San Marino v England Betting 22nd March – How Many Is The Question?

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San Marino, the whipping boys of European international football, host England tonight in the 5000 capacity Stadio de Seravalle, and the nation expects England to win with ease. But what can we expect of the Three Lions tonight?

A straight win bet is completely out of the question to most. The best odds available for an England win are a minute 1/50 with William Hill which might be an option for the very biggest hitters, but we need a little more value!

San Marino’s last competitive goal was scored all the way back in 2008 in a 1-3 home loss to Slovakia. Since that game they’ve conceded 104 goals without reply. The question, and bet, must be just how much England will beat them by.

Handicap wise, the -5 at 11/8 with bet365 look pretty attractive. England would have to win 6-0 or more to be in the money, but that is surely doable against a team that lost 0-6 at home to Montenegro less than 12 months ago.

England didn’t get it completely right last time, beating the minnows 5-0 at Wembley last October, but Roy Hodgson seems more intent on going all guns blazing this time around. The fact that San Marion are at home should make it a more open match, as teams tend to sho a little more footballing expression on home soil to please the fans.

The correct scores market could also be taken advantage of too. Here are the best prices available:

  • 3-0 England – 13/2 Ladbrokes
  • 4-0 England – 5/1 Sky Bet
  • 5-0 England – 11/2 William Hill
  • 6-0 England – 13/2 William Hill
  • 7-0 England – 9/1 William Hill

Saturday 16th March Premier League Best Bets

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Everton v Manchester City 12.45pm

The Toffees don’t appear to be as bombproof as they were earlier in the season, and Manchester City could well be coming up against them just at the right time. City have appeared to step up a gear in the last month or so, and while all games are sure to be tough at Goodison Park, the Citizens have momentum and form on their side.

Everton’s shocking 3-0 loss last weekend against Wigan in the FA Cup is sure to be playing on Davis Moyes’ mind, while all appears to be rosy in th eblue half of Manchester at present, and Reberto Mancini will be doing his best to narrow the chasm between them and their city rivals.

Tip – Manchester City to Win 11/10 Bet Victor

Southampton v Liverpool 3.00pm

Southampton have done a sterling job in their first season in the top flight and have taken points from some big clubs, but that hasn’t been enough to steer them clear of the relegation battle.

However, at the odds it may be worth siding with a Liverpool team that are in top form with 4 straight wins in all competitions which include drubbings of Swansea (5-0) and Wigan (4-0) as well as a hard fought 3-2 victory over Spurs last weekend.

Luis Suarez has been a handful all season, but with other players now starting to perform, Liverpool are finally playing football worthy of a possible European place next season.

Tip – Liverpool to Win 10/11 Sky Bet

Aston Villa v QPR 3.00pm

Harry Redknapp has instilled a little bit of fight into Queens Park Rangers and the players will believe they have what it takes to pull them off of bottom spot come Saturday evening. Back to back wins over Southampton (2-1) and Sunderland (3-1) have given them renewed hope that they can escape the drop.

Aston Villa earned a much needed win over Reading last weekend to remain just outside the relegation zone, but I’m taking the Hoops to continue their winning run at Villa Park and force their way out of the dreaded drop zone.

Tip – QPR to win 23/10 bet365

Inter Milan v Tottenham Betting

AVB and Tottenham travel to Italy to face Inter this Thursday with a commanding 3-0 advantage from the first leg, and many will consider that huge advantage enough to see them progress to the next round of the Europa League.

Inter Milan will be massively disappointed by their shocking performance at White Hart Lane last week, but equally will be keen to try and put on a show for their supporters in the San Siro. Is there even a hint of a chance that the Nerazzurri can turn things round? You would have to say no considering Tottenham’s current vein of form.

Regardless of who progresses, how do we see this game panning out?

Inter have been bombproof at the San Siro since September last year, going 16 games unbeaten in all competitions before a surprising 1-0 loss to Bologna just 4 days after their loss to Spurs.

