Try as they might, Spurs couldn’t find a way to break Manchester United last weekend and they ended up losing 1-0. They lost ground in the title race with that result as well. Can they get back to winning ways as they host the relegation-threatened Fulham? The Cottagers are desperately in need of a few wins. Read our Fulham v Tottenham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 14th, 2019 at 11:13 p.m.)
Things aren’t looking good for Fulham after losing away at Burnley last weekend
That is back to back league defeats for the Cottagers
Fulham have taken one win in their last nine league outings (D3 L5)
Their home for the season is W3 D3 L4
The Cottagers did collect a win in their last home game, a 1-0 success over Huddersfield
They are W1 D2 L1 in their last four league outings at Craven Cottage
Fulham’s three wins at home this season have been against sides currently in the bottom six with them
In total they have come up with the twelve home goals, conceding 19
Only 40% of matches at Craven Cottage this season have gone over 2.5 goals
Each of the last four league games there have ended under
The Cottagers have earned one home clean sheet, that being in the win of Huddersfield
All of their home defeats have been by a margin of at least two goals this season
Fulham’s half time record at home is W3 D3 L4
No team has conceded more goals than Fulham have done in this season’s top flight
The Cottagers have picked up Ryan Babel to try and bolster their attack
Tottenham claimed a 3-1 home win over Fulham earlier this season
That is a four-match winning streak Spurs are on against Fulham
The Lilywhites have scored exactly three goals in five of their last eight against the Cottagers
Fulham are winless in the last five EPL home games against Spurs (D1 L4)
Spurs suffered a setback last weekend in a 1-0 home loss against Manchester United
They lost star striker Harry Kane to injury at the end of the match as well
That is two defeats in their last three league outings now from Spurs
Tottenham did win their last away game though, a 3-0 win at Cardiff
Their away form for the season is a superb W10 D0 L2
The Lilywhites are currently on a three-match winning streak on their travels
They have scored in all twelve of their road games this season
Spurs have also been leading at the halftime break in nine of their twelve road games
Five of their ten away wins have been by a one-goal margin
Tottenham have scored at least two goals in each of their last four top-flight away games
They have conceded 75% of their away goals in the second half of fixtures this season
They boast the best away record of all teams in the top flight this season
Tottenham head back into action now nine points adrift of league leaders Liverpool
Tottenham should be on top in this one even though they are now short up front without Kane. They are facing a Fulham side who haven’t offered as much in attack as they should have, and who still continue to leak goals. Spurs should be confident enough to get the win to nil at Craven Cottage.
17th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Spurs are fully in the title race and another three points against one of the other top six would strengthen their chances. The Lilywhites have shown plenty of power and form this season, but then Manchester United seem to be on the up. They have won their last four on the bounce, but this will be their biggest test for a while. Read our Tottenham v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.)
The Lilywhites took a comfortable 3-0 away win at Cardiff on New Year’s Day
That is six wins in their last seven league games (L1)
Their home form for the season reads W6 D0 L3
Spurs lost their last home game 1-3 against Wolves
That snapped a four-match home winning streak that they were on
Spurs have averaged exactly two goals per EPL home game
They have conceded an average of exactly one goal per home game
67% of Tottenham’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals
Spurs have banked a clean sheet in a third of their home fixtures
Home and away they have four clean sheets in their last six EPL games
Spurs have been leading at halftime in six of their nine home games
They are currently on an eleven match scoring streak in the top flight
78% of the goals they have conceded at home have been after the half time break
Tottenham have opened the scoring in all but two of their home games
Spurs have the third-best offence and third-best defence in the EPL currently
Harry Kane is on a four-match scoring streak in the top flight
Tottenham produced a 3-0 win at Old Trafford earlier in the season
Spurs have won back to back league games to nil against United
United are on a three-match losing streak away at Spurs in the EPL
Both teams have scored in one of the last nine league meetings
Manchester United took a 2-0 away win at Newcastle on January 2nd
That was their fourth straight win in the top flight
Each of those four wins were against sides currently 12th or lower only though
The Red Devils have away form of W5 D2 L4 this season in the Premier League
Four of their five away wins have been at sides currently in the bottom half of the table
United are on a two-match winning streak away from home
They have tallied 22 goals in their 11 road fixtures so far
Manchester United have conceded an average of 1.7 goals per away game
Home and away United have one clean sheet in their last eight
They have conceded 63% of their away goals in the first half of fixtures
Both teams have scored in 82% of their away games
The Red Devils have scored in every away game played this season
There has been some tremendous form shown by the Lilywhites lately despite that blip against Wolves. Manchester United have improved, but only against weaker opponents. Tottenham to win in the match outright.
