Sporting events of the week

By Martin Green03 March 2019
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Champions League

Borussia Dortmund need a miracle when they host Tottenham in the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday night. The Bundesliga leaders are in woeful form at the worst time of the season and they trail 3-0 on aggregate after being taken apart at Wembley. This is a tough one from a betting perspective, as Spurs are winless in their last three games and they would be happy with a draw or a narrow defeat. Real Madrid have lost twice in a row to Barcelona, but they can return to winning ways against Ajax on Tuesday. They are 2-1 up on aggregate, but they cannot afford to rest on their laurels and they should go for the jugular in this one, so the 8/13 at Bet365 on the home win looks good. PSG comprehensively outplayed Man Utd in the first leg of their tie and they are 8/15 with Betfair to win the second leg too. Roma lead Porto 2-1 on aggregate, and both teams to score looks interesting here at 4/6 with Betfred.

Europa League

Arsenal travel to France to take on Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. Rennes are ninth in Ligue 1 and they should not pose too many problems for Unai Emery’s men, so an away win looks good at 21/20 with Unibet and 888 Sport. Chelsea host Dynamo Kiev and Sevilla are at home against Slavia Prague and that could make a nice double. Elsewhere, in-form Benfica look well priced at 31/20 with Ladbrokes, Coral and Bet Victor to win away at Dynamo Zagreb after they dispatched Galatasaray in the last round. Zenit St Petersburg are typically strong at home, so the 11/10 at Betfair on them beating Villarreal looks attractive, as Villarreal have lost their last two games and should be low on confidence.

West Indies v England

Little has gone to plan in England’s tour of the West Indies thus far. The tourists were expected to whitewash their hosts in both the three-match Test series and the five-match ODI series, but they have underwhelmed in both formats. The Windies picked up a stunning 2-1 series win in the Tests, and then held Eoin Morgan’s side to a 2-2 series draw in the ODIs. Now we switch to T20 and the big-hitting Windies are deservedly the favourites. You can find 8/11 on them winning the series at Sky Bet, but so far punters have been tempted by the longer odds of 11/10 available on England.

Six Nations

It is getting incredibly tense in the Six Nations, as Wales travel to Scotland knowing that a win would put them on the brink of winning the trophy for the first time since 2013. They are 4/6 with Bet Victor to pull it off, and that looks a good price, as Scotland have been poor so far. England should thrash Italy and sites like Bet365 have them at just 1/250 to win the game. You need to give them a massive 35-point handicap to get odds of 10/11, but England should cover that. Ireland are also heavy favourites as they host France in Dublin, and the 10/11 on Ireland -15 looks good when you consider how bad France played away at England.

Arsenal v Man Utd

A huge game in the race to finish in the top four sees Arsenal host Man Utd at The Emirates on Sunday. The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw at Spurs on Saturday, and Man Utd leapfrogged them into fourth place by securing a nail-biting 3-2 win over Southampton. The stage is now set for an epic clash between two in-form, attacking teams. Expect Alexis Sanchez to be roundly booed, and David De Gea to play like Superman in the Man Utd goal. The Red Devils love taking Arsenal apart on the counter-attack, and if the likes of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are fit, the 19/10 at Bet Victor on an away win would be very tempting. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals would also make a good option.