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Cheltenham Betting Review

 Bet on the Cheltenham Festival with Ladbrokes

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The countdown to The Greatest Show on Turf is well and truly on with the anticipation rising ahead of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

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Which Cheltenham stars have caught your eye?

The best and biggest stars of Jumps racing turn out for the Cheltenham Festival and this year will be no different.
But which names have caught your attention?

Tuesday’s feature race looks a fascinating affair with both Buveur D’Air and Yanworth vying for favourite in the Champion Hurdle.

On Wednesday, all eyes will be on Champion Chase jolly Douvan and his bid to go 10 from 10 over fences.
Unowhatimeanharry is one of the star attractions on St. Patrick’s Thursday with the Stayers’ Hurdle favourite well-fancied to take the spoils.

Meanwhile, this year’s Gold Cup promises to be another incredible renewal. Trainer Colin Tizzard appears to boast the trump cards with his Native River and old favourite Cue Card the leading lights. However you’re calling it, UK betting site Ladbrokes has got everything you need to make the most of the action.

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Chelsea v Manchester United 13/03/17

Chelsea v Manchester United betting preview

The Emirates FA Cup takes centre stage in the next few days with Monday night’s quarter-final tie between Chelsea and Manchester United headlining.

Both teams would have fancied their chances of going all the way in this year’s competition but the draw hasn’t done either any favours.

Betting site Ladbrokes have priced up Antonio Conte’s side as the 5/6 (1.83) favourites to win the tie with United the 7/2 (4.50) outsiders and the draw a 12/5 (3.40) shot.

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Having seen his side dismantled 4-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will be eager to avoid a repeat.

However, if you think the Blues will be too strong for a United team missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic then get on the 13/2 (7.50) for Chelsea -2.

Usual suspect Diego Costa has netted in each of the Blues’ last three games, as well as in his side’s last FA Cup game at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Spain international is 5/1 (6.0) to net first at Stamford Bridge while it’s 7/2 (4.50) for compatriot Pedro to score in a home win.

Elsewhere, sports betting giant Ladbrokes have a number of tempting FA Cup odds on the away side.

Marcus Rashford is 5/2 (3.50) to get on the scoresheet at any time while it’s 7/4 (2.75) for the Old Trafford outfit to qualify for the semi-finals.

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Liverpool v Tottenham betting preview

Liverpool v Tottenham Betting Preview

It’s not a great time to be a Liverpool fan and the looming prospect of Tottenham Hotspur rocking up to Anfield this Saturday night is unlikely to calm any nerves.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have gone from Premier League title contenders to mere Champions League hopefuls following a disastrous start to 2017.

Aside from their cup woes, Liverpool have failed to win any of their five top-flight games, although they have shared the spoils in three of those contests.Premiership Betting Odds

And betting on the draw with bookmaking giant Ladbrokes looks an appealing place to begin this punting preview.

Only Manchester United have drawn more games than Maurico Pochettino’s Spurs oufit this season.

Added to that, the hosts have shared the points with four of the current top-six sides already this term so the 9/4 (3.25) certainly appeals.

Meanwhile, the bookies go 23/20 (2.15) for a Liverpool win – an outcome we witnessed when these sides met in a League Cup clash earlier in the season – with 12/5 (3.40) available for a Tottenham victory.

However, if you think it’ll be honours even and wish to get more bang for your buck then have a think about the 5/1 (6.0) the Ladbrokes betting site has put up for a 1-1 scoreline.

That was the result in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane while Liverpool have registered 1-1 draws against Man United and Chelsea this season.

Elsewhere, it’s 6/4 (2.50) for Harry Kane to add to his 14-goal haul and net at any time, much like he did in last season’s encounter on Merseyside.

For the opposition, leading scorer Sadio Mane is 15/8 (2.88) to get on the scoresheet and 6/1 (7.00) to get the game’s first goal.

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Tottenham Vs Chelsea Betting Preview

Tottenham v Chelsea Preview: Take a chance on the leaders continuing their winning run

Chelsea’s last trip to Tottenham was perhaps one of the most pivotal in Premier League history. That game ended 2-2, with the Blues fighting back from 2-0 down to scupper their London rivals’ already slim chances of overhauling Leicester City in the title race.

This time around it will be Spurs who are looking to spoil the party as Antonio Conte’s men not only come into this clash well clear of the chasing pack at the top of the table but also hunting down a record of their own. A victory here, priced at 7/4 (2.75) by Coral, would see them equal Arsenal’s tally of 14 consecutive Premier League wins.

In what looks an even game according to the bookmakers, Coral go 17/10 (2.70) about Mauricio Pochettino stopping the Blues in their tracks with a win. The draw, which could well prove popular given how tricky these two teams are to split in the betting, is a 23/10 (3.30) chance.
Perhaps the most impressive element of Chelsea’s incredible transformation has been the shift to a three-man defence and how tight they have become as a result. Having leaked just four times in their record-equalling run, there is bound to be some interest in backing the visitors to secure another shut out. Conte’s men are 4/1 (5.0) to keep Spurs at bay while extending their winning streak, elsewhere both teams to score is a 7/10 (1.70) chance.
Clearly the odds compilers believe that the home side have the weapons to unlock what 10 teams in Chelsea’s previous 13 matches have failed to do and while Pochettino’s side come into this match off the back of a four-game winning run, the quality of opposition (Hull, Burnley, Southampton and Watford) doesn’t mean they’re a sure bet to get on the score sheet.

That despite the considerable talents of Harry Kane, who regularly thrives in these all-London affairs. He’s 6/4 (2.50) to score anytime with Coral. Meanwhile, Diego Costa leads that particular market at 6/5 (2.20) after making a scoring return to the side following his suspension against Bournemouth.

The best bet though, could be taking the Draw No Bet insurance on a Chelsea victory. This means that if the match finishes all square then your stake will be returned while still offering tasty enough odds of 19/20 (1.95) on the away victory. With the Blues in such good form, it is rare that the price offered will allow punters to expect nearly a 100% return on their money should they collect three points, plus, have the safety net of the draw meaning a push.

Whether or not Conte’s defence is strong enough to withstand the home sides’ advances remains to be seen but the chance to back them at 19/20 (1.95) on a Draw no Bet basis certainly makes plenty of appeal. The away side have had an extra day to prepare for this clash and that could prove crucial in what has been a frantic festive period for most top flight sides.

Manchester City v Celtic Preview

Manchester City v Celtic Preview: Hoops have the weapons to hurt Guardiola’s men

Manchester City capitulated against Chelsea in what could prove to be a pivotal match in the Premier League title race on Saturday at the Etihad. Being caught on the counter-attack so many times is one thing, but the suspensions that have come about because of the ill-disciplined end to the clash could have repercussions far beyond the three points. Now Pep Guardiola must turn his attention to ensuring his side finish their Champions League group campaign on a high note.

Guardiola’s former club Barcelona are assured of top spot despite losing in Manchester on match day four as they hold a four-point advantage over the Premier League outfit. With Borussia Monchengladbach three points behind City, there is nothing left to play for. All four positions are already assured which means the English club will finish second while Celtic, their opposition in this game, will be out of Europe for another season.

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While that may not suggest a particularly interesting game, Chelsea’s stunning performance should mean Guardiola is keen to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, regardless of the competition. That outcome is just 4/11 (1.36) with Betway, albeit that price is drifting after the weekend’s result and not many punters will be keen to get stuck in at such skinny odds.

Celtic are on offer at 15/2 (8.50) to pick up their first win of the group stage with the draw priced at 17/4 (5.25). In truth though, it seems unlikely that the Hoops will take even a share of the spoils from this game. Without the daunting surroundings of their Parkhead home, Brendan Rodgers’ side have been pretty poor on the road.

They were beaten 7-0 in Barcelona and while that level of scoreline is unlikely here, another game filled with goals could help punters identify a better way to get with City at a much more appealing price. Defensive lapses are still a huge issue for the hosts and the fact that Betway offer just 4/6 (1.67) that both teams find the net tells its own story.

A 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on the opening match day was the only clean sheet City have kept in this competition and it’s now just one shut out in 15 matches in all competitions for the pre-season Premier League title favourites.

Going forward, City have an abundance of fire power and they can blow any team in the world away on their day, as they proved in their previous clash with the Catalan giants. With Sergio Aguero now suspended domestically, the Argentine may well take his frustrations out on a visiting team who leaked three times on their trip to Motherwell on Saturday. Over 3.5 goals could be a solid pick at 21/20 (2.05) but it could be worth chancing slightly higher odds given that the fact that Guardiola will expect his men to prove a point.

While the hosts should have too much for the Scottish champions, they look unlikely to keep them out given some of the displays at the back in recent weeks. 6/4 (2.50) is available with Betway on a home win where both teams score and that looks worthy of backing.

Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Preview:

Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Preview:

Undoubtedly the game of the Premier League weekend looks to be the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. Antonio Conte’s men come into this gameweek top of the table after really finding their stride under the Italian boss of late.

The Blues are the odds on favourites at 8/11 (1.73) with SkyBet to record what would be their seventh straight win in this competition, a run that is made even more impressive when you consider each of those victories has come with a clean sheet. The last time Chelsea conceded a Premier League goal was back on 24th October when a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Arsenal forced Conte into a formation change.

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That 3-4-3 has worked wonders and Spurs will have to be at their best to take anything from a stadium where they haven’t won in 25 years. The online bookmakers are 18/5 (4.60) that Mauricio Pochettino’s side will win and buck that trend and snap the hosts’ winning streak. A draw is 14/5 (3.80) with the same firm.

The Argentinian boss drew criticism for his midweek team selection as Spurs crashed out of the Champions League after just five matches of the group stage. The odds suggest it’s an uphill task to even start to vindicate that decision by taking anything from this encounter and it’s Chelsea who look the side to be with in the markets in some capacity.

While the order of the day has been low-scoring wins on the road for Chelsea, at home they’ve flexed their attacking muscle, hitting 5 against Everton, 4 when hosting Manchester United and 3 when Leicester City visited south-west London. It’s just 8/11 (1.73) that we see another game with at least three goals here and Even money (2.0) on no more than two being netted during the 90 minutes.

One man who could contribute to any potential tally is Harry Kane. Back from injury, the England international will be looking to extend his impressive scoring record in London derbies where he has 17 goals in 16 games. SkyBet go 15/2 (8.50) that Kane breaks the deadlock and 15/8 (2.88) that the Spurs front man nets at anytime.

The home team have had a week to prepare due to no European football and another win to nil is priced at 21/10 (3.10). Those odds are actually drifting from the initial quotes, perhaps due to Tottenham resting a couple of first string players against Monaco but the visitors have an uphill task on their hands to leave Stamford Bridge with even a share of the spoils.

The best wager though, could come in the form of Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50) with SkyBet.

Spurs are capable of snapping this brilliant defensive streak of their London rivals so it could pay to take a shorter price than the win to nil option. That said, Conte’s side are capable of covering this line on their own if the visitors aren’t on their game. It’s landed in each of six of the Blues’ seven home games in all competitions this season and looks a good option again ahead of Saturday night’s clash.

Borussia Dortmund v Legia Warsaw

Borussia Dortmund v Legia Warsaw: Polish side could make their mark !

The first meeting between these sides back on match day one of the Champions League ended in Borussia Dortmund recording a 6-0 win over a hapless Legia Warsaw team that simply couldn’t handle the Germany’s fearsome forward line.

With that in mind it’s no surprise to see Thomas Tuchel’s side, fresh from a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich at the weekend, priced at just 1/10 (1.10) to make it a double against the visitors who sit bottom of Group F with just a single point to their name.

Legia are a massive 28/1 (29.0) with Ladbrokes to record what would be one of the biggest shocks in recent history. They are by far the biggest price on the Champions League midweek coupon, even the draw is a longshot at 10/1 (11.0).

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It’s certainly the case that the Polish side have their work cut out although a change of manager since the first meeting between these clubs has seen something of an upturn in their fortunes. Besnik Hasi lasted just three months in charge before paying the price for some poor results.

Jacek Magiera took over in late September and his side are much improved under the 39-year-old who represented the club 176 times during his playing career before working behind the scenes in various roles since retiring from playing in 2006. The change certainly seems to have galvanised the squad, especially on the European stage. The huge underdogs are 11/10 (2.10) to win the game with a +3 handicap and that may appeal to some but there looks to be a better alternative in terms of a value bet.

The Polish side were just moments away from completing an historic victory over Real Madrid in the previous round, leading 3-2 going into the final stages before the defending champions scored a last gasp leveller in a game that was played behind closed doors. Such an improvement in the final third could well lead to a worthwhile wager ahead of their trip to the Bundesliga giants.

Including that draw with Los Blancos, Legia have netted 17 times in their previous five matches and having netted in back-to-back games against Zidedine Zidane’s side, they could well trouble a defence that has kept two clean sheets in their previous eight matches.

Both teams to score is a 5/4 (2.25) chance with Ladbrokes but the better option is undoubtedly the option to back over 0.5 Legia Warsaw goals at the same price. Dortmund should net on home soil of course but there is little point in punters taking the chance in the popular BTTS market when exactly the same price is available on just half the bet elsewhere.

For a bigger price, there is 13/8 (2.63) available on Dortmund winning a game in which both teams get on the score sheet and that too deserves some consideration from punters given how dominant the hosts are expected to be.

AC Milan v Inter Milan Betting Preview

AC Milan v Inter Milan Preview: New boss to taste derby defeat

In a weekend of exceptional games around Europe, one of the finest spectacles could be saved for last as the two Milan clubs go head-to-head at the San Siro on Sunday night.

AC Milan are the nominal home side here but this game is essentially neutral ground given that both sides play their home games in front of the 80,000 strong crowd but the bookmakers actually make Vincenzo Montella’s side marginal outsiders for the Derby di Milano.
Coral go 7/4 (2.75) that AC for the win, a side flying high in the Serie A table coming into this weekend, get the better of their bitter rivals while it’s 13/8 (2.63) on Inter and the draw is priced at 11/5 (3.20) by the same firm.

Inter have had their fair share of problems already this season. Manager Frank De Boer was sacked – supposedly by phone – following a dismal start to the domestic campaign as well as an underwhelming set of Europa League performances. Add to that the fact that Mauro Icardi’s recent book enraged some of the more hardened sections of the club’s support and it’s certainly no easy job for new boss Stefano Pioli.

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In Serie A Inter have lost four of their last six matches including defeats to Sampdoria, Atalanta and Cagliari so while a new manager bounce could be forthcoming, Piolo certainly looks to have his work cut out to turn the club’s fortunes around.

Given the contrasting starts to the campaign it’s surprising to see Milan as the outsiders in this one. One factor could be their youthful squad and how they cope with a fiery derby atmosphere but they certainly make some appeal from a betting point of view.

The 7/4 (2.75) on the outright win is tempting but for more conservative punters, take a chance of the 19/20 (1.95) on the “home” side in the Draw No Bet market. This will see stakes returned if the match finishes all square while still providing modest returns if the slight outsiders manage to continue a run of form which has seen them pick up maximum points in four of their last five league matches.

Inter were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline in the last league meeting between these two teams back in January but prior to that the recent history suggests this game could be a tight, low-scoring affair. The previous nine meetings (including friendlies) before that win earlier this year produced just 10 goals in total with no game seeing more than two.

Both teams to score this time around is 4/5 (1.80) with under 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) at Coral. Another game featuring no more than one goal is priced at 11/5 (3.20) and that will appeal to those who believe the history of cagey games could continue but an outright punt on AC Milan looks the way to go in terms of a best bet at the San Siro.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

 Closely Contested Madrid Derby at The Vicente Calderon

Despite serene progress in this season’s edition of the Champions League, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side are in danger of losing touch with the top two in La Liga just 11 games in.

Having been a major player in the Spanish title race over the last few years – even getting the better of both Barcelona and their city rivals Real in 2014 – Atleti have already slipped six points off the pace set by Los Blancos, although none of the top teams have looked particularly impressive by their own high standards.

That will give the home side plenty of confidence and they are 6/4 (2.50) favourites with Paddy Power to cut that gap to the table toppers with a victory. Real are 2/1 (3.0) shots to win the game although that is not something they’ve managed in the league since April 2013.

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Atleti have had the upper hand domestically during Simeone’s tenure but these two rivals have contested two of the last three Champions League finals with Real now boasting an impressive 11 European titles courtesy of victories in 2014 and earlier this year. With that in mind, pride and points are on the line in equal measure but Paddy Power go 21/10 (3.10) for the draw and both sides are made to settle for a share of the spoils.

In truth, the draw actually makes the most appeal. Atleti have looked nothing like the defensive masters of recent years and come into this game after back-to-back leagues defeats on the road to Real Sociedad and Sevilla. Madrid on the other hand, have scored plenty of goals but struggled to keep them out in equal measure, keeping only three clean sheets in 16 games in all competitions this season.

The 21/10 (3.10) is appealing enough for a betting interest but for higher returns punters should consider the Both teams to score and Draw option available at Paddy Power. Simeone’s side are nowhere near as watertight as they were in previous seasons and with Zinedine Zidane’s side still looking shaky at the back, it would be no surprise to see a clash involving goals at both ends.

Both teams to score alone is a 4/6 (1.67) shot but combine it with the match result and Paddy Power go 16/5 (4.20) which makes plenty of appeal.

Elsewhere, the goalscorer markets could be of some interest with a galaxy of stars on show at the Calderon on Saturday night. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t looked quite up to his magnificent best and has failed to make an impact in recent derby meetings (2 goals in 11 games excluding penalties) so he is best avoided at 11/10 (2.10).

Gareth Bale makes more appeal at 13/10 (2.30) as the Welshman seems to be growing into his role in the side with every passing game while Antoine Griezmann (11/10 anytime) could be worth a small stakes investment if passed fit to start the game. The France international should be Atleti’s most potent threat and with four goals in the last six La Liga meetings between these clubs he can certainly shine on the big stage. He’s 4/1 (5.0) to break the deadlock.

The best bet though, is undoubtedly the draw at 21/10 (3.10) with the both teams to score option available to add even more juice to the price at 16/5 (4.20) with Paddy Power

Manchester United Vs Arsenal

Manchester United v Arsenal: Close contest between depleted teams

There is certainly no love lost between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. The two Premier League bosses have clashed on numerous occasions and the Special One branded the Gunners boss a “specialist in failure” back in February 2014. Now they meet at Old Trafford for the first time.

There isn’t much between the sides in the betting for this weekend’s clash. United are Betway’s 6/4 (2.50) favourites with Arsenal the slight outsiders at 19/10 (2.90). Due to some erratic form it’s tricky to make a convincing case for either team at the current prices.

Neither have been at their best in recent weeks and coming off the back of an international break there are bound to be some doubts about players who have represented their country. This is a particular issue for those who arrived late back from South America like Alexis Sanchez, having represented Chile twice in World Cup qualifying in the last week.

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In cases such as this one the draw looks the best option for those seeking a wager for the outright result, it’s a 9/4 (3.25) chance with Betway and that looks very fair. The hosts are missing Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia so their defensive line does look a little fragile but Mourinho is often happy to settle for taking the sting out of the game without being too ambitious.

The Gunners have an abysmal record at Old Trafford so United may feel that they’re in the driving seat for this game but the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to suspension plus the ongoing Wayne Rooney saga means their attacking prospects look particularly diminished.

The England captain was photographed out celebrating the Three Lions’ win over Scotland last weekend and while players are entitled to enjoy their success and the media are often very quick to criticise any supposed wrongdoing, the 31-year-old’s decision looks somewhat short-sighted considering there was a training session the following day and he is a position of responsibility.

Rooney may well sit out this game due to a slight knock which means Marcus Rashford could lead the line. The promising youngster is an 11/2 (6.50) chance to break the deadlock and 6/4 (2.50) to net anytime but there is as big as 9/4 (3.25) out there for those who want to back the 19-year-old.

Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings between these two teams in all competitions and with that in mind, punters hungry for goals may be tempted by the quote of 8/11 (1.73) on neither side keeping a clean sheet.

Those searching for bigger returns could do worse than consider a correct score wager on 1-1 at 19/4 (5.75) with Betway. This bet landed in the Old Trafford meeting in 2015 and with the match being the first of the Premier League coupon, it could be something of a slow burner as opposed to a goal-fest, especially considering the absentee list for the hosts.