10th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup was made on Monday, January 7th. The draw followed yet another third-round upset as Wolves took out one of the title favourites Liverpool at Molineux.
Man City 7/2
Man Utd 8/1
West Ham 14/1
Crystal Palace 50/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 7th, 2019 at 10:21 pm)
The third round was a cracker with the only non-league side surviving being Barnet who shocked Championship side Sheffield United. Oldham meanwhile won away at Premier League side Fulham and Newport, from the fourth tier took out a Premier League opponent also in the form of Leicester.
Coming out of the hat as the big attraction in the fourth round draw of the FA Cup is Arsenal v Manchester United. Outright favourites Manchester City also face Premier League opposition in Burnley.
Swansea v Gillingham
Wimbledon v West Ham
Shrewsbury or Stoke v Wolves
Millwall v Everton
Brighton v West Brom
Bristol City v Bolton
Accrington v Derby or Southampton
Doncaster v Oldham
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or Luton
Newcastle or Blackburn v Watford
Middlesbrough v Newport
Manchester City v Burnley
Barnet v Brentford
Portsmouth v QPR
Arsenal v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
7th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This is the heavyweight clash in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup this season. It’s a London derby between the two top-flight rivals. Chelsea at this stage of last seasons’ competition against a North London side Arsenal. Can they do better this time? Spurs have been showing tremendous form of late and will want to make the most of home advantage in this first leg. Read our Tottenham v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 6th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Spurs have come on really strong for the season and they piled seven goals past Tranmere in the FA Cup on Friday night. That wasn’t a full strength side which they sent out obviously. They are going up a much tougher opponent on Tuesday of course in the first leg of this EFL Cup semi-final. But then against Spurs have already beaten Chelsea once at home this term. Just back in November, they met at Wembley in the Premier League and Tottenham produced a top-draw performance and pummelled the Blues in a 3-1 win. It was a one of the best performances by any Premier League team this season.
Tottenham have won all but one of their last seven games, that being a shock league defeat at home against Wolves at the back end of last year 2018. But any team is going to have a bad day at the office no matter what, now and again. Tottenham have scored at least three goals in four of their last five games. They came up with a clean sheet in four of their last six at home as well and that’s an area which they have improved as the season has moved along. Spurs were on a six-match winning streak at home before that upset against Wolves. Tottenham lost in the quarterfinals of last season’s EFL Cup.
Spurs have won the last two meetings with Chelsea by a 3-1 scoreline
Both teams have scored in five of the last six meetings
Five of the last six clashes have gone over 2.5 goals
Chelsea lead the EFL Cup head to head with a W4 D2 L2 record over Spurs
Chelsea got an easy home win over Championship side Nottingham Forest on the weekend in the FA Cup. That was their fourth game in a row without defeat. They have lost just one of their last nine in all competitions now so haven’t been in bad form at all. They have won each of their last three away games as well and the Blues have scored exactly two goals in three of their last four games on the road. They have scored at least once in each of their last ten games away from Stamford Bridge. They have to have learned lessons from that league visits to Spurs this season surely.
Going back to the third round of the EFL Cup, Chelsea pulled off a big away win, taking down Liverpool at Anfield 2-1. So they have proven themselves on the road. Chelsea have been struggling to pick up those clean sheets as they have only earned one in their last six away from Stamford Bridge. So they are vulnerable at the back and they are only W3 D1 L2 in their last six on the road. They know that Spurs are in strong form. So how will boss Maurizio Sarri approach this? Do they just try and defend and take their chances back at the Bridge, or do they go for the jugular and get away goals on the board? The Blues lost against Arsenal in last season’s EFL Cup semi finals.
