Grab 12/1 For Blaklion In The National
It’s the height of fashion these days for the superpowers of the Premier League to be in the last 16 of the Champions League. Manchester United won the Europa League to qualify for this season’s competition and the top four teams in the league took their place. For the first time in Champions League history five clubs from one country are in the knockout stages.
Manchester City and Tottenham did the business last night and ENGLAND are still the favourites at 11/8 with bet365 to be the winning nationality. However, teams from Spain and France may have their say and Real Madrid and Paris St Germain meet tonight in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the capital of Spain. The home team should take a narrow lead into the return match to Paris.
Money talks at this level and one of the richest clubs are nearly always the champions of Europe. PSG have the backing of the wealthy nation of Qatar, Real Madrid are supported by the establishment in Spain, Bayern Munich are the Hollywood club of German football and Manchester City are in the hands of owners with vast wealth. It’s about 4/6 with Ladbrokes that one of these four clubs become the champions of Europe this season.
Liverpool play Porto away from home in a last 16 fixture tonight that should produce goals. Liverpool are better going forward than at the back. The £75 million paid for one defender has not really resolved this issue and they still look vulnerable in their own final third. Porto are not exactly a team who keep it tight and there were 15 goals in their three home group fixtures. The bet of the night is BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at 6/10 with William Hill.
The horse racing today is more about quantity than quality with five meetings in Britain and Ireland and none offering more than £69,000 in total prize money. It’s hard to pick out a decent race amongst all the mediocrity so instead we will highlight an ante post bet. BLAKLION has been given a chance by the handicapper in the Grand National and runs in Haydock’s trial on Saturday. Take the 12/1 with Betfair for the National as that price will go if Blaklion delivers a decent prep-race.