Our weekly review of the latest betting news with five things for you to consider, including the Champions League semi-final and Premier League relegation odds.
1. Ronaldo injury gives 9/5 City hope
Manchester City are a best price of 9/5 with Bet365 to qualify for their first Champions League final at the expense of Real Madrid and, ignoring their woeful performance at Southampton on Sunday, they were given plenty of encouragement from last week’s first leg. The most significant factor in this tie is the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed the game at the Etihad and may not recover in time for Wednesday’s return. Karim Benzema played only half a game in Manchester and looks likely to miss the second leg, potentially leaving Gareth Bale to carry the threat for Zinedine Zidane’s side. That would put them on a par with City in an attacking sense, with Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne well rested having sat out the defeat at St Mary’s. The eager pressing of Fernandinho and Fernando disrupted Real in the first game, until the Brazilian duo tired in the latter stages at least, and they will be in their hosts’ faces once again. City need a goal and once again De Bruyne, at 7/2 to score with Betfred, is likely to hold the key to their chances.
2. Khan a 10/3 shot as he he steps up to face Alvarez
In the small hours of next Sunday, Amir Khan will step into the ring for the first time in almost a year when he challenges Saul Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title. Khan, who has won 31 of his 34 pro fights, is stepping up two levels from welterweight for this fight and that makes him something of an unknown quantity at this weight. Bet365 are offering the best odds of 10/3 for Khan to win the fight, with Alvarez available at no bigger than 3/10. The Mexican has won 44 of his 46 pro fights, with his solitary defeat coming against Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013. This match-up has been billed as Power v Speed and if you fancy Khan to spring a surprise, he is available at a best price of 4/1 with Bet365 to win by decision, or 16s with the same firm to knock his opponent out.
3. Newcastle edge clear but remain favourites for the drop
As the Premier League season nears its close, it looks increasingly likely that Norwich will be joining Aston Villa in the Championship leaving fierce rivals Newcastle and Sunderland to fight each other for survival. Newcastle hold a one-point advantage after their nervy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, but they have played a game more than Sam Allardyce’s side and most firms make the Geordies slight favourites for the drop, except BetVictor who have Newcastle at 4/6 and Sunderland at 4/7, with most of the industry going the other way around. Next up for Newcastle is a trip to Villa Park, while Sunderland will host Chelsea and Everton in the space of five days.
4. 12/1 Griezmann heading for the Euros on a high
Antoine Griezmann has enjoyed an outstanding season for Atletico Madrid and of the favourites to be top scorer at this summer’s European Championship, he looks the pick. Thomas Muller and Ronaldo lead the betting at 8/1 but Griezmann is available at 12/1 with William Hill. On Saturday he took his tally for the season to 31 goals and he could yet link up with the French national side on the back of a La Liga and Champions League double. For that he can thank his team-mates’ amazing work ethic – Saturday’s 1-0 success was their sixth in a row without conceding and a 31st clean sheet in 47 La Liga and Champions League games. Another in Munich on Tuesday will see them reach a second European Cup final in three seasons.
5. Tigers 6/1 to complete possible Leicester double
With one week left in the regular season of the Aviva Premiership we know the four teams who will contest the play-offs, if not which one of Exeter and Wasps will join Saracens in securing home advantage in the semi’s. Sarries secured top spot with their win over Newcastle this weekend, while Leicester confirmed their place in the top four by beating Worcester. Saracens are just 10/11 with Betfred after a fine campaign, which has seen them reach the final of the European Champions Cup for the second time in three years. They are firm favourites, with Wasps at 7/2 (Betfred and Ladbrokes), Exeter at 4/1 (Ladbrokes) and Leicester the outsiders at a best price of 6/1 with Paddy Power. It would be quite something if the Tigers could prove the bookmakers wrong and go on to make it a remarkable title double for their city.