With some tight looking fixtures in both England and Spain over the next couple of days, our friends at Winner have supplied us with some very tasty looking odds for some of the bigger games.
Tuesday 11th – Athletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Starting with tonight, and one of the games you may not want to touch with a ten foot barge pole – Athletico Madrid vs Real Madrid. Athletico head into the game looking for a bit of a miracle following the 3-0 defeat at the Bernabeau – a victory that ended a run of defeats again their close rivals. Athletico’s form had been pretty impressive this season but defeat against Madrid, followed by a defeat against Almeria at the weekend has knocked them slightly. With Ronaldo available (depsite his suspension in the league) you can expect Real to finish the job off – but being at the Calderon and having nothing to lose, it’s gonna be a tough one to call for the punter, but maybe this may help. Winner have enhanced the odds of Real winning from 6/4 to 5/2, which may sway you into adding them at a high risk, big odds acca.
Wednesday 12th – Arsenal v United
Well, if you’re a United fan you must be bored of hearing, “this game is a must win” following a previous defeat, or “this is the turning point”. Truth is, they’re all over the place at the moment and if we see an incisive Arsenal; the Arsenal that cut teams to shreds in the early part of the season then we could see an emphatic home victory. However, on the flip side, Arsenal were humbled at Liverpool on the weekend, and this is the kind of game for United to produce something, as they did at Old Trafford earlier in the season when their form was patchy. Enhanced odds of 7/2 for United and Arsenal at 5/2 are both tempting – Arsenal at home against an out of form Man Utd? Seems an easy choice – and that’s coming from a United fan!
Saturday 15th – Man City v Chelsea
Let’s put form aside, it’s FA Cup time on Saturday – and this fixture is going to be something special…or is it? We saw Mourinho mastermind his way to a Chelsea victory last time out, and it was a superb game to watch. However, over the past few years we’ve had some heavily hyped up fixtures failing to deliver. How will Mourinho approach this at the Etihad? With all the tittle-tattle and mindgames going on between him and Pelligrini, neither will want to lose. Out of the two, Chelsea seem to have better stability in defence, and without Aguero, they look more incisive than City at the moment as well. Would you bet against Mourinho pulling out another masterstroke? Chelsea did look pretty formidable last time out! If, like me, you think Chelsea will take City at home, Winner are offering a very generous 7/2. City are priced at a more modest 2/1.
Sunday 16th – Arsenal v Liverpool
Well, we all know what happened when Arsenal went to Anfield, and would you bet against Liverpool doing it again? I thought Liverpool were outstanding last weekend, and Arsenal all over the show. Arsenal will go into this game on the back of either a win or defeat against Man Utd, which could bear some kind of meaning on this game. Until I see Arsenal on Wednesday night at the Emirates (albeit against a poor United side) I would feel uncomfortable parting with my money against the likes of Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling & Coutinho. Winner are offering 3/1 from 2/1 for Arsenal to win. Don’t you just love FA Cup Weekend?