Football Bets on Atletico for Europa Glory Look Just Fine

Antoine Griezmann struck a late goal for ten-man Atletico to give the La Liga giants a draw and a crucial away goal at the Emirates.

Live betting fans reacted quickly as Atletico went down to ten men early in the game, but the Spaniards defended brilliantly throughout, and got their reward when Griezmann fired home. Atletico started the game as favourites to lift the title at betting odds of 2.10, and they are set to tighten after tonight’s results.

Meanwhile, it’s advantage Marseille as the Ligue 1 side beat Salzburg 2-0.

Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid

The telling action in north London came late on, but there was also early drama when fullback Sime Vrsalijko picked up a yellow card on just three minutes. But the Croatian didn’t worry about that, until he picked up a second seven minutes later when he tripped Alexandre Lacazette. And that meant the Gunners had 80 plus minutes to play against ten men but, well as they played, they couldn’t penetrate the depleted Atletico defence throughout the first half. Arsenal had 15 shots in the first 45 as Atleti keeper Jan Oblak made three super saves.

The Emirates crowd did everything it could to lift the team; it’s a shame they hadn’t supported the Gunners and their manager like this throughout the season. And it did the trick; Jack Wilshere played a smart one-two with Aaron Ramsey before lifting a superb cross for Lacazette to head home.

Danny Welbeck was inches away from making it two but the home crowd’s cheers turned to groans on 82 minutes when Laurent Koscielny made a hash of a clearance to give Antoine Griezmann two chances to score, and that was enough as he fired into the roof of the net. As the clock ran down Oblak made a brilliant save to deny Ramsay, but that was that; advantage Atletico.

Marseille 2-0 Salzburg

Dimitri Payet was in superb form in Marseille to help give the favourites a commanding first leg lead. The hosts were the better side from the off and former West Ham star Payet had an early sight of goal, shooting just wide. Then, on 15 minutes, the Stade Velodrome erupted as former West Ham star Payet centred for Florian Thauvin to convert from close range.

The French couldn’t add to that before the break, but Payet continued to run the show in the second half, and shortly after crossing for Thauvin to force a save, he put in Clinton N’Jie who gleefully fired into the bottom corner. 2-0, and Marseille have taken a good stride towards the final.

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All Eyes on the Runners-up Spot!

Seven is the magic number for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United as they aim to secure the runners-up spot in their remaining Premier League football games.

However, online betting heavyweights Liverpool and Tottenham are within striking distance and will be ready to pounce when and if the Red Devils slip-up.

Liverpool vs Stoke City (April 28, 19:30 GMT+8)

Anfield is overflowing with so much positivity right now after Liverpool beat Roma in a live betting spectacle in the Champions League semi-final. That means it’s a bad time for Stoke to visit, especially with their survival hopes hanging in the balance.

It’s always difficult to beat a team that has no other choice but to win, though it should be noted that Stoke have never won a top-flight league game at Liverpool. Not to mention that the Potters are winless in their last 12 away matches.

And really, who could stop Mo Salah who will break the record for most goals scored in a 38-game season if he scores?

I see a one-sided affair here, so go for Liverpool Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.94 for a 🌟🌟🌟 bet.

Manchester United vs Arsenal (April 29, 23:30 GMT+8)

Arsenal might want to give Arsene Wenger a proper send-off by winning their remaining matches, but that will be a tall order as they now face a Manchester United team that is prioritising finishing second more than the FA Cup.

United beat the Gunners the first time they met this season and could complete a league double against them for the first time in six years. It should help United that Arsenal will have little time to rest as Wenger’s side have a Europa League game against Atletico Madrid just two days before their scheduled meeting.

Just like their previous fight, there should be goals—and plenty of it—here. Hence, I suggest a 🌟🌟 bet on goals Over 2.75 @ 1.93.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford (May 01, 03:00 GMT+8)

Fresh from their FA Cup semis defeat, the Spurs will be raring to bounce back and ensure their automatic Champions League qualification, at the least.

Watford, winless in their last six (four defeats, two draws), don’t pose much of a challenge. Not with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in fine form for the Spurs.

Kane has his eyes set on the Golden Boot and will undoubtedly look to score. Meanwhile, Eriksen has been on a tear, scoring five and turning provider three times in their last seven games in all competitions.

I expect the two to lead the Spurs’ charge against the struggling Hornets, and I’m backing them to have a hot start and beat a First Half Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 2.07 for another 🌟 bet.

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How can the Gunners Smash Down Atletico’s Wall?

Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final first leg this week, in the tie which football betting pundits expect will produce the champions.

And the big task facing the Gunners is to break down one of the best defences in Europe. Diego Simeone’s Atletico have conceded just 18 goals in 34 league football games, and that is the big factor which makes the Spaniards favourites at betting odds of 2.10 to win the trophy, with Arsenal at 3.50.

In the other semi-final Rudi Garcia’s Marseille are tipped to proceed to the final; though the visit of Marco Rose’s Saltzburg is no walk in the park.

Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid

Arsene Wenger’s announcement that he would leave at the end of the season prompted his players into an emotional 4-1 win at the weekend, and there is a unity around the Emirates we haven’t seen for some time. The players are keen to give Arsene the perfect send-off, and in Alexandre Lacazette they have a man who can puncture the brilliant Atletcio defence. But if he can get past Diego Godin and Stefan Savic, he still has to beat keeper Jan Oblak. That is some rearguard.

The favourites have been in patchy form of late, with one win in four, but Simeone rested Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro and Koke in a goalless home draw to Real Betis at the weekend. And while Diego Costa won’t be fit, according to Simeone, the Arsenal backline must be on its game to prevent a damaging away goal.

Marseille vs RB Salzburg

Rudi Garcia’s Marseille welcome Salzburg to the Stade Velodrome, and need to win the first leg to justify odds of 1.61 on their progress. After putting Leipzig out in the quarter finals, Marseille have had back-to-back victories in Ligue 1 and are in a three-way race for second place. Garcia has eyes on next year’s Champions League one way or another. Former West Ham star Dimitri Payet has three Europa goals, and if playing will be a thorn in Salzburg’s side.

But Marco Rose’s Salzburg are storming the Austrian Bundesliga and had a stunning quarter final victory against Lazio, recovering from a two-goal deficit by winning 4-1 on home turf, the dangerous Munas Dabbur scoring his fifth tournament goal.

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Gunners Show Love for Arsene with a Big Win

It was a happy Sunday at the Emirates as Arsenal hammered the Hammers in support of their departing coach Arsene Wenger.

Some of his players were close to tears when Arsene told them his 22-year tenure was ending. But betting websites are already thinking about the odds on Arsenal’s next manager, as well as Wenger’s next move. There will be no shortage of offers for the ‘Professor’, with football betting pundits picking PSG or the France national team as the likely destination.

Elsewhere, Manchester City smashed five past Swansea in a cracking result for their handicap betting fans!

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham United

So it’s all smiles after an explosive final eight minutes gave the Gunners a resounding win against West Ham.

Earlier, after Nacho Monreal had volleyed home the opener, Marko Arnautovic’s fierce finish hinted at an unhappy ending. Then up stepped Aaron Ramsey, whose cross evaded everyone to beat Joe Hart and prompt a final flurry, with Alexandre Lacazette grabbing a well-taken brace.

Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City

Well, this was some coronation, and the Swans could only stand by and admire.

David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus were all on target as the Champions put on a five-star display. The pick of the lot, though, was a 30-yard Kevin De Bruyne piledriver which Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski heard fizz into the net before he saw it!

Stoke City 1-1 Burnley

The Potters slipped closer to the trapdoor after a nervous stalemate with Europe-chasing Burnley.

Badou Ndiaye gave the home fans hope with a deflected opener. However, Ashley Barnes followed up to score his sixth in eight games after Jack Butland had brilliantly saved a James Tarkowski header; and it was the Stoke keeper who preserved a point with his man-of-the-match performance.

Everton 1-0 Newcastle United

Everton took the honours in this mid-table clash, though it was telling that the best chance of the first half fell to home defender Phil Jagielka, only for him to volley over.

It took just five minutes of the second before Theo Walcott found space in the box to fire high into the net, with the Toffees’ first shot on target. While the Magpies fought back, it was the end of their four-match winning run.

Chelsea will play Huddersfield Town on 9th May.

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Is This More Capital Punishment for the Shaky Gunners?

Arsenal vs West Ham United

Arsenal welcome West Ham to the Emirates on Sunday, and everyone concerned with the Gunners will be dearly hoping for a regulation, and relaxing, win.

Losing last weekend to Newcastle was a blow to Arsenal and to many online betting players; and as football games come thick and fast, there is no let-up.

At betting odds of 1.55 on a home win, there should be no slip-ups. However, the Gunners have been decidedly flaky, at times, this season. Also, with the Europa League their only chance of Champions League football next year, the Premier League may not be such a high priority.

Arsene Wenger’s team could even be seventh when they welcome the Hammers as Burnley play earlier in the week. Surely that would be too much for the Emirates faithful to take, but three defeats and three wins in the last six league games isn’t the sort of form to give you great confidence.

With just 11 goals, Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s top scorer; but it’s at the back where Arsene has his biggest problems. The Gunners have conceded 45 goals in the league, too many for a top side.

Five points from three games have lifted the Hammers to within a win of safety, in all probability. And they do carry an aerial threat in leading-scorer Marko Arnautovic and the returning Andy Carroll, while Javier Hernandez—with eight league goals—can be a real handful.

And David Moyes would love to inflict a little pain on a top six (or seven) side.

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Away form baffles Arsene

Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal's disappointing performance in the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United had been a microcosm of their season.

The Gunners slumped to their fifth away loss in a row despite taking an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette.

Wenger's team have only won three of their 16 away matches though as Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie scored to hand 10th-placed Newcastle their fourth Premier League victory in a row.

Wenger labelled the defeat "the story of the season", before adding: "We paid a bit for the fact we played on Thursday night [against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League].

"In the second half we couldn't raise the tempo and keep it up like we did in the first half.

"We only have ourselves to blame for not putting the game to bed by half-time. That has happened many times this season. That's all we can say. It's baffling how we lost this game. From no chances basically we lose 2-1. On the other hand the result is there."

The result means that Arsenal are struggling to hold off Burnley's challenge to finish sixth in the Premier League, but they at least have a two-legged Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid to look forward to.

Arsenal are 11/1 to triumph in the first leg on 26th April 2-0 and 3/1 to win the Europa League outright.

Rafa says safety achieved

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said that he thinks his side have ensured safety in the Premier League by beating Arsenal.

United beat the Gunners 2-1 at St James' Park, coming from behind to take the three points which puts them on 41 for the season.

Alexandre Lacazette gave the visitors an early lead but Newcastle were level by half-time through Ayoze Perez and a Matt Ritchie goal midway through the second half ensured a fourth straight league win for Benitez's side.

Their recent run means they now have 41 points, 13 better than third bottom Southampton and Benitez concedes they look assured of survival.

He told the BBC after the match: "I think we are safe with 41 points.

"It's a massive achievement for the players, the city and the fans. I want to congratulate everyone.

"Today we didn't play amazing football because we played an amazing team but you have to manage how you play and compete for the win.

"We can enjoy the win now but then we have to be ready for the next game."

United's resurgence is in contrast to Arsenal's troubles and they are yet to gain a point away from home in 2018.

The result keeps them sixth in the table though only two points ahead of Burnley in seventh.

Their only remaining hope of a place in next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League and they face Atletico Madrid in the semi-final. They are 6/4 to win the first leg at the Emirates with the Spanish club 17/10 and the draw is priced at 12/5.

The Gunners are 3/1 to win the Europa League.

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Benitez calm over Kenedy interest

Newcastle United head coach Rafa Benitez says he is unconcerned about whether loanee Kenedy could become too expensive to buy on a permanent basis.

The 22-year-old Brazilian joined the Magpies on loan from Chelsea in January and has since impressed in helping the Magpies climb clear of the relegation places due to a run of just one defeat in eight games.

They have also won three on the bounce heading into a Sunday visit from Arsenal, with talk having already turned to the summer and a possible permanent deal for Kenedy, who is being linked with interest from a number of clubs.

Benitez, though, is focused on the here and now and is not concerning himself with what might happen in the summer.

He told reporters: "If you say 'do you want him to score goals and the value will go up?' Then yes, I want him to score goals.

"That is it, football is like this. If you have a good player, the value goes higher. He has the level to play in a top team, but he is in a top side already!

"When he receives the ball, he is always comfortable. He is never scared. He can make mistakes and give the ball away, but normally he is doing well.

"To come here and play at the level he is playing, you can say it is a surprise. It is not a surprise because we were expecting a good player, but to do as well as he has in the past months (is very impressive).''

Newcastle are 9/4 to defeat the Gunners on Sunday and are 12/1 to secure a 1-0 victory, with the Magpies 7/2 to keep a clean sheet at St James' Park.

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Wenger hails Welbeck performances

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has earned high praise from manager Arsene Wenger after hitting something like top form in recent games.

The England frontman has scored five times in his last five games, including the winner in a 3-2 victory over Southampton last weekend and a crucial strike against CSKA Moscow in midweek which helped Arsenal reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

And Wenger has clearly been impressed, not only by Welbeck's goal, but also his overall contribution to the team.

He told the club's official website: "We know how good he is and I have said that many times.

"I'm happy for him. He surprises some people but he has power, he has pace, he is finishing well now and I believe he is a team player as well.

"He likes to help the team and, for a striker, that's an outstanding quality as well."

Meanwhile, Wenger is also pleased to have midfielder Mohamed Elneny available for the trip to Newcastle United, with the Egypt international having seen a red card picked up against Southampton rescinded on appeal.

Wenger added of a player who recently signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners: "I never wanted him to leave, I always wanted him to stay. I must say that we had demands for him, but he always wanted to stay too.

"And I'm very happy (about the red card decision) because I think it was a wise decision and he will be available for Newcastle."

Arsenal are available at 5/4 to win at Newcastle, with the draw priced at 13/5 and a 2-2 final scoreline 12/1.

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Rafa cools Lascelles exit talk

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has played down reports suggesting Jamaal Lascelles will be leaving Tyneside at the end of this season.

The 24-year-old club captain has enjoyed another fine campaign with the Magpies and is believed to be interesting a host of clubs.

Since moving to St James' Park from Nottingham Forest almost four years ago Lascelles has featured in 88 league games for the club and played a key role in last season's promotion from the Championship.

"He's happy and training well. He's improving, he's focused," Benitez insisted. "You can't stop speculation about players, but I was talking with him for a while last week and the focus is just trying to improve his game.

"I think at the moment he knows he has to continue progressing and learning, but he is quite happy here."

Newcastle have moved into the top half of the Premier League table after winning their last three matches – against Southampton, Huddersfield Town and Leicester City.

The Magpies are 23/10 to make it four victories in a row by beating Arsenal on Sunday.

The Gunners have been poor on their travels this season and may be more focused on their Europa League semi-finals clashes against Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal can be backed at 3/1 to win the Europa League this season, while Newcastle are 1/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table.