A second half comeback brought a hard-earned point at the Amex on Tuesday but the lights went out on Brighton’s play-off hopes with the 2-2 draw with Watford. Birmingham City are the visitors this weekend for the last home game of the season with the Blues 11/4 to go up with their place in one of the four play-off spots guaranteed.
West Ham are 7/4 to be promoted and, although they still mathematically have a chance of automatic promotion, the Play-offs is a more realistic alternative and they will be under enormous pressure to make it back to the Premier League given they have been odds on for much of the season for the Championship Title let alone promotion. Blackpool and Cardiff are both 7/2 outsiders to make it into the top-flight in what promises to be a fascinating end-of-season fight to the Holy Grail that is the Premier League and its riches.
Brighton are a top price 21/10 with betvictor.com to finish their home campaign on a high with Blues 13/10 and the draw 12/5; Marlon King is the 11/2 favourite to grab the first goal with Nikola Zigic and Craig-Mackail Smith next best at 6/1.
I fancy a point apiece and a 2-2 draw is priced at 12/1 at BetVictor which seems a decent price; three or more goals is priced at 10/11 and two or fewer is 19/20.
The big football game of the weekend is El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday evening a game which could go a long way to deciding the destination of the La Liga Title. Barca are four points behind The Whites and need to win if they are to stand a realistic chance of retaining their crown. Barca are 4/6 to grab all three points before their vital Champions League 2nd leg with Chelsea in the Camp Nou with Madrid 9/2 and the draw at 31/10.
Arsenal are 1/8 to finish in the top four and thus qualify for the Champions League next season despite Monday night’s defeat against Wigan at the Emirates; the Gunners are 21/20 to return to winning ways when they entertain Chelsea in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday with Wembley/Munich? bound Chelsea 5/2 and the draw 13/5.
The World Snooker Championships begin in Sheffield this morning and we are offering money back on losing bets in the outright market placed pre-event if Ronnie O’Sullivan lands a fourth title. Judd Trump is our 9/2 favourite and I think he can go one better than last year when runner up to John Higgins.
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