Europa League Preview & Betting Guide 16th Feb

Europa League Preview & Betting Guide 16th Feb

The Europa League might not have the glamour of the Champions League but we are finally getting to a stage where teams can start seriously thinking of some European silverware. High flying Premier League outfit Tottenham face a trip to Gent and really should not be troubled over the two legs. However, the only recent wins for Spurs have been scraped victories over Wycombe and Middlesbrough. It is not long ago they were the form side of the country but they are going through a tricky spell. Luckily for them Gent are not the best European team in the competition – far from it in fact. They are not exactly over performing in Belgium either and whilst they will definitely be up for this they really are not in the same class as their opponents. First legs are always awkward to predict but I am sure that Spurs will be all out for the win here and they will get it with little fuss. They are top priced with Paddy Power at 5/6 and that is terrific value. The Premier League is also represented later on in the evening as Manchester United play host to St Etienne. All French teams will surely be boosted by seeing how PSG demolished Barcelona on Tuesday night. St Etienne have had some decent results and will relish the challenge of facing one of the giants of European football. Mourinho has got a decent beat out of his side in the last couple of months and they will fancy this tie. On the betting front though it really doesn’t see the brightest idea to...
Aintree Grand National: Will it be a win for the top weight?

Aintree Grand National: Will it be a win for the top weight?

When it comes to the Grand National, we think it pays to be priced at 25/1 or above as it seems you have a better chance of winning the race. Only two favourites have won the race in the last ten years and with the lowest price of those being 7/1 and neither of those being the highest weight on the card, we’ve decided to give you guys a helping hand. So, what do you do as a punter who likes to back the favourite in high profile races like this whilst sticking to the top weights on the card? Well, after a revelation by trainer Gordon Elliott yesterday you have to steer clear of top weight Outlander, as it was announced he is a probable non-runner. However, fear not Gordon Elliott fans as, despite this, Gigginstown Stud’s primary trainer still has fourteen entries in the race including 16/1 favourite Don Poli. Finishing third in the Gold Cup last year, the eight-year-old is expected to go to Cheltenham once again this season for the showcase and is currently a very tempting 25/1 shot in the betting. He has started the season strongly finishing third in the Lexus and the Irish Gold Cup but will be pushed to Grand National distance for the first time in his career in April. Still getting in early in the betting could serve punters well, especially if he performs well in the Gold Cup in four weeks’ time. The Last Samuri finished second in this Aintree showpiece last season, and he has been handed a weight of 11st 5lbs for the race this year....
Champions League Preview and Betting Tips – 15th Feb 2017

Champions League Preview and Betting Tips – 15th Feb 2017

Following last nights goal fest at the Parc des Princes, we have two more big games tonight in the 1st Leg of the Champions League Last 16. Bayern Munich v Arsenal Finishing first in their Champions’ League group, The Gunners would have expected an easier draw. Sadly for Arsene Wenger, another game against Bayern, their fourth in five seasons is not what he had planned. Arsenal have just about got their Premier League form back on track thanks to two goals by Alexis Sanchez against Hull at the weekend. They are currently priced at 11/2 to get what would be an unlikely win in Munich. The home side are sitting pretty five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and having won their last 15 Champions League home games scoring 53 goals, it’s easy to see why they’re 8/15 favourites for the win. Stats are against The Gunners who have been knocked out in this stage for the last two seasons and have failed to win the first leg of this tie, so we expect a home win, with 3-1 currently priced 10/1. The goalscorer market looks to be the place to make money here, with Robert Lewandowski in fine form in European competition having scored 14 goals in his last 12 home appearances, and he is 5/2 to net the opener. Alexis Sanchez is the go-to man for Arsenal, and we expect him to cause a few problems for Bayern and get on the scoresheet, priced at 9/4 he is good value to score anytime in the game. Real Madrid v Napoli La Liga form shows Real Madrid...
Champions League Preview and Betting Tips – 14th Feb 2017

Champions League Preview and Betting Tips – 14th Feb 2017

The Champions League is back after a two-month absence from our television screens and at AppBet we’re settling down for a Valentine’s Day with two top-class matches. PSG v Barcelona Paris St. Germain are certainly in unfamiliar territory this season after the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimović. Knocked off top spot in Ligue 1 by Monaco, it’s no surprise they go into this game as 12/5 underdogs. However, it isn’t all bad for coach Unai Emery. Unbeaten in 2017 with nine victories and one draw, Les Parisiens have found the back of the net on 29 occasions, conceding only four. Against a Barcelona side, it seems offence will be the best form of defence, and with both teams currently in free-scoring mode, over 3.5 goals at 15/8 is a strong bet. Entertainment is the order of the day when it comes to Luis Enrique and Barcelona. Putting six goals past Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, with Messi, Neymar and Suarez all grabbing a slice of the action, they come into this game as 6/5 favourites. Their domestic record speaks volumes, with eight victories in their last ten and two draws, all while scoring 31 goals and conceding only 6…you would be hard pressed to bet against them. The man of the moment for Barca is Luiz Suarez and despite a red card in the Copa Del Rey last week. Finding the back of the net on ten occasions in his last ten games for the club and scoring first in five of those games, the price of 4/1 for him to open the scoring in the Parc Des Princes looks to...
Can Altior be Beaten at Newbury?

Can Altior be Beaten at Newbury?

Despite a decent amount of prize money on offer at Newbury, it still looks as though a very small field will be taking to the track for the Game Spirit Chase. The race itself has attracted some top class two mile chasers over the years, including the likes of Master Minded, French Opera, and Sprinter Sacre. The latter pair both trained by Nicky Henderson, and with the Lambourn trainer having the favourite for the race this year, we believe he will be adding another win to his tally this time round. Seven-year-old Altior has been very impressive since making the switch to chase fences earlier this season and the fact he has kept his unbeaten record intact is the reason why his odds are so short for this race. Still only a novice chaser, his performance over hurdles last year culminated in victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, and following this race it looks as though a trip to the Arkle will be the plan this season. Holding a blemish free record this season in races that have seen him take on much inferior opposition, he has picked up a sixty-three length victory at Kempton, a six length victory in the Racing Post Henry VII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, and more recently an eighteen length victory at Kempton in December. Currently priced at 8/11 with Betway, we think it’s going to take something special for him to be beaten here. Colin Tizzard has been in very strong form this season and sends the highly rated Fox Norton to Newbury. Although he is rated higher than Altior in this race,...
Who will Lead the Cheltenham Challenge of Mullins?

Who will Lead the Cheltenham Challenge of Mullins?

The start of the National Hunt season didn’t exactly go to plan for Willie Mullins with the loss of three time festival winner Vautour following a broken leg, and then the reduction of horses in his stable due to a falling out with Gigginstown Stud. The Irish Champion trainer seemed to get his season back on track with wins from Douvan in Ireland, and the potential return of Faugheen after injury and Annie Power ready for the Cheltenham Festival. However, now he has been dealt further blows to his Cheltenham hopes with Annie Power, Faugheen and Min set to miss the Festival through injury. So, with three of his major challengers now out of the Festival completely, what does Mullins have left in his stable? Let’s Dance Still only a youngster in terms of National Hunt racing, five-year-old Let’s Dance burst onto the racing scene last season. Although she didn’t pick up a win, she certainly didn’t disgrace herself in any performance. This season, however, it’s a different story, unbeaten since making her seasonal debut at Punchestown in the hands of Ruby Walsh. We expect to see her feature in the Mares Hurdle or the Albert Bartlett at the Festival. Djakadam The almost man of the Willie Mullins stable, eight-year-old Djakadam should be back for another crack at the race that has eluded him over the past two seasons. Finishing second in the 2015 Gold Cup behind Coneygree and the 2016 renewal behind Don Cossack, we’re honestly at a loss as to why he hasn’t picked up at least one victory.  He has started this season strongly and will...
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