Weekly Preview: UCL Second-Leg Matches Lead Calendar

By Martin Green30 April 2018
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It is an exciting time to be a sports fan and the top-notch action comes in thick and fast this week. The Champions League and Europa League finalists will be decided when some of the world’s best teams do battle in midweek, while the Snooker World Championships hurtle towards their conclusion and cricket’s Indian Premier League rages on. Here are the key sporting events to look out for, and you can bet on each event at BMR’s green-listed bookmakers.

Champions League

Real Madrid enjoy a 2-1 aggregate lead as they host Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semi-final encounter on Tuesday. The German champions squandered a number of gilt-edged chances in the first leg, and they were duly punished. But that suggests this tie is not yet dead, despite Real’s two away goals and their strong recent record against Bayern.

Meanwhile, Roma need another miracle when they Liverpool on Wednesday. Eusebio di Francesco’s men are 5-2 down on aggregate, but a 3-0 win would see them through. They were 4-1 down against Barcelona in the previous round and did indeed win 3-0, a miraculous result, so fans will pray lightning strikes twice. However, Liverpool are the most exciting team in Europe right now, and they should win this. The 33/20 on offer at Marathon Bet is a great price, while most Green-Listed Bookmakers have 6/4. Mohamed Salah to score at any time (11/12 with 888 Sport and Unibet) looks amazing, and both teams to score in both of these fixtures also looks great.

Europa League

Arsenal could have killed 10-man Atletico Madrid off in their first leg clash but missed chance after chance and produced a late defensive shamble to gift Diego Simeone’s men an equaliser. The Spanish side are now firm favourites to surge through to the final, while Marseille simply need to see out the job away at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.

Prague Open

Some of the best WTA stars will be in the Czech capital to contest the Prague Open and second seed Petra Kvitova – who recently outplayed Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the Fed Cup – looks an intriguing option at 9/2 with Bet365 and Bet Stars.

IPL

Hyderabad Sunrisers are now top of the table, with six wins from eight, after producing a string of impressive performances. They are now 11/4 with Paddy Power to land glory. On Saturday they take on Delhi Daredevils, who are bottom of the table, and they should be able to secure victory in that one.

Snooker

Ali Carter produced the sporting shock of the week by knocking out Ronnie O’Sullivan, and that blew the World Championships wide open. Ding Junhui is now the clear favourite, but Mark Williams looks interesting at 8/1 with Betfred.

Premiership

A gripping relegation battle looks set to go right down to the wire after Southampton beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the weekend. They are now just one point behind 17th-placed Swansea, with three games left to play, and one of them will go down (unless 19th-placed Stoke can muscle their way into contention, which looks highly unlikely). The Saints play in-form Everton in a massive game on Sunday, while Swansea – who have taken just two points from five games – are up against Bournemouth.

Serie A

Juventus can take another giant stride towards winning the title when they play Bologna on Friday. They beat Inter 3-2 at the weekend and moved four points clear of Napoli, who lost to Fiorentina. There are just nine points left to play for and Juventus’ fate is in their own hands, and they should secure a comfortable victory over midtable Bologna.