The summer festival of the World Cup will quickly fall into memory and now during the build up to the new seasons of domestic football across Europe, the club level action starts to swing into play now with the arrival of this summer’s International Champions Cup. This once again is a pretty big collection of top sides from Europe heading off to different parts of the globe to compete, if this makes sense, in a friendly competition.
Basically, there are 18 of Europe’s top sides taking part in this, but all teams only play three different matches, so it’s not a massive round robin affair where everybody plays everybody else. The eighteen sides are then ranked at the end of the matches to see who is going to be crowned champions. It’s all totally meaningless of course, but it does see big clubs going up against each other which is always a crowd pleaser. A lot of the faces that are taking part in the International Champions Cup will be showing up in the Champions League next season.
This year’s International Champions Cup is being played in three different zones, the USA, Europe and out in Singapore. The bulk of the action is a big money spinner coming from the USA. Singapore is hosting just the two matches which are Atletico Madrid v Arsenal and then Arsenal v PSG. In total there will be 27 matches in total to look at for your International Champions Cup 2018 betting.
England: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham
France: PSG, Lyon (Lyon came in to replace Sevilla who withdrew)
Germany: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Italy: Inter Milan, Juventus, Milan, Roma
Spain: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid
It is really barely worth raising any interest in the outright winner market for the International Champions Cup 2018. You have just three games for each team and different teams are playing teams of varying quality and this will just be training exercises more than anything. So you’re better off just staying focused on the outcome of the individual matches instead for your International Champions Cup betting odds.
All of the matches at the International Champions Cup will be played from July 20th through to August 12th. Even though that coincides with the start of the English Premier League, mainland Europe starts their campaigns later than England.
July 20th, 2018
Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
July 21, 2018
Bayern Munich v PSG
July 22, 2018
Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund
July 25th, 2018
Borussia Dortmund v Benfica
Manchester City v Liverpool
Roma v Tottenham
Milan v Manchester United
July 26th, 2018
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal
July 28th, 2018
Arsenal v PSG
Benfica v Juventus
Chelsea v Inter Milan
Manchester United v Liverpool
Bayern Munich v Manchester City
Barcelona v Tottenham
July 30th, 2018
PSG v Atletico Madrid
July 31st, 2018
Barcelona v Roma
August 1st, 2018
Arsenal v Chelsea
Be Nice v Lyon
August 4th, 2018
Milan v Lyon
Real Madrid Juventus
Milan v Barcelona
August 7th, 2018
Chelsea v Lyon
Real Madrid v Roma
Atletico Madrid v Inter Milan.
Within all of the action at the 2018 International Champions Cup, you will find big showdown, such as the feature of a London Derby of Arsenal v Chelsea and the North-West Derby showdown between Manchester United and Liverpool. That one is in Ann Arbor Michigan, while the London Derby is being played of course, not in London, but in Dublin.
This is the sixth edition of this tournament and as of yet, there have been no format the same from one year to the next. The old formats had champions of each zone where it was being played, so there was a North America and Europe Champion, for example, a Champion in China etc. The participating teams didn’t even play the same number of matches in some instances.
Real Madrid were the first ever winners, beating Chelsea to the punch in 2013 and then in 2014 Manchester United won with Liverpool taking the runners-up spot. Paris St Germain won it in back to back years in 2015 and 2016 and then Barcelona were crowned champions last season with Manchester City following them in second.
The 2018 edition will be the first one that is just one big table and the winner of that after three games each is the champion. There is not geographical champions to be crowned.
This tournament does, of course, allow fans to get a look at new summer signings that clubs have made and one of those will be Cristiano Ronaldo who will be turning out for Juventus after his big move. Fortunately, we do get to see him potentially take on his former club as there is a Real Madrid v Juventus fixture scheduled for August 4th from Landover which will provide some exciting International Champions Cup betting odds.
There is just no reasonable way that you can expect to pick out the winner of the International Champions Cup. But what the tournament does do is bring some exciting club level betting to the summer proceedings and it does fill a nice gap before the start of the European domestic seasons. So look out for some great International Champions Cup betting odds, not only in the match outrights but through other avenues as well.
