Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo: Will Stay or Leave, Football Betting Odds - BetUK.com

Manchester United fans will be hanging on every word spoken by star Cristiano Ronaldo as talk of next season begins.

The rumors have been flying around for months, but Ronaldo did nothing to quell them when he admitted that “he doesn’t know” if he will be back with Man U next year.

The statement was made in an interview in which he also criticized Coach Sir Slex Ferguson for his strategy in United’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League final.

Ferguson has yet to neither respond, but suffice to say he will not be pleased and it’s also likely nor will most of Ronaldo’s teammates.

He was quoted as saying, 'This is one of the biggest disappointments of my career. We didn't do well,' said Ronaldo. 'The tactics were not good and everything went wrong for us.

We were only in it for 10 minutes and we never found ourselves again,' he said. 'Everything went wrong. We started very well but after that we didn't do anything. We didn't control the game, we didn't play and they played better than us.

'It was very bad in the dressing room afterwards but that is normal after you lose a game.'
Barcelona was full value for the Champions League win. Bookmakers, like BetUK.com has the game close to even on the betting board, but by kick-off Manchester United were small favorites.

The small underdog Barca side were able to score goals in both the first and second half (Samuel Eto'o and Leo Messi respectively), while the Premiership champs had chances, but never really seriously challenged after the first 15 minutes or so.

Now, the focus will be on Ronaldo's future and what will sure to be a wild epic saga of whether he goes to Real Madrid or not.

You can be sure there will be plenty of betting opportunities offered up by the online sportsbooks on if he goes or not.

Real Madrid has been chasing Ronaldo for some time now. Despite there not being a deal last summer, it appears all parties are moving closer to the decision that this superstar player will be moved to the Spanish side. A bid of around £70million seems most likely.

This will be interesting to watch it play out. There is still some great football left, including the FA Cup final. You can check out all the odds at BetUK.com

Thursday, May 28, 2009

La Liga Picks, Spanish La Liga, Osasuna V Real Madrid - BetUK

La Liga Picks, Spanish La Liga

Only one more La Liga match to go and drama keeps mounting, especially in the relegation zone. On Saturday Recreativo and Numancia were finally condemned to play Segunda Divisón football next season, which cleared things up slightly at the bottom half of the table.

Bets are extensively available for Li Laga Match, Osasuna V Real Madrid at BetUK.com

However, up to five teams will be fighting to avoid the remaining relegation spot until the very last second next weekend.

The three most likely candidates to become the third relegated side, Osasuna, Sporting and Getafe, all managed to win last weekend.

Their successful matches did not get them away from trouble, but dragged another two teams which looked safe a few weeks ago, Valladolid and Betis, down to the fight for La Liga survival.

Let’s look at one of the big matches from this weekend’s La Liga action and give out a pick on the game.

Osasuna V Real Madrid

Barcelona's conquerors of last weekend, Osasuna (1-0), take on a Real team that is clearly in the middle of a slump even at this stage of the season.

Last weekend Real Madrid were truly awful, in a below par performance they took the lead on 20 minutes through Gonzalo Higuain only to see Mallorca equalize six minutes later and then to score two more goals without reply to condemn Madrid to their fourth straight defeat in a half empty Bernabeu.

Osasuna were clearly very happy to register the three points against an under strength Barcelona at the Camp Nou, both teams celebrated at the final whistle with Barca celebrating the Championship and Osasuna very happy to have the points in the bag in their relegation battle.

With the facts clear for all to see we think there is only one bet to have in this match and that's a home win, three points here for Osasuna could get them out of trouble against a clearly disjointed Real side.

So if you are betting on this match, we suggest playing Osasuna to beat Real Madrid in the regulation 90 minutes at -134 (odds are at online betting uk)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Serie A Picks, Italian Serie A Picks, Football Betting at BetUK

Serie A Picks - Italian Serie A Picks

The betting lines are up at online sportsbooks for Italian Serie A action this weekend. Sports bettors have several good games at BetUK to look at as the end of the regular season nears.

Here are some picks and analysis and two of those games.

AC Milan V AS Roma

With the Italian title sewn up lat week by Inter Milan it remains now to be seen who will get the converted European places and who will be relegated.

AC Milan will be playing European football next season, but the finishing order of the teams and which competition they will be playing in has yet to be decided.

Roma are also in a European place as it stands right now and need the points to cement their position. AC was poor in defeat at Udinese last weekend and they went down 2-1, Roma took the three points in a seven goal thriller as they beat Catania 4-3 in Rome.

The last time these two met in League action back in January it ended in a 2-2 draw. It would really not surprise us if these two ground out another draw this weekend and that will be the recommendation. Have a look at betting AC Milan and AS Roma to draw in the regulation 90 minutes at +225 (lines from Sports Betting)

Siena V Juventus

Juventus were held to a 2-2 home draw by Atalanta on Sunday to leave third spot in Serie A and an automatic Champions League place far from secure.

The draw, their seventh league game without a win, was played behind closed doors after fans were banned for racist chanting at last month's Turin draw with champions Inter Milan.

Fourth-placed Fiorentina are a point behind Juve with two to play after Alberto Gilardino sealed a 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

Third spot guarantees a group stage berth in the Champions League while fourth offers a place in the qualifying round.

This is a real test of a match for the Turin giants and they desperately want to qualify for the Champions League without going through the qualifying stages.

Siena was on the wrong end of Inter's Serie A celebrations last weekend and was soundly beaten 3-0. Juve needs the three points badly so expect them to pull out all the stops here for a victory and the three points.

The suggested bet is Juventus to beat Siena in the regulation 90 minutes at -223 with (lines from Football Betting)

Expect a cagey affair at Fratton Park at BetUK.com

Tonight’s Premier League encounter between Portsmouth and Sunderland (live on Setanta 1 at 8pm) could be a cagey affair as it is still technically possible for the visitors to be relegated and they will be anxious to avoid defeat.

As we saw in last Monday’s relegation ‘six-pointer’ between Newcastle and Middlesbrough, the ensuing tension invariably leads to half-time stalemate.

Portsmouth’s supporters are well versed in supping their half-time pint with their side level. Pompey have been all-square at the break in eight of their last 11 Premiership games on the south coast.

Similarly, last season, Portsmouth went in at the break level in 11 of their last 15 fixtures at Fratton Park.

As the prospect of relegation has become greater in recent weeks, Sunderland have achieved four half-time draws in their last six league games on the road.

Moreover, having failed to score in their last six away matches, Ricky Sbragia will no doubt be content to keep a tight ship until at least half-time.

With these stats in mind we’re going to recommend backing Draw/Draw in the Half-time/Full-time market at 4/1 with BetUK.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Champions League Semi-Final, Arsenal V Manchester United at BetUK

The Champions League is getting down to its last two semi-final matches. Arsenal take on Manchester United in the second leg of this tie, United take the one goal advantage to the Emirates Stadium from last week’s clash at Old Trafford and we look at this match to try and decide who is the most worthy finalist.

In the first leg United were dominant as predicted and Arsenal seemed to sit back and not want to concede goals, given that the away goals are paramount in this competition it was strange to see Arsenal sit back and not really press United throughout the whole match.

It is always to be expected that the home team takes the game to the opposition and this return leg will be no different, Arsenal need a quick goal to level this tie and then press for a winner.

The problem is that if United score one Arsenal will then need three to guarantee progression, any kind of draw will see United go through this tie and it looks like United are more than capable of getting that all important away goal.

As far as the bookmakers are concerned Arsenal are favorites for this match as they have to be the aggressors on home turf and are chasing that slender 1-0 United advantage.

When handicapping this game, we think a draw could be a good betting option. Football betting in Champions League can be a little trickier, as the teams play a different style due to the away goals rule.

So, we are going to go for the draw in this game with a correct score bet at 2-2, Arsenal need to go for broke as far as goals are concerned and we think that United can match their firepower and see them through to the final.

There are great Champions League odds out there, with online sportsbook BetUK offering Draw 2-2 correct score at +1400. That will be a very good betting profit if we hit that correct score bet.

Bet Arsenal and Manchester United to Draw 2-2 correct score at +1400 with betuk.com