Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green05 May 2019
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Champions League

Liverpool will need a miracle at Anfield on Tuesdayif they are to overturn a three-goal deficit in their Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona. Former Reds striker Luis Suarez is likely to receive a hostile reception after his antics in the first leg, as he scored the opener and then wound up several Liverpool players. Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half to put Barca 3-0 up. The Spanish champions are just 1/16 to qualify for the final, but the 23/20 that Betfred has on Liverpool to win the second leg looks tempting.

Tottenham head to Amsterdam on Wednesday night bidding to turn the tie around after they suffered a 1-0 defeat in London last week. They should offer a greater goal threat with South Korean forward Son Heung-Min restored to the starting 11 and he is 7/4 with Bet Victor to score at any time. Ajax have already knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus, so they should not fear Spurs, and Bet365 has 13/5 on a draw, which would see them through to the final.

Europa League

Arsenal hold a 3-1 aggregate lead over Valencia after outclassing the La Liga outfit for large swathes of the opening leg. They possess a great deal of attacking firepower in the form of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and they should fancy their chances of breaching the Valencia defence once more. They are 16/5 with Bet365 to win the second leg, while both teams to score is 4/7. Both teams to score is also an interesting option at 19/20 with Bet365 in the Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt game, as the Blues have not kept a clean sheet in their last five games and Luka Jovic is in fine form for Frankfurt. The first leg finished 1-1.

NBA Playoffs

The NBA conference semi-finals are raging on this week and all four ties are delicately poised. The Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors on Saturday and now trail just 2-1 in their best-of-seven series. The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-1 up against the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers are 2-1 up against the Toronto Raptors, while the Portland Trail Blazers are 2-1 ahead against the Denver Nuggets. The Celtics take on the Bucks in Boston on Monday night and they are 17/20 with Unibet to secure a crucial victory.

Madrid Open

We are now just a few weeks away from the start of the French Open and all the leading players will warm up in Madrid this week. Clay court king Rafa Nadal has won the Madrid Open five times, most recently in 2017, and he is the 13/8 favourite with Ladbrokes to secure another victory at this year’s tournament. Novak Djokovic is 3/1, clay court specialist Dominic Thiem is 6/1, two-time former champion Roger Federer is 16/1 and last year’s winner, Alexander Zverev, is 22/1. Thiem might make an interesting each-way bet after finishing runner-up for the last two years.

Spanish Grand Prix

The Formula 1 season resumes at the weekend and Mercedes will bid to maintain their dominant start to the season. They have won all four races so far, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton claiming two victories apiece. Hamilton, who has won here for the past two years, is the 6/4 favourite with William Hill and that looks like an attractive price. Bottas is 5/2, while the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are both 9/2.