This is a great time to relax and look at some live in-play betting on some big, albeit non-competitive matches, and get your eye in on the teams before the start of the new seasons. Perhaps you will see something that you like about a team and then go and back them for their domestic season for some silverware. There will be plenty of the usual submarket betting options available on all of these games at bookmakers, like the correct score, over/under, goalscorer markets, handicaps, accas and so much more.
14th July 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The Terriers can relax on the final day of the season having produced a pretty amazing feat of survival having taken back to back draws at Manchester City and then Chelsea. Those two points keep them up in the top flight for next season. Can they put a bit of shine on all of that go and take a home win against Arsenal who lost at Leicester in midweek?
Arsenal 3/4, Draw 14/5, Huddersfield 10/3* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)
It has been a tremendous finish from Huddersfield having taken a point out at Manchester City with a 0-0 scoreline and then a 1-1 at Chelsea to follow that up. With that point at Stamford Bridge in midweek, they are completely safe for the season. The Terriers can therefore just enjoy their Sunday out. Their home form is at W6 D5 L7 for the season and they have won just one of their last four on home soil. Goals have been few and far between for them as they have scored just the two in their last four played. Given the way that they have defended lately then the temptation would be to go under 2.5 goals with BetVictor at 7/5 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:10 a.m.). Each of their last four home games have gone under 2.5 goals. But then you would perhaps wonder if they are just going to ease off now with their survival secured. The Terriers have produced just sixteen goals in their eighteen home games this season bit defensively they haven’t been all that bad having conceded an average of 1.3 goals per game. They have taken a clean sheet in 39% of their home games this term.
Arsenal’s awful away form continued with a defeat out at Leicester in midweek. That is seven league away games for the Gunners in 2018 and they have produced seven defeats. Arsenal’s away form is just W3 D4 L11 for the season and there has been some calamitous defending from them on their travels. Given how good their home form has been it is just so strange that they have not put anything together on the road. Both teams to score at BetVictor is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:10 a.m.) for the game as the Gunners do pose a threat going forward and they have scored in each of their last nine Premier League games home and away combined. Each of their last ten games have finished above the 2.5 goals line and they have shipped at least two goals in each of their last four away from the Emirates. In total they have taken a clean sheet in just 17% of their away games and currently, they are on an eight-match winless streak of away form and are without a clean sheet in nine on their travels.
Arsenal were 5-0 home winners earlier in the season over the Terriers. That is back to back wins over them that they have taken. In the last four meetings, three of which were cup games, Arsenal are W3 D1. This season’s earlier meeting was the first league contest between them since the old Division 1 in 1972.
The Terriers have put in some stronger performances to end the season with and there shouldn’t be any reason why they can’t take advantage of Arsenal’s poor away form this season to go and get themselves a good point to finish off the season with.
11th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The end of the season can’t come quickly enough for either of those two really. Leicester are on a big slide and lost badly at home against West Ham on the weekend. Then there is Arsenal who will finish the season without silverware and outside of the top five in the league. Can the Gunners put some horrible away form in the league behind them and go and bag themselves three points at the King Power?
Arsenal 21/20, Leicester 5/2, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00:06 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
Leicester have taken just the one point from their last five league games and they have failed to hit the back of the net in each of their last three. It has been such a poor finish from them and they haven’t even found their footing at the King Power. Leicester are D4 L2 in their last six Premier League home games only. That is part of an overall home record of W6 D6 L6 and they have badly lost their way. They were beaten at the King Power by West Ham on the weekend and that is nine goals that they have conceded in their last four games. Over 2.5 goals at Ladbrokes is at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). The Foxes have returned 1.2 goals per game on average at the King Power but have failed to net in their last two there. So it is a little hard to gauge the both teams to score market because Arsenal have no away form but look the stronger of the two sides at the moment. The Foxes have taken a home win against a current top six side this season, that being a 2-1 success over Spurs and they also held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at the King Power.
