Tottenham had a good start to the International Champions Cup as they produced a 4-1 success over Italian side Roma. So that was a positive start to the summer and things step up now as they go on to face Barcelona at the event. This will be the first game of the International Champions Cup 2018 for the Spaniards.
* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.)
So Barcelona makes their entrance into the International Champions Cup and this will be their first game of the summer. You can’t expect them to be fielding the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi of course and like Spurs, they will be resting their key players ahead of the new season and after the World Cup. Barcelona have been busy in the transfer market get Arthur from Gremio, a good singing in Clement Lenglet from Seville and Malcolm from Bordeaux. So they could be the kind of players taking part to try and get integrated into the system. Both teams to score at bet365 for the game is at 4/9 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 8:18 p.m.). So Barcelona have had more of a rest during pre-season than Spurs and they can afford to do that as La Liga starts later than the English Premier League season. Following this game against Spurs, we will see Barcelona in action against Roma and then Milan in the International Champions Cup 2018.
Already Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino isn’t happy because of the busy summer and the early start of the new Premier League season. He has had to leave a lot of the players who took part in the World Cup behind to get some kind of a rest, so this isn’t the strongest Spurs set up as you would expect for exhibition stuff like this. Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura both got a brace in their 4-1 success over Roma. Spurs were missing nine players from their regular squad because of their World Cup exertions. Still, they have to move on and just get on with things and we are going over 2.5 goals at 1/2 odds for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 8:18 p.m.). That game against Roma was their first game of the summer and following the clash will go and meet Milan in their final International Champions Cup game. Then they then squeeze in a friendly against Girona before the start of the new Premier League season.
There have been just the two competitive games played between Spurs and Barcelona and those were clashes in the 1982 European Cup Winner Cup. Barcelona won 2-1 on aggregate with a win and a draw.
This could be a chance for Spurs to get a win over the famous Spanish outfit. It should be a good open game which will suit the approach of the Spaniards. Even without their main crop of players Spurs can rally themselves to get the victory.
28th July 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
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
Benfica 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
It is why football is such a great game. Barcelona were just two games from completing a historic unbeaten season. They had just come through tough games against Villarreal and Real Madrid and then their streak fell down against Levante on the weekend, a side just above the drop zone. Barcelona still have the title in their bag but it was a shock loss for them. Real Sociedad are playing for nothing.
Barcelona 1/4, Draw 5/1, Real Sociedad 9/1 (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018)
So the pressure of the unbeaten season is off Barcelona after that crazy 5-4 loss at Levante on the weekend. You won’t see a worse defensive performance ever from them and they were 5-1 down at one point and in the end, couldn’t come up with an equaliser in the last twenty minutes. They didn’t have Lionel Messi playing as they took a crazy risk and rested him. Philippe Coutinho netted a hattrick in the game though and was brilliant for the Catalans. But Messi should be back in the starting line up for their final game of the term and will head up the bet365 first goalscorer market. Barcelona’s home record is W15 D3 L0 for the season and they have scored in each of their last seven. They thumped Villarreal 5-1 in their last home game and have scored at least two goals in each of their last five at the Nou Camp. They have conceded a lot of goals lately and in the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 3-1 at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Both teams have scored in each of Barcelona’s last eight league games.
So both teams to score at bet365 is at 2/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018) and as there is nothing riding on this game it is worth looking for goals and over 4.5 goals is as short as 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Real Sociedad start the game in mid-table and they have won five of their last seven games played (L2). The two defeats in that sequence though were in their last two away games, suffering defeats at the relegated Malaga and then seventh-placed Sevilla. Sociedad have some shocking away form on the board this season with a W4 D4 L10 record and they have won just one of their last fourteen road games. So it’s unlikely they are going to break out a win in this one and they have lost at each of the other top five this season but did score in each of those defeats. Sociedad have averaged just over a goal per game on their travels and have managed a clean sheet in just over a quarter of their road games. Points may be hard to come by in this one for them.
When the two met earlier this season back in January, Barcelona collected a 4-2 away win over Sociedad and that is a five-match unbeaten streak that they are on against them at the moment home and away in the league. Each of the last three meetings in all competitions have produced at least five goals in them. Barcelona are on a 21 match winning streak at home against Sociedad in all competitions and that is from 23 previous times they have hosted them (W22 D1).
Barcelona will be hurting from that loss against Levante last weekend and they were shockingly poor at the back. So it’s worth backing goals to flow at the Nou Camp in this one so look for a home win & over 3.5 goals.
17th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona will go in search of edging closer to completing a full unbeaten season in La Liga. They played out an ill-tempered 2-2 draw with rivals Real Madrid on the weekend, having to get through the second half with ten men. They will be facing a Villarreal side who have found a bit of form with a three-match winning streak going.
Barcelona 3/10, Draw 9/2, Villarreal 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 3:35 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
Barcelona would have been happy to have settled for the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on the weekend under the circumstances. They lost Sergi Roberto just before half time to a red card with the score at 1-1. Despite that Lionel Messi put them ahead in the second half but they couldn’t hold out for the three points. It doesn’t really matter. Barcelona have won the league and they are trying to close in on the history of completing the season unbeaten something which has never been done in the modern era of La Liga. Barcelona are W14 D3 at home this season in the league and after this one, they face two bottom half of the table sides to close out the season with. Get through this and they should close out the term without defeat. A Barcelona/Barcelona half-time/ full-time bet for 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018) is a good option at bet365 as the Blaugrana have been leading at half time in 12 of their 17 home games. Lionel Messi is the top scorer for the season in La Liga and Barcelona to win to nil will appeal too as they have won 53% of their home games to nil.
There is a lot riding on this game for Villarreal who are only two points out of fifth place in the league. This is their game in hand over fifth-placed Real Betis so could make a move if they can dig out a win, which isn’t going to be easy. Villarreal are on a three-match winning streak at the moment, all of those were home games though and their last one was against fourth-placed Valencia on the weekend. So that was a good result. Their away form is not up to much at the moment as they are only W1 D2 L2 in their last five on the road. Their away record overall this season is W6 D4 L7 so average at best and they have averaged just a goal per game on their travels. Four of their seven defeats away from home this season have been by a one-goal margin only and Barcelona to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018). 67% of the goals that they have conceded away from home this term have come in the second half of matches. Even though they are in form, taking a win at the Nou Camp may be out of their reach.
Barcelona were 2-0 winners over Villarreal earlier this season and that leaves them with back to back wins over them. Barcelona are undefeated in their last nineteen games against Villarreal in all competitions. They are on a seven-match winning streak at the Nou Camp against them.
Barcelona are not likely to let things slip now at this stage of the season. The fact that they still took the lead against Real Madrid with ten men and weren’t beaten says a lot about them. Look for them to edge this one at the Nou Camp
7th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
A bit of shine has been rubbed off of El Clasico on the weekend. Barcelona have already won the league title and Real Madrid are more interested in European action having moved through to the final of the Champions League in midweek. But what is at stake is pride and Barcelona’s unbeaten record for the season. Can the Catalans keep it intact?
Barcelona 4/6, Draw 7/2, Real Madrid 16/5* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018)
A hat-trick from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona wrap up the league title last weekend. It has been a cakewalk for them and they are at W26 D8 L0 for the season overall. They are just four games from completing a historic unbeaten season and their next two games, this one against Madrid and then at home against Villarreal could make or break that. Barcelona’s home form is W14 D2 and they are on a five-match winning streak on home soil having scored at least two goals in four of those five games. 50% of their home games Barcelona have won with a clean sheet and with bet365 Barca to win to nil is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018). Barcelona have conceded just the eight goals at home this season, while they have averaged 2.8 goals per game themselves. They have also been ahead at half time in twelve home fixtures which could lend value to a Barcelona/Barcelona half time/ full-time punt. They have only failed to score in one home game this season and Lionel Messi has scored 19 of his 32 goals this season in La Liga at the Nou Camp. At this point, avoiding defeat would probably leave Barcelona happy enough.
Real Madrid have bigger focus elsewhere after not having been in the league title race at all this season. It’s fair to say that they aren’t playing all that well and they are W2 D2 in their last four league games, albeit distracted by their Champions League progress. Their last two league wins have both been by a 2-1 margin, while the two drawn matches in their last four were both 1-1 ties. Their defence hasn’t been good and offensively they have been carried by Cristiano Ronaldo. The 1-1 draw in the bet365 correct score market is at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018) but with Barcelona carrying a clear edge over their rivals at the moment then a Barcelona 2-1 may appeal at 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018). Real Madrid’s away record is at W10 D4 L2 for the season and they are on a three-match winning streak on their travels. They have averaged just over two goals per game away but have conceded at just over a goal per game. They have managed a clean sheet in just a quarter of their away games.
Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win at the Bernabeu when the two met in the league earlier this season. They did also meet up in the Spanish Super Cup just before the start of the season and Real Madrid won that 5-1 on aggregate. Looking specifically at the last seven league meetings, Barcelona are W4 D1 L2 against their great rivals. Their form on home soil in the league has seen Barcelona take just one point from their last two at the Nou Camp against Real Madrid though. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings. Eleven of the last thirteen meetings in all competitions have produced at least three goals.
Barcelona are clearly better and more together than Real Madrid are at the moment. The fluency of the home side, plus a bit of an emotional day as it will be the last El Clasico for Andres Iniesta, is likely to inspire Barca to get the win. They have that unbeaten form to defend so are going to be more fired up and fresher too.
3rd May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona can collect the league title this weekend. They were out last weekend thumping Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey and now it’s back to league duty for them. Deportivo are looking as if they are going to be suffering relegation this season and this game could be a thankless task for them.
Barcelona 1/3, Draw 4/1, Deportivo La Coruña 15/2* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.)
Deportivo are floundering in the drop zone still but have shown a bit of fight lately having put together a four-match undefeated streak of form (W2 D2). They have lost just one of their last six now and their home form has seen them avoid defeat in their last five (W1 D4). Overall their home record is just W4 D6 L7 for the season and they have scored 18 goals in their 17 home games. They have picked up a clean sheet in just 24% of their home games and they are naturally going to come under some pressure in this one. They have scored just the seven opening goals all season and so they are likely to fall behind in this one. They go into the game nine points away from safety with just the twelve to play for. They aren’t likely to get anything out of this one and so they could be relegated this weekend. In the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 2-0 is at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.).
Barcelona could get their hands on the league title this weekend in contrast. They skipped league action last weekend to go out and with the Copa del Rey against Sevilla in emphatic style. Back in La Liga Barcelona are still on course to close out the season undefeated and they hold a W11 D6 L0 record away from home in the top flight. Barcelona are 6/4 at bet365 to win to nil* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.) and that’s a decent enough option against a side in the relegation zone. Their next game is against Real Madrid and the Catalans would probably like to try and get the title wrapped up before then. Barcelona have averaged 2.2 goals per away game this season and they have taken a clean sheet in 53% of their away games, conceding just 11 goals in total. Luis Suarez is their top scorer away from home this season with thirteen goals.
Barcelona were big 4-0 winners at home against Deportivo earlier this season. They did, however, lose on the road to them last season 2-1. That is Barcelona’s only defeat in their last fifteen games against Deportivo in all competitions (W10 D4 L1). Barcelona have won five of their last six trips to Deportivo, scoring at least three goals in each of those wins.
Barcelona are good enough to go and collect the win in this one and with the finish line in sight they are probably going to try and get over the finish line. Deportivo are no particular threat and don’t have the defence to stand up to Barca. A Barcelona 2-0 correct score looks around the right mark.
27th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Barcelona have a chance to put some more silverware in the trophy cabinet as they take on Sevilla for the Copa del Rey title this season. Not too surprisingly the Catalans are overwhelming odds-on favourites to get the victory in the match. This is a repeat of the 2015/16 Final actually which Barcelona won 2-0 after extra time. Can Sevilla, who have been slumping with their form, cause an upset?
Barcelona 4/9, Draw 7/2, Sevilla 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:17 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
With their top five finish challenge in La Liga having fallen away, Sevilla could give themselves a bit of cheer by causing an upset at the Metropolitano on the weekend. They have already pulled off one upset as they took out Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate in the quarter finals. After easing their way past Leganes in the semi finals Sevilla finds themselves in the same position as they were two seasons ago, in the final being played at the home of Atletico Madrid, taking on Barcelona. They lost that final two years ago, 2-0 after extra time. Sevilla have won the Copa del Rey five times before, most recently in 2010 and have finished runners-up on three other occasions. They have struggled for winning form lately though and their results started falling away in mid-March after knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League.
They pose a good threat going forward but continue to look a little shaky at the back. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (betting odds taken on April 17th, 2018 at 4:25 p.m.). That has happened in this season’s previous two meetings and in three of the last four clashes. It has been a while since Sevilla tasted success against Barcelona though but expect them to be competitive here. Joaquin Correa has five Copa del Rey goals for them this season, making him the second-top scorer in the competition so far this season. Barcelona will be hoping that their star forwards bring their A-game with Lionel Messi looking a little jaded recently (although he was just back from injury) as the Catalans crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Roma. Luis Suarez continues to tick along in good form for the reigning champions who have won the Copa del Rey a record 29 times, with ten runners-up places on top.
They performed really well in a stiff test against Valencia in the semi-finals and that after a little bit of a scare against neighbours Espanyol in the quarter finals, Barcelona losing the first leg away from home before turning it around back at the Nou Camp to take a 2-1 aggregate win. A victory here would likely form part of a domestic double for Barca this season and really that second leg disaster against Roma in the Champions League aside, they have been pretty formidable this season. It’s natural that at this end of the season performance levels are going to drop off, but before that loss against Roma, Barcelona had scored at least two goals in each of their six previous games, collecting a clean sheet in three of them. Over 2.5 goals for the final is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on April 17th, 2018 at 4:25 p.m.) and five of the last six Copa del Rey Finals have gone above the goal line. Will Barcelona make if four titles on the bounce?
Barcelona and Sevilla have met twice already this season. Barcelona took a 2-1 home win at the Nou Camp against Sevilla earlier this season and they met in the reverse fixture just back at the end of March and a 2-2 draw was played out. All but two of the last sixteen fixtures between them have gone over 2.5 goals. Their most recent Copa del Rey meeting was in the 2016 final with Barca winning 2-0 after extra time. Barcelona are 6-4 up with two drawn matches in previous cup competitions.
You would still have to side with Barcelona coming through this test. They have full focus on domestic success now after tumbling from the Champions League and that will just make them more dangerous. It is worth backing Sevilla to get on the scoresheet so Barcelona to win & both teams to score looks good.
18th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona set a new record for the longest unbeaten streak of form in La Liga by making it 39 games without a loss. Thirty-two of them have been this season. They haven’t wrapped up the league title though as they start in midweek eleven points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid with 18 to play for. Celta Vigo are hovering around in mid-table and suffered a loss on the road at Leganes on the weekend.
Barcelona 7/10, Draw 14/5, Celta Vigo 15/4* (Betting Odds taken at 7:01 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)
Celta Vigo are just having a mixed time of things at the moment with a W2 D2 L2 record in their last six games. Over the weekend they took a 1-0 loss away at Leganes leaving them with just the one win in their last five league outings. At home this season they are W7 D5 L3 and do have a bit of form going. They are unbeaten in seven home league games, winning three of their last four and their last one was a bit success against Sevilla. They have only lost two of their seven games at home against sides in the top half of the table currently. They have averaged 1.7 goals per home game which is a steady return while they have conceded at just over a goal per game at home. They have taken back to back clean sheets at home and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 7/5 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Three of their last four league games have ended under the goal line.
Barcelona are marching towards the league title and came through a stiff test at home last weekend as they beat Valencia 2-1. They are W11 D5 this season out on the road but only played out a 2-2 draw in their last away game which was at Sevilla. They have actually alternated between a draw and a win in their last six away fixtures. If the sequence carries on, they are due for a win. Barcelona have failed to take a clean sheet in their last three league games, but have two in their last four away from home. In the bet365 correct score market, a 1-1 at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) is the shortest-priced option available with a 2-1 win for Barca at 15/2* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Barcelona have averaged 2.25 goals per away game and they have scored in all sixteen of their road games this season and at least two in their last five league games (home and away). They have done tremendously well at the back conceding just 0.56 goals per away game on average.
This will be the fourth meeting between them this season as they were paired up in the Copa del Rey. From those meetings, Barcelona have taken one win and two draws, one of those draws a 1-1 at Celta Vigo. Barcelona lost his corresponding fixture last season and have lost their last two league away visits to Celta. In the last five La Liga meetings, Barcelona are W2 D1 L2 against Celta Vigo.
Barcelona can grab another three points in this one to edge them closer to the finish line. They have no Champions League action to focus on, so can just throw everything and completing the domestic league title. Away win and to nil as well.
16th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona are closing in on the league title now after taking another win last weekend. This is actually a tougher game for them as they take on third-placed Valencia at the Nou Camp. Valencia are absolutely steaming along at the moment on a five-match winning streak. Could they be the first to beat the Catalans in La Liga this season?
Barcelona 2/7, Draw 5/1, Valencia 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 04:08 a.m. on April 10th, 2018)
Barcelona eased to a 3-1 home win over Leganes last weekend to edge closer to the league title. That extended their unbeaten form for the season and they moved on to a four-match winning streak at home to boot. Barcelona’s form at the Nou Camp this season is W13 D2 L0. Not too shabby then. Barcelona have also been leading at half time in eleven of their fifteen home fixtures this season, but they are likely going to have to be a little patient in this one against the in-form Valencia. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 15/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). That’s usually the way in this top clashes and their other two home games against sides currently in the top five this season both ended under the goal line. Barcelona did only manage a draw out at Valencia earlier this season and the 1-1 option in the correct score market is at 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018).
Valencia are going very well at the moment with a five-match winning streak behind them and they have won eight of their last nine (L1). So they are well back in form right now and are challenging for second place. Away from home, they have gone W8 D3 L4 and they have gone W3 D1 in their last four road games, keeping a clean sheet in their last two. They do pose a threat going forward as they have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season and they have netted in each of their last four road games. Each of their last three away games have ended under 2.5 goals so again, this could be tight. But they do look as if they can go and make a game of this and both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) and well worth considering. Granted that only two games in their nine-match unbeaten streak have been against sides in the top half of the table, they should be confident enough to challenge for a point.
These two have already met three times this season with Barcelona taking a W2 D1 record from those three meetings. Among that, they took a 1-0 home win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last five games against Valencia in all competitions, winning four of those. Three of those four wins in that sequence have been by a one-goal margin only though.
Valencia’s form is good and Barcelona don’t even have to get into top gear to get themselves the title this season. There may be an opportunity, especially with the Catalans having their confidence rocked with a midweek Champions League exit, for the visitors to pinch a point.
11th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Roma v Barcelona UEFA Champions League, 10th April 7.45pm
Barcelona have one foot in the door of the UEFA Champions League semi-final. They will head out to Italy to defend a 4-1 lead gained at the Nou Camp last week. So that has left Roma needing to find something special, a remarkable comeback to try and battle their way through this trial. However, Barcelona have won 38 of 41 previous ties after winning the first leg at home.
Barcelona 8/13, Draw 7/2, Roma 7/2 (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)
Roma are going to have a massive job on their hands to try and win by the minimum 3-0 result required. It’s not likely to happen frankly. They have lost their two previous UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and at least they do have an away goal on the board in this one thanks to Edin Dzeko. That’s a four-match losing streak in quarter final matches that they are on in the Champions League at the moment. Their record in two-legged ties against Spanish clubs in W3 L4. But they are going to have throw a lot at this and both teams to score at bet365 is a solid place to start at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Roma holds a W10 D5 L16 record against Spanish clubs and home soil that reads W6 D2 L7. They are on a four-match winless streak at the Stadio Olimpico against Spanish visitors though. The Italians have taken just the four wins in their last eleven Champions League home games. The biggest margin of deficit that they have ever overturned at home in Europe is two goals. It is a big ask of them in this one and Edin Dzeko is their best route to goal and is 8/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) at bet365 in the anytime goalscorer market.
Barcelona have plenty of breathing space in the tie now thanks to a late fourth goal at the Nou Camp by Luis Suarez. Their record in two-legged ties against Italian sides is W8 L4 and already they have gotten the better of Italian opposition in the tournament this season, having taken four points off Juventus in the group stage. Barcelona are actually only W1 D3 away from home in the competition this season but they have only shipped the one goal on their travels. Barcelona holds a W6 D10 L6 record against Italian clubs away from home and they are actually winless in their last six visits there (D4 L2). Barcelona have only taken five wins in their last fifteen away games in the UEFA Champions League, a staggeringly low return (D5 L5) from them by their standards. Barcelona have won 38 of the 41 UEFA competition ties in which they won the first leg at home. They extended their unbeaten form in La Liga this season on the weekend but have only won one of their last four away games in all competitions. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Barcelona just really need to close out the tie without needing to find top gear.
This is the third time that Barcelona and Roma have been paired up in Europe. The first was in the 2001/02 Champions League second group stage with Roma collecting four points from the two meetings, including a 3-0 home win, which is exactly what they need in this one. Following that they were previously together in the 22015/16 groups stage and there was a 1-1 draw in Italy on that occasion after Barcelona had won 6-1 at home. So Roma are W1 D2 L3 against the Spaniards now.
Roma’s campaign is pretty much done really and so this is going to be about restoring a bit of pride. They are good enough at home to make an impact by getting on the scoresheet, and as Barcelona haven’t done great on the road this season in Europe and are winless for a while in Italy, back the draw.
9th April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting