All Manchester Final On The Drift
Manchester City and United have never met in a European final and the odds on that happening in the Champions League this season are bigger after City lost to Tottenham. The possibility could be even more remote after United play Barcelona at Old Trafford tonight. The Spanish club have won eight and drawn one of their last nine matches and could leave Manchester with another win under their belt. United must avoid defeat to keep in the hunt for a semi-final place and a goalless draw would not be a bad outcome. The ALL MANCHESTER FINAL is 20/1 with BetVictor.
The omens are not good for tonight’s meeting because United have scored just one goal in four matches at home in the current Champions League campaign. Lionel Messi has scored 47 goals in all competitions while Luis Suarez has scored seven times in nine starts. On the other hand Barca have not won in six away knockout matches in the Champions League. However, in La Liga the Catalans are playing exceptionally well. United have lost three of their last four matches and are sixth in the Premier League. BARCELONA must be backed at Evens with Ladbrokes.
Ajax meet Juventus in Amsterdam in the other quarter-final first leg match in the Champions League. The Italian champions are big favourites to qualify for the last four and slight favourites to win the first match. However, Ajax played wonderfully well when beating Real Madrid in the last 16 and have lost just one home match in all competitions this season. Juve are about to win the Italian title for the 35th time but have not impressed when opponents have attacked the defence with relish. Therefore, the best bet is a win for AJAX at 11/5 with Ladbrokes.
There is a decent card at Nottingham today with £109,000 in prize money up for grabs which is not bad for a midweek fixture at a minor track. The highlight and most open contest in the Class 3 handicap over one mile and half a furlong at 3.35. Qaysar is the top weight and could have something in hand but this is a first start in 293 days. Ryan Moore has been booked to ride NEW GRADUATE and he has a good record for the stable and his mount is the selection at 4/1 with Betfair.