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)

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)

Manchester City Favourites In Europa League Betting

Europa League Round of 32 First Leg Review

Manchester City are the bookmakers favourites to win this season’s Europa League after a first leg victory in their round of 32 tie at FC Porto.

Roberto Mancini’s side fell behind to a Silvestre Varela goal after 27 minutes but fought back in the second half through a Alvaro Pereira own goal after 55 minutes and a Sergio Aguero winner six minutes before the end.

Manchester United also won away from home, strolling to a comfortable 2-0 first leg victory at Ajax.

Ashley Young broke the deadlock after 59 minutes while Javier Hernandez made sure of the victory five minutes from time.

If you fancy an all-Manchester final, you can get odds of 10.0 with Paddy Power on it happening.

The other remaining Premier League side in the competition, Stoke City, face a tall order to qualify for the last 16 as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Valencia.

A 30 yard effort from Mehmet Topal nine minutes before the break brought Stoke’s unbeaten home record in Europe to an end and gives the La Liga club a precious away goal in the second leg.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid took a commanding first leg lead at Lazio, winning 3-1 in Italy. Veteran German international Miroslav Klose gave Lazio the lead but an equaliser from Adrian Lopez and a brace from Radamel Falcao put the La  Liga club in the driving seat.

Polish side Legia Warsaw took the lead twice against Sporting Lisbon but were pegged back to a 2-2 draw. Jakub Wawrzyniak gave Legia the lead eight minutes before the break but Daniel Carrico equalised on the hour. Janusz Gol looked to have won it for the Warsaw-based club with 10 minutes left but Andre Santos equalised for the second time late on.

Schalke 04 were big favourites to win at Plzen but were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg. Vladimir Darida gave the Czech side a shock lead after 22 minutes but Klas Jan Huntelaar equalised with 15 minutes left to spare the Bundesliga club’s blushes.

Besiktas pulled off a surprising win at Braga who were not helped by the sending off of Helder Barbosa after 29 minutes. Tomas Sivok gave the Turkish side the lead shortly before half time and Simao Sabrosa added a second on 58 minutes.

Outright Europa League Winner:

  • Manchester City @ 4.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Manchester United @ 5.0 (bet365)
  • Valencia @ 11.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Atletico Madrid @ 13.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Schalke 04 @ 15.0 (Sky Bet)
  • PSV Eindhoven @ 21.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Athletic Bilbao @ 26.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Olympiacos @ 29.0 (Betfred)
  • Metalist Kharkiv @ 34.0 (Betfred)
  • Sporting Lisbon @ 34.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Udinese @ 34.0 (Sportingbet)
  • FC Twente @ 34.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Hannover 96 @ 41.0 (Paddy Power)
  • AZ Alkmaar @ 41.0 (Betfred)
  • Besiktas @ 41.0 (bet365)
  • Lokomotiv Moscow @ 67.0 (Bet Victor)
  • SC Anderlecht @ 67.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • PAOK Thessaloniki @ 81.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Porto @ 81.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Robin Kazan @ 81.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Standard Liege @ 81.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Stoke City @ 151.0 (bet365)
  • Lazio @ 176.0 (bet365)
  • Club Brugge @ 201.0 (Betfred)
  • Viktoria Plzen @ 201.0 (Betfred)
  • Wisla Krakow @ 201.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Trabzonspor @ 251.0 (Sportingbet)
  • SC Braga @ 251.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Legia Warsaw @ 251.0 (bet365)
  • Steaua Bucuresti @ 501.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Ajax @ 501.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Salzburg @ 1001.0 (bet365)