There is a slight change to how we are going to continue with our articles for Instant Sports Money, with a focus more on the big events that are going to appeal to punters using the massively popular Bet365 Sports betting site; a company that boasts over 14 million customers in 200 countries across the globe.
Each week Bet365 Sports offers thousands of bets across a wide range of sports, but there are a certain few that are likely to garner much more interest from punters around the globe and it is these events, all of which you can bet on at Bet365, that we will focus on each week in our review.
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First up this week is soccer and there are a large number of major soccer games taking place across Europe both during the week and also at the weekend as many of the top European leagues and UEFA competitions, reach the final stages as we head to the culmination of the football season.
Champions League Quarter Finals 2nd Leg (Tuesday and Wednesday)
It is these games we’ll be looking at in more detail this week, starting with the quartet of matches contested over Tuesday and Wednesday this week that will decide which four teams will progress into the semi finals of the Champions League.
Of the four games, Barcelona look most likely to progress after defeating opponents Paris St Germain 3-1 in the first leg in France last week. With the home leg to come, Barcelona are just 2/5 to win the game on the night and the home side are an unbackable 1/100 to go through to the semi finals.
The other ties are relatively even, although FC Porto hold a 3-1 lead heading into the away leg against the 2013 Champions League winners Bayern Munich. Josep Guardiola’s team were unusually poor defensively in the first leg in Portugal a week ago and need to score twice without reply to go through in what looks arguably the most intriguing of all the clashes this week.
Bayern Munich are 4/1 with Bet365 to win on the night, however you can get even money on the German side to qualify for the semi finals, with FC Porto a 5/6 shot.
Wednesday evening’s games see Monaco take on Juventus at the Stade Louis II, with the Italian side holding a slender 1-0 lead thanks to Arturo Vidal’s penalty from the first leg in Turin. Monaco though will know that Juventus will strongly fancy themselves to get an away goal and that would leave the home side needing three goals to progress.
Juventus are just 11/8 with Bet365 to win on the night, with Monaco 12/5 and 9/4 the draw, however Juventus are the strong 1/6 favourites to qualify for the semi finals.
The final quarter final game sees the two Madrid giants, Real and Atletico face off at the Bernebeu after a 0-0 drawn in the first game. Real were unfortunate not to win the game but their inability to score an away goal may be a worry for Carlo Ancelotti before the second leg.
Atletico have a superb record over Real in recent times and they’ll fancy their chances of getting at least one goal at the Bernebeu, and Bet365 reckon that Real are just the slight favourites to qualify at 4/6, with Atletico 5/4 to make it to the next round.
Europa League Quarter Finals 2nd Leg (Thursday)
On Thursday Night, the second leg of the Europa League quarter finals will take place. Club Bruges and Dnipro ended goalless in Belgium, with Sevilla coming back from a goal down to defeat Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 in Seville. Fiorentina earned a useful draw against Dynamo Kiev, while Napoli put in the performance of the night with a thumping 4-1 win over much-fancied Wolfsburg in Germany.
Rafa Benitez Neapolitans are 5/4 to win on the night, which looks a solid bet, as does the even money on Dnipro to beat the Belgians of Club Bruges. Fiorentina are the hot favourites on Thursday to win, 8/11 to beat Dynamo Kiev, whereas the Zenit versus Sevilla clash looks very open with Zenit a 6/5 shot to win the game, Sevilla 11/5 and 12/5 the draw.
You can place a whole host of different betting markets on these games, as well as enjoy extensive live in play betting options with Bet365 Sports this week.
Premier League (Saturday)
After last weekend’s round of League games and FA Cup fixtures, which saw Arsenal and Aston Villa confirm their place in the showpiece event in May, the focus returns back on the Premier League this weekend with a number of top games that will influence both ends of the Premier League table. And of course you can bet on all these games, and more at Bet365 Sport.
The action kicks off on Saturday with Southampton taking on Tottenham in what is a battle between two of the three teams seemingly chasing a Europa League place along with Liverpool. It promises to be an intriguing clash between two well matched sides who have struggled for form a little of late but who bounced back with wins last week to improve their chances of a fifth place finish.
Other key games on Saturday include the relegation six-pointer between Burnley and Leicester, QPR taking on West Ham and Manchester City facing off against FA Cup finalists Aston Villa.
Sunday sees two of the biggest games of the entire Premier League calendar year, let alone the weekend. First up is Manchester United’s trip down the M62 to Everton. This has been a tough fixture for United at times in the past and no doubt Roberto Martinez men will be fired up to inflict a second defeat in a row on United after the Red Devils lost 1-0 at Chelsea at the weekend.
Then after that at 4pm UK Time, one of the biggest games of the season takes place at the Emirates as second hosts first as Arsenal welcome Chelsea in what many are seeing as the final chance for Arsene Wenger’s men to stop Chelsea’s seemingly inevitable roll towards the title.
A win for Chelsea would leave Jose Mourinho’s men needing just one more win from their remaining games to clinch the title, victory for Arsenal would cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to seven points.
Remember you can bet on all these games at Bet365, and if you like accumulator bets, you can select matches from the Premier League, Champions League as well as the top leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany to take advantage of Bet365’s Euro Soccer Bonus this and every weekend.
Whatever you decide to have a flutter on this weekend, we wish you every success!