Wins For English Clubs In The Europa League
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League and one place outside of qualifying for the Champions League. An alternative route into playing in the main European competition next season is winning the Europa League. Manager Unai Emery won that competition three times with Sevilla so appreciates the value of lifting the trophy. That process with Arsenal continues tonight with the home leg of the last 16 tie with Napoli. Arsenal have lost just three of 37 matches at home in all competitions so can establish a lead. ARSENAL should be backed at 29/20 with bet365.
Chelsea are big favourites to qualify from their tie with Slavia Prague and odds-on to win tonight’s first leg in Czech Republic. The English club have conceded just one goal in four knockout matches in the Europa League this season. Slavia are probably at a similar level to Dynamo Kiev who Chelsea beat 8-0 on aggregate in the last round. Their most important player, Tomas Soucek, is suspended for this match while Chelsea have plenty of attacking options even if Eden Hazard is not selected. CHELSEA are the team to back at 7/10 with bet365.
It’s the first round of the US Masters and there are only 97 players in the field for the first major of the season. Even some of those players are ceremonial past champions with no chance of winning. Some bookmakers are offering 10 places for each-way bets and there is plenty of value in these place terms. Length of the tee is a significant advantage but overall accuracy is more important than distance. A player must have a good week on the fast greens to contend. PAUL CASEY has a decent skills’ profile so is the each way bet at 22/1 with Paddy Power at one fifth the odds for 10 places.
Chelmsford City is an All Weather track that offers decent prize money and there is lucrative contest for the level at today’s meeting. The Class 2 race at 3.35 is worth £37,000 and runners earn qualifying points for a place in the Kentucky Derby. The conditions of the race have attracted the interest of Aidan O’Brien. The Irish champion has his first two runners at Chelmsford in this race. Antilles is a progressive horse but his stable mate, USS MICHIGAN, is the bet at 6/4 with Paddy Power.