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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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11th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting

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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11th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting


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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11th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting

Champions League Betting

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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25th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting

Football Betting

Barcelona v Leicester Betting Preview – International Champions Cup, 3rd August

Welcome to the big time, that will be the message sent out to Leicester after they were thumped 4-0 by PSG in the International Champions Cup on the weekend. That will have been a wake up call and now the Foxes have to try and get over that as they head to Sweden to take on the might of Barcelona. The Catalans were comfortable victors over Celtic in Dublin as they opened their account in the summer invitational tournament. How will the Foxes fare against them?

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Barcelona v Leicester Betting Tips

Leicester will have been left feeling a little deflated after suffering a heavy defeat against PSG on the weekend. They lost 4-0 against the French Champions and never got themselves in the running at all. The difficult thing now for them ahead of their Premier League title defence, is restoring some confidence which is not likely to come in a game against Barcelona. It’s hard to see them rolling out a win over the Catalan giants. The Foxes banked a 2-1 win over Oxford to open their summer with and then were really muted in a 1-1 draw against Celtic in the International Champions Cup, although they went on to win the game in a penalty shoot out. But they were really out of the running against PSG, not having any answers in how to deal with the pace, power and creativity of the French outfit.

Leicester will probably be chasing a lot of shadows when they face Barcelona as well and the Premier League champions are naturally heavy underdogs. There is a quote of 4/5 on both teams not to score in the match, while you can take a price of 8/15 on the match to go over 2.5 goals as well. If that happens, it will probably be Barcelona weighing in with most (if not all) of the goals in the match and Barcelona to win to nil is a price of 11/10 with online betting site Bet365 for the friendly. Barcelona kicked off their International Champions Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Celtic on the weekend. They didn’t really look troubled, but not great themselves at any point really, there was a lot of rustiness in them.

Lionel Messi did play for 45 minutes of the game against Celtic and you can always enjoy the live in-play goalscoring markets on him when he is on the pitch. Barcelona weren’t at full strength against Celtic aren’t aren’t likely to be against the Foxes. On the evidence of their game against PSG, the Champions League is going to be a tough thing for Leicester this term and it is not likely that the Foxes are going to get anything out of this exchange.

Barcelona v Leicester Betting Odds

Barcelona 2/7, Draw 4/1, Leicester 8/1

Barcelona v Leicester Predictions

You would have to roll with Barcelona backing the win in a game which goes over 2.5 goals. There will be better from them having gotten that game against Celtic under their belt and Leicester were laboured angina against PSG. This should be fairly one way traffic in favour of the Spaniards.

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31st July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


Celtic v Barcelona Betting Preview – International Champions Cup, 30th July

Celtic put themselves to the test again in a busy summer for them. They are currently battling their way through the UEFA Champions League qualifiers at the moment and had a long trip out to Kazakhstan to deal with on Wednesday. Now it is off to Dublin for them on Saturday as they take on Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. How will they fare against one of the best sides in the world?

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Celtic v Barcelona Betting Tips

The games are coming thick and fast for Celtic at the moment and their participation in the International Champions Cup must only be about money. They are involved in early pre-season matches in trying to qualify for the UEFA Champions League so the last thing they need to risk his injuries through these friendly matches. They go into this one the back of a long trip out to Kazakhstan to face FC Astana where the Boys rescued a 1-1 draw out of nowhere from Leigh Griffiths netting an equaliser. That was their first shot on target just before the 80th minute mark in a tough game for them. Griffiths is in great scoring form this summer though and he is a 14/5 quote to net in this one.

Just wait for the in-play betting markets to open though for the real goal scorer value, wait and see who is really up for this. Celtic have already played one game in the International Champions Cup, losing on a penalty shoot out against Leicester after a 1-1 draw with the English Champions. Celtic were the more energetic and driven for the two but just couldn’t make those breakthrough. Still they have had a lot of games under their belt already and they are only going to get sharper for it. But now they go into a big game giants Barcelona and quickly have to turn around to finish the job against FC Astana on Tuesday night. This will be Barcelona’s first game in the competition this summer.

The Catalans are strong favourites to take the win in the match and it is reported that Lionel Messi will play some part in the game. He quit international football in the summer after losing the Copa America final on a penalty shoot out and he has had all that court drama over his tax charges as well. Not a great summer for him and if he plays, it won’t be a full shift. Barcelona overall have not taken their strongest squad with them for their tour, but they do have Luis Suarez there as well as Messi and both of them are 4/7 in the pre-match anytime goalscorer market. Following this game in Dublin, Barcelona will go on to face Leicester and Liverpool in the International Champions Cup. Barcelona have signed Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti, Denis Suarez and Lucas Digne over the summer..

Celtic v Barcelona Betting Odds

Barcelona 1/5, Draw 5/1, Celtic 14/1

Celtic v Barcelona Predictions

Barcelona do what Barcelona do, not matter if it is their first or second string. There will probably be a blend between the two in Dublin and the Catalans are still worth backing. Celtic should be far more focused on their Champions League qualifying campaign than these friendly distractions, no matter how high profile they are.

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28th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


Online betting site Betfair have signed a huge sponsorship deal with European giants Barcelona. The club as signed a three year global agreement with the UK based bookmaker, which means that the betting exchange will get the benefits of some big branding at the Nou Camp on the LED pitch-side boards.

On top of that, Betfair will be able to use barcelona’s players for marketing campaigns. So there will be access to the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi for Betfair.

“Barcelona is delighted to sign a long-term collaboration agreement with Betfair, a prominent leading company in the field of sports betting,” said Manel Arroyo, Barcelona’s vice-president of marketing and communication. “We hope our members and all football lovers will enjoy this new global partnership, as well as exclusive promotions and unique sporting experiences.”

Betfair’s marketing and brand director Paul Gambrill added: “Barcelona are consistently competitive at the top level and will help us achieve our ambition of growing the Betfair brand internationally. We very much look forward to working with the club to offer the incredible fans unique promotions, content and experiences.”

18th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

European Football

Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Preview

Barcelona are one game away from retaining their Copa del Rey title as they face off against Sevilla on Sunday in the Copa del Rey Final. After having claimed the Spanish League title recently, the Catalans will be looking to put another trophy on the board. These two met in the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the season, Barcelona taking a 5-4 thrilling win. But there was a win each in the two La Liga contests this season, but after their midweek Europa League exertions, will Sevilla have the stamina to produce another win over Barca?

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Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Tips

Will there be more silverware added to Barcelona’s trophy cabinet? Having missed out on the Champions League title, they can make amends somewhat with a win in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona are the all time leaders in Copa del Rey titles having won it 27 times before in the history of the competition. They are also the current reigning champions so will be looking for a title defence to boot. Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao in last season’s final. Barcelona managed to hold on to their supremacy in a tight La Liga race so will be full of confidence and the Catalans put together an immensely strong run of form down the final straight in La Liga. Over 3.5 goals is a price of 5/6 for the Copa del Rey Final betting. Barcelona have won their last five games played and have been in immense scoring form having netted 24 goals in total in those five games, averaging just under five per game.

There is no stopping Luis Suarez in front of goal at the moment it would seem. The former Liverpool man has been in tremendous scoring form having netted 14 goals in his last five appearances for his club. That’s immense and with both Suarez and Messi being odds on prices in the anytime goalscorer market, the first goalscorer market instead will have more appeal. There Suarez is 11/5 to open the scoring with Messi at 5/2. Barcelona have a strong record in recent meetings with Sevilla but they did lose against them earlier in the season, out on the road in La LIga. These two also played the UEFA Super Cup match at the start of the season and that was a thrilling game, Barcelona winning it 5-4. Hopefully the Copa del Rey Final is as good as that. Each of the last nine meetings has seen both teams score and they have all gone over 2.5 goals as well. Both teams to score is a 4/6 quote. Barcelona hold a W8 D1 L1 record in their last ten against Sevilla in all competitions.

Sevilla have been a pretty strong cup side over the last decade. They have won the Europa League four times and they have claimed the Copa del Rey title twice as well. They produced a wonderful second half performance against Liverpool in the Europa League Final in the week, not playing well in the first half but then really upping their game to win 3-1. Striker Kevin Gameiro looked brilliant again and Euro 2016 is going to miss him as he hasn’t been called up to the French squad. If you consider that both teams have scored in each of the last nine meetings, then it’s fair to assume Gamerio is going to be value at 9/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. Not one single away win did Sevilla land in the La Liga season and overall in all competitions, won just five games away from home, including the Europa League Final against Liverpool. Two of those five away wins were in the Copa del Rey. Sevilla have lost five of their last eight (W1 D2) away from home. Of note, the last time these two met in the Copa del Rey was back in 2010 in an earlier round when Sevilla won on away goals in the tie.

Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Odds

Barcelona 1/4, Draw 5/1, Sevilla 9/1

Barcelona v Sevilla Predictions

The Catalans have been at it down the final stretch of the season. They have been irrepressible and Luis Suarez has been the catalyst to it all. At the end of the day, Barcelona are likely to have too much in the tank for Sevilla, however, as they showed on Wednesday night against Liverpool, they can get amongst the goals, so look for both teams to score.

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19th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football


It is a big weekend of European football as titles get down to the wire across the continent. Over in Germany, Bayern Munich can win the Bundesliga title with a win over Monchengladbach and boss Pep Guardiola has promised that they aren’t going to rest players as they look to close out the domestic season before meeting Atletico Madrid next week in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi final.

Bayern have won their last six Bundesliga matches in a row so are heavily backed to win on Saturday. Bayern have conceded just two goals in their last nine Bundesliga matches and have posted a W14 D0 L1 record at home this season in the German top flight.

The La Liga title remains a tight battle. Barcelona’s four match winless streak recently in the Spanish top flight took everyone by surprise and they head into the weekend level on points with Atletico Madrid, with Real Madrid just one point behind them. Barca have snapped back into form in some style, scoring fourteen unanswered goals in their last two league matches. Barcelona go to Real Betis on Saturday while Real Madrid, who have won their last five league matches, have a trip to Real Sociedad.

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30th April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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Online betting site BetVictor are running a huge Champions League betting offer this week. Tuesday and Wednesday brings around the quarter final second legs and on Tuesday you have Manchester City trying to build in a 2-2 draw as they welcome PSG to the Etihad in what should be a close tie.

Tuesday’s other game sees Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg head out to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid. It is the Wolves who pulled off a shock 2-0 home win over The Whites in the first leg, but the big question is whether or not they have the defensive strengths to hold out for a place in the semi finals.

Then on Wednesday you have the mammoth Atletico Madrid v Barcelona clash from the Calderon. The first leg was a brilliantly intense affair, Barcelona coming from behind for the third time this season against Atleti to post a 2-1 win over them. Can Barca finish the job at the Calderon, or will Atletico repeat their 2013/14 quarter final success over the Catalans?

Wednesday sees Bayern Munich defend a narrow 1-0 first leg lead as they head out to Portugal to face Benfica, who gave a pretty good account of themselves against the German powerhouses last week. Can the Portuguese outfit find a way back into the tie?

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11th April 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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