionel Messi  Barcelona – 12

2011–12 – Lionel Messi Barcelona – 14

2012–13 – Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid – 12

2013–14 – Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid – 17

2014–15 – Neymar Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid, Lionel Messi Barcelona – 10

2015–16 – Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid – 16

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Barcelona v Celtic Predictions & Betting Odds – 13th September 2016

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Barcelona v Celtic Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League 13th September

This can’t be a game that Celtic are looking forward too other than for enjoying a big night out at the Nou Camp. They are winless in their last fourteen away games to La Liga clubs and the last time that they went to Barcelona they suffered their joint-heaviest European defeat. Not too surprisingly the Scottish Champions are running as heavy underdogs for the match. Barcelona got stung by a shock defeat in their opening La Liga match on the weekend, but will they turn on the style to open their UEFA Champions League account with this season?

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Barcelona v Celtic Betting Tips

Well this is just about the worst game to get off to a start with in the Champions League for Celtic. It was probably made a little worse by Barcelona losing their opener in the Spanish top flight on the weekend too, going down to a shock loss against Alaves. The Catalans had an eye on this one clearly as they had started that game with Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez on the bench. So Celtic may feel some backlash from that shock loss. These two clubs have faced off against each other eight times before in the UEFA Champions League and Barcelona have won six of those in a W6 D1 L1 record. Celtic’s only win in that sequence came at Parkhead in 2012 despite them only taking 15% possession in the match. Four of the last eleven UEFA Champions League titles have been won by Barcelona and they are on an eleven match winning streak in the competition at home right now. This is under Luis Enrique and they have netted 29 and conceded just 6 in those eleven home games in the competition. If they beat Celtic, they’ll equal Man Utd and Bayern Munich’s record of 12 wins in the competition.

The Catalans are in great UEFA Champions League form in the group stage having won all but two of their last ten group stage games (D2). Not only that, they have netted in 37 of their last 38 Champions League group stage matches so they are likely to get on the board against the Scottish Champions on Tuesday. Lionel Messi is a 1/2 shot in the anytime goalscorer market (although he’s working his way back after an injury), with Luis Suarez at 2/5, Paco Alcacer at 2/3 and Neymar at 10/11. It’s no secret that they have the firepower in them to destroy teams. Neymar’s first Barcelona hat trick incidentally came against Celtic. So the bookmakers are looking at the goals flowing from the home side really and you have an odds on price of 8/11 on over 3.5 goals as further evidence of that. Barcelona have made it to the Champions League semi finals in seven of the last nine seasons, Atletico Madrid being the only ones to stop them on both occasions.

What can Celtic produce in his one then? Well as one positive, is that boss Brendan Rodgers lost just one of his six group stage matches while in charge of Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League. But that’s not likely to stop Celtic’s rot of poor away form in Europe. The Bhoys haven’t won any of their last fourteen away games in Spain in European competition and overall out the road in the UEFA Champions League, Celtic have lost 25 of their 27 games (W1 D1) and have never kept a clean sheet. So they are likely to to concede at the Nou Camp, but can they do anything about getting forward and causing Barcelona problems at the back? They probably won’t, but then Alaves didn’t look to have the tools either. Celtic have Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths up around the 3/1 mark in the anytime goalscorer market, big price and chances are probably going to be at a premium.

For Celtic this is their ninth appearance in the UEFA Champions League and their first return since the 2013/14 season when things didn’t go well for them at all. They have had to battle their way through three qualification rounds to make the group stage this season and that was a squeeze against some lowly opposition. They only managed a poor D1 L2 record out on the road in their three games and netted just the one goal. Barcelona are light years ahead of the kind of opposition that Celtic met in the qualifying rounds such as the Lincoln Red Imps. Also the Bhoys have now failed to earn one clean sheet in their five away games in all competitions this season. Three current form in the UEFA Champions League proper for Celtic is seven defeats in their last eight games in the competition (W1). Celtic also face Man City and Borussia Monchengladbach in the group. They are outsiders to qualify.

Barcelona v Celtic Betting Odds

Barcelona 1/12, Draw 10/1, Celtic 20/1

Barcelona v Celtic Predictions

Big game for Celtic and they are likely to fall short in it. Barcelona will be amped up even more after their surprise defeat in La Liga on the weekend and they can put Celtic, whose defense hasn’t been particularly solid this season, to the sword. Look over 3.5 goals for the game and a flutter on Barcelona to win to nil is an 8/11 tempter.

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Champions League Groups Draw 2016 – Betting Odds & Predictions

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

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

Champions League 2016/17 Group Stage Infographic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key dates

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

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