Swansea like to play the possession game and European football seems to suit them. The also have a manager who is sure to give the competition a go.
The game to watch tonight is surely Manchester City V Bayern Munich. But I can’t call it from either a match odds, goals, bookings or corners perspective and better value might lie in the relatively low-key game in Moscow, where two teams who are particularly tight at the back go head to head.
Purists might want to tune into the Arsenal V Napoli clash tonight but for a bet it might be better to head to Celtic Park where I expect Barcelona to beat Celtic.
Swiss Superleague leaders Basle continue to be under-rated by the bookmakers and their games tend to feature goals. Those with a long memory may recall that they beat Manchester United at home in Group C in 2011 and drew 3-3 at Old Trafford in a game they probably deserved to win.
It’s been quite a slow burn start to the season with some of the big teams faltering, but Manchester City went up several gears in their demolition of rivals Manchester United on Sunday and it’s very hard to see Aston Villa living with them for long.
Taiwan loves it baseball as much or even more than Japan and perhaps even the US, which has competing loyalties from pro football and the NBA. But it has been rocked in recent years by scandal and corruption that sent several players and even a politician to prison for fixing games.
With all the Arc de Triumph trials now run and the race now only eight days away, the betting for the Longchamp spectacular now has a settled look.
History tells us to expect goals in all Premier League third round ties of the Capital One Cup. There have been 58 goals in 18 such games over the last five years – an average of more than three per game.
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What a week it’s been! Driving rain in Scotland, stunning scenery in Wales and Yorkshire, and the amazing experience of racing through London. All the way through, the racing has been fierce.
I’m not convinced the bookies know how to price Villa games up. Since winning at The Emirates (at 10/1) Paul Lambert’s men have lost unluckily at Chelsea, and lost comprehensively at home to Liverpool and Newcastle.
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