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From The Trading Floor

Join Jay and Dazn Bet’s trading team as they bring you the pick of this week’s sports bets in “From The Trading Floor”

Manchester City v Bayern Munich – UEFA Champions League – 20:00 – April 11

The UEFA Champions League enters the quarter final stages this week, and Tuesday sees a mouth-watering tie at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City will host German giants Bayern Munich.

The hosts will feel like they are entering this fixture in the best possible form, having won their last 8 matches in all competitions, with star striker Erling Haaland having scored ten goals in his three previous appearances for the club.

The Norwegian forward bagged five goals in the second leg of City’s last 16 tie against RB Leipzig, bringing in Champions League goal tally up to 33 goals. He is now 23rd in the all-time top scorers list, level with Fernando Morientes, and just one goal behind Bayern Munich’s all-time top goalscorer, Gerd Müller.

Bayern have had a topsy-turvy month since knocking out PSG at the start of March. They parted ways with head coach Julian Nagelsmann following a 2-1 defeat to Leverkusen. They were quick to appoint former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in to the role and have won both league games since, leaving them two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. However, any hopes of a treble were dashed last week as they lost 2-1 to Freiburg in the quarter finals of the German Cup.

Man City enter this one as favourites, and it’s easy to see why. They have looked simply unstoppable recently, scoring 21 goals in their last four fixtures alone. With goals flowing, and a striker in red-hot form it’s hard to look past them picking up a fairly comfortable victory in front of their home supporters. I’m taking the hosts to win by at least two in this one.

 

Traders’ Tip: Manchester City – 1.5 @ 15/8. A £10 bet at these odds could return £28.75.

 

 

Real Madrid v Chelsea – UEFA Champions League – 20:00 – April 12

Whilst one half of Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures will see an all Italian affair between AC Milan and Napoli, the other is a repeat of last season’s semi-final encounter between fourteen times European Champions Real Madrid and two time winners Chelsea.

The hosts were stunned in La Liga on Saturday, losing 2-3 at home to Villarreal and remaining 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona in the process.

Real had looked very impressive in their two matches prior to this, winning 4-0 at Barca in the second leg of their Copa Del Rey semi-final to book a showdown with Osasuna, and demolishing Valladolid 6-0 just a few days earlier.

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping this was just a minor setback, and he’ll be hoping his Madrid side can bounce back to form on Wednesday evening.

Despite the re-appointment of Frank Lampard as their caretaker manager until the end of the season, Chelsea still just can’t seem to find any sort of form. The West London club have now gone four games without a victory, failing to score in their last three, with their most recent disappointment coming via a 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea are now averaging less than a goal per game in the Premier League, and have won just 5 of their last 23 games in all competitions, failing to find the net in fourteen of those matches.

Although Madrid don’t look anywhere near the same team that won this competition last season, and also finished 13 points clear at the top of La Liga, Chelsea’s demise has been even more evident. Goals have been a major issue for the Premier League club, and it’s hard to see them getting anything from their trip to Spain as a result. I am expecting Real Madrid to come out of this one with a victory, and I don’t expect them to see them concede in the process.

 

Traders’ Tip: Real Madrid To Win to Nil @ 9/5. A £10 bet at these odds could return £28.

 

 

Gent v West Ham United – UEFA Europa Conference League – 17