Arsenal gave Arsene Wenger a huge send-off in his last game at the Emirates on the weekend as they smashed Burnley 5-0. That continued their powerful home form, but they are on a shocking six-match losing streak away from home in the top flight, winless in seven. They have scored in all but one of their last eight on the road though and in the Ladbrokes correct score market an Arsenal 2-1 is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). Given the number of goals that they have conceded away from home this season then it is probably worth looking at Leicester to manage something against the Gunners. Arsenal have conceded an average of 1.6 goals per away game this season having taken a clean sheet in just 18% of their road games. They have no clean sheet in their last eight games away from the Emirates and have conceded at least two in each of their last three on the road. The Gunners are looking for what would only be their fourth away win of the season. Their last game of the season is away from home too, at Huddersfield on the weekend.
The Gunners won a thrilling 4-3 encounter at the start of the season against the Foxes to keep their good stretch of unbeaten form against Leicester going. The Gunners haven’t lost a Premier League game against the Foxes going W9 D4 against them from their previous meetings. Three of the last four between them at Leicester though have been draws.
Arsenal, even though they have been really poor away from home this season, should have more about them than Leicester do at the moment. The Foxes look to have gone on summer break early and were happy enough to give younger players a run out last weekend. Away win.
8th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is actually a little personal battle for a top six finish between these two. Arsenal go into the game with a three point advantage over the Clarets. They do have a game in hand over them as well. But this is going to be all about Arsene Wenger’s last Premier League home game in charge of the Gunners.
Arsenal 8/15, Draw 3/1, Burnley 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 9:44 p.m. on April 30th, 2018)
Arsenal’s miserable away form continued last weekend, but they are on a fair old tear of positive form at home. The Gunners are on a four-match winning streak at home in the league, scoring at least three goals in each of those. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 for this game is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Each of their last nine home fixtures have gone above the goal line. This is Arsene Wenger’s last game in charge at home so the team will probably want to respond with a positive result. The Gunners have averaged 2.7 goals per home game this season and they have picked up a clean sheet in 44% of their home games. Arsenal are 8/5 at bet365 to win to nil* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). The Gunners have been leading at half time in ten of their home games this season so another option is an Arsenal/Arsenal half time/full time option and they have the options of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Aubameyang in the anytime goalscorer market. A point out of this guarantees them sixth.
It has been a great season for Burnley who are on the threshold of Europe next season. The Clarets are W4 D3 L1 in their last eight games in the top flight, so they have been finishing the season strongly. They have only taken the two points in their last three games though but are unbeaten in their last four on the road (W3 D1). They have done really well on the road against most of the current top flight this season, winning at Chelsea and taking a point in trips to Liverpool, Spurs and Man Utd. So they can hold their own for the most part. They have conceded at under a goal per game on their travels this season. They have only netted 20 in 18 away games themselves though. A win here draws them level with the Gunners which would make things interesting. 71% of their away goals conceded have been in the second half of matches. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is an Arsenal 1-0 at 13/2 odds. Ashley Barnes has scored in three of Burnley’s last four away games.
The Clarets suffered a 1-0 home loss against Arsenal earlier this season and that just extended their losing streak against the Gunners to seven in all competitions. From the seven previous Premier League meetings between the clubs, Arsenal are W6 D1 winning all three of their home games. Four of Arsenal’s last five league wins against Burnley have been with a clean sheet.
Arsenal will finish off the season at home with a win for Wenger probably. They have been solid at the Emirates for most of the season and will have their emotional tails up for this one. Home win and a likely to nil.
3rd May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal’s qualification hopes were damaged badly when they conceded a late equaliser against 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Emirates. So that goal gives the Spaniards a big advantage now with the away goal in the bag and Arsenal may have squandered a big opportunity to put themselves in the final. However, there is another 90 minutes at least to come at the Wanda Metropolitano, so can Arsenal produce?
Atletico Madrid 4/6, Draw 11/4, Arsenal 4/1* (Betting Odds taken at May 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.)
Antoine Griezmann got Atletico Madrid a crucial goal in the tie as he bagged them a late equaliser, pouncing on an Arsenal mistake. It was long after they had lost full-back Šime Vrsaljko to a red card in the first half which meant that they were under the cosh for most of the game. But to their credit, Atletico Madrid’s defence stuck in there and once again proved just how tough it is. Atletico Madrid have won 15 of their last 16 home games in the Europa League (which includes qualifying) and at their new home, they have won all three games there without conceding a goal. Atletico Madrid to win to nil at bet365 is at 7/4 odds* (betting odds taken on May 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.). That’s not a particularly unreasonable assumption to make.
