Big Two Nailed On To Progress In The Champions League
Two of the season-long market leaders to win the Champions League were knocked out last night. Manchester City and Barcelona won’t be champions of Europe this season and Real Madrid are now the favourites to lift the trophy in Moscow in May. The remaining quarter-finals second legs are tonight and Real and Bayern Munich are massive favourites to progress to the last four. Roma were sensational in beating Barcelona 3-0 in the second leg of their tie after losing 4-1 at the Nou Camp in the first match. LIVERPOOL have won the European Cup or Champions League five times and are now 3/1 with William Hill to be top dogs in Europe again.
Real Madrid play Juventus at home tonight and the Italians have an impossible task to progress after losing the first leg 3-0 in Turin. Ronaldo has scored in every Champions League fixture for Madrid this season and 14 in total. His personal best is 17 and potentially he has four fixtures to set a new record. Real have scored in every Champions League fixture at home over the past seven years and that run is unlikely to end. One goal for the home side means Juventus must score four and speculative punters may be interested in a 1-4 CORRECT SCORE at 150/1 with Betfair.
Bayern Munich won 2-1 in Seville in their first leg tie and can complete the job in Germany tonight. Sevilla need at least two goals to qualify for the semi-finals but scored twice at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the previous round. Munich have scored 28 goals in their last seven home fixtures and they should find the net at least once tonight. That would leave Sevilla with an impossible task but they are capable of scoring on the road in the Champions League. The logical conclusion is to back BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at 7/10 with Ladbrokes.
The Grand National meeting at Aintree starts tomorrow and the opening day card starts with four Grade 1 races which is unique for a single day. There is a jumps meeting at Market Rasen today and they race on the All-Weather at Lingfield, Kempton and Dundalk in Ireland. The richest race in Britain is the novices’ handicap Chase at Market Rasen (4.10) but the winner receives less than £10,000. BEGGAR’S WISH is in good form and is the horse to back at 5/2.