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Valencia v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips, 7th October 2018

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Valencia v Barcelona La Liga Preview, 7th October 7.45pm

It was a masterclass from Lionel Messi and co in midweek as they destroyed Tottenham in the Champions League. They needed that win as they had been in a funk of winless results. Valencia haven’t been having a great season but they got a good Champions League point at Manchester United in midweek. Can they keep Barcelona at bay though? Read our Valencia v Barcelona betting tips for more.

Valencia v Barcelona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 4/6
Draw 10/3
Valencia 7/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 4th, 2018 at 1:53 p.m.)


Valencia News and Form

It has been a strange season for Valencia because they have been really hard to beat, but at the same time, they have struggled to record wins. They head into the weekend with a W1 D5 L1 record this season in La Liga. They got their first win of the term in a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad last weekend. They have come up with only the two goals in their last four games and have been far from proficient in front of goals this season. The under 2.5 goals option looks solid at 27/20 odds for this* (betting odds taken on October 5th, 2018 at 2:32 pm).

Valencia have drawn their three home games this season, two at 1-1 including their home opener which was against Atletico Madrid. The other was a 0-0 tie. Just 14% of their games this season home and away combined have made it over 2.5 goals. So they should have the strengths to at least keep the score down in this one. Valencia have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Barcelona in all competitions as well.

Barcelona News and Form

Barcelona’s league form hasn’t been great lately so this is a big game for them at the Mestalla. They are top of the table but have failed to win any of their last three (D2 L1). The only league defeat that they have suffered this season did happen in their last away fixture as they suffered a shock 2-1 loss at bottom side Leganes. Overall the Catalans are W4 D2 L1 this season and they have scored in all seven of their fixtures. We are looking at both teams NOT to score at 5/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 5th, 2018 at 2:32 pm).

Barcelona don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last five league games, but Valencia aren’t a great threat. Because of the sheer brilliance of Lionel Messi in midweek, who got a brace against Spurs, he is worth a look at 13/5 in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 5th, 2018 at 2:32 pm). On their travels in La Liga this season Barcelona have scored four goals in their three games, which isn’t a high output. They have scored all but one of their away goals in the second half of matches.

Valencia v Barcelona Head to Head

These two met four times last season (league and Copa del Rey) and Barcelona came out on top with three wins and a draw. The draw was in this corresponding fixture. Barcelona are undefeated in their last six against Valencia in all competitions. Barcelona have scored at least two goals in four of their last six against Valencia.

Who will win – Valencia v Barcelona Predictions

The result that Barcelona got in midweek should have given them a big lift. That was Barcelona back to their very best and we expect them to push on from there. Valencia haven’t been that strong this season and we are backing the away win.

6th October 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Tottenham v Barcelona Predictions & Betting Odds – 3rd October 2018

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Tottenham v Barcelona Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League 3rd October 8.00pm

Spurs were sunk late in their opening game of this season’s Champions League out at Inter Milan. So they can’t afford another slip up in midweek when they play host to Barcelona. Tottenham need to step up to the plate here. They could be catching the Spaniards at the right time too as the La Liga champions have failed to win any of their last three. Read our predictions for the Tottenham v Barcelona fixture.
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Tottenham News and Form

Spurs picked themselves up from their little slip of three straight defeats to go W2 D1 in their last three games in all competitions. An EFL Cup penalty shootout win over Watford in midweek was sandwiched between 2-0 Premier League wins at Brighton and Huddersfield. So not the toughest run of matches. Against Inter on matchday one, Spurs had taken control with Christian Eriksen giving them the lead in the second half at the San Siro. But they shipped two goals in the last five minutes of the game to suffer a very heavy blow to their ambitions.

Tottenham have been far from rock solid this season defensively so we have to look at both teams to score at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 9:39 pm). Last season they produced a W5 D1 record in their six group stage games, beating Real Madrid to top spot. So already they are down on last season’s output. This is a tough position now too as they can’t afford a loss. Spurs have won three of their last four home games in Europe (L1) but only have the one clean sheet in those games. Spurs have taken just two clean sheets in their last ten games in Europe. In the over/under market, under 3.5 goals is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 9:39 pm).

Barcelona News and Form

Barcelona have seen their form slip away a bit as they have failed to get a win in any of their last three. Those have all been league games so their slump in form came after such a strong and dominant start. Barcelona won their opening six games in all competitions. Barcelona have hit the back of the net in all of their games played this season, so are still likely to get on the scoresheet given their class. In the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 2-1 is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 9:39 pm) and a very appealing option for Tottenham v Barcelona betting tips.

Just because Barcelona have been having their dip in form but are the favourites, it may still be worth backing them but not by a big margin. A Barcelona to win by a one-goal margin is at 3/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 9:39 pm). They opened their European campaign this season with a strong 4-0 home win over PSV Eindhoven and that was with ten men as well. Lionel Messi fired off a hat trick in that fixture and away this season across all competitions Barcelona are W2 L1. The loss in that sequence happened against La Liga bottom side Leganes last week.

Tottenham v Barcelona Head to Head

This will only be the third competitive game between the two sides, the previous ones happening in the 1982 European Cup Winners Cup. There was a 1-1 draw in London before Barcelona took a 1-0 win back on home soil. That’s all she wrote for Spurs v Barca history.

Tottenham v Barcelona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 19/20
Tottenham 5/2
Draw 14/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 29th, 2018 at 11.35 p.m.)


Tottenham v Barcelona Predictions

Tottenham need a big European night at home, but we are going to stick with the favourites in this one. Barcelona have had some bad slips over the last week or so, but that makes them all the more valuable to pick up a win in this one. They can find the gaps in the Spurs defence that are there. Away win & both teams to score.

30th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting

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Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Betting Tips, 29th September 2018

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Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao La Liga Preview, 29th September 3:15 pm

Barcelona suffered a shock defeat in league action in midweek, conceding two goals in two minutes to lose against bottom side Levante. That will have rocked them and it will be interesting to see the response that they have. They play host to Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp on the weekend, who aren’t carrying winning form with them. Read our Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao betting tips for more.

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/8
Draw 15/2
Athletic Bilbao 16/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 26th, 2018 at 11:44 p.m.)


Barcelona News and Form

After winning their first four games of the season Barcelona have picked up just the one point in their last two games. That was a draw against Girona and then that shock loss against Leganes in midweek. They had to come from behind to rescue that point against Girona and then threw away the lead at Leganes. So they have just had a bit of a testing time. Their form at the Nou Camp in the league this season is W2 D1 and they have scored thirteen goals in those three games.

The obvious look here, especially with the goals that Barcelona have been conceding, is to go over 2.5 goals. There’s not much value in that of course so we are going to swing under 3.5 goals at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on September 27th, 2018 at 5:28 pm) which looks much better. The Catalins have not banked a clean sheet in any of their last four league games now. Just because of that then a Barcelona 2-1 option in the correct score could offer a bit of value at the moment at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on September 27th, 2018 at 5:28 pm).

Athletic Bilbao News and Form

Bilbao have posted a W1 D3 L1 record for the season and they did show up well recently in a big contest. They played out a 1-1 home draw with Real Madrid. It came unstuck for them in midweek though as they were hammered 3-0 at home by Villarreal. That is no clean sheet for Athletic Bilbao this season then and that is going to leave them vulnerable for this trip to the Nou Camp on Saturday.

You have a quote of even money on both teams to score in the match* (betting odds taken on September 27th, 2018 at 5:28 pm) which backs them to at least get a consolation on the board in the game. Away from home this season Bilbao have posted the one draw. That’s the extent of their road games this season. That was a 2-2 draw against Real Betis last weekend. So that is four-match winless streak (D3 L1) that they are on at the moment and it looks a bit of a stretch to see them causing an upset at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Head to Head

Barcelona have winning home form against Athletic Bilbao as they are on a six-match winning streak at the Nou Camp against them in all competitions. Barcelona have scored at least three goals in five of those six matches in that sequence. Overall home and away Barcelona have won the last four meetings against Bilbao, losing just one of the last eleven against them.

Who will win – Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Predictions

We are expecting a response from Barcelona. That is the natural thing to expect really. Their results have dropped and you can’t really expect that to go on much further. That will probably have had a rocket up them and we will back a Barcelona win & both teams to score.

28th September 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Leganes v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips, 26th September 2018

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Leganes v Barcelona La Liga Preview, 26th September 7.00pm

Barcelona dropped their first points of the new season over the weekend as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home against Girona. That was an unexpected turn up for the books. They head out on the road in midweek to take on Leganes who have been having a shocking time of things with just one point from five games. Read our Leganes v Barcelona betting tips for more.

Leganes v Barcelona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/5
Draw 6/1
Leganes 10/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 6:34 p.m.)
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Leganes News and Form

Leganes have had a miserable start to the La Liga season with just the one point on the board from their five games played so far this term. That point was earned in their second match of the season, a home draw against Real Sociedad. They have lost their last two games by a 1-0 scoreline but as they are facing Barcelona we are going to look a little larger. A comfortable Barcelona 2-0 option is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 6:34 p.m.).

In total Leganes have scored just the four goals in their games this season and half of those have been at home. Leganes have been level at half time and losing at full time in each of their last three matches so there is a trend running there with that. Each of their last four games against Barcelona in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals so there’s another trend* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 6:34 p.m.).

Barcelona News and Form

Barcelona had to rescue a point against Girona in a Catalan derby on the weekend, Gerard Pique getting an equaliser in a 2-2 draw for them after they had had defender Clement Lenglet sent off. That leaves them with a pretty handy W4 D1 record for the season though and they are likely to bounce straight back to winning ways in midweek. Barcelona have won both of their away games this season, taking down Valladolid and Real Sociedad both by a one-goal margin.

So it hasn’t been big wins for them on the road yet and because of that the more conservative Barcelona to win by a 2-goal margin appeals at 10/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 6:34 p.m.) as they are taking on one of the bottom sides in the league. All three of their away goals this season have come after the halftime break in matches.

Leganes v Barcelona Head to Head

There have only been the four previous games between the two clubs and Barcelona have won all four of them. They have scored a total of twelve goals in their four games against Girona, netting at least three goals in three of those. Surprisingly they have taken just the one clean sheet in those four games.

Who will win – Leganes v Barcelona Predictions

Barcelona should be comfortable in this one out on the road against the bottom side in the league. They had a blip last weekend but can respond strongly and Barcelona to win to nil is the obvious option to look for in Leganes v Barcelona betting tips.

24th September 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Barcelona v Girona Prediction & Betting Tips, 23rd September 2018

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Barcelona v Girona La Liga Preview, 23rd September 7.45pm

Barcelona have made a winning start to their La Liga title defence with a 100% record going so far. They will be looking for more points on home soil this weekend as they play host to Girona at the Nou Camp. Girona have started to pick up their own form with back to back wins but will they be able to challenge the reigning champions? Read our Barcelona v Girona betting tips for more.

Barcelona v Girona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/12
Draw 10/1
Girona 20/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 21st, 2018 at 4:26 p.m.)


Barcelona News and Form

Four games played in the Spanish top flight this season and it is four wins for Barcelona. The Catalans have shown some scoring muscle on home soil as well as they have rattled off a remarkable eleven goals in two games at the Nou Camp. It has been impressive stuff from them and Lionel Messi has been well among the goals. He has four goals to his name already this season and all four of those have been on home soil. That makes Messi the 15/8 first goalscorer favourite for the match* (betting odds taken on September 21st, 2018 at 4:15 pm).

Barcelona have won 30 of their last 33 home games in La Liga now and they have scored at least two goals in 30 of their last 33 at the Nou Camp. Their numbers are just so impressive and we are going to look over 3.5 goals at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken on September 21st, 2018 at 4:15 pm) because they could have a field day the way they are playing at the moment. Even coming off the back of midweek Champions League action there shouldn’t be a let up in Barcelona’s form. A Barcelona 3-0 correct score is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on September 21st, 2018 at 4:15 pm).

Girona News and Form

Girona have won their last two games in the top flight, taking out Villarreal and Celta Vigo. That was after picking up just the one point from their opening two games of the season. Their only loss in their W2 D1 L1 record this season was a heavy home reverse against Real Madrid, losing that one 4-1. So that is a pretty decent indicator of what could happen this weekend. This will be just their second away game of the new season, their other one ending in a 1-0 at Villarreal which was actually a really good result. In three of their four games, this season Girona have been drawing at half time. That could be a stretch in this one though and a Barcelona/Barcelona half-time/ full-time bet is as short as 4/11 odds* (betting odds taken on September 21st, 2018 at 4:15 pm).

Barcelona v Girona Head to Head

There is not much head to head form between the two clubs as last season’s two games in La Liga are the only previous meetings between them. Barcelona took a 6-1 home win in this corresponding fixture last season after producing a 3-0 win out on the road against them.

Who will win – Barcelona v Girona Predictions

The simple option for Barcelona v Girona betting tips is to back the home side to win to nil. Barcelona Have shown some fine form already this season and shouldn’t get tripped up in this home fixture against a side they beat comfortably last season.

22nd September 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven Prediction & Betting Tips – 18th September 2018

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Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League, 18th September 7.45pm

Barcelona have made an unbeaten start to their new domestic season and next up for them is the opening match of their new Champions League campaign. The Catalans will be looking for a strong opener on home soil as they take on PSV. Eindhoven are the Dutch Champions and this just about as tough of an opener as they could have gotten. Read our Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven betting tips for more.

Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/10
Draw 8/1
PSV 20/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.)


Barcelona News and Form

The Catalans have had a perfect start to their La Liga title defence so far and they will be expected to make light work of this opening group stage fixture in Champions League. So far this term they have scored at least two goals in each of their four league games, netting fourteen in those four games. On the weekend they battled back from a goal down to beat Sociedad 2-1 away from home. It is a little hard to see their opponents get into the game in this one and Barcelona to win to nil is at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.) which leads our Barcelona v PSV betting tips.

Barcelona were stopped in last season’s quarter finals by Roma despite winning the first leg at home 4-1. They were just remarkably overpowered in the second leg in Italy for a shock exit. In the group stage last season they produced a W4 D2 L0 record, scoring nine goals and conceding one. We are going to push for Barcelona to win by a two-goal margin at 10/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.). Barcelona are currently unbeaten in 26 UEFA home games with a W24 D2 record in that sequence.

PSV Eindhoven News and Form

PSV are the Dutch Champions and they have made a positive start to their title defence as well, winning all five league games this season, averaging over four goals per game as well. Since the start of the season, PSV Eindhoven have won all seven of their matches played in all competitions. Even if they don’t get on the scoreboard in this one it may be worth pushing for over 3.5 goals at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.). To their credit, they have scored sixteen goals in their last three games. PSV were in the playoff qualification round where they took on Bate Borisov and the Dutch side won that tie 6-2 on aggregate.

There was a 3-2 win for them on the road though and those goals conceded raise a bit of a red flag. They have just the one clean sheet in their four away games this season in all competitions. This is a return to the group stage of the competition for the first time since the 2016/17 season where they failed to get out of their group which contained Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. They were in the Europa League third qualifying round latest season and lost there. PSV have won just two of their last twelve European games.

Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven Head to Head

Things are even between Barcelona and PSV from their few previous meetings. The first time they came together was back in 1978 in the UEFA Cup with the two of them trading home wins. They were then together in the 1997/98 Champions League with both group stage games ending in a 2-2. All four of their meetings have produced at least three goals.

Who will win – Barcelona v PSV Eindhoven Predictions

Hard to imagine anything other than a win for Barcelona cropping up in this one. PSV Eindhoven have such a tough match in front of them and for our Barcelona v PSV betting tips, we are going with the simple option of Barcelona to win to nil.