Overall Los Rojiblancos have played six European matches at the Wanda and after losing their first against Chelsea, they are W4 D1 since then. Incidentally the defeat against Chelsea in what sequence is their only defeat in their last 17 home games in Europe, winning thirteen of those. Atletico have played 12 UEFA Europa League knockout stage home matches and have suffered just the one loss in that sequence. The Spaniards were winners of this trophy in 2010 and 2012 and they have won ten of their previous home legs in UEFA semi-finals and are eaten in their last (W4 D1). Griezmann is the bet365 11/4 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on May 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.) for the game. Atletico have not conceded in any of their last eleven home games in all competitions. They have won 11 of the 13 UEFA ties after drawing the first leg away from home. Atlético’s record in 28 matches against English clubs is W10 D12 L6
With a man advantage and being a goal to the good, Arsenal looked to be in full control of their semi final tie. But they couldn’t find a second goal against the brilliant Atletico defence and paid the price in the end. Arsenal have won six of their last eight away fixtures in Europe now, including four of six played this season. Their only slip up was a 1-0 loss out in Cologne in the group stage. They were on a four-match winning streak in Europe before drawing at CSKA Moscow in the last round when they had a bit of qualification scare. They are facing a really tough side challenge now in the bet365 correct score market an Atletico Madrid 1-0 result is the shortest-priced option at 11/2* (betting odds taken on May 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.). Arsenal’s away record in UEFA semi-finals is W2 D2 L2.
The Gunners have posted a W5 L1 record from their previous six UEFA semi-finals. The loss in that sequence happened against Manchester United in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League. Arsenal are W3 D3 in European ties after drawing the first leg at home, and they have lost their last two. Arsenal have collected a W10 D6 L14 record from previous matches against Spanish opposition and away from home in Spain, their record is W2 D3 L9. So they don’t have a great record there and they have failed to win on their last seven visits (D2 L5) since beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League round of 16. They are going to be under more pressure than they were in the first leg and both teams not to score with bet365, based on Atletico’s remarkable defence at home is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on May 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.). Arsenal have a lot to do, but they are still in it.
The first leg last week was the first ever UEFA competition meeting between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.
Atletico are in the driving seat and they are such a good home side it is going to be difficult for Arsenal to get themselves back into the tie. Look for Atletico to come through fixture with a win to nil. They will be much stronger than in the first leg.
30th April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The Red Devils will look to take more points towards locking down a second place finish in the league this season and with a place in the FA Cup Final, it’s not been all that bad on the domestic front. Arsenal are playing out their last season before Arsene Wenger leaves his managerial job with them. Can he go out with a bang by taking down his old foe Jose Mourinho?
Man Utd 4/9, Draw 10/3, Arsenal 13/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)
The Red Devils are back on league duty after their FA Cup triumph over Spurs on the weekend. Manchester United are W13 D2 L2 at home this season and their recent loss to West Brom there snapped a terrific five-match home winning streak that they were on. They have responded pretty well to that shocker against the Baggies. United look well set to claim second place in the league now and three points here would go a long way to achieving that. United have averaged over two goals per home game this term and their defence has been brilliant having conceded just the eight all term at Old Trafford. Taking Arsenals poor away form into consideration, Manchester United to win to nil is at 6/4 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 1:56 a.m.). The Red Devils have given up just three second-half away goals at home all season that’s how good they have been in closing out games. They have earned a clean sheet in 65% of their home fixtures. Only champions Man City have a better defensive record than United do this term. Romelu Lukaku is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 1:56 a.m.) and of course this will be a reunion for Alexis Sanchez against his former employees.
The Gunners have had such a poor season away from home in the top flight. They have produced just a W3 D4 L9 record on their travels all season and they are currently riding a five-match losing streak (winless in six) away from the Emirates. That’s pretty shocking by their standards. Arsenal have lost three of their other four matches this season against the current top five (D1) and so that’s not a good sign for them. Arsenal have been level at the break in ten of their road games this season so a half-time draw at bet365 may appeal and United to be fair, have looked a bit sluggish early in games. Arsenal have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last seven road games and they have conceded an average of 1.6 goals per away game. They have shipped exactly two in their last two away games. 65% of the goals that Arsenal have scored on their travels have come in the second half of matches, while 65% of away goals conceded have been after the break as well. In the bet365 correct score market a Man Utd 2-0 and a 1-0 are both at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 1:56 a.m.). After a difficult season, Alexandre Lacazaette has scored in three of Arsenal’s last four games.
The Red Devils were 3-1 winners at the Emirates earlier this season and things sit even between the two clubs in their last five league meetings with two wins each and a draw. United are unbeaten in their last ten league home games against the Gunners though but two of the last three at Old Trafford have ended in a 1-1 draw. Only one of the last four league games between the two clubs at Old Trafford have gone over 2.5 goals.
Manchester United have been a solid, reliable outfit on home soil and they can get the job done against Arsenal as well. They just have a habit of getting those wins on the board and Arsenal’s defence, especially away from home doesn’t look strong enough to hold out.
27th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is not the draw that the Gunners wanted but if they can get through this tie then they will be favourites to lift the Europa League this season. That is their goal as that gives them a route into the Champions League next season. But they are going to be up against it against the tough Atletico Madrid who are the tournament outright favourites. Can Arsenal land a blow against the Spaniards?
Arsenal 6/4, Atletico Madrid 17/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018)
Arsenal were given a scare in the quarter finals as CSKA Moscow came back at them hard in the second leg. But the Premier League survived and now have a tougher task ahead in the final four. Arsenal won four of their six group stage matches this season before rattled against Swedish minnows Ostersund in the round of 32. But they did put things together really well in the quarter-finals as they took out AC Milan. The Gunners are W10 D7 L14 from previous games against Spanish opposition and at home from their fourteen games are W8 D3 L3 against Spanish opponents. The Gunners have played nine two-legged UEFA ties against Spanish sides before, winning five, but losing the last three. Their most recent meeting with a Spanish side was against Barcelona in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League. Arsenal were on an eight-match undefeated streak of European home form (W6 D2) before losing against Ostersund. But their last two home games in Europe they have produced a 3-1 win over AC Milan and a 4-1 success over CSKA. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 in this one is at 43/40 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). Before beating AC Milan, the Gunners had lost each of their previous six European home games in the spring.
Atletico weren’t without some jangling nerves in the quarter finals either. They were up against Iberian rivals Sporting and after a 2-0 home win in the first leg, Atleti had to sweat out in the reverse fixture, losing 1-0 away in the second. That tie came after they had dropped down from the Champions League this season, and getting past FC Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow easily enough in their first two rounds of Europa League action. Atleti were on a seven-match winning streak away from home in the UEFA Europa League before that loss at Sporting in the last round. Atlético’s record in 27 matches against English clubs is W10 D11 L6 and they have won seven of their nine previous two-legged contests against English opposition. The Spaniards have only managed two wins from twelve visits to England though (D7 L4). The 1-1 draw in the bet365 correct score market is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018) and there is a trend as their last two games in England have ended with that scoreline, against Chelsea and Leicester. Atlético’s overall record in 14 UEFA competition semi-final ties is W8 L6 winning four of their last five. However, there has been just four wins in their last 14 away legs of UEFA semi-final ties. With Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, they have the power to trouble the Arsenal back line.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in UEFA competition.
A draw doesn’t seem to be too far out of the question here. Atletico are such a well organised and solid side that they should be able to hold their own in London. Arsenal’s strengths are clearly at home, so settle for a share of the spoils in this first encounter.
23rd April 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Gunners misfired last weekend throwing away a lead at Newcastle to end up suffering a defeat. That was a huge blow to their hopes of finishing in the top five this season. They get back to home soil this weekend as they face a West Ham side who narrowly avoided defeat at home on Monday night. The Hammers found themselves trailing relegation-threatened Stoke before Andy Carroll popped up with a late equaliser to save their blushes.
Arsenal 1/2, Draw 13/4, West Ham 24/5* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
The Gunners slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend after having taken the lead in the match. That snapped a three-match winning streak that they were on. But it just another part of their poor away season that they have had. They are on a three-match winning streak at home and have won five of their last six at the Emirates (L1) the loss in that sequence happening against Manchester City. Arsenal’s overall home form for the season is W13 D2 L2 and they have scored at least three goals in five of their last six on home soil. As Arsenal have been leading at half time so often at home this season then an Arsenal/Arsenal half-time/ full-time bet with Coral at 13/10 odds should appeal* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). The Gunners have scored well at home this term with 45 goals in their 17 games and 76% of their home fixtures have made it above the 2.5 goal line. Each of their last eight at the Emirates have done so. They have actually collected a clean sheet in 47% of their home games as well.
The Hammers rescued a late point at home against Stoke on Monday night thanks to Andy Carroll. That left them in a pretty good spot, seven points clear of the drop zone. They are now on a three-match unbeaten streak of form in the top flight (W1 D2), with their last two both being 1-1 draws. Their away form will be a little bit of a concern for them though as they have taken only the one point from their last four road games, but that was in a good draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in their last road game. West Ham have collected only one clean sheet in their last six games so are going to get exposed at the back and overall they have only won twice on their travels this season in a W2 D6 L9 record. Both teams to score with Coral is at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) and the Irons have scored in each of their last nine away games, with exactly one in each of their last four. So it may be worth backing them to get on the scoresheet even if the final result doesn’t go their way. An Arsenal 2-1 correct score option at Coral is at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:25 p.m. on April 16th, 2018). It’s just about grinding to the end of the season now for the Hammers to ensure they hold on to their safety.
The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw at West Ham earlier this season in the league but they did also meet up with the Hammers in the EFL Cup in December, with Arsenal taking a 1-0 home win. The Gunners have three straight clean sheets against West Ham in all competitions now and they are unbeaten in their last five against them (W4D1). Arsenal are on a nine-match undefeated streak at home against West Ham in the league, scoring exactly three goals in each of their last four.
The Gunners have been good enough at home this season to suggest that they can win out in this London derby. They have a higher priority in winning the UEFA Europa League this season but still, they should collect three home points, but back both teams to score.
19th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Gunners got the worst draw out of the hat that they could have received in the Europa League semi finals. They get to take on the challenge of tournament outright favourites Atletico to book a place in the final. Arsenal have been targeting success in the tournament as a route back to the UEFA Champions League next season, but they are underdogs against the Spaniards. That leaves Marseille to take on Salzburg in the other semi final.
Atletico Madrid 11/10, Arsenal 3/1, Marseille 7/2, Salzburg 6/1* (betting odds taken at 7:17 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)
To Qualify: Marseille 7/10, Salzburg 21/20 at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7:17 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)
First leg 26 April, Second leg 3 May; all kick-off times 8:05 p.m.
This should be pretty entertaining between them judged on the comebacks that they both had to pull out in their respective quarter final games. Marseille were 1-0 down after the away the first leg in their tie against Bundesliga side and then the French side conceded first back at home in the second leg. But in a thrilling game, Marseille came back to go 3-2 ahead on aggregate, before Leipzig pulled back an equaliser. That left the Germans in control with away goals, but former West Ham man Dimitri Payet got Marseille back in front before Hiroki Sakai got a fifth for them on the night.
So while Marseille had to fight back, Salzburg’s had one too and it was even bigger and better. They were already down from the first leg at Lazio, they had it all to down. Then they fell 1-0 down in the second leg with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile netting his eighth goal of the campaign to put the Italians 5-2 up on aggregate. It looked all over at the point. But in the European season of comebacks, this was epic. Just a minute after Lazio had taken the lead the second leg (in the second half too), Salzburg equalled on the night and then in a crazy five-minute spell between the 72nd and 76th minutes, RB Salzburg rattled off three goals to take a 6-5 aggregate lead and that’s how it stayed.
Salzburg and Marseille have already battled it out this season as they were together print the group stage of the Europa League. From that, Salzburg came out on top with four points from a home win and an away draw. Salzburg have lost just one of their last 21 European games now.
To Qualify: Atletico Madrid 4/9, Arsenal 13/8 at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7:17 p.m. on April 13th, 2018)
First leg 26 April, Second leg 3 May; all kick-off times 8:05 p.m.
Arsenal will go into their first ever matches against Atletico Madrid and this is tough for them. The Spaniards are the favourites to win the tournament outing and they are in the semi finals after edging their way 2-1 on aggregate past Sporting in the last round. Atletico had won 2-0 at home in the first leg, before sweating it out a bit in the second. The loss in the second leg was their first defeat in this season’s Europa League.
Atletico have met English opposition this season as they went up against Chelsea in the Champions League group stage, losing at home and playing out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Atletico, who have won the Europa League twice, have won 22 of their last 26 games in the competition.
Arsenal took a 4-1 lead with them to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their quarter-final tie. The Gunners were rocked as the Russians found themselves 2-0 up on home soil, needing just one more to take control of the tie on away goals. They couldn’t come up with that third goal of the game though, instead, it went to Arsenal to give themselves a bit of breathing space thanks to Danny Welbeck before Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a 2-2 tie on the night and a 6-3 aggregate win. They were under pressure though.
The Gunners are the top scorers in his season’s competition with 29 goals and have won more (8) than anyone else.
Atletico Madrid are a well organised, tough, physical and talented side and they may just have too much in their toolbox for Arsenal to compete with. Salzburg pulled off that stunning comeback in the quarter finals, and they have shown a real eye for goal this season. They have already gotten the better of Marseille this season and look pretty fearless, so back the Austrians.
13th April 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Gunners have hit a purple patch of form with a three-match winning streak under their belt as they head to Tyneside on Sunday. They can keep up the pressure on fifth-placed Chelsea with a three-point haul in this one. They may have a scrap on their hands though as the Magpies have also won their last three games.
Arsenal 11/10, Newcastle 9/4, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 00:33 p.m. on April 10th, 2018)
The Magpies have won three straight league games for the second time this season so can be pleased with their work and look totally safe from relegation now. Their winning streak has been produced against Southampton, Huddersfield and Leicester and so this will be a tougher game for them. However, they have won their last three at home and are unbeaten in six on Tyneside (W3 D3). Among those wins was a 1-0 success over Manchester United in mid-February. Actually, five of Newcastle’s six home wins this season have been with a clean sheet. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a good 43/40 odds option* (Betting Odds taken at 3:55 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) just because the Magpies look as if they could hold on defensively at the moment. They have four clean sheets in their last six home fixtures. Goals haven’t been all that easy to come by for them and as they averaged just a goal per game on home soil, but they have scored in each of their last five at St James’ Park. They have conceded at under a goal per game on average so again, this may not be a free-scoring fixture. Newcastle would be delighted with a point out of this you would imagine.
Like Newcastle, Arsenal have hit a purple patch of form with three-match winning streak going. They were all home games though and if you look just at their away form, it’s not good. They are on a four-match losing streak on their travels, their most recent being a 2-1 loss at Brighton in early March. Overall this season Arsenal have only produced a W3 D4 L8 record away from the Emirates which is really poor by their standards. They have only come up with the sixteen goals in fifteen away games as well, and that is another indicator that this could be tight. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is a nice 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:55 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) option to consider. Two-thirds of their goals scored and two-thirds of their goals conceded away from home this season have all been in the second half of fixtures. Seven times this season they have been at 0-0 at half time away from home so a half-time draw should appeal. The Gunners are without a clean sheet in their last six road games now and are winless in five on the road.
Arsenal have won the last three Premier League games against Newcastle all by a 1-0 scoreline. They are on a massive ten-match winning streak against the Magpies at the moment and six of those have been to nil. Seven of those ten victories in the sequence were won by a one-goal margin only by the Gunners. Arsenal are on a four-match winning streak at St James’ Park in the league.
Newcastle to win: The Gunners had extra work in midweek to get through in the Europa League, and that could work against them. Newcastle are carrying solid home from now and the Magpies just may be worth having a flutter on to break Arsenal’s winning streak.
12th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting