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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When Your Time is Running Out Fast

The title may have been won and the likely destination of the European places seems clear, but there’s still plenty for sports betting fans to focus on with Premier League betting this weekend.

In fact, the outcome of some of these football games could even decide who survives and who loses their top-flight status.

Time and matches are running out fast.

WEEK 36 SATURDAY:

Liverpool vs Stoke City

After blowing away Roma in the Champions League semi-finals, Jurgen Klopp’s men can all but seal a top-four spot with a victory against Stoke.

At the same time, the Potters, without a win in 11 matches, must grab at least a point at Anfield if they are to realistically keep alive their fading survival hopes.

Four points from safety with three games to go, is boss Paul Lambert about to lose his proud record of keeping every club he has managed in the Premier League?

Burnley vs Brighton & Hove Albion

The maths are simple.

Should Burnley win, they are virtually in Europe next season. Should Brighton win, they are virtually safe.

It could be a tense afternoon at Turf Moor.

Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

With their Euro hopes all but over, 2016 champions Leicester City could see their season peter out over the closing weeks of the campaign.

Palace can’t afford that luxury but know victory will be a massive leap towards their own safety.

With Wilfried Zaha a constant threat and often a target for opposition challenges, his boss Roy Hodgson feels his star man was unfairly treated in last weekend’s goalless draw with Watford when he was booked for diving.

Huddersfield Town vs Everton

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Sam Allardyce, a better manager than many give him credit for.

He has done exactly what was required of him when appointed in late November. He has not only guided the Toffees to safety but lifted them up to eighth place in the table.

David Wagner and Huddersfield are clinging onto safety—which would be a fine achievement—but must take something from this with their final three matches all against sides in the top six.

Newcastle United vs West Bromwich Albion

Victory at Old Trafford and a stirring fightback against Liverpool have restored some pride to the Baggies and their supporters in recent weeks.

However, the stark truth is that West Brom are just days from relegation.

It will likely be confirmed against a Newcastle side which has so much to thank boss Rafa Benitez for.

Southampton vs Bournemouth

Like West Brom before them, the Saints have shown slight improvement under Mark Hughes.

Yet, anything other than victory in the South Coast derby and their six-year stay in the Premier League will be over.

How Bournemouth, who need another two points to be certain of safety themselves, would love to claim bragging rights.

WEEK 36 SUNDAY:

Swansea City vs Chelsea

Swansea welcome FA Cup finalists Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium four points above the drop zone.

To stave off relegation would be a fine achievement for Carlos Carvalhal, who has overseen a dramatic upturn in fortune during the second half of the campaign.

Deposed champions Chelsea have a slim chance of Champions League qualification and must return from Wales with maximum points to stay in the hunt.

West Ham United vs Manchester City

The Hammers are six points from the drop zone and David Moyes has done the job asked of him when appointed to succeed Slaven Bilic.

Can he now all but secure safety with a few matches to spare?

Newly crowned champions City will try and extend their run as they go in search of becoming the first Premier League side to claim 100 points in a season.

WEEK 36 TUESDAY:

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford FC

After the disappointment of an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United, Spurs go in search of a top three and, possibly, a third successive second-place finish.

That would be a fine achievement, especially given the club has had a temporary home at Wembley while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.

Watford have had travelling travails but should have done just enough during a season in which the Hornets’ managerial merry-go-round has continued apace.

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Now it Really is All Over

Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma

Liverpool are heading to Russia, it’s arrivederci Roma!

Despite two late goals from the Italians, make no mistake, this tie is over.

All the smart sports betting money and the betting odds now point to Liverpool being in Kiev next month to bid for a sixth European Cup.

Football games like this simply aren’t supposed to happen in the latter stages of Europe’s premier competition.

And despite some suggestions Roma could repeat their 3-0 home quarter-final success over Barcelona (a repeat result would put them in the final), it simply won’t happen.

This is a decent Roma side but no more. On their day, this is a very good Liverpool side.

Once again newly crowned player of the year Mo Salah will lead the plaudits.

His first half double against the club he left last summer put the Merseysiders on the brink of the final.

After losing the unfortunate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury early on and seeing Aleksandar Kolarov’s shot pushed onto the bar by German goalkeeper Loris Karius, Salah curled home a beautiful opener and a raucous Anfield was rocking.

So were Roma and after Dejan Lovren headed against the bar, Salah grabbed his second of the night and the 43rd of an incredible season.

Just 11 minutes after the restart, Salah played in Sadio Mane for the third before the Egyptian king set up Roberto Firmino to tap home the fourth.

Firmino then headed home the fifth as dumbfounded Roma were blown away.

Liverpool were breathtaking. Roma, despite late replies from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti, were brutally beaten.

This was Liverpool’s night and the classy Salah, who didn’t celebrate his goals against his former team-mates, is their king.

They are all but in the May 26 showpiece.

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It’s Time for More Exciting Clashes!

You’re in luck if you’re itching to watch exciting football games: the midweek promises two bombastic ties!

Four strong clubs will clash in the Champions League semi-finals, giving fans exciting action and betting odds to watch out for! Liverpool square off against Roma, while Real Madrid engage in a familiar dance with Bayern Munich.

Football betting fans are excited about these games with good reason. Now, the question is this: Are you ready to see exciting football action?

Liverpool vs AS Roma (April 25, 02:45 GMT +8)

Roma definitely took note of how Liverpool outplayed Manchester City in the previous round. Liverpool are also aware of how Roma bounced back from a seemingly impossible situation to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou. There is no clear favourite coming into this match, making fans and neutrals anticipate this big clash.

Roma have Liverpool’s number when it comes to their match history, but their last Champions League game ended in the Reds’ victory. Moreover, Liverpool have a red-hot Mohamed Salah ready to score goals from the wing.

What Edin Dzeko and the rest of the Romans have to do is make sure that the Egyptian superstar becomes a non-factor while keeping Roberto Firmino and the rest of Jurgen Klopp’s strike force at bay. They have to do this while weathering the very unfriendly environment of Anfield.

I think the home grounds will help the case of Liverpool in this match and give them a leverage to use for the second leg. With that being said, my first tip will be Liverpool -1.00 @ 1.90 for 🌟🌟.

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid (April 26, 02:45 GMT +8)

Some people (especially Gianluigi Buffon) may question Real Madrid’s questionable win against Juventus in the second leg, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s supreme talent on the pitch is something that cannot be denied. Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that the Portuguese star will carry the team past a difficult test at the Allianz Arena the same way he did in Turin.

Los Blancos weren’t able to rest many of their star players as they vie to steal the La Liga’s second-best title away from city rivals Atletico. The team looked out of their element as Athletic Bilbao frustrated them time and time again. It took a deflection from Cristiano to equalise the game. Meanwhile, Bayern cruised past Hannover without some of their best players.

Everyone knows that Madrid steps up to the plate when it’s time to play European football. However, I don’t think they can force their way past a sturdy Bayern defence without opening holes themselves. I see a one-goal win for Bayern, and a bet for Munich -0.75 @ 2.38 is worth another 🌟🌟.

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European Football Betting is a New Game Now

Well, the Champions League has delivered this year, that’s for sure. Underdogs have been upsetting the big guns along the way, no more than Roma, spectacularly dumping Barcelona in the quarters.

So if we’re going to get our semi-final handicap betting choices right, let’s take a close look at the form and the betting odds and see if we can work it out.

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid (April 26, 02:45 GMT+8)

The eventual winners may well come from this tie, but neither team has a watertight case to say it will be them.  Cristiano Ronaldo has a mind-boggling 15 goals in the competition, but not one of his team-mates has managed over two! No wonder Zinedine Zidane has told them to stop relying on the beautiful one. And Los Blancos were mighty lucky to hold off a Juventus onslaught in the last round, but they do have a habit of delivering when it counts.

Bayern had a calmer passage through, and have won five and drawn one of their last six at home. However, they have been beaten four times in the last five encounters with the Spaniards.

I think this will be a very tight game and for a 🌟🌟 bet, I’m backing Los Blancos at 1.87 with a +0.50 goal start.

Liverpool vs AS Roma (April 25, 02:45 GMT+8)

Liverpool brilliantly saw off Manchester City, one of the pre-tournament favourites, in the quarters and have won five of their last six at home. The Reds front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane has bagged an incredible 23 goals in the competition, while Roma’s Edin Dzeko takes the goal-scoring weight on his shoulders with an admirable six.

Roma travel well, have lost just one of their last six away games, and arrive with back-to-back wins.

There will be goals, but how many? I think 2-3 for a 🌟🌟 bet at odds of 2.08.

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Europe’s Big Prize is a Test for Sports Betting Players

The Champions League is down to four and we’ve a couple of cracking first legs on offer in the great football cities of Liverpool and Munich.

The quarterfinals threw up some results which defied betting odds, and so online betting fans need to work out the unexpected semi-final between Liverpool and Roma. And in the other clash, two of the favourites meet as Real Madrid visits Bayern.

TUESDAY

Liverpool vs AS Roma

This tie evokes memories of the 1984 Final, which Liverpool won on penalties, and the victor has a chance to make history. Roma could win the Champions League for the first time while Liverpool is seeking a sixth crown, which would take the Reds above Bayern and Barca.

Brazilian keeper Alisson has been in inspired form and he’s the man to stop Liverpool’s prolific strike force spearheaded by Mo Salah, and with an added threat from Roberto Firmino. Radja Nainggolan is a key man for the Italians; he wins the ball and is playing further up the pitch to try to create mayhem.

WEDNESDAY

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Two of the grand old names of Europe come face to face in Munich where Real Madrid takes on FC Bayern. The hosts have been dealt an injury blow and it’s a big one, with influential and battling midfielder Arturo Vidal ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

That will give Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos a boost to their hopes of registering a third successive Champions League title; but the boss has urged his other players not to rely on Cristiano Ronaldo so much. The talisman has been in inspiring form of late, so who’d bet against him scoring in Germany?

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Bet Online on the Race for Second

It may not be the prize that their coaches wanted, but for Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool, second place is up for grabs and is definitely worth having.

Automatic entry to the Champions League group stages is one matter, of course; but let’s face it—in a league with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in it, and some of the best players in the world gracing football games for all the top six, this second place takes some winning.

So that’s where I’m looking for this week’s Premier League handicap betting picks.

Bournemouth vs Manchester United (April 19, 02:45 GMT+8)

Manchester United’s defeat to West Brom has opened a door for the chasers, but Jose Mourinho will remind his players they’ve occupied second place for longer than any rival. David de Gea, who has been player of the season for the Red Devils, will have a busy time in Bournemouth, but I expect a professional display from United.

So I’m backing under 2.5 goals in a 🌟🌟 bet at 2.16.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur (April 18, 02:45 GMT+8)

The Seagulls are almost there in their epic survival campaign, but they have a devil of a run in starting with the visit of Spurs. Harry Kane, desperate to catch league-leading scorer Mo Salah, will try to score with any part of his body (or kit) and inspire Spurs to get back to winning ways.

I think Brighton may get the result they need though; and a double chance, win or draw, is available at 2.39 for a 🌟🌟 bet.

West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool (April 21, 19:30 GMT+8)

One thing I won’t back against is Mo Salah getting yet another goal to add to his 30 so far in the league. He’s been outstanding all season as part of a thrilling attacking set up at Anfield. The Baggies will still be smiling after their stunning win at Old Trafford, but I suspect they won’t be after 90 minutes with Mo and pals.

My 🌟🌟🌟 bet is Liverpool to win, at odds of 2.03 with a -1.00 goal handicap.

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Salah’s feat astonishes Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he will do everything he can to ensure Liverpool's Mohamed Salah wins the Golden Boot this season.

The Egypt international scored in Saturday's 3-0 win against Bournemouth to bring his goal tally in all competitions this season up to an incredible 40.

Salah moved to Anfield from Serie A side Roma last summer and now has 30 Premier League goals to his name – five more than Tottenham's Harry Kane, who failed to get on the scoresheet in his side's 3-1 home loss to Manchester City.

Klopp said of Salah reaching 40 goals: "It's good, impressive. What a number, wow. And what a number of goals we have scored as a team, around 100 as a team, I don't know, didn't count.

"A completely normal boy in that situation wants to be top of the scoring list, Golden Boot, it's completely normal, we will not be in his way.

"He knows that the way we play suits him. You can see that the boys are looking and searching for him a little bit too much. It's like 'give it to him', so we have to mix it up a little bit. He is the threat, but the ball is here, but it's all good.

"As a striker, you have to make decisions, if you score, everybody loves you, if you don't score then, hmm… then people start discussing, so it's all fine."

Salah is 1/8 to be the Premier League's leading goalscorer this season, while Kane is available at 5/1.

Salah to make Roma return

Liverpool will face Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League, while holders Real Madrid take on Bayern Munich in the other tie.

The Reds, inspired by former Roma forward Mohamed Salah, reached the last four by overpowering Premier League rivals Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, while Roma pulled off a huge upset by overturning a 4-1 first-leg deficit to oust Barcelona.

The first leg of their semi-final clash takes place at Anfield, with the two sides having met in the European Cup final back in 1984, when the Reds prevailed in a penalty shootout in Rome.

Their only previous meetings in the Champions League came in 2001/02, when the two sides were drawn together in the second group stage.

The game in Rome ended goalless, while goals from Jari Litmanen and Emile Heskey gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory in the Anfield clash.

Meanwhile, two-time defending champions Real, fresh from a narrow escape against Juventus, are very familiar with Bayern, who they have played no fewer than 18 times in the Champions League era alone.

Last season the two European powerhouses met at the quarter-final stage of the competition, with Real running out 6-3 aggregate winners after extra-time was needed in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The first leg in the Allianz Arena finished 2-1 to the Spaniards, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring both of their goals, while the Portuguese superstar completed a hat-trick in the return in the Spanish capital.

Bayern ended both games with ten men, with Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal the players to see red.

Real are available at 15/8 to win the Champions League for a third season in a row, with Bayern priced at 9/4, Liverpool 9/4 and Roma 9/1.

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Hughton retains survival concerns

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says there is still a long way to go before his players can celebrate ensuring a second successive season in the Premier League.

The Seagulls head into a weekend grudge match with Crystal Palace holding a seven-point cushion above the relegation places, despite having picked up just one point from their last three games.

And with a tough-looking run-in ahead of them, Hughton has told his side not to even contemplate having already secured survival, as they prepare to be boosted by the return from suspension of Anthony Knockaert.

Ahead of a trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday, Hughton told reporters: "It's very, very difficult at this stage to speak about six-pointers, because they are all very big games.

"Until we are in a position that we could see ourselves safe in this division, whenever that next game is becomes the biggest game.

"I would still rather, even with the games that we have, be in a position where we have a certain amount of points as opposed to desperately having to get them.

"There is still a long way to go and we will certainly have to pull out, I think, some good results. There are groups of teams below us very capable of winning their games.

"The players are ready and they have to be ready. Every game for us, particularly every game away from home, is a very difficult game."

Having taken on Palace, Albion have visits to Burnley, Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of them, with their two remaining home games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Brighton are currently priced at 16/1 to be relegated this season, with Palace available at 8/1 and Southampton 10/11.

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