Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green25 February 2020
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Sporting Events of the Week

Champions League

Many of Europe’s finest teams are in action when the Champions League resumes this week. Chelsea host Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, while Barcelona will head to Italy to take on Napoli in an eagerly anticipated clash. Bayern Munich beat Spurs 7-2 on their last visit to London, and they have the attacking firepower to cause the Blues all sorts of problems at Stamford Bridge. Robert Lewandowski is a superb striker, while Bayern have plenty of pace down the flanks. Chelsea’s defence has looked poor in recent weeks, and Frank Lampard’s men have won just two of seven Premier League games in 2020, so an away win for in-form Bayern looks great at 19/20 with 10Bet.

Napoli are enjoying a strong upturn in form right now and they have won six of their last seven games. That run includes victories over Juventus, Lazio and Inter. Barca do not travel well, so it might be best to avoid the outrights on that game. 888 Sport has 11/10 on both teams to score and under 4.5 goals, which looks attractive. Man City will head to the Bernebeu to take on Real Madrid in the biggest game of the week on Wednesday. It will be the first time Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane have ever faced on another as managers, and it should be a thrilling battle. Yet Man City are on song right now and they should be able to get a result in Madrid, so Man City draw no bet looks good at 8/11 with Bet365.

Europa League

The second leg of the Europa League last 32 clashes takes place on Thursday. Premier League heavyweights Man Utd and Arsenal are well priced to beat Club Brugge and Olympiakos respectively. Both teams are playing at home, and you can find odds of around 11/10 on a Man Utd-Arsenal double, which looks like a good idea. Elsewhere, Wolfsburg should complete the job against Malmo after beating them 2-1 last week. They are 5/4 with Bet365 to pick up an away win.

ATP Dubai

The Dubai Tennis Championship is raging on in the Middle East and Novak Djokovic is the 8/15 favourite to lift the trophy. He has been in imperious form this year since winning the Australian Open, and he is priced at 8/15 to secure victory in Dubai. There is each way value in picking who might make the final, and Stefanos Tsitsipas has done well to end up on the opposite side of the draw to Djokovic, so an each-way punt at 13/2 on him looks interesting, as does the price of 16/1 available on Roberto Bautista Agut.

South Africa vs Australia

The Black Caps will host Australia for a series of three T20 clashes over the next week and the tourists will fancy their chances of securing victory. England just picked up a 2-1 series win against South Africa, and Australia have the quality to pull off a similar result. The Aussies are priced at 4/7 with Ladbrokes to win the first match, and you can find identical odds on them winning the series. In-form David Warner also looks well priced at 9/4 with Unibet to be the top Australian batsman in the series. Elsewhere, Sri Lanka host the West Indies for an ODI series and they should thrive in the conditions. You can find odds of 6/5 on a 2-1 series victory for Sri Lanka at Bet365 and that looks great.

El Clasico

The biggest game of the season takes place at the Bernebeu on Sunday as Real Madrid host Barcelona for El Clasico. Barca leapfrogged Real Madrid at the top of the table by thrashing Eibar 5-0 last weekend. Los Blancos limped to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Levante, and they now trail their fierce rivals by a couple of points. This game could have huge ramifications for the title battle. The outrights look tricky, as Real Madrid are strong at home and Barca do not travel well. A really interesting option is the 6/5 at 888 Sport on Lionel Messi to score at any time. Luis Suarez is injured, so the diminutive Argentinean genius will provide Barcelona’s main goal threat, and he relishes the big games.