Get the lowdown on the weekend’s sporting action from the guys over at the Ladbrokes Exchange. Who are you backing and who are you taking on?
Here, Ladbrokes Exchange guru John Sheridan gives us his unique insight into what’s happening…
Normally the weekend column is all about what happens in England. And while we’re going to and we’re certainly going to lead with that but there’s one game, one oh-so-special game, on the continent that bettors are salivating over. Let’s pick some winners.
We begin with one of the great rivalries in football as Liverpool host Man United in a game with massive implications for Champions League qualification.
Ladbrokes Exchange punters have shown tremendous savvy with regards to the early moves in this market.
Despite United thrashing Liverpool in the return fixture, far more creedence has been given to how the sides have performed in the three months since. Liverpool don’t play pretty but in EPL betting they get results and that’s all the market cares about.
United overcame the first hurdle in their current brutal stretch with ease, hammering Spurs last weekend. It’s hard to see Louis van Gaal’s side keeping up that kind of form through the current stretch however and the wider string of games points to a team on the verge of a slide.
Liverpool have an arrive, win, leave mentality right now. You look at the form they are in. You look at their ability to grind out victories. You know that for all their shortcomings they are rightly favourites here. Bet on Liverpool at 2.14 to win.
Taking matters back to Saturday briefly and Man City have a must-win game to kick off the weekend’s action against West Brom.
Having excited the Champions League, despite the heroics of Joe Hart, the EPL champions only have the league left to play for.
After the rest of City’s superstars stuttered on Wednesday, you have to expect them to bounce back big time at home. I don’t like the way things are shaking out for the Baggies at the moment. I’m backing City big. Bet on Man City at 2.12 on the Asian Handicap at -1.5/2.
Finally we turn our attentions to the Camp Nou where supremacy in the race for La Liga is at stake.
There may be no bigger fixture in football than Barcelona vs Real Madrid and this Sunday’s Clasico promises to be a heavyweight battle for the ages.
Lionel Messi had a spell this season where he nearly looked mortal. Had the maestro finally started to slow down? Not a chance. T
he turn into 2015 has brought back the Messi of old and he’s taking no prisoners. The race may be tight but I only see one outcome on Sunday night. Bet on Barcelona at 1.74 to win.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.