Tottenham’s objective here will be to keep things tight and possibly try and catch the home side on the counter, but the best bet for this clash may be a lack of goals. Spurs last 4 away games in the Europe have features 2 goals or less, and it could be worth opting for under 2.5 goals to be scored.

Verdict: Under 2.5 goals in the game @ 2.00 (Sky Bet)

Match Odds:

  • Inter @ 2.4 (bet365)
  • Draw @ 3.6 (bet365)
  • Spurs @ 3.13 (Bet Victor)

First Goalscorer

Who would oppose Gareth Bale in his current vein of form? He’s scored first in 3 of Tottenham’s last 5 games and will certainly be frightening the ageing Inter back line. The Welsh hitman is a 7.0 chance @7.00 (bet365)

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Jermain Defoe @ 7.5 (Sky Bet)
  • Clint Dempsey @ 9.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Tommaso Rocchi@ 8.00 (Betfred)

Atletico Madrid Europa League Favourites As United And City Crash Out

Atletico Madrid are the favourites to win this season’s Europa League after Manchester United and Manchester City both crashed out of the competition on Thursday night.

However, it was Athletic Bilbao who arguably got the result of the night, beating Manchester United 2-1 and 5-3 on aggregate. The result means this is the first time since the 2001-02 season where United will not play in a cup final.

Following the result, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said in Mail Online:

“I don’t think we can complain at the result. In the second half in particular, Bilbao were the better team”.

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He’s not wrong.

Goals from Fernando Llorente and Oscar de Marcos put Bilbao 5-2 ahead on aggregate before a wonder strike from Wayne Rooney gave United a glimmer of hope with 10 minutes remaining.

You can see for yourself just how good they were here:

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Manchester City also slipped out of the competition on away goals despite coming from 2-0 down to beat Sporting Lisbon 3-2 on the night with the aggregate score tied at 3-3.

City found themselves 2-0 down and 3-0 down on aggregate with two goals in seven minutes from Matias Fernandez and Ricky van Wolfswinkel before they hit back in the second half with two goals from Sergio Aguero and a Mario Balotelli penalty.

But, it wasn’t enough and following the defeat, Roberto Mancini even apologised to the supporters for their Europa League exit.

That said, whether Mancini got his tactics all wrong or not, goalkeeper Joe Hart almost won it for City five minutes into stoppage time and produced a fine save from Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Watch it here:

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Just a couple of weeks ago City and United were first and second favourites in the Europa League betting but it is now the teams from Spain that lead the way.

Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia will all fancy their chances of reaching the semi finals after being drawn against Hannover 96, Schalke 04 and AZ Alkmaar respectively.

City conquerors Sporting have been drawn against outsiders Metalist Kharkiv.

Outright Europa League Winner:
  • Atletico Madrid @ 4.33 (Boylesports)
  • Athletic Bilbao @ 4.5 (Coral)
  • Valencia @ 4.5 (Betfred)
  • Schalke 04 @ 6.5 (Sky Bet)
  • Sporting Lisbon @ 12.0 (Betfred)
  • AZ Alkmaar @ 19.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Hannover 96 @ 21.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Metalist Kharkiv @ 21.0 (Boylesports)

Barcelona Champions League Favourites After Quarter Final Draw

Barcelona remain the bookmakers favourites for the Champions League following the quarter final draw.

Pep Guardiola’s side were drawn in a “glamour tie” against AC Milan but will not fear the Italians who showed their vulnerability in a 3-0 second leg defeat against Arsenal – edging through to the last eight 4-3 on aggregate.

Milan will have to be much better if they are to have any chance against a Barcelona side that smashed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in their last match, winning their tie 10-1 on aggregate.

Lionel Messi became the first player to score five Champions League goals in a single match:

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Chelsea overturned a 3-1 first leg defeat against Napoli by winning 4-1 after extra time and 5-4 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge.

The ageing Blues are the only remaining Premier League side in the competition and will fancy their chances against Benfica, who reached the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 2006.

Watch Chelsea’s remarkable comeback against Napoli here:

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Bayern Munich will be confident of progressing to the semi finals after they were drawn against Marseille. The Bundesliga side overturned a 1-0 first leg defeat at Basel by crushing their Swiss opponents 7-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Watch all seven goals here:

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The lowest ranked side left in the competition APOEL, edged past Lyon on penalties following a 1-1 aggregate score and they face the might of Real Madrid who coasted past CSKA Moscow 5-2 on aggregate.

Outright Champions League Winner:

  • Barcelona @ 2.25 (Ladbrokes)
  • Real Madrid @ 3.2 (Coral)
  • Bayern Munich @ 7.0 (William Hill)
  • Chelsea @ 11.0 (Sportingbet)
  • AC Milan @ 23.0 (Betfred)
  • Benfica @ 67.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Marseille @ 81.0 (Sky Bet)
  • APOEL @ 251.0 (Paddy Power)

Wolves vs Blackburn Rovers Betting

This week we delve into the lower reaches of the Premier League where a classic “six pointer” takes place at Molineux – Wolves, third from bottom, take on Blackburn Rovers, above them by one position on goal difference.

Three points are a must for both teams and given the dire defensive record for each of them, it is not unreasonable to believe the goals will flow on Saturday afternoon.

These sides last met in the Midlands on the final day of last season and again, were among five clubs still haunted by the prospect of relegation. Rovers won 3-2 that day and have an impressive record at Molineux. They have lost just once in their last nine visits and in terms of Premier League meetings, Rovers have come away with two draws and one win.

Blackburn have not been great on their travels this season but they won memorably at Old Trafford and also took points off Liverpool at Anfield. Rovers have taken points from the teams around them in recent matches – beating Fulham and QPR and drawing with Everton and Aston Villa.

Wolves captain Roger Johnson could feature against Rovers despite being fined for turning up “unfit to train properly” on Monday morning and he will need to be at his best to help prevent another mauling.

Saturday’s game is the first at home since the embarrassing 5-1 derby defeat against West Bromwich Albion while the team are still licking their wounds from a 5-0 mauling at Fulham last weekend.

However, home form is not Wolves’ strong point this season – they have suffered five defeats and one draw in their last six matches.

If they have any hope, they must attack and take advantage of the leakiest defence in the Premier League and one that has failed to keep a single clean sheet all season and has this season.

Even with home advantage, I still think Blackburn are the stronger of two weak sides. They are grinding out results against those around them whereas Wolves look like they have capitulated.

Verdict: Blackburn Rovers @ 3.25 (Bet Victor)

Other Results:

  • Wolves @ 2.4 (Paddy Power)
  • Draw @ 3.4 (bet365)

First Goalscorer

One player that enjoys scoring goals against sides in the lower reaches of the Premier League is Yakubu. He scored four against Swansea City, twice against Wigan and netted against Norwich and Bolton. Against a wobbly Wolves back line, he looks a good bet at 6.5 (Betfred).

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Steven Fletcher @ 6.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Kevin Doyle @ 7.5 (bet365)
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake @ 8.5 (Boylesports)
  • Anthony Modeste @ 9.0 (Sky Bet)
  • David Goodwillie @ 9.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Ruben Rochina @ 11.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • David Hoilett @ 12.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Jamie O’Hara @ 12.0 (bet365)
  • Matthew Jarvis @ 13.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Mauro Formica @ 13.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • David Dunn @ 15.0 (Paddy Power)
  • No Goalscorer @ 15.0 (Sky Bet)

Anytime Goalscorer

Wolves need a goalscorer and they had a perfectly good one in Steven Fletcher kicking his heels on the bench against Fulham last weekend. It would be a surprise if he didn’t start against Rovers and with 10 goals this season, you’d fancy him against a side that hasn’t kept a clean sheet all season. He can be backed at 2.5 (Betfred).

Selected other anytime goalscorers:

  • Aiyegbeni Yakubu @ 2.65 (Sportingbet)
  • Kevin Doyle @ 2.75 (Sky Bet)
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake @ 3.25 (Ladbrokes)
  • Anthony Modeste @ 3.75 (Sky Bet)
  • David Goodwillie @ 3.75 (Sky Bet)
  • David Hoilett @ 4.33 (Bet Victor)
  • Jamie O’Hara @ 4.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Ruben Rochina @ 4.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Matthew Jarvis @ 5.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Mauro Formica @ 5.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • David Dunn @ 5.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen @ 6.0 (Sky Bet)

Correct Score

The bookmakers are pitching a low scoring draw as their correct score of choice but with two dreadful back lines, I would not be surprised to see goals in this match, even if the teams try to play a tight, cagey game. Last season, Blackburn Rovers won this fixture 3-2 and you can back the same again at 29.0 (bet365).

Selected other correct scores:

  • Wolves 1-0 @ 9.5 (bet365)
  • Wolves 2-0 @ 12.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Wolves 2-1 @ 10.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Wolves 3-0 @ 23.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Wolves 3-1 @ 19.0 (Betfred)
  • Wolves 3-2 @ 26.0 (Boylesports)
  • Draw 0-0 @ 15.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Draw 1-1 @ 7.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Draw 2-2 @ 15.0 (Betfred)
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-0 @ 12.0 (bet365)
  • Blackburn Rovers 2-0 @ 17.0 (bet365)
  • Blackburn Rovers 2-1 @ 12.0 (Betfred)
  • Blackburn Rovers 3-0 @ 34.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Blackburn Rovers 3-1 @ 23.0 (Sportingbet)

Spurs Favourites In FA Cup Betting

Tottenham Hotspur edged into pole position as the bookmaker’s favourites to win this season’s FA Cup following their 3-1 fifth round replay victory against Stevenage.

The League One side looked to cause an upset when they took a shock lead after four minutes at White Hart Lane. Joel Byrom scored from the penalty spot but Jermaine Defoe equalised after 26 minutes.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor put the Premier League side in front 10 minutes after the break with a penalty and Defoe netted his second 15 minutes from the end to ease Harry Redknapp’s side into a quarter final tie against Bolton Wanderers.

The previous evening, Chelsea won their first match under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo with a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City.

The in-form Championship club kept the scoreline goalless until 54 minutes when Juan Mata scrambled the ball over the line and Raul Meireles sealed victory six minutes later with a spectacular finish.

Chelsea were the biggest movers in the betting, cut from 5.5 to a best-priced 4.0 with the bookmakers fancying them to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

The Blues have home advantage in the quarter finals against the remaining Championship side in the FA Cup, Leicester City.

Elsewhere, Everton host Sunderland while recent Carling Cup winners and second favourites to win the FA Cup, Liverpool, play Stoke City at Anfield.

Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:

  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)
  • Liverpool @ 3.8 (Ladbrokes)
  • Chelsea @ 4.0 (Betfred)
  • Everton @ 8.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Sunderland @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Stoke City @ 23.0 (bet365)
  • Bolton Wanderers @ 34.0 (Boylesports)
  • Leicester City @ 67.0 (Betfred)

Liverpool vs Arsenal Betting

Both teams enjoyed spectacular weekends and will go into this match full of confidence.

Liverpool beat Cardiff City on penalties in an exciting and memorable Carling Cup Final to end their six-year wait for a trophy while Arsenal battled from two goals down to defeat arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 in a classic north London derby.

While a trophy in the cabinet is important for Liverpool in terms of progress and morale, they must turn their attentions to something arguably more important which is Champions League qualification.

They head into Saturday’s match in seventh position and as many points behind Arsenal in fourth place. The Reds are now an outside bet to finish in the top four with both Chelsea and Newcastle above them in the reckoning but home advantage is key this weekend.

Liverpool, like Manchester City, are unbeaten at home this season. However, they have won just four out of 12 in front of their home fans, on a par with Blackburn Rovers who sit in the bottom three.

