Sporting Events Of The Week

By Martin Green07 April 2019
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Augusta Masters

Champions League

The first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals takes place this week and there are some exciting games to look forward to. Tottenham host Man City at their sparkling new stadium on Tuesday night in an eagerly anticipated all-Premier League clash. Pep Guardiola’s men have won eight in a row in all competitions and they are bidding for the quadruple. They are the away team, but the 17/20 on them at Marathon Bet still looks attractive. Liverpool should swat Porto aside without too much trouble on Tuesday and they are heavy favourites to do so, meaning you will need to look at handicaps, win to nil or goals betting to find value. Ladbrokes has a tempting 6/4 on Roberto Firmino to score at any time.

Ajax then take on Juventus on Wednesday night. The Dutch side lost 2-1 at home to holders Real Madrid in the previous round, but then pulled off a stunning upset at the Bernebeu to surge into the quarters. They are in good form, but Juventus have better players in virtually every department, and they have the ultimate match winner in Cristiano Ronaldo, so the 6/5 at Unibet and 888 Sport on an away win looks great. Man Utd v Barcelona is the final game of the week and arguably the most exciting. The Red Devils have lost three of their last four games and that does not instil much confidence ahead of the visit of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Marathon has 53/50 on the Spanish league leaders, which looks like another great option.

IPL

Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata KR are the favourites to meet in the final of this year’s IPL, so it will be interesting to see them lock horns on Tuesday night. Chennai have made a blistering start to the season and they sit top of the table. They will be keen to secure a statement victory over their rivals in this game and the 5/6 on them winning it at Betfair looks interesting.

The Masters

The first golfing major of the year begins at Augusta on Thursday. Four days later, one man will wear the famous green jacket and take home $2 million in prize money. All of the world’s finest stars have descended upon Georgia for the tournament and it promises to be an extremely competitive affair, set against one of the most beautiful backdrops imaginable. Rory McIlroy was second on the leaderboard ahead of the final day last year, but he faded away. This time he is the clear favourite to go on and win it – best priced at 7/1 with William Hill and Ladbrokes – after adding consistency and maturity to his game. Yet there are dozens of men that could win this tournament, and the last four Masters have gone to a player without a previous major to his name, so many punters will look for each-way value further down the field.

Europa League

The biggest quarter-final clash sees Arsenal host Napoli on Thursday and the Gunners need to make a winning start to this tie. They have been exceptional at home of late, but poor on the road, so they need a big result in the first leg at The Emirates. They are 5/4 with Bet365 to win it. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals also looks tempting. Chelsea are well priced to win away at Slavia Prague, but Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt and Villarreal v Valencia look too close to call.

Chinese Grand Prix

Ferrari rookie Charles Leclerc was the star of the show at the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago. The youngster was cruising to victory following a dominant performance, only for a technical failure to rob him of the win. Ferrari have not won the Chinese Grand Prix since 2013, but Leclerc is heavily fancied this year and he is the 15/8 favourite with Betfred to win it. Lewis Hamilton looks interesting at 5/2 with Bet365 after Mercedes won the first two races of the season.The Mas