Tottenham are the stronger of the two sides without any question or doubt whatsoever. Chelsea had no answer to what Spurs could throw at him back in November and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Spurs come out on top once again. Home win.
6th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Star-studded Premier League side Tottenham make the trip up to Merseyside to take on Tranmere at Prenton Park on Friday. This is the opening fixture of the FA Cup Third Round this weekend. While Tottenham are expected to beat the League Two side, how uncomfortable can the underdogs make their high-profile visitors? Read our Tranmere v Tottenham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Tranmere have a huge prize in terms of the draw for the third round as they get to host one of the top sides in the country. Rovers are a League Two side, currently sitting in the top ten and knocking on the door of the playoff places. Tranmere’s current form is W2 D2 L2. They have needed replay in the first two rounds of this season’s FA Cup, both against non-league opponents. They were first held to a home draw against Oxford City and then against Southport. Tranmere won both replays away from home by a 2-0 scoreline. Tranmere are unbeaten in their last seven games on home soil (W3 D4) and they are going to need something special in this one. They have never been past the quarterfinals of the tournament but have improved from last season’s effort of a first-round exit.
Tottenham are one of the best sides in the country and they are looking so strong once again this term. It isn’t too likely that they will send out their strongest eleven of course. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since Spurs beat Tranmere 4-0 in a 2002 FA Cup tie. Spurs have won their last four meetings with Tranmere by a 4-0 scoreline. Spurs are W6 D2 in their eight previous encounters with Rovers. Tottenham have posted a W7 D1 L1 in their last nine games across all competitions and have suffered just one defeat in their last thirteen away games. They knocked out a League Two side (Newport County) on the way to their semi-final finish last season.
We can only see the one outcome here and that is, of course, an away win. The top-flight side should be able to get through this fairly comfortably and our prediction is Tottenham to win to nil at Preston Park for 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
3rd January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Tottenham fell apart at the end of their home game against Wolves on the weekend, suffering a shock defeat. Everyone’s entitled to a blip of course and was that Tottenham’s or was that a start of a slump? Cardiff pulled out a huge three points with a win at Leicester to boost their survival hopes. Read our Cardiff v Tottenham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 2:58 p.m.)
The Bluebirds bagged three points out at Leicester on the weekend
That was their first road win of the season
At home, Cardiff are W4 D1 L5 this season in the top flight
The Bluebirds are W3 L2 in their last five home games
They suffered a big 5-1 defeat at home against Man Utd in their last home game
Cardiff have tallied 13 home goals, conceding 20
They do have three clean sheets in their last five league games (home and away)
40% of Cardiff’s home games have gone over 4.5 goals
The Welsh club are on a four-match scoring streak at home
They have yet to be leading at the halftime break in any home game
The Bluebirds have collected two clean sheets at home this season
Each of their last three home wins have been by a one-goal margin
Cardiff have lost all six games played this season against current top-six sides
Spurs earned a 1-0 home win over Cardiff earlier this season
That is a four-match winning streak Tottenham are on over the Bluebirds
Cardiff have lost their last three against Spurs 1-0
Four of Tottenham’s last five wins over Cardiff have been by a 1-0 scoreline
Cardiff have failed to score in their last six against Spurs
After taking the lead at home against Wolves, Spurs lost 3-1 on the weekend
That snapped a five-match winning streak they were on in the EPL
Spurs have won their last two away games, scoring eight goals in total
Overall this season on the road Tottenham have produced a W9 D0 L2 record
They are averaging over two goals per road game in the top flight
64% of their away games have made it above the 2.5 goal line
Spurs have earned clean sheet in 45% of their away games this season
Five of their road wins this seasons have been by a one-goal margin only
The Lilywhites have been leading at the break in eight of their eleven away games
Spurs have scored in all of their away games this season
They have netted at least two in each of their last three on the road
Harry Kane is on a three-match scoring streak in the top flight
Tottenham have scored in each of their last ten league outings (home and away)
Of the away goals conceded by them, 75% have been in the second half of games
Cardiff have done well at home recently and their three points on the weekend at Leicester were huge. But Spurs are still such a class act that the visitors have to be backed to win to nil.
31st December 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Spurs are absolutely motoring along at the moment with the goals flying around all over the place. They have tremendous momentum behind them and that will make things difficult for Wolves. Wolves rescued a late point at Fulham on Wednesday and may find the going a lot tougher here. Read our Tottenham v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 26th, 2018 at 8:48 p.m.)
Spurs moved up into second place on Boxing Day with a win over Bournemouth
That was Tottenham’s fifth straight league success
They are now W7 L1 in their last eight league fixtures
That is eleven goals scored in their last two league fixtures now for Spurs
The Lilywhites have also taken a clean sheet in three of their last four league games
Their home record this term is W6 L2
Spurs are on a four-match winning streak at Wembley in the EPL
In five of their home games, Spurs have been leading at half time (D1 L2)
Tottenham are averaging over two goals per game this season at home
50% of Tottenham’s home games this term have seen at least four goals
Tottenham have three home clean sheets this season in the EPL
Two of them have been in their last two home fixtures
Christian Eriksen is on a three-match scoring streak at the moment
Spurs have opened the scoring in six of their eight home games
Only Man City and Liverpool have scored more goals than Spurs have done this season
They boast the fourth-best defensive record in the top flight
Spurs took a 3-2 away win at Wolves earlier this season
Wolves are winless in five games against Spurs in the EPL (D2 L3)
Wolves took a point tint their last away game to Spurs
Spurs are W2 D1 L1 in their four previous EPL home games against Wolves
Wolves played out a 1-1 draw at Fulham on Boxing Day
That leaves them at W3 D1 L1 in their last five league games
Their away record for the season is W3 D3 L3
They are unbeaten in their last two on the road now (W1 D1)
Wolves have only tallied the eight away goals all season, connecting just nine
Only 22% of away games for Wolves have gone over 2.5 goals
75% of all their league games this season have finished under the goal line
It’s been two clean sheets for them on their travels
In five of their nine away games Wolves have been level at half time
Only each of the current top four have better defensive records than Wolves
Wolves have scored in 78% of their away games this term
They have actually scored first in five of their nine away games
There has been no clean sheet in any of their five games on the road
Wolves are witness away against a side currently in the top ten in the table
Spurs are playing some tremendous stuff at the moment and they will likely have far too much power and creativity for Wolves. The visitors aren’t in bad form, but it is going to take something very special to beat Spurs at the moment. Tottenham to win to nil.
27th December 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Spurs impressed once again on the weekend as they went to Goodison Park and put six goals past Everton. It was another big show of power for them as they continue to trend towards a top three finish. Bournemouth took a much-needed win on the weekend as they beat Brighton. Read our Tottenham v Bournemouth betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 23rd, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.)
Spurs collected a fantastic 6-2 win at Everton on Sunday
That was their third straight win in the top flight
Tottenham have won six of their last seven league games (L1)
Their form on home soil in the top flight this season reads W5 L2
Tottenham haven’t been involved in a drawn league game this season
They Lillywhites have scored 12 goals in their seven home games
43% of their games at Wembley have gone over 3.5 goals
There has been a clean sheet for Spurs in 29% of their home fixtures
They have conceded 67% of their goals at home in the second period of matches
The Lilywhites have been winning at halftime in four of their seven home games (D1 L2)
Spurs have scored in each of their last seven league games
Son Heung-min has scored in three of Tottenham’s last four games
The two home defeats which Spurs have suffered this season were both against the current top two of Liverpool and Man City
Only three teams have conceded fewer league goals than Spurs have this season
Tottenham have opened the scoring in five of their seven home fixtures
Spurs won both league meetings with the Cherries last season
Tottenham are on a three-match winning streak against Bournemouth
The Cherries have lost five of the six previous EPL meetings with Spurs (D1)
Spurs have four clean sheets in their last five against Bournemouth
The Cherries collected a home win over Brighton on Saturday
That leaves them with a W2 L6 record in their last eight Premier League games
Their away record for the season is W3 L5 from eight games
They have lost all five games against sides currently inside the top six
The Cherries are on a three-match losing streak away from the Vitality
They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three road games
Bournemouth have been losing at half time in four of their eight away games
The Cherries have produced eleven goals on their travels, conceding 14
In 75% of Bournemouth’s away games, there have been at least three goals
Bournemouth have scored in four for their last five road games
Three of their four away losses this season have been by a two-goal margin
They have conceded the open goal in six of their eight away games
Bournemouth have not drawn any of their last nine league games
When Spurs are on song as they have been lately, they are so hard to pin down. The Cherries don’t appear to be tight enough to hold out at Wembley. It has to be a win for Spurs and with a clean sheet.
24th December 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Tottenham, who are one of the away-fixture specialists in the Premier League make a visit to Goodison Park on Sunday. They will be looking for points to strengthen their position inside the top four. Everton have enjoyed a pretty positive season on home soil this season. But this is their first home game this season against anyone currently above them in the table. Read our Everton v Tottenham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 19th, 2018 at 5:51 p.m.)
The Toffees made a trip to the Etihad last weekend against Man City and suffered a 3-1 defeat. That was their fourth game in the EPL without a win in their current form (D2 L2). They do have decent home form behind them this season with a W5 D3 L1 record at Goodison Park. They have not hosted anyone currently seventh or higher through this term. So this will be their first serious test on home soil. Only four teams have a better home record in the EPL than Everton. In their home games they have scored 16 goals and conceded 9. 56% of their fixtures at Goodison Park have gone over 2.5 goals.
The Toffees are unbeaten in six at home in the league (W4 D2) so they have that behind them. They have collected a draw in their last two on Merseyside, getting held by Newcastle and Watford. There is a trend with Everton having found the back of the net in all of their home games in the top flight this season. They are without a clean sheet in their last four (home and away combined). Everton have a half-time record of W2 D6 L1 at home this term. The Toffees have opened the scoring in six of their nine home games
Spurs took a win to nil in both league meetings with Everton last season
Spurs are on a three-match EPL winning streak against the Toffees
Everton have conceded at least three goals in each of their last three against Spurs
Everton are winless in 11 league games against Spurs
Spurs are W2 D3 in their last five trips to Goodison
Spurs collected a 1-0 home win over Burnley last weekend. It was a struggle for them to break down their opponents, but a 90th-minute winner from Christian Eriksen got the job done at Wembley. That was Tottenham’s third victory on the bounce in the Premier League and they are W6 L1 in their last seven. Spurs hold an away record of W8 D0 L2 this season in the EPL. That is the best away record of all teams in the top flight (although they have played one game more than Liverpool who are just a point behind). Spurs have produced 19 goals and have conceded 10 away from home this season in the top flight. 60% of their road games this season have gone over 2.5 goals.
Tottenham have banked a clean sheet in exactly half of their away games which isn’t a bad return at all. They have also been winning at half time in seven of their ten away games (D3) which is a huge trend. Spurs haven’t drawn a single league game this season. Eight of the ten away goals that they have conceded have been in the second half of fixtures. In all but one of their ten away games they have scored the opening goal of the game. The Lilywhites have the third-best defensive record of all teams in the top flight this season. The Lilywhites have scored in all league games played this term.
Spurs have shown so much class and control away from home in the top flight this season. Everton are totally untested at home against any of the big guns in the league this term. Given that Spurs are strong in the head to head as the Toffees, it is an away win which will shall predict.
20th December 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The draw for the round of sixteen in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League was made on Monday, December 17th. The remaining teams in the competition now all know who they will be up against. Three of the four English sides in the draw all have to take on German Bundesliga opponents, while Manchester United find themselves with a tough task against French champions PSG.
The first legs of the round of sixteen take place on 12-13 and 19-20 February 2019. The reverse fixtures will be played on March 5-6 and 12-13, 2019.
Man City 3/1
Real Madrid 12/1
Bayern Munich 14/1
Atletico Madrid 20/1
Borussia Dortmund 33/1
Manchester United 50/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm)
Schalke v Manchester City
Atletico Madrid v Juventus
Manchester United v Paris St-Germain
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund
Lyon v Barcelona
Roma v Porto
Ajax v Real Madrid
Liverpool v Bayern Munich
What a tie this should be. Liverpool, after a second-place finish in the group stage behind PSG, finds themselves paired up with German giants Bayern Munich. But to be fair, Munich aren’t quite the powerhouse that they were. They are only in third place in the Bundesliga, struggling to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund this season. It’s not been a smooth ride for boss Niko Kovac who took over in the summer. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has faced Bayern Munich 29 times during his managerial career and has earned a W9 D4 L16 record from that. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Liverpool took a 3-2 over the Germans in the 2001 UEFA Super Cup.
Liverpool are the 3/4 favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Manchester United are out as nothing more than 50/1 chancers* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm) to win the Champions League this season. They had a chance on matchday six to go for the group win but decided not to push for it and it has been costly. They get to take on the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani as they go up against PSG. PSG topped their group ahead of Liverpool and the French champions are favourites to progress through this tie. Incidentally, they have yet to make it past the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. But United are going to have a hard time trying to stop them getting back there. It is PSG who are 3/10 favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm)
Realistically looking at the draw, Schalke were one of the teams that all of the group winners would have wanted to draw. Manchester City got them. Schalke finished behind Porto in Group D in the first round and really didn’t look anything special. So it should be an expected win in this tie for Manchester City. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs. The Citizens are the outright favourites to win this season’s Champions League. Despite their early setback with a home defeat against Lyon on matchday one, the Citizens held their nerve to recover well and win the group still. City are strong 1/33 odds favourites to win this time outright* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Just last season Spurs and Borussia Dortmund did battle in the group stage. Spurs won both of their games. But they will be facing a totally different Dortmund beast this time around. Borussia Dortmund are the runaway leaders of the Bundesliga and they topped their Champions League group ahead of Atletico Madrid as well. They have tremendous attacking power and will definitely cause the Lilywhites a problem or two. Spurs looked out of the running for a place in the round of sixteen after taking just one point from their first three games. But some late drama in the second half of the group campaign saw them squeeze through, a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp against Barcelona on matchday six. You can take an early price of 10/11 on either To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Granted it wasn’t the most convincing of group campaigns by Real Madrid but they got the group win nonetheless. The reigning European champions will be fairly pleased with their draw against Ajax. That is because they have won each of their last six games against them, averaging well over two goals per game in that sequence. Real Madrid lead the head to head with Ajax 7-4 with one drawn game. This will be the first meeting between teeth two clubs since the 2012 group stage where Real Madrid won both games 4-1. Ajax made their way through to the knockout stage after a second place finish in the group stage behind Bayern Munich. Real Madrid are the 1/8 favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
This is one of the best looking ties of the round of sixteen. Atletico Madrid got a rough draw here after finishing second in their group to Borussia Dortmund. They did finish level on points with the Germans, but get a tough battle on their hands here and that first leg at home is going to be crucial for them. As a positive, they are unbeaten in their last nine games against Italian sides which kindles their 1-0 home win and 0-0 draw against Juventus in the 2014 group stage. Despite a bizarre home blip against Manchester United and an away defeat against Young Boys in the group stage, Juventus won their group. The Old Lady lead the overall head to head 4-2 against Atletico with the one drawn game. You can only imagine that this is going to be as tight as it gets but Juventus are 2/5 odds-on To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Lyon impressed greatly against Manchester City in the group stage. They opened the campaign with a win at the Etihad against the English champions before playing out a draw back on home soil against them. Will they be able to handle themselves against Barcelona in the round of sixteen. Lyon do look a strong and well-organised side but they will be looking for their first ever win against Barca? The Spaniards are W4 D2 from their six previous games and Real Madrid have netted in each of those against Lyon. Barcelona faced a tricky group stage in having to take on Inter Milan and Tottenham, but they got their heads down very well and went unbeaten with a W4 D2 record to win the group. Barcelona are the 1/14 odds-on favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Porto topped their group over Schalke and that has set them up with another clash against Italian side Roma. They went head to head in a high-profile tie in last season’s playoffs. It was Porto who came out on top with a 4-1 aggregate success. That was the only time that these two had previously come together. Roma scrapped their way through to second place in Group G behind Real Madrid but didn’t have it all that easy at all in a W3 L3 record there with Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow both churning out results very well. Roma could have been in a spot of bother had those other two not have drawn on matchday one. You can take 10/11 on either To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
17th December 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting