There are Still Matters to be Settled in Spain

After another stunning week in Europe, we’re back to domestic action in La Liga and it’s all to play for with some great football games to enjoy.

The betting odds have been strongly in favour of Barcelona winning the title for some time and it could well be a done deal this weekend. But one of the top four will have to play in a qualifier for next season’s Champions League, and that’s something to avoid. Meanwhile, mobile betting fans can see more drama on the way in the relegation and Europa qualification battles. It’s a big weekend for sure!

WEEK 35 SATURDAY:

Levante vs Sevilla

What a night this could be for Levante. Two stunning free-kicks from Enis Bardhi won their last game against Athletic Bilbao, and one more win will see them safe. Sevilla are three points behind Villarreal, and level with Getafe in the chase for a Europa place, so this game will be a cracker. The hosts are at 3.60 to win, with Sevilla 1.97 and the draw at 3.55.

Espanyol vs Las Palmas

Well, there won’t be any trips to sunny Las Palmas for top flight fans next season as the Gran Canarians are finishing this campaign in disastrous form. Five consecutive defeats have doomed them, and Espanyol are one of the beneficiaries. The hosts aren’t mathematically safe but they should be by Sunday.

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao

A place behind Celta, Sociedad’s chances of European qualification are very slim after a three-match winning run was ended by Malaga last week! But you have to fancy them to beat a Bilbao side with just one win and three defeats in the last six, and the hosts are available at 1.89.

WEEK 35 SUNDAY:

Real Madrid vs Leganes

Los Blancos are gathering some momentum, already ahead in their Champions League semi, and breathing down Atletico’s necks, so there’s no reason to suggest they can’t win this Madrid derby. It’s been another cracking season for Asier Garitano’s minnows though, and they can look forward to a third season at the top table.

Villarreal vs Celta Vigo

What an odd year Villarreal have had, summed up in the last five games by beating Atletico, drawing away at Sevilla and losing to doomed Malaga. But Europa qualification looks on the cards, while Celta still hold out some hope, six points behind and with 20-goal Iago Aspas on the hunt for more.

Getafe vs Girona

These two both still have chances of Europa qualification but are going in different directions. After such a promising season, Girona have taken just four points from six games while Getafe, a place and point ahead in eighth, have won three on the bounce and are at 2.08 to make it four.

Alaves vs Atletico Madrid

Three league wins in four have elevated Alaves to 13th. But Atletico has been in patchy form, with one win in five, in all competitions, and with Los Blancos coming up on the rails. Diego Simeone’s defence is the tightest in the division, while his strikers have drawn two consecutive blanks. You can get 1.93 on over 2.00 goals here.

WEEK 35 MONDAY:

Valencia vs Eibar

Valencia can confirm Champions League qualification at the Mestalla with a win over Eibar but the hosts haven’t won in three. Still, their attack of Rodrigo, Santi Mina and Simone Zaza, with 40 goals combined, should have too much for an Eibar side, with one point from four and heading for the beach.

Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde’s Barca have been the best team in La Liga, by a distance, while Depor, surprisingly, have been one of the worst, and it’s only a matter of time until Clarence Seedorf’s side falls through the trap door. The former Dutch star will need more than a miracle as Lionel Messi seeks his 30th league goal of the season.

WEEK 35 TUESDAY:

Real Betis vs Malaga

Bottom club Malaga heads to Betis with THEIR tail well and truly up after beating Real Sociedad 2-0 last week. However, it’s all too little too late and I don’t hold out much hope for them against their fifth-placed hosts, who drew last week against Atletico after winning six on the bounce.

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When the Luck and Momentum is on Your Side

Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid

When it is, there is little the opposition can do.

Of course, to an extent, great sides create their own momentum anyway and Real Madrid certainly fall into that category.

And so it proved in the Allianz Arena.

Football games between two giants of the game were always likely to produce a close affair.

The pre-match betting odds suggested as much and so, in a rare moment of accuracy, did my betting tips!

But it is advantage Real Madrid ahead of next week’s second leg after goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio overturned an initial deficit.

The holders had their moments of good fortune while Bayern, winners in 2013 under JuppHeynckes, will feel aggrieved after having little luck themselves.

However, the truth is you need an element of luck to win any competition and Madrid, even when not playing well, have that special something when it comes to the Champions League.

It was hard not to feel some sympathy for the Bavarians who lost their hero of that 2013 triumph, Arjen Robben, to injury inside eight minutes and then saw centre back Jerome Boateng limp off 11 minutes before the break.

When your luck is out, your luck is out.

By then Bayern had actually taken the lead, although Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas should never have assumed Joshua Kimmich would cross the ball instead of shoot and beat him at his near post.

A gamble but one that was forgotten about on the stroke of half-time as Marcelo levelled with a first-time strike into the bottom corner.

Suddenly, the momentum, not to mention, the morale was with Madrid.

As if to labour the point, Isco failed to reappear after the break with a shoulder injury but his replacement, Asensio, took only nine minutes to fire them in front after Dani Carvajal capitalised on a Rafinha mistake.

The German champions created chances but were unable to grab an equaliser and Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal ruled out as his record of scoring in every European match this season finally ended.

But it didn’t matter. Madrid had the priceless advantage and, while this tie is far from over, Zinedine Zidane’s men are on course to reach a fourth Champions League final in five years.

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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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Football Games Like This Can Be True Euro Classics

Now here are two football games with real pedigree.

Both with a distinct history, one a true European classic.

Two contrasting semi-final ties surely await in the Champions League, yet my betting tips offer consistency to match the contrast, or perhaps I am just being cautious!

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

Both sides rested key men during weekend domestic duties in preparation for this so the priority for both Jurgen Klopp and Eusebio Di Francesco is clear.

Liverpool start as favourites after the impressive manner in which they dismantled Manchester City in the quarter-finals: first stunning them at Anfield and then surviving a pummelling at the Etihad Stadium before ruthlessly tuning the screw to leave them disconsolate.

The first leg at Anfield could well be another famous night for Liverpool and how Roma handle the atmosphere will be critical to their own chances of progression.

I can’t not see goals in this one and my 2 x 🌟🌟 tips are: First Half Asian Handicap -0.50 Liverpool @ 2.07 and over 3.00 goals @ 1.89.

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

A clash fitting for a final.

But will the German giants or the Spanish kings prevail in a repeat of last season’s Champions League quarter-finals?

Then Cristiano Ronaldo produced a masterclass, scoring five goals during a thrilling two-legged affair which needed extra-time and some controversy to separate them.

While Ronaldo has not stopped scoring in recent months, neither has prolific Munich frontman Robert Lewandowski who notched his 39th of the campaign on the weekend.

Real will have had the benefit of nearly a week off when the action begins in the Allianz Arena and that added freshness can prove crucial at this stage of the campaign.

Past encounters between these two in the Champions League have often proved decisive in determining who goes onto be crowned champions of Europe.

This could be as hard to predict as some of the ties which have gone before. And while Bayern are flying high, they have been knocked out in each of the past four seasons to Spanish opposition.

I will go for a 🌟 tip of 1X2 draw @ 3.40; a 🌟🌟🌟 prediction of total goal 2-3 @ 2.06.

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Take Your Chance on the Big Midweek Football Games

Let’s go for it! There’s a full programme in La Liga this week, and plenty of the teams in Spain’s top division need a result, and how!

So let’s take a look at the big games on offer and some betting odds with Asian Handicap Betting at us.

WEEK 33 WEDNESDAY:

Champions-elect Barcelona are the headline act on Wednesday when they make the trip to Celta Vigo, the hosts themselves still in the hunt for a Europa spot despite losing to Leganes at the weekend.

Celta have a potent threat in 19-goal Iago Aspas, backed up by 13-goal Maxi Gomez, so Barca may not have it all their own way. On their last appearance at the Balaidos, Celta thumped Sevilla 4-0; but this time, they are at 2.11 to win with a +0.75 start while Barca is at 1.84 with that handicap.

The other two fixtures see the race for sixth heat up as Villarreal host Leganes, and seventh-placed Sevilla visit Deportivo La Coruña, who have won their last two to revive their survival hopes.

WEEK 33 THURSDAY:

Real Madrid can keep hold of third place with a win over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu, amidst speculation that Gareth Bale may be on his way out at the end of the season.

Los Blancos are concentrating on the Champions League after their quarter-final scare; but at 1.99 to win with a -2.00 goals handicap, they should see off Athletic who are at 1.94 with a two-goal start.

Should Real slip up, then Valencia can reclaim third with a win at home against Getafe, while Espanyol host Eibar as both teams arrive with back-to-back defeats.

WEEK 33 FRIDAY:

Second-placed Atletico Madrid take the trip to Real Sociedad trying to end a run of three away games without a win. They have won four of the last five meetings with Sociedad though and are at 2.29 to make it five from six. A home win is at 3.15 and the draw at 3.20.

Fifth-placed Real Betis can further cement its Europa place while virtually condemning Las Palmas to relegation if they win. Seventeenth-placed Levante can relegate Malaga and boost its own survival hopes with a win, while Alaves host Girona in hopes of making it three wins on the bounce.

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Take Your Chance on the Big Midweek Football Games

Let’s go for it! There’s a full programme in La Liga this week, and plenty of the teams in Spain’s top division need a result, and how!

So let’s take a look at the big games on offer and some betting odds with Asian Handicap Betting at us.

WEEK 33 WEDNESDAY:

Champions-elect Barcelona are the headline act on Wednesday when they make the trip to Celta Vigo, the hosts themselves still in the hunt for a Europa spot despite losing to Leganes at the weekend.

Celta have a potent threat in 19-goal Iago Aspas, backed up by 13-goal Maxi Gomez, so Barca may not have it all their own way. On their last appearance at the Balaidos, Celta thumped Sevilla 4-0; but this time, they are at 2.11 to win with a +0.75 start while Barca is at 1.84 with that handicap.

The other two fixtures see the race for sixth heat up as Villarreal host Leganes, and seventh-placed Sevilla visit Deportivo La Coruña, who have won their last two to revive their survival hopes.

WEEK 33 THURSDAY:

Real Madrid can keep hold of third place with a win over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu, amidst speculation that Gareth Bale may be on his way out at the end of the season.

Los Blancos are concentrating on the Champions League after their quarter-final scare; but at 1.99 to win with a -2.00 goals handicap, they should see off Athletic who are at 1.94 with a two-goal start.

Should Real slip up, then Valencia can reclaim third with a win at home against Getafe, while Espanyol host Eibar as both teams arrive with back-to-back defeats.

WEEK 33 FRIDAY:

Second-placed Atletico Madrid take the trip to Real Sociedad trying to end a run of three away games without a win. They have won four of the last five meetings with Sociedad though and are at 2.29 to make it five from six. A home win is at 3.15 and the draw at 3.20.

Fifth-placed Real Betis can further cement its Europa place while virtually condemning Las Palmas to relegation if they win. Seventeenth-placed Levante can relegate Malaga and boost its own survival hopes with a win, while Alaves host Girona in hopes of making it three wins on the bounce.

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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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Juve’s fury baffles Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is convinced that the referee was correct to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty in their Champions League clash against Juventus.

The former Manchester United star converted the last-gasp spot-kick as Real won the quarter-final 4-3 on aggregate despite being beaten 3-1 on the night.

The tie appeared to be heading towards extra time when Juve moved 3-0 ahead on the night only for referee Mike Oliver to award Real a penalty when Medhi Benatia appeared to bundle Lucas Vazquez over.

In the ensuing chaos Oliver sent Gianluigi Buffon off for dissent in what seems certain to have been the 40-year-old goalkeeper's final Champions League appearance.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane did not think Buffon deserved to be dismissed but Ronaldo could not understand why the Juventus players protested so vehemently against the award of the penalty.

He said after the match: "I do not understand why they are protesting. They have fouled Lucas from behind. If they do not give away the penalty, it is a goal.

"My heart rate increased but I calmed down, I knew it was decisive. We have suffered, we can learn, the game is worth a lesson.

"In football nothing is given away, we have to fight until the end. Today Madrid could have scored more goals, but Juve and Buffon have been good. We are just victors."

Real Madrid are available at 13/8 to win the Champions League for a third season in a row. Roma can be backed at 10/1 to lift the trophy for the first time in their history, while Liverpool are 3/1 to win European club football's premier competition and Bayern Munich 15/8.

Live Betting Chaos as Real Madrid Snatch Victory

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dramatic 97th minute penalty at the Bernabeu to grab a lucky win for Real Madrid after Juventus had stormed 0-3 ahead.

What is it with these Spanish giants? The whole sports betting world looked on as both Barcelona and, tonight, Real Madrid took three goal leads into their Champions League second legs, and both unbelievably surrendered them; the difference being Los Blancos got away with it. Don’t look back at the betting odds on this weeks results…it would make your eyes water!

Real Madrid 1-3 (4-3 on agg.) Juventus

The Bianconeri was destroyed by Ronaldo in the first leg but what a response Max Allegri got at the Bernabeu. His men made a lightning start and reduced the deficit after only two minutes, Mario Mandzukic heading past Keylor Navas. And the big Croatian planted another fierce header past the Real keeper on 37 to send shockwaves around the stadium.

Then on the hour, Navas had a nightmare, dropping a cross onto the knee of Blaise Matuidi and watched it bounce agonisingly into the net.

Juventus continued to boss the game as the home crowd fell silent but it looked like extra time was looming until the astonishing late turn of events. On 95 minutes Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have pushed Lucas Vazquez as referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. Then in the midst of furious Italian protests, Oliver sent Gianluigi Buffon off, to make Ronaldo’s penalty conversion that bit easier.

Amazing stuff!

Bayern Munich 0-0 (2-1 on agg.) Sevilla

No such drama at the Allianz Arena as Bayern saw off a determined assault from Sevilla, but the visitors can feel a little unlucky not to have gone through. They played well throughout and came desperately close when Joaquin Correa smashed the crossbar with a header midway through the second half.

As frustration mounted Correa saw red for a rash challenge in injury time and that was that.

The two hot favourites stumbled through to the semi-finals.

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