Champions League quarter-final round-up

Champions League quarter final 2019 round up

We are at the halfway point of the Champions League quarter-finals and there were plenty of talking points in all four games, with VAR very much at the forefront of proceedings. Games are still in the balance, with very few goals in it; but taking a look at Champions League winner odds, Barcelona at 5/2 are the favourites to win the competition outright. Ahead of the second leg ties next week, let’s take a look at how our quarter-finalists got on.

Liverpool 2-0 Porto

Liverpool are well in command of their quarter-final against Porto and go to the Estádio do Dragão with a two-goal advantage. It took just five minutes for the Reds to go ahead in this one, with Naby Keita calming any nerves the Anfield faithful may have been feeling. Roberto Firmino then tapped home the second on 26 minutes, following some brilliant play by Jordan Henderson to pick-out Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Porto go into the second leg without that much-needed away goal, but they did create chances – Mousa Marega failing to convert the best of them, with Alisson between the sticks denying him on the half hour mark, before the Malian failed to connect with a volley from just eight yards out.

VAR was needed when a save from the Liverpool keeper was alleged to have hit Alexander-Arnold on the arm. But after the incident was reviewed, the referee awarded Porto a corner, rather than a penalty. It was used again in the second-half, after Mohamed Salah went in hard and high on Danilo Pereira, but the review was inconclusive and no foul was given.

Luck certainly wasn’t on Porto’s side and in 20 attempts, the Portuguese side have never won away at English opponents. They have it all to do in the second leg.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester City

Manchester City may have been favourites going into the clash, but Tottenham Hotspur at their shiny new stadium were worthy winners of this close encounter.

There was controversy again when the referee turned to VAR to find out the outcome of a dubious handball. Danny Rose was judged to have handled Raheem Sterling’s shot in the box after 10 minutes. None of the visiting players appeared to protest, but the penalty was awarded after the referee reviewed the footage – with Sergio Aguero’s spot-kick lacking any power and easily saved by Hugo Lloris. The Citizens were left to rue that miss, when 12 minutes from time, Son Heung-min’s low strike eluded Ederson.

But Spurs will have to go into their second leg – and potentially, the rest of the Premier League season – without star-man Harry Kane, who injured his ankle following a clash with Fabien Delph. He left the field to be replaced by Lucas Moura and was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches, while wearing a protective boot. City may not have got their away goal, but Kane’s absence could well be the difference between Spurs progressing and City dominating the second leg at the Etihad.

Ajax 1-1 Juventus

Ajax may have been on top in their clash against the current Italian champions, but they had to come from behind to secure a draw to set up a tasty second leg in Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo got Juventus’ away goal and also cemented his position as all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 125 goals, when he connected to João Cancelo’s cross with a diving header on the stroke of half time. The goal was against the run of play but Ajax came back out for the second-half in the same spirits and got their much-deserved goal straight after the restart – with David Neres’ curling effort from 15 yards hitting the back of the net.

Ajax can’t feel disheartened though, they were great in possession, with 61% of the ball and the shots rained in on Wojciech Szczesny’s goal (six on target and 19 overall). They will also remember their heroics in the last round, where they lost at home in the first leg of their round of 16 match against Real Madrid 2-1, but went on to win resoundingly 4-1 at the Bernabeu. A similarly big performance is needed again, to set-up a semi-final against the winners of the all-English tie.

Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona

VAR reared its farcical head at Old Trafford where Barcelona won by a solitary goal. Barça certainly weren’t at their best here and by his own usual high standards, Lionel Messi was quiet. But the breakthrough was made on 12 minutes. The Argentine set-up Luis Suarez and his far-post header deflected off United defender Luke Shaw. Having initially been given as offside, VAR confirmed the goal.

Like Ajax, the Red Devils will need to pull it out of the bag and provide a performance similar to their win over Paris Saint-Germain. They managed to overturn their first leg 2-0 defeat with a 3-1 win in Paris and will need to do the same here, this time in Catalunya. But they’ll need to register a shot on target, more than the managed midweek.

Football Betting Predictions Liverpool V Chelsea

Football Betting Predictions – The Premier League title and top 4 will go a long way to being decided when Liverpool face Chelsea this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can’t afford any more slip ups in the race for the title, while Chelsea need to get something to keep in with a chance of finishing inside the top 4.

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Even though a win for Liverpool is vital, a Manchester City win is far from assured this weekend. Pep’s team travel to Crystal Palace, City only managed a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park last season, and they lost at home to the Eagles 3-2 this season.

In the fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool earlier this season, the Blues were unlucky to only come away with a point. After having the better of the fixture, Daniel Sturridge scored a late equaliser to deny Chelsea all three points, with the match finishing all square at 1-1.

