Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BetRepublic Wednesday Sports Betting Preview

Wednesday sees Day Two of the four day Cheltenham festival and also two matches being played in Europe’s elite club football tournament. We’ll be previewing the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham as well as both of the Champions League fixtures.

Queen Mother Champion Chase:

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Class A Grade 1 chase run over two miles. It is open to horses aged 5 years old and upwards. It is the highlight of the second day’s action at Cheltenham.

Unsurprisingly Paddy Power have made Master Minded the favourite to take be first past the post. He is the winner of the last two Queen Mother Champion Chases and is looking to book his place in history by becoming the first horse to claim a hat-trick of wins. Master Minded is available at odds of 5/6. Second favourite to win is Kalahari King @ 9/2 followed by Twist Magic at odds of 15/2.

Forpadydeplasterer is available at 10/1 despite showing his winning ability by beating second favourite Kalahari King by a short head at the Grade A The Irish Independent Arkle. Can he defy his odds and take the win? In the BetRepublic preview of the Queen Mother Champion Chase our experts suggest backing Kalahari King each way and we’re sticking with this recommendation.

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Barcelona v Stuttgart:

After the first leg of this tie finished 1-1 and Barcelona brought back an away goal to the Nou Camp, Barcelona are the massive favourites at 1/16 to progress to the Quarter Final stages compared to Stuttgart’s 7/1. Barcelona are also major favourites in the match odds market at 2/9 versus 12/1 for the Germans. This is because Barcelona have won all of their last five home games at an aggregate scoreline of 15-2. Stuttgart’s away form is patchy, with four wins, four draws and two losses in their ten last away games. I feel that Barcelona will put the game to bed early on.

BetRepublic Recommends: Back Barcelona to be leading at half time and full time @ 8/13 with there to be more than 3.5 goals in the match @ 13/10 with William Hill.

Bordeaux v Olympiacos:

Laurent Blanc's Bordeaux look like they're going to progress to the last eight stage of the competition as they bring a 1-0 lead back from Greece. They have won their last six straight Champions League games and have only conceded two goals in their seven games so far. Olympiacos have only ever won twice in their thirty-eight away Champions League matches and have only scored four times in their seven matches this season, failing to find the net in their last four Champions League fixtures. Recommends: Back Bordeaux to win to nil @ 17/20 with Bordeaux to be leading at half time and full time @ 6/4 with William Hill.

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By Antony Jordan

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