Sporting Events Of The Week

By Martin Green14 April 2019
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Sporting Events Of The Week

Champions League football

Man Utd will aim for another stirring Champions League comeback when they visit the Nou Camp on Tuesday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men beat PSG 3-1 in Paris to surge into the quarter-finals, and they need a similar result to vanquish Barcelona after losing the first leg 1-0 last week. That looks like a tall order, as the Spanish champions dominated the game and they have all the tools to rip Man Utd apart. There is a lot more value on the other game, which sees Juventus host an impressive young Ajax side. It finished 1-1 in Amsterdam last week, but Juve are excellent at home and they look well priced at 8/11 with Betfair to win this one. Ladbrokes also has a tempting 5/6 on Cristiano Ronaldo to score at any time.

Man City have it all to do when they host Tottenham on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola’s men trail 1-0 on aggregate after an uncharacteristically limp performance in north London last week. Spurs will defend doggedly and it will be up to the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to open up this game with a moment of individual brilliance. Liverpool are 2-0 up against Porto, but sitting back and soaking up pressure has proved a risky strategy for many teams in Europe of late, so they would do well to go for the win in this game and they are 21/20 with Bet365 to pull it off.

Europa League

Arsenal have one foot in the semi-finals after beating Napoli 2-0 at The Emirates last week. If they score on Thursday, the Italian side would require four goals in order to progress. Chelsea should enjoy a comfortable game against Slavia Prague, while Valencia look well priced at 5/6 to beat fellow Spanish side Villarreal. They lead 3-1 on aggregate, but they should aim to win this game and they have been excellent at the Mestalla in recent weeks.

Heineken Cup

Just four teams remain standing in Europe’s premier rugby union tournament and the semi-finals take place at the weekend. Saracens are heavy favourites against Munster, while Leinster are expected to beat Toulouse without too many problems. You need to look at handicaps in order to find value on these games: Saracens -7 is 10/11 with William Hill and Leinster -6 is also 10/11. Toulouse are a strong team and some fans may be tempted by backing them with a +6 handicap.

ATP Monte Carlo

The clay court season is now in full swing and that means in it time for Rafa Nadal to come to the fore. The Spaniard has a magnificent record on this surface and he has won this tournament on 11 different occasions. He lifted the trophy every year from 2005 to 2012 and then he took a three-year break as he struggled with injuries. He roared back to form in 2016 as he beat Gael Monfils in the final, and he won it with ease in 2017 and 2018 too. He is 5/4 with Bet Victor to make it four in a row this week and that looks like an amazing set of odds.

Alistair Overeem v Aleksei Oleinik

Overeem was due to take on Alexander Volkov in the headline bout at UFC Fight Night 149, but he pulled out with health issues. Oleinik has been drafted in as the replacement, and he is given little chance of toppling the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion. Overeem knocked out Sergey Pavlovich last time out to take his professional MMA record to 44-17. He is 2/5 to beat Oleinik at the weekend, but you can find more value by backing him to win via a knockout.