Football Betting Predictions Liverpool V Chelsea
Sturridge scored against his old club earlier this season

Liverpool V Chelsea Betting

Jurgen’s Liverpool go into the match as 3/4 favourites with Betfair. The draw is next at 14/5, with a Chelsea win a large looking 4/1.

In goals betting, Over 2.5 goals is 17/20, with Unders coming in at 21/20. Our Over/Under 2.5 Goals page gives you more details about what over 2.5 means.

The Anytime Goalscorer market is dominated by Liverpool players. Mohamed Salah is 6/5, Sadio Mane is 6/4, and Firmino is 2/1. For Chelsea, Eden Hazard is 11/4, Gonzalo Higuain is 13/5, and Olivier Giroud is 16/5.

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Liverpool V Chelsea Betting Predictions

  • Even though I believe Chelsea’s odds look a touch too long at 4/1, it is still hard to see anything other than a Liverpool win.
  • It’s very hard to see Chelsea winning the match, given recent patchy form. Beware the draw though.
  • Eden Hazard has been in scintillating form lately, and could be a good bet to be man of the match.
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has shown signs of a return to form lately. He could be a good shout to be an anytime goalscorer today.

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LIVERPOOL WIN AT 3/4

The match kicks off at 4.30pm, and is at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium. The match is live on Sky Sports.

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The five games that will define Manchester United’s season

Five matches that will define Manchester United's season

With less than ten Premier League games remaining of the season, Manchester United have left themselves every possible chance of securing a top four-finish after a dreadful first-half of the campaign. The Red Devils have been a completely different outfit since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has only tasted one league defeat since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

That solitary defeat at the hands of Arsenal not only ended Solskjær’s unbeaten record, it has blown the race for the Champions League spots wide open. Coupled with Tottenham Hotspur’s wobble throughout March, there’s going to be many twists and turns between now and the end of the campaign and we’ve identified five games that could well define their entire season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 2/4/19

Some might say that Wolves are this season’s surprise package, but in reality, they were always going to make a strong impression this season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are just outside the top six and have an array of talent they can call upon. From United’s perspective, they can expect a tough gig at Molineux and although they’ll be expected to clinch a win, every player will need to stand up and be counted for.

Barcelona (H/A) 9/4/19 & 16/4/19

No matter what United supporters make of the Champions League draw, they’ll have a monumental task navigating their way past Barcelona. The Spanish giants were paired with Solsjkær’s side and they’ll square off at Old Trafford in the first-leg, and this will prove the Norwegian’s biggest test to date. The Red Devils will need to be at their very best to have any chance of progressing to the semi-finals, but the tie has all the ingredients to be a classic.

Everton (A) 21/4/19

The blue half of Merseyside haven’t lived up to their billing this season, but their slight upturn in fortunes will suit them perfectly ahead of the visit of United. Goodison Park will be packed out to the rafters and if United can craft out the win, they’ll remain in the race for a top four finish with just four league games remaining. Once again, it won’t be easy against Everton, but Marco Silva’s side are susceptible to losing on home turf, with five defeats on their own patch this season.

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Manchester City (H) 24/4/19

If there’s one game that could dictate United’s finish to 2018/19, it’ll be the crunch Manchester derby against neighbours City. Pep Guardiola’s side have really ramped it up in recent weeks and are locked in a fight with Liverpool for the Premier League crown. The Red Devils will be absolutely gunning for the three points, even if it helps out their arch-rivals on the red half of Merseyside. It really does promise to be one of the best Manchester derbies in years, with so much up for grabs for both sides.

Chelsea (H) 28/4/19

West Londoners Chelsea are the penultimate visitors to Old Trafford at the end of April, and so much could be decided with the outcome of this game. Both sides will be firmly locked into the race for the Champions League places and the game could literally contain everything you’d come to expect. It’s likely that Arsenal and Tottenham will still be very much in the mix at this stage so a positive result is an absolute necessity. No matter what happens in these five games, there’s no denying they’re the standout fixtures that will shape United’s season. Next season, expect Solskjær’s side to be back in the title reckoning, but before then, check out all the Premier League markets on Betfair.

Football Betting Predictions Man Utd V Watford

Football Betting Predictions – The Premier League returns this weekend, and Man Utd will be looking to press their claims for a Top 4 finish when they take on Watford.

Ole Gunnar Solskaer was finally rewarded with the manager’s job on a full time basis this week. The Norwegian signed a new 3 year contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

There would have been mutiny in the stands had any other manager got the job. After unsuccessful spells with ‘outsider’ managers, United have gone back to one of their own, with Solskaer well and truly the fans choice.

Old Trafford should be in the mood to celebrate this appointment. The Red Devils are hosting a Watford side this weekend, who may well be thinking ahead to next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final. Those two ingredients could spell trouble for Javi Gracia’s team.

Man Utd V Watford Football Betting Predictions
Ole landed himself the Man Utd job on a full time basis this week.

Man Utd V Watford Betting

It’s no surprise to see United as the bookies favourites, they are a respectable looking 2/5 with Paddy Power. The draw is 7/2, with a Watford win at 13/2.

In alternative markets, Over 2.5 Goals is 4/7. If you think it might be a low scoring affair, Under 2.5 Goals is 5/4.

The Anytime Goalscorer market sees Lukaku at Even money. Marcus Rashford  is 11/10, with Paul Pogba at 6/4. I feel this one could be a Pogba kind of match.

From a Watford perspective, Troy Deeney is 10/3 to find the net at anytime.

Man Utd V Watford Betting Predictions

The feel good factor was already back at Old Trafford, and it will have stepped up a notch or two after Solskaer’s permanent appointment.

The first match back after an international break can be tricky at times, but I expect United will have way too much fire power for the hornets.

United could well be back to near full strength. They are set to have available Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young, and Anthony Martial. Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is doubtful.

Watford could have one eye on next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final. Taking all this into account, it’s hard to see anything other than a United win.

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MAN UTD WIN AT 2/5

The match kicks off at 3pm, and is at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium.

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Underwear has to be up there. Fans of the Red Devils can purchase pants in the official Man United Store. And over in the Spurs Shops, you can choose from a whole section of lingerie. Buy matching bras, knickers and garters sporting the Tottenham Hotspurs crest.

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Football Betting Predictions Republic of Ireland V Georgia

Football Betting Predictions – Mick McCarthy’s struggling Ireland team host Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, and all the signs are that this won’t be a classic.

Let’s be brutally honest about things, the 1-0 win over Gibraltar on Saturday night was a bit of a shocker. There was no real ambition to boost the goal difference, Ireland looked more interested in keeping a clean sheet to me.

I did feel very sorry for the fans who made the trip across, the only comfort from the match was the win.

I suppose the match was a symptom of just where Ireland are at the moment. They are rebuilding after a horror run under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. The reappointment of Mick McCarthy seems more of a steadying of the ship for Ireland, than an exciting new dawn.

Georgia lost their opening Euro 2020 qualifier 2-0 at home to Switzerland on Saturday. They had just 36% possession, and 6 shots. Compare that to the Swiss, who dominated with 64% of the ball, and a whopping 25 attempts on goal.

Football Betting Predictions Republic of Ireland V Georgia
Ireland celebrate their winning goal against Gibraltar

Republic of Ireland V Georgia Betting

Home advantage sees Ireland starting the match as 7/10 favourites with Betfair. The draw is 5/2, with an away win for Georgia priced up at 5/1.

Over 2.5 goals is priced up at 31/20, with Unders at 1/2. A bet on the Over/Under 1.5 goals market sees Overs at 40/85, with Unders at 13/8.

Republic of Ireland V Georgia Betting Predictions

We’ve had three winning bets on our football betting predictions during the international break, and are looking to make it four from four here.

I really can’t see too many goals in this one. Under 2.5 goals looks an obvious shout to me. Ireland just can’t score goals, and McCarthy’s modus operandi is to try and keep things tight. This all points to a low scoring potential bore draw.

If you think both sides might cancel each other out, then a bet on 0-0 might represent some value. This is priced up at a best price of 7/1 with Betvictor.

5/2 on the draw could be a good call, but to play it safe, I’m going with Under 2.5 goals at 1/2.

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UNDER 2.5 GOALS AT 1/2

The match kicks off at 7.45pm, and is live on Sky Sports.

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Football Betting Predictions Montenegro V England

Football Betting Predictions – England will be looking to make it 6 points from 6 when they face Montenegro on Monday night, and we can’t see any reason why that won’t happen.

After a 5-0 demolition of Czech Republic, Gareth Southgate has hinted at a similar team for this away trip. The England boss seams happy to keep faith with the youngsters, despite warning about a potential hostile atmosphere awaiting his young team.

Eric Dyer is definitely out of this match after limping off on Friday night, and there is also a slight doubt about Jadon Sanchos’ involvement, with the Sun claiming he will have a late fitness test.

Montenegro England Football Betting Predictions
Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi both played a role in England’s 5-0 win over Czeh Republic on Friday.

Montenegro V England Betting

Despite being away from home, England are massive odds on favourites. They are just 1/3 to beat Montenegro with Betfair. The draw is 15/4, and a Montenegro win is 19/2.

Friday night’s hat-trick hero, Raheem Sterling, is 6/4 to score again in Anytime Goalscorer Betting. Harry Kane is just 4/6 in the same market. I think this looks like a Harry Kane sort of match, and I can see him finding the net in this one.

Montenegro V England Betting Predictions

Montenegro are currently ranked at 46 in the FIFA rankings, and on paper at least, shouldn’t be a match for England. Southgate’s team are on a roll at the moment, so it’s hard to see anything other than that continuing.

Odds of just 1/3 on any team away at Montenegro is very short, but how can we not back England at the moment? With odds that short though, I would show caution. I certainly don’t see England losing, but beware the draw.

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ENGLAND TO WIN MATCH AT 1/3

The match kicks off at 7.45pm, and can be watched live on ITV1. Coverage starts at 7pm.

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Football Betting Predictions England V Czech Republic

Football Betting Predictions – England kick off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic on Friday night, and we believe that the Three Lions will keep their winning run going, despite the news that Marcus Rashford will be missing.

Gareth Southgate was originally accused of picking a conservative squad. But thanks to injury withdrawals, he has now added James Ward-Prose and Callum Hudson-Odoi to the squad.

Adding those two alongside Jadon Sancho, and West Ham youngster, Declan Rice, and it now looks like a youthful, energetic squad.

Marcus Rashford was finally ruled out on Thursday, but Southgate admits he already knew the United striker wasn’t going to feature.

This withdrawal means it is likely that Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho will get a start, and there is now an increased chance that Chelsea forward, Hudson-Odoi, will get the chance to claim his first cap from the bench.

Also likely to receive his first cap is Declan Rice, having got his first call up since swapping allegiance from Republic of Ireland, to England.

Football Betting Predictions England V Czech Republic
Jadon Sancho is in line to replace the injured Marcus Rashford

England V Czech Republic Betting

England unsurprisingly go into the match as heavy odds on favourites, they can be backed at 1/4 with Betfair. The draw is coming in at 9/2, and an unlikely victory for Czech Republic is 12/1.

Alternative betting markets see Harry Kane as 21/10 favourite to be the first goalscorer. Alternatively, you can back Kane at 4/6 in the anytime goalscorer market.

England V Czech Republic Predictions

England are riding on a wave of momentum, and Czech Republic don’t look strong enough to bring this run to a halt. Southgate’s men have a youthful, energetic look about them.

Including the likes of Sancho and/or Hudson-Odoi alongside the red hot Raheem Sterling should be too much for the Czech’s, and I can’t see them preventing an England win.

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ENGLAND TO WIN MATCH AT 1/4

The match kicks off at 7.45pm, and can be watched live on ITV1. Coverage starts at 7pm.

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Football Betting Predictions – Northern Ireland V Estonia

Northern Ireland host Estonia in their first Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, and our predictions are pointing towards a win for the home team.

After having the misfortune to be drawn in the same group as the revitalised Netherlands, and in transition Germans, a home fixture against Estonia is simply must win.

Football Betting Predictions Northern Ireland V Estonia
Michael O’Neill knows he is up against it in a group consisting of Netherlands and Germany

Northern Ireland V Estonia Betting

Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland team start the match as strong favourites. They are just 4/11 with Betfair in 90 minutes betting. The draw is 29/10, with Estonia at 15/2.

Not too many goals are predicted here, Under 2.5 goals is currently just 9/20 (over 2.5 is 31/20). In the both teams to score market, you can get 15/8. Both teams not to score is as low as 4/11 with some layers, suggesting we are not going to be getting a classic.

Northern Ireland V Estonia Predictions

Northern Ireland simply have to win this match if they harbour any of the slightest of hopes of finishing in the top 2 of a group that includes Netherlands and Germany. The pressure will be on O’Neill’s team already because of this.

Will Grigg isn’t in the squad having returned home, and Olly Norwood is also missing. Recent results have seen a 3-0 win over Israel in a friendly, but they lost their last 3 competitive UEFA Nations League fixtures in a row.

There were two away defeats, 1-0 to Austria, 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina, both last October. Previous to that they lost a UEFA Nations League match 2-1 at home to Austria.

Despite being ranked down at 96 in the FIFA rankings, Estonia’s recent results haven’t been too bad. They managed a credible draw away to Iceland, and a 2-1 away win over Finland in two recent friendlies.

In competitive action, their last two UEFA Nations League matches were a 1-0 win away at Greece, and a 2-0 defeat away to Hungary.

Despite all this, I can still see Northern Ireland having too much for the Estonians, and I can see Northern Ireland winning 1-0 or 2-0.

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NORTHERN IRELAND TO WIN 1-0 OR 2-0

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