17th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting

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Sociedad v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips – 15th September 2018

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Sociedad v Barcelona La Liga, 15th September 3.15pm

Real Sociedad have had a mixed time of things so far in the new La Liga season and they will be heading into their first home fixture of the term. What a game it is as well as they host Barcelona. The Catalans are just one of two sides in the league to have won all three of their games played so far. Can they keep their strong early moment going? Read our Sociedad v Barcelona betting tips for more.

Sociedad v Barcelona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 2/5
Draw 4/1
Real Sociedad 11/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.)


Sociedad v Barcelona Betting Tips

So Real Sociedad will be kicking off their home campaign with this one and it’s a tough one for them to get stuck into. Naturally with no home form because of no action so far this season, we aren’t sure what we are going to get from Sociedad. Their away form for the season reads W1 D1 L1 and their defense hasn’t been at the races. They have conceded five goals in their three games and that’s not tight enough to expect them to shut out Barcelona.

Just before the international break Sociedad lost at Eibar. We are going to back the home side to at least get on the scoresheet though and both teams to score is at 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken on September 12th, 2018 at 9:04 pm). Last season on home soil in the Spanish top flight Sociedad posted a W10 D3 L6 record but they lost three of their games on home soil against the top-four finishers (W1 against Atletico Madrid). Are they good enough to stand toe to toe with Barcelona? Sociedad are on an eleven match scoring streak at home.

Barcelona are chugging along with three straight wins. Just before the international break, they destroyed the newly promoted Huesca 8-2 at the Nou Camp. In their only away game so far this season they edged out a 1-0 win at Valladolid. We think that Real Sociedad may be a little more open at the back and a Barcelona -1.25 Asian Handicap is at 9/10 odds* (betting odds taken on September 12th, 2018 at 9:04 pm). Lionel Messi has four goals so far this season but all four of those have been at home. Ousmane Dembele has their only away goal this term. So far,

Sociedad v Barcelona Head to Head

It was back to back wins for Barcelona in their matches against Sociedad last season. They have collected a win in each of their last five against them in all competitions, undefeated six. Barcelona have won all but one of their previous home games against Sociedad in all competitions (D1). The Catalans have scored thirteen goals in their last four games against Real Sociedad alone.

Who will win – Sociedad v Barcelona Predictions

We don’t see Barcelona slipping up against a side who are yet to find their feet for the season. It will be a big game for Real Sociedad as it is their first home fixture of the term, but still, they may not have enough of an answer to stop the visitors. It might be worth looking at Barcelona -1.25 Asian Handicap.

13th September 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Champions League Group Stage Draw 2018 – Predictions & Betting Odds

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The draw for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage was made on Thursday, August 30th and now all the participants know their fate in the group stage. While English Champions Manchester City will be fairly content with the draw that they have received, the other English participants all landed themselves in tough groups including Manchester United having to go up against their former star Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus.

Champions League 2018 Odds*

Manchester City 9/2
FC Barcelona 13/2
Juventus 13/2
PSG 7/1
Real Madrid 9/1
Bayern Munich 10/1
Liverpool 11/1
Atletico Madrid 12/1
Tottenham 20/1
Manchester United 28/1
Napoli 50/1
Roma 50/1
Inter 50/1
Bar 80/1
* (betting odd taken from Paddy Power on August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm)


Group A: Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge

This should be a pretty exciting group but the strong favourites are Atletico Madrid who are already at 1/2 odds-on to take the top spot in this one* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). There really should not be too much of a challenge coming in from any of the other participants to stop them. Dortmund and Atletico will meet for the first time since the 1996/97 season.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV, Inter Milan

This is a bit of a stinker of a draw for Tottenham. Not only do they have to try and deal with Barcelona but there is the problem of Inter as well, who looks a pretty strong dark horse threat. Tottenham though have handled themselves well enough in Europe recently to suggest that they can hold off the Italians, but it may not be enough to see them win their group. Spurs are 3/1 second favourites to win in the group* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm).

Tottenham’s only previous meeting with Barcelona was in the 1982 Cup Winners’ Cup. Barcelona won 2-1 on aggregate. Spurs had that famous 2010 Champions League duel with Inter, which ended in a thrilling 6-5 aggregate win for the Londoners. Then in the 2013 Europa League, the two played out a 4-4 aggregate draw with Inter in the round of sixteen, Spurs winning on away goals.
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter, PSV

Group C: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Liverpool have heavily paid the price for being seeded in the third pot. That meant of course that not only were they drawn against one of the elite, but against a second-seeded team as well. They have fallen with PSG and Napoli and there aren’t any easy games there. While PSG are probably going to be strong enough to top the pile, it’s a coin toss pretty much between Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli who will pose a huge threat to Liverpool’s plans.

Liverpool’s only previous clash with PSG was in the 1997 Cup Winner Cup. The two traded clean sheet home wins on that occasion. They have only been up against Napoli once before and that was in the group stage of the 2010/11 Europa League with Liverpool banking a solid home win after a 0-0 draw out in Naples.

Prediction: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Crvena Zvezda

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

Sometimes you get a group of death in a competition draw, sometimes you get a group like this which will raise very little interest. Porto may be worth a flutter to go and get themselves the group win.

Prediction: Porto, Schalke, Lokomotiv Moscow, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens

A relatively comfortable group is ahead of Bayern Munich and they are 1/12 odds-on favourites at Paddy Power to secure top spot* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). The rest of the group are nowhere near up to their standards but it should be a scrap between Benfica and Ajax to get that second spot. We are sticking with Benfica.
Prediction: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens.

Group F: MAN CITY, Shakhtar, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Manchester City will be laughing over this draw. It really couldn’t have turned out much better for them. The Citizens are joint outright favourites to win the tournament. Is anyone in this bunch likely to stop them from winning the group, which includes Champions League debutants Hoffenheim? No.

The Citizens have never met Lyon before, but they were up against Shakhtar just last season in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The two of them traded home wins, City losing on the road in their final group stage match after the group win had already been secured.

Prediction: Man City, Lyon, Shakhtar Hoffenheim.

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Reigning Champions Real Madrid will be pretty unfazed by this group stage. Roma really is just about their only real opposition and the top two seeds are likely going to make comfortable work of getting to the knockout phase.
Prediction: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, MAN UTD, Valencia, Young Boys

Not the draw that Manchester United would have wanted at all. Juventus look a pretty sound option to go and win this group and no-one is likely to take points off of them in Turin. Manchester United’s struggles have been clear this season and unless things change, they will get a big run for their money for the qualifying place from Valencia.

Manchester United and Juventus last met back in 2003 in the Champions League with United landing back to back wins over the Italiannis in the second group stage. Things are even with five wins each and two draws from all of their previous meetings. United have won four of the last six meetings though (D1 L1).

The Red Devils were up against Valencia in the group stage of the 2010/11 edition with the Red Devils getting four points on the board. Each of the last five between them have ended under 2.5 goals and United are undefeated in six previous Champions League games against the Spaniards.

Prediction: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys

30th August 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting

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Barcelona v SD Huesca Prediction & Betting Tips – 2nd September 2018

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Barcelona v SD Huesca La Liga, 2nd September 5.30pm

It has been a solid start for Barcelona in their La Liga title defence,. It is two wins from two and no goal conceded just from the Catalans. They get back to home soil this weekend where they will take on top-flight newcomers Huesca. Interestingly though, Huesca have done a brilliant job of picking up four points from their opening two games. Read our Barcelona v SD Huesca betting tips for more.

Barcelona v SD Huesca Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/12
Draw 9/1
SD Huesca 23/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 28th, 2018 at 2:13 a.m.)

Barcelona v SD Huesca Betting Tips

Barcelona have made a good winning start to the new season having posted back to back clean sheet wins over Alaves and Valladolid. They had to work hard out at Valladolid for their points last weekend with Ousmane Dembele getting the only goal of the game in the second half for them. Barcelona to win to nil is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 28th, 2018 at 2:01 a.m.) and that is a leading option for our Barcelona v Huesca odds.

You imagine that the Catalans will be fine at home against a newly promoted side. Because the Catalans haven’t conceded yet this season and they go into what should be relatively comfortable home game then it leaves some good options in the correct score market where a Barcelona 3-0 is appealing at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 28th, 2018 at 2:01 a.m.).

Huesca have made a great start to the season after their promotion. They have backed four points from their two games so far and they were both road games as well. This is third away game on the bounce and easily their toughest. To their further credit, they have scored exactly two goals in both of their games so far.

Even if they don’t get on the scoresheet here we are sticking with under 3.5 goals at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 28th, 2018 at 2:01 a.m.) for our Barcelona v Huesca predictions. That will back up the 3-0 correct score of course that we are predicting for the home side. So the newcomers have done well out of the gate on their first ever season in the top flight. This is a different challenge altogether for them though.

Barcelona v SD Huesca Head to Head

There’s not much head to head to look back at for this one. These two have played just two games before, which were the two legs of their 2014/15 Copa del Rey clash. Barcelona put a convincing 12-1 aggregate win on the board, winning 8-1 at the Nou Camp.

Who will win – Barcelona v SD Huesca Predictions

Barcelona to win to nil tops our Barcelona v Huesca betting tips here. The Catalans are going to enjoy plenty of the ball and while their opponents have made a strong start to life in the top flight, this is a challenge unlike which they have faced yet.

29th August 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Valladolid v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips – 25th August 2018

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Valladolid v Barcelona La Liga, 25th August 9.15pm

Barcelona got themselves off a comfortable winning start in their La Liga title defence as they banked a 3-0 home success over Alaves last weekend with Lionel Messi opening his account with a brace. They head out on the road for the first time this season to face Valladolid who battled to a point away from home at Girona. Read our Valladolid v Barcelona betting tips for more.

Valladolid v Barcelona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/6
Draw 13/2
Valladolid 12/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 20th, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.)

Valladolid v Barcelona Betting Tips

It is going to be a long hard slog for Valladolid after their promotion to the top flight. They did make something of a positive start to the league season though as they collected a 0-0 draw out at Girona last weekend to get their first point on the board. This is their first top-flight season since their relegation in 2014 when they collected just the seven wins in the course of the term. This is naturally going to be a much sterner test for them and both teams not to score is a solid Valladolid v Barcelona betting tip at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 20th, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.). It isn’t too probable that they are going to see enough of the ball to hurt Barcelona. They had just two shots in their game against Girona last weekend and took just 35% of possession in the game. It could be a long evening for them.

Barcelona opened with a comfortable 3-0 win at home against Alaves last weekend. Lionel Messi was straight off the mark with two goals in the game. Messi is the first goalscorer favourite at 9/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 20th, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.). It was an expected strong start from them on home soil, nothing too out of the ordinary there. Barcelona produced 25 shots in that fixture and ran with 73% of possession. You can only imagine that they are going to get plenty of chances in this one. Last season away from home the Catalans produced a W12 D6 L1 record in La Liga.

The lone defeat, which was at Levante was in their final away game of the season and ruined their overall shot at an unbeaten season. Strangely before that as well Barcelona had alternated between a win and a draw in their eight previous road games. Barcelona averaged 2.4 goals per game last season away from home and because of that, a Barcelona 2-0 correct score option at 11/2 does look a reasonable shot for this one* (Betting Odds were taken from August 20th, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.). Not too surprisingly Barcelona scored in each and every one of their road games last season.

Valladolid v Barcelona Head to Head

This is the first meeting between Valladolid and Barcelona since the 2013/14 season of the Spanish top flight. There was actually a big upset that season as the two clubs traded home wins that season, Valladolid banking a 1-0 home win over the Blaugrana. Mind you Barcelona were on an eight-match winning streak against them before that. The overall head to head reads 23-4 in Barcelona’s favour with five draws.

Who will win – Valladolid v Barcelona Predictions

We don’t see anything other than three points going to Barcelona in his one. They looked sharp enough out of the gates to suggest that they aren’t going to get tripped up in this one as they did on their last visit there. We are going to comfortably back a Barcelona to win to nil option for our Valladolid v Barcelona predictions.

25th August 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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