Barcelona are lining up a historic fifth straight Copa del Rey title. That’s pretty immense to say the least,and it has been relatively easy for them in their recent finals. So it is left to Valencia to try and find a way to stop Barca getting their hands on the title again. This is their first appearance in the final since winning in 2008. Read our Barcelona v Valencia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 20th, 2019 at 11:23 p.m.)
Another league title has landed in the lap of Barcelona. Can they add the Copa del Rey title on top as well? They have dominated the competition recently, having won each of the last four editions. When teams have won a league title early, it is hard to gauge their form because naturally, their intensity levels drop off. Barcelona are W1 D1 L2 in their last four games, one of those defeats that stunning Champions League loss at Anfield against Liverpool.
Barcelona did come past Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey this season, taking a 4-1 aggregate win over their rivals. That was after an 8-1 aggregate win over Sevilla in the quarterfinals. Barcelona also beat C Leonese and Levante in previous round, comfortably at that. It has been another season of big success for Barcelona and they will be geared up for this. Lionel Messi got himself a brace on the weekend as they played out a 2-2 draw against Eibar in their final league game of the season.
There were two drawn matches between them this season in La Liga
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last eight against Valencia in all competitions
Both teams have scored in six of the last eight meetings
Barca are W5 D4 L3 in previous Copa del Rey matches against Valencia
Valencia have won three of their last four games, so they have finished the season somewhat strongly. They are a good team, but they go patchy here and there. They are W3 L4 in their last seven games in all competitions for example. Five of their last seven games have gone over 3.5 goals and they have been giving up a lot of goals. Their 2-0 success at Valladolid on the final weekend of league action is their only clean sheet in eight fixtures across all competitions. But then they carry a great scoring threat, so it’s hard to read them at times.
This is their first appearance in the final of the Copa del Rey since lifting the title back in 2008 with a 3-1 success over Getafe. They have won the title seven times before in their history and have claimed the title on their last two appearances there. They can take some hope from their two draws against Barcelona this season, but can they find their winning touch on the day to take down the Catalans? If you take out their Europa League semi-final defeats against Arsenal, then on the domestic scene this season, they have been a tough side to beat.
After two drawn matches between these two in La Liga, it could hint that this is going to be a good contest. Valencia are no pushovers. However, it is Barcelona and their winning pedigree which has to be backed to earn success once again. Barca to win and both teams to score.
22nd May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Across the big five European leagues, there were no surprises this season as to where the titles ended up. Each of the favourites from the divisions were all successful. Looking forward twelve months from now, will it just be the same again?
Manchester City 8/11, Liverpool 11/4
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
This season’s Premier League title race was an epic. Manchester City and Liverpool locked horns pretty much all the way, and it wasn’t until the start of the new year that Manchester City clawed their way back into ascendancy. That started with their home win over the Reds on January 3rd, a game which they had gone into, seven points adrift of the Reds.
At the end of the day, they held their nerve brilliantly, winning their final fourteen fixtures of the league season to secure the title on the final day of the season. Pep Guardiola’s men are 8/11 to make it three in a row season* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019). After having had the door slammed in their face of trying to earn their first Premier League title, Liverpool have to pick themselves back up and try to find a way to crack this remarkable City team.
Bayern Munich 8/13, Borussia Dortmund 13/2
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
This is another of the big five leagues that went down to the wire. All of the early form of the season was made by Borussia Dortmund. They raced out of the blocks while Bayern Munich, under new boss Niko Kovac took some time to get going. But it was Bayern Munich who started turning up the heat really from the start of December when they won thirteen of four games in a red-hot period of games. The tipping point in their favour came at the start of April as they crushed title rivals Dortmund 5-0.
Dortmund, who had gone undefeated from the start of the campaign through to mid-December, couldn’t keep up their pace. At the end of the even though they won eight of their last twelve games, costly slips away from home cost them. The interesting thing about next season’s Bundesliga is that Bayern are losing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, while Dortmund will see Christian Pulisic go to Chelsea and Jadon Sancho is being hotly tipped for a move away as well. Who will adapt better to the changes?