Kenny Dalglish’s side have become draw specialists at Anfield, with eight matches ending all square this season. That is where out attentions will focus on for this particular match because six of the last nine meetings have ended in deadlock, five of which with a 1-1 scoreline.

Arsenal look susceptible on the road and have lost more than they have won – six defeats to five victories, with two draws thrown in for good measure.

Despite netting five goals last Sunday, the Gunners have not scored in three of their last four away matches in all competitions. That said, at Anfield, they find their shooting boots and have scored in their last five Premier League visits. The 2008-09 campaign saw them score four times in a remarkable 4-4 draw.

With Liverpool solid, if not spectacular at home and with eight draws at Anfield already this season combined with the recent draw sequence between these two, another stalemate would not come as a great shock.

Verdict: Draw @ 3.6 (Bet Victor)

Other Results:

  • Liverpool @ 2.05 (Boylesports)
  • Arsenal @ 3.8 (Betfred)

First Goalscorer

Due to playing away from home, red-hot Robin Van Persie does not head-up the bookmaker’s first goalscorer list in the betting, with them favouring Liverpool striker Luis Suarez instead. But, with 33 goals in all competitions to his name this season, Van Persie cannot be ignored and he is available to bulge the back of the net first at 6.5 (bet365).

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Luis Suarez @ 6.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Craig Bellamy @ 7.5 (Boylesports)
  • Andy Carroll @ 8.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Steven Gerrard @ 8.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Dirk Kuyt @ 10.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Maxi Rodriguez @ 12.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Gervinho @ 13.0 (Boylesports)
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain @ 15.0 (Boylesports)
  • Charlie Adam @ 15.0 (Coral)
  • Theo Walcott @ 15.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Mikel Arteta @ 19.0 (bet365)
  • Aaron Ramsey @ 21.0 (bet365)
  • No Goalscorer @ 13.0 (Sky Bet)

Anytime Goalscorer

One player who showed his goal scoring ability last week was Dirk Kuyt  for Liverpool. The bustling midfielder had only been on the pitch five minutes during extra time of the Carling Cup Final and put Liverpool 2-1 in front. With three goals in his last six club matches, he’s worth a dabble at 4.0 (Sportingbet).

Selected other anytime goalscorers:

  • Luis Suarez @ 2.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Robin Van Persie @ 2.6 (bet365)
  • Craig Bellamy @ 3.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Andy Carroll @ 3.25 (Paddy Power)
  • Steven Gerrard @ 3.4 (Sky Bet)
  • Maxi Rodriguez @ 4.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Gervinho @ 4.75 (Sportingbet)
  • Theo Walcott @ 5.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain @ 5.5 (Sky Bet)
  • Charlie Adam @ 5.5 (Coral)
  • Mikel Arteta @ 7.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Aaron Ramsey @ 7.5 (bet365)

Correct Score

With recent history between these two clubs suggesting a draw and with five of the last nine meetings ending in one goal apiece, I cannot see beyond a 1-1 draw. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the bookmakers’ correct score of choice and the best price currently available is 7.5 (Bet Victor).

Selected other correct scores:

  • Liverpool 1-0 @ 8.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Liverpool 2-0 @ 11.0 (Coral)
  • Liverpool 2-1 @ 9.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Liverpool 3-0 @ 19.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Liverpool 3-1 @ 17.0 (Coral)
  • Liverpool 3-2 @ 29.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Draw 0-0 @ 13.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Draw 2-2 @ 15.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Arsenal 1-0 @ 12.0 (bet365)
  • Arsenal 2-0 @ 23.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Arsenal 2-1 @ 13.0 (Betfred)
  • Arsenal 3-0 @ 51.0 (Betfred)
  • Arsenal 3-1 @ 31.0 (Coral)
  • Arsenal 3-2 @ 41.0 (Bet Victor)

Cardiff City vs Liverpool – Carling Cup Final Betting

Carling Cup Final Betting Preview

Liverpool are unsurprisingly the bookmakers favourites to lift the Carling Cup trophy on Sunday but the team will be under immense pressure to bring home their first trophy in six years.

Ironically, Liverpool’s last piece of silverware was the FA Cup in 2006 – which they won in Cardiff.

The Reds go into the match full of confidence against Championship opposition having crushed Brighton 6-1 last weekend in the FA Cup fifth round. Kenny Dalglish’s side were, however, aided by three own goals.

Cardiff City are not in great form and have lost three of their last four league matches.

A comfortable 3-1 home victory against Peterborough United has been sandwiched by a home defeat against Blackpool and on the road losses at Leicester City and Ipswich Town last weekend.

Indeed, last weekend’s defeat at Ipswich saw the Bluebirds slip to fifth in the table and their involvement in the Cup this weekend could see them out of the top six depending on the results.

Liverpool are going to be well-backed and expected to win comfortably on Sunday but as we all know, football doesn’t always go according to plan.

And, where is the fun in backing a red-hot favourite at odds-on in a Cup final, where a wicked deflection, a missed offside call or a dubious penalty can all mean the difference between victory and defeat?

You could plough a significant percentage of your betting bank to try and “buy money” but before you do, I just want to leave you with four words to remember:

Birmingham City Last Season.

Verdict: Cardiff City @ 9.5 (Bet Victor)

Other Results:

  • Liverpool @ 1.4 (Betfred)
  • Draw @ 4.5 (bet365)

First Goalscorer

Scotland international Kenny Miller is usually the favourite in this market but given the standard of opposition, he has been pushed down the list. Therein could like some value and the current best price of 13.0 (bet365) looks tempting. Miller is without a goal in six matches but he was first off the mark the last time he scored – a 3-2 league victory against Portsmouth.

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Luis Suarez @ 6.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Andy Carroll @ 7.0 (bet365)
  • Craig Bellamy @ 7.0 (Coral)
  • Steven Gerrard @ 7.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Dirk Kuyt @ 9.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Charlie Adam @ 13.0 (Coral)
  • Joe Mason @ 15.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Rudy Gestede @ 15.0 (bet365)
  • Stewart Downing @ 19.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Peter Whittingham @ 19.0 (Boylesports)
  • Martin Skrtel @ 26.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Craig Conway @ 29.0 (bet365)
  • No Goalscorer @ 12.0 (Betfred)

Anytime Goalscorer

Cardiff-born Liverpool midfielder Craig Bellamy is the only player on the field who will draw applause from both teams should he score. He has also stated he will not celebrate should he score against the Bluebirds, where he spent a successful spell on loan last season. Bellamy can be backed at 2.6 (Bet Victor) to register his name on the score sheet.

Selected other anytime goalscorers:

  • Luis Suarez @ 2.38 (Betfred)
  • Andy Carroll @ 2.75 (bet365)
  • Steven Gerrard @ 3.0 (Betfred)
  • Dirk Kuyt @ 3.4 (Bet Victor)
  • Charlie Adam @ 4.5 (Betfred)
  • Kenny Miller @ 6.5 (Betfred)
  • Stewart Downing @ 6.5 (Betfred)
  • Joe Mason @ 7.5 (Betfred)
  • Rudy Gestede @ 7.5 (Betfred)
  • Peter Whittingham @ 8.5 (Betfred)
  • Craig Conway @ 11.0 (bet365)
  • Martin Skrtel @ 12.0 (Betfred)

Correct Score

A comfortable Liverpool victory is the bookmaker’s verdict so there is definite value in going against them. While the fancied scoreline is 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, how about a 2-1 victory to Cardiff City at 26.0 (Sky Bet).

Selected other correct scores:

  • Cardiff City 1-0 @ 21.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Cardiff City 2-0 @ 56.0 (Coral)
  • Cardiff City 3-0 @ 226.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Cardiff City 3-1 @ 81.0 (bet365)
  • Cardiff City 3-2 @ 101.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Draw 0-0 @ 12.0 (Boylesports)
  • Draw 1-1 @ 9.5 (Coral)
  • Draw 2-2 @ 26.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Liverpool 1-0 @ 7.0 (Betfred)
  • Liverpool 2-0 @ 6.5 (Coral)
  • Liverpool 2-1 @ 9.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Liverpool 3-0 @ 9.5 (Coral)
  • Liverpool 3-1 @ 13.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Liverpool 3-2 @ 34.0 (bet365)
  • Liverpool 4-0 @ 17.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Liverpool 5-0 @ 41.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Liverpool 6-0 @ 91.0 (Paddy Power)

United Survive But Trail City In Europa League Betting

Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg Review

Manchester United survived a late scare against plucky Ajax to reach the last 16 of the Europa League but are behind local rivals Manchester City in the betting.

United lost 2-1 on the night against the Dutch side but progressed to the next round 3-2 on aggregate. Javier Hernandez gave United an early lead but an equaliser from Aras Ozbiliz and a late header from Toby Alderweireld made for a tense finish.

City had no such worries on Wednesday night as they crushed Porto 4-0 at the Etihad and cruised through to the last 16 by a 6-1 aggregate score. Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock in the first minute and second half goals from Edin Dzeko, David Silva and David Pizarro heaped more misery on a Portuguese side that saw Rolando sent off with 13 minutes remaining.

Stoke City saw their interest in the competition end with a 1-0 defeat at Valencia, knocking them out 2-0 on aggregate. It was always going to be a tough match for Tony Pulis who fielded a weakened side and Brazilian striker Jonas struck the killer blow after 24 minutes.

Atletico Madrid beat Lazio in Spain to progress 4-1 on aggregate. Defender Diego Godin scored three minutes into the second half to send the Serie A side packing.

A hat-trick from Schalke striker Klas Jan Huntelaar downed Plzen after extra time as the German side won 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate. Plzen had Marek Bakos sent off on the hour but a late equaliser from Frantisek Rajitoral saw the match end 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time required.

Athletic Bilbao made hard work of Lokomotiv Moscow and progressed to the last 16 on the away goals rule. Two cards in the space of five minutes saw Fernando Amorebieta sent off on the hour but Iker Muniain scored the goal the La Liga side needed two minutes later.

After a goalless first leg in Italy, Udinese won 3-0 in Greece to ease past PAOK Salonika. Early goals from Danilo and Antonio Floro Flores eased the Serie A club’s nerves and a penalty from Maurizo Domizzi six minutes after the break put the match beyond doubt.

PSV Eindhoven crushed Trabzonspor 4-1 in Holland to win 6-2 on aggregate. An early penalty from Dries Mertens opened the floodgates and goals from Tim Matavz and Kevin Strootman gave the Dutch side a commanding lead. The shell shocked Turkish club pulled one back two minutes before the break through Burak Yilmaz but Matavz added his second of the night after 53 minutes.

Ukranian side Metalist Kharkiv are winning admirers following a 4-1 drubbing of Red Bull Salzburg and winning the tie 8-1 on aggregate. An own goal from Martin Hinteregger gave the Austrian side an uphill battle but they fought back with a goal from Jakob Jantscher after 56 minutes. Kharkiv were not in a charitable mood and scored three further goals from Jonathan Cristaldo, Sebastien Blanco and Marlos to confirm a sound thrashing.

Outright Europa League Winner:

  • Manchester City @ 3.75 (Betfred)
  • Manchester United @ 4.5 (bet365)
  • Valencia @ 10.0 (Boylesports)
  • Atletico Madrid @ 11.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Schalke 04 @ 13.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Athletic Bilbao @ 21.0 (Coral)
  • Udinese @ 21.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • PSV Eindhoven @ 21.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Metalist Kharkiv @ 26.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Olympiacos @ 29.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • FC Twente @ 34.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Hannover 96 @ 34. (Paddy Power)
  • Sporting Lisbon @ 34.0 (Bet Victor)
  • AZ Alkmaar @ 41. (Boylesports)
  • Besiktas @ 67.0 (Boylesports)
  • Standard Liege @ 101.0 (Boylesports)