Juventus 4/7, Inter 5/1, Napoli 11/2
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
Once again Serie A was a non-contest. Juventus romped to their eighth straight league title. Change will be coming next season as Juve are parting company with Massimiliano Allegri. But will that be enough to see their dominance in the country dwindle? It doesn’t seem too likely. It is a really tough thing to imagine how other contenders like Napoli or Inter are going to close the gap enough on Juventus, regardless of whoever is in charge.
Barcelona 10/11, Real Madrid 11/10, Atletico 33/1
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
The demise of Real Madrid this season has been somewhat spectacular. Just about everything went wrong for them. After winning the Champions League for the third straight season last summer, boss Zinedine Zidane walked away, noticing that the club was likely to go into decline. It did. They started the season with Julen Lopetegui.
He was sacked in October to be replaced by Santiago Solari, becoming the official coach the following month. He was out of the door in March with Zinedine Zidane coming back. They ended the season with three losses in four, finishing 19 points behind winners Barcelona and eight behind second-placed Atletico Madrid. So it was fairly routine at the end of the day for Barcelona, who grabbed the title again losing just three times all campaign.
PSG, Lille, Lyon (odds to be announced)
There was little challenge to PSG in the title race in Ligue 1 this season. Even though their form slumped badly towards the end of the season, they still won at a canter ahead of second-placed Lille. This is a more extreme example than Serie A is really, because the money and the power that the Parisians have over everyone else on the domestic front is unmatched and they aren’t likely going to be touched next campaign either.
19th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Eibar do have a chance at cracking the top ten to end the season, but nothing more than that. Barcelona are on a wind-down at the end of the season having claimed yet another title. Will they finish on a high with a big away win and extend their perfect record against Eibar? Read our Eibar v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 3:23 p.m.)
Eibar suffered a 1-0 loss at Villarreal last weekend, which snapped their form of back to back wins. Eibar have only come up with the two wins in their last seven league games now though (D1 L4). Their overall home form this season is at W9 D5 L4 and they have averaged 1.6 goals per home game. They have conceded at an average of just over a goal per game. 61% of Eibar home games have made it over 2.5 goals this season.
In total, they have taken a clean sheet in 39% of their home fixtures, and they have won two of their last three on home soil. Six of their nine home successes this season have been by a margin of just one goal. The other three were all by a three-goal margin. Eibar have scored 76% of their home goals this season in the second period of games. They have opened the scoring in half of their home fixtures for the campaign.
Barcelona took a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou over Eibar in January
Barcelona have won all nine previous games played against Eibar
Eibar have scored in just three of their previous nine against Barca
Barcelona have won all four previous visits to Eibar, to nil
The Catalans took a 2-0 win at Getafe last weekend. They have won four of their last five played and have lost just one league game since a shock home defeat against Real Betis in early November. They away record that Barcelona have taken this season in La Liga is W11 D5 L2 and they have averaged just over two goals per away game this season. Barcelona have conceded 17 goals in their 18 road games this season, earning a clean sheet in 44% of road fixtures.
Barcelona have only taken one win in their last four out on the road (D2 L1). Of their eleven away wins for the season, six of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. Each of their last three away games have gone under 2.5 goals. They were on a fourteen match undefeated streak of form away from home in the top flight, before their 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo in their last away fixture. Barcelona have opened the scoring in 11 of their 18 away games. They do also boast the best away record in the top flight by a country mile, this season.
Eibar have yet to manage to avoid defeat against Barcelona in any previous meeting. Even though neither have anything at stake in this one, it may well end up being the same outcome. Barcelona to win to nil.
16th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Anfield was rocking on Tuesday night. If there was a roof on the stadium, it would have been blown off by the noise and emotion which erupted at the final whistle of a staggering match. Liverpool went into the game trailing Barcelona 3-0 from the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
So it was a night of hope more than optimism before kick-off, but things started to change after Divock Origi got an early goal on the board for them. Still, only being 1-0 up at half time, there was a long, long way for Liverpool to go, but they got there in the end as they tore into the Spaniards.
Considering that Liverpool were without two key attackers in Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, the success was even more memorable. They had to produce a bit of a rearguard action at the end of the game as Barcelona desperately sought an away goal that would have put them through to the final. It didn’t come.
Liverpool stayed strong and inflicted another miserable exit from the competition for Barca. Last season Barcelona lost in the quarterfinals against Roma having won the first leg of the tie at the Camp Nou by a 4-1 scoreline. They lost 3-0 in Italy and were knocked out on away goals. This one has to hurt just as much.
Liverpool could have been taken at 50/1 odds with bet365 for a 4-0 correct score before kick off.
That extraordinary show of strength now has seen Liverpool move in from 22/1 odds to just 4/9 to win this season’s Champions League* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 8th, 2019 at 2:40 p.m.). The Reds will await the winner of the Ajax v Tottenham tie.
The Champions League final is booked for June 1st.
8th May 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Liverpool have left themselves with a mountain to climb after a 3-0 away defeat at Barcelona in the first leg of this Champions League semi-final. So they are going to have to come up with something astonishingly memorable at Anfield on Tuesday night to overturn this. Barcelona will likely turn up and bide their time and look to hit Liverpool on the break. Read our Liverpool v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
So the first leg did not bode well for Liverpool even though they played a very good game. They did actually have golden opportunities to get themselves on the scoresheet and pick up a precious away goal, but they squandered them. Liverpool have never lost at Anfield in the semifinals of the European cup winning eight of their 10 previous matches there are at this stage (D2). In those 10 games, Liverpool have conceded only the four home goals, two of those were in last season’s semi-final on Merseyside against Roma.
Liverpool have won their last 10 two-legged European ties which includes qualifying times. But now that record look in serious jeopardy. The Reds have won seven of the eight UEFA Champions League knockout stage ties in which they were playing at home in the second leg. They have won their last six such ties on the bounce. Liverpool have a W8 D2 in two-legged UEFA knockout ties with Spanish sides.
Their home record against Spanish opposition is not particularly great as they have won just five of 17 previous fixtures at Anfield against Spanish visitors (D7 L5). As for their current home form in Europe, they were on a five-match winning streak on home soil in the competition, which included home successes in each of their three group stage fixtures. Then in the round of 16, they played out a 0-0 home draw against Bayern Munich, before winning 2-0 at Anfield over Porto in the quarter-finals. Liverpool are now undefeated in their last 21 European home games, winning 15 of those.
27 times in their history Liverpool have lost the first leg away from home of the UEFA competition ties. They have won through in 13 of those 27 previous locations. In two of those ties, they have suffered 3-0 away defeats in the first game and went on to be eliminated in both. In their previous meetings with Barcelona the head-to-head stands even now with both having claimed three wins each and have played out three goals. The last time that Liverpool hosted Barcelona, the visitors claimed a 1-0 victory.
Barcelona rested their star players on the weekend having already won the Spanish league title. So that the benefit for them ahead of this trip to Anfield. It was former Liverpool man Luis Suarez who gave Barcelona the first-half lead in the first leg. Lionel Messi then came up with two goals in the final 15 min of the fixture, his second and absolutely stunning free kick from 30 yards out. Interestingly in last season quarter-final against Roma, Barcelona bowed out after having earned a three-goal margin at home in the first leg. The difference then was a Roma have managed to get an away goal, whereas Liverpool have not.
Three of Barcelona’s eight semi-final defeats have come against English opposition. Barcelona have actually lost each of their last three away games at the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League. Remarkably they have only claimed two away victories (D2 L10) in their previous fourteen semi-final away games. The Spaniards have lost eight of their 12 previous UEFA Champions League knockout stage ties when they have played the second leg away from home.
Barcelona have claimed a win in 15 of their 25 previous two-leg European ties against English opposition. They have lost just one of their last nine. Barcelona have already seen off English opposition this season as they knocked out Manchester United by a 4-0 aggregate in the quarter-finals. Back in the group stage they were up against Tottenham as well and claimed four points from those two matches against the Premier League side. Overall it is a W4 L1 record against English sides by Barcelona this season.
Barcelona have won five of their last seven road games in England (D1 L1). Overall home and away in the Champions League, Barcelona have suffered just one defeat in their last 22 fixtures, winning 14 of those. That lone defeat was against Roma in last season’s quarter-final, when Barcelona crashed out. Before their success at Old Trafford in the last round against Manchester United, Barcelona had failed to win six away knockout stage games (D2 L4) and scored just one goal in that sequence. Barcelona have won 38 of the 42 UEFA competition ties in which they won the first leg at home but have lost the two most recent ones.
It’s a tough game to predict now because Liverpool have to get themselves on the front foot and an early goal would raise belief. However they were so easily picked off by Barcelona’s attacking game, and that has to come into play the game here. So this could be a high-scoring game, but perhaps worth backing Liverpool to claim the match victory.
6th May 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Both Barcelona and Liverpool have five European Cup titles to their name and this is such a massive showdown in the semifinals. Barcelona are an absolute beast on home soil and they will be defending a long unbeaten record at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League. But then it is Liverpool who have won all previous ties between these two giants of European football. Read our Barcelona v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 29th, 2019 at 6:15 p.m.)
Barcelona are now undefeated in 31 UEFA Champions League home matches. That is an absolutely astonishing record. Surprisingly the recent record of Barcelona in the Champions League semi finals is not particularly good. They have lost three of their last five semi-final ties. Actually, three of their eight semi-final defeats in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, have happened against English opposition. Barcelona have won each of their last five two-legged ties against English opposition. In total, their record in such ties against English opponents is W15 L10.
They have had plenty of experience against English opposition this season as they were up against Tottenham in the group stage, taking four points off the Premier League side. Then they were up against Manchester United in the quarter-finals, with Barcelona winning that tie 4-0 on aggregate. So now Barcelona are on a streak of just one defeat in their last 15 games against English clubs, winning 11 of those 15 games.
Barcelona’s home record against English opposition is W21 D11 L2, however, both of those defeats in that sequence did happen against Liverpool. Barcelona have won eight of their last 10 home games against English opposition, drawing the other two. Barcelona have only lost one of their last 21 knockout fixtures in the UEFA Champions League, winning 13 of those.
They are currently on a thirteen match undefeated streak at home in the knockout stages of the competition, winning 11. On home soil this season in Europe Barcelona have won four of their five games, the one exception being a 1-1 draw against Spurs on matchday six of the group stage, Barcelona already having won the group by that time. As for that man Lionel Messi, he is the current top scorer in this season’s tournament.
Liverpool league the head to head 3-2 against Barcelona from eight previous games
Liverpool have won all three two-legged contests against Barcelona
This is the first meeting since the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League round of 16
Liverpool took the tie on away goals after winning the first leg 2-1 at the Camp Nou
Liverpool are on a 19 match undefeated streak of form in all competitions at the moment, winning 14 of those. That’s the kind of positive form that they need to take forward with them to Spain in midweek. This is such a tough first leg away from home though, so it will be interesting to see how well their defence stands up to what they know will be a strong attacking performance from Barcelona.
The record of Liverpool in European cup semi finals is W8 L2. Liverpool have won their last 10 two-leg European ties, which includes their successes over Bayern Munich and Porto this season. It has been a while since they have met Spanish opposition in a two-legged tie though, as this will be their first since meeting Villarreal in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League semi-finals. The Reds lost 1-0 in Spain, before winning 3-0 back at Anfield.
That win over Villarreal on home soil is Liverpool’s only victory in their last eight fixtures against Spanish opposition, losing five of the other seven. The last time they made a trip to Spain was in last season’s group stage when they played out a 3-3 draw at Sevilla. Liverpool had been on a run of four straight European away defeats before picking up a 3-1 success at Bayern Munich in the round of 16. They then 4-1 at Porto in the following round.
In total Liverpool have lost five of their last 12 European matches, with all of those defeats coming outside of England. But now with this five-match undefeated streak of form in Europe, the tide looks to be turning well in their favour. Sadio Mane has produced 11 goals in Liverpool’s 12 matches and now with Mo Salah becoming the Premier League top scorer last weekend, they do have the firepower, especially on the counter-attack to cause Barcelona some problems.
Even though Liverpool have been in such great form lately, this is still a massive task ahead of them in Spain. Barcelona will know the importance of putting on a very good strong show on home soil and with them in current hot form, and with Lionel Messi scoring for fun, the appeal a game in betting terms is for a Barcelona to win & both teams to score option.
29th April 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Barcelona v Manchester United Champions League Preview, 16th April 8.00pm
Barcelona hold a 1-0 advantage as they head back to Spain for the second leg of this quarter-final duel. Did Manchester United miss their chance on home soil to get themselves into this tie? They may have to endure a long night at the Nou Camp, needing to score twice to get themselves through. Read our Barcelona v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Manchester United 7/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
Barcelona hold a 1-0 advantage in this tie after an own goal by Manchester United’s Luke Shaw in the first leg at Old Trafford. That was their third straight win over Manchester United and for Barcelona, it was their first win in seven away knockout games in the Champions League (D2 L4). That was only their second goal in that sequence of games as well. So it is advantage the Spaniards as they get back to home soil and Barcelona have won five and lost three now of their previous 12 meetings with Manchester United. The Catalans have won 14 of their 24 two-legged ties against English opposition
Barcelona have never lost home game against Manchester United (W2 D2) although the last two meetings at the Nou Camp have ended in a draw. Barcelona have already hosted English opposition this season as they played out a 1-1 draw against Spurs on matchday six of the group stage. Barcelona have lost just one of their last 14 European games against English sides, winning 10 of those. They have won seven of their last nine home games against English sides.
Barcelona’s overall home record against English clubs is W20 D11 L2. Barcelona have lost just one of their last 20 Champions League games (W12 D7). They are unbeaten in 12 knockout stage at the Nou Camp, winning 10 of those. Barca are undefeated in 30 Champions League home games (W27 D3). Barcelona have progressed 36 out of the 38 times they won the away first leg in UEFA competition. Lionel Messi is the joint leading goalscorer in this season’s Champions League with eight.
So this is going to be an uphill struggle for Manchester United given the European home form of Barcelona. But in the last round of this season’s Champions League, Manchester United made a second leg trip to Paris to face PSG and turnaround a 2-0 deficit. That was only the fourth time that a team in the tournament had come back from losing the home first leg. Manchester United have won both previous two-legged ties against Barcelona. The Red Devils have already faced Spanish opposition this season as they played out a 0-0 home draw and suffered a 2-1 away loss against Valencia in the group stage.
With this season’s action, just United have claimed just two wins in their last 16 games against Spanish opposition (D6 L8). They are currently on a winless streak of seven games against Spanish clubs. But they don’t have too bad of a record in Spain having lost only two of their last 10 visits there (W2 D6). United’s record in two-legged ties against Spanish clubs is W6 L8. The Red Devils have only lost two of their last 13 European away fixtures, winning eight of those. In just one of those games, did they concede more than one goal in a game. Home and away Manchester United have lost seven of their last 29 European fixtures.
Barcelona should hold their own on home soil here. Manchester United can believe because of what they did in Paris in the last round. This is going to be a lot tougher of an ask though. Barcelona can take their time and pick off the visitors. Barcelona to win to nil.
15th April 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This is the one that Manchester United would have hoped to have avoided. In order to reach the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League, they have to get past Barcelona. That’s no easy task. They may have to fill their boots at Old Trafford against the Spaniards in order to have something to defend at the Nou Camp. Read our Manchester United v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Manchester United 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 4:02 p.m.)
Manchester United pulled off one of their famous night in Europe to get through their round of 16 tie against PSG. United had lost at home in the first leg, but then a dramatic stoppage-time penalty in Paris saw them land a 3-1 away victory to squeeze through. The Red Devils are W12 L6 in their 18 previous European Cup quarter-finals. This is their first since the 2013/14 season against Bayern Munich when they suffered a defeat. Manchester United have won one of their last three quarter-final ties only. Their home form in Europe isn’t great as they are W2 L3 from their last five at Old Trafford.
Along with beating Young Boys at Old Trafford, in this season’s group stage, they lost at home to Juventus and were held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia. Then came their defeat against PSG in the round of sixteen. Surprisingly in their last four home games in Europe Manchester United have produced only the one goal. United hold a W6 L8 record in two-legged ties against Spanish opposition. Overall home and away, the Red Devils have produced a W17 D5 L6 record in Europe in their last 28 played. Manchester United have lost three of their four games played (all away from home) since taking that win in Paris against PSG.
The last two meetings have been in Champions League Finals
Barcelona are W4 D4 L3 in their 11 previous games against United
United have won both two-legged ties against Barcelona
The Red Devils are W1 D2 in three previous UCL home games against Barca
Barcelona are W14 L6 in their twenty previous appearances in the European Cup quarterfinals. However, they have struggled at this stage in recent seasons as they have exited the other quarter-final stage in four of their last five Champions League campaigns. Last season they looked on course to reach the final four holding a 4-1 lead over, but then Barcelona collapsed in the second leg away from home. There was their third quarter final exit in a row. In each of those three games from those quarter-final exits, Barcelona failed to get a goal on the board. Barcelona have met English opposition already this season as they won at Spurs before a draw against the Lilywhites in the group stage.
Barcelona have suffered just the one defeat in their last 13 European games played against English opposition (W8 D4). Overall they have won 14 of their previous 24 two-legged ties against English opposition. They have only lost one of their last eight such-ties. When it comes down to individual matches, Barcelona have suffered just one defeat in their last 19 Champions League games which was their loss at Roma in last season’s quarter-finals. Barcelona though are actually on a six-match winless streak in the knockout stage away from home with a W2 L4 record. From those six games, Barcelona have produced just one goal. Barca are currently undefeated in 16 games in all competition (W11 D5) and Lionel Messi is the joint top scorer in this season’s tournament with eight goals.
Barcelona are likely going to be too strong for a Manchester United side who haven’t been that great on home soil in Europe this season. The visitors should have the craft to open up the home side. Away win.
8th April 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This is a top two clash in La Liga with Barcelona holding an eight-point lead over Atletico. So even if they were to slip up at home in this one, it probably wouldn’t have a big bearing on the league title at this stage of the season. Can Atletico at least make things interesting by raiding the Nou Camp? Read our Barcelona v Atletico Madrid betting tips for more.
Atletico Madrid 15/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 4th, 2019 at 5:33 p.m.)
Barcelona played out a thrilling 4-4 draw at Villarreal in midweek after having fallen 4-2 down with ten minutes to go. They managed to rescue the situation though and extend their undefeated streak of form in the Spanish top flight to 18 home and away. At the Nou Camp, they are on a three-match winning streak at the moment, with an undefeated streak of eight going there. Not too surprisingly they have scored in all of their home league fixtures this season.
Barcelona are at W11 D3 L1 this season at the Nou Camp with an average of 2.9 goals per game from it. They have conceded at just over a goal per game here. Barcelona have taken a clean sheet in 40% of all their home games and just one of their eleven home successes have been by a one-goal margin. 67% of league matches at the Nou Camp have gone over 2.5 goals. Barca have scored 64% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures. On their visit to Atletico earlier this season, Ousmane Dembele rescued a point with a last minute goal for Barca.
There was a 1-1 draw in this season’s earlier meeting
Barcelona are undefeated in seven against Atletico in all competitions
Four of the last five meetings have gone under 2.5 goals
Barcelona are on a 12 match undefeated streak of home form against Atletico
Atletico picked up a home win over Girona in midweek, leaving them with back to back wins in the top flight. They have won six of their last seven played (L1). The defeat in that sequence happened out at Athletic Bilbao in mid-March. Atletico are at W6 D6 L3 on their travels this season in La Liga. They have remained undefeated from their four away games so far against the other current top-six with a W2 D2 record form those matches.
Atletico have averaged 1.3 goals per away game and as usual, they have been tough in defence. They have conceded just 12 goals on their travels. Only 20% of their league away games have gone over 2.5 goals. They have taken a clean sheet in a total of 40% of their away games. Atleti have been level at the halftime break in eight of their away games this season. They have conceded 83% of their away goals in the second half of matches. Atletico have opened the scoring in 9 of 15 road fixtures. Only Barca and Real Madrid have better away records than Atletico.
Barcelona to win by a one-goal margin at 13/5 odds
Under 2.5goals at 10/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 4th, 2019 at 5:33 p.m.)
This is probably going to be another tight encounter between the two sides, with Atletico so tough to break down. Barcelona have big home form going behind them and they could well sneak this by a one-goal margin for a big three points in the title push.
5th April 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona collected yet another win on the weekend to keep themselves in a prime position to get the title in their hands at the end of the season. They are on a big winning streak now and will be looking for more in a trip to Villarreal in midweek. The Yellow Submarine are only the one point above the drop zone. Read our Villarreal v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 31st, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.)
Villarreal suffered a 3-2 away defeat at Celta Vigo on the weekend, a tough defeat to swallow that was. That allowed Celta Vigo to pull within a point of Villarreal. Celta Vigo are third from bottom, Villarreal fourth from bottom. Villarreal have won two of their last three at home though in the league, but have only won three home fixtures all season. This is a tough game for them now given the situation that they are in. Villarreal are W3 D6 L6 on home soil in La Liga this season.
They have tallied 20 goals in their home campaign, the same amount of goals that they have conceded as well. 60% of their home games have made it above the 2.5 goals line this season. Both teams have scored in 73% of games at El Madrigal. Villarreal have been level at the break in 9 of their 15 home games this season, while they are currently on an eleven match scoring streak at home. They have scored 71% of their home goals in the second period of matches. Only four teams have a worse home record in La Liga than Villarreal have.
Barcelona were 2-0 winners at home over Villarreal in December
Barcelona are on a four-match winning streak against Villarreal
Villarreal last win over Barca was in 2008
Villarreal are without a win in their last 21 meetings with Barca in all competitions
Barcelona are on a six-match winning streak in the league and their current undefeated streak of league form extends to 17. Away from home, they have posted a W10 D3 L1 record this season and they are unbeaten in their last eleven on the road. They have won each of their last three league games away from home. Barcelona have rattled off nine goals in their last three away games and they have scored at an average of 2.2 goals per road fixture this season. With that said though only 57% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals.
Barcelona have taken a clean sheet in 43% of their away games, conceding just the 11 goal in their travels. They have earned a clean sheet in three of their last four on the road. Barcelona have been leading at the halftime break in exactly half of their road games this season. Lionel Messi is in a bit of scoring form. He has six in his last three league games. Barcelona have opened the scoring in of their fourteen away games. Barca boast both the best away record and the best offensive record in La Liga currently.
We don’t see Villarreal being strong enough to hold off a Barcelona side who are just humming along at the moment. The visitors are going to take some stopping at El Madrigal, and backing Barcelona to get on the scoresheet with a clean sheet has a decent amount of appeal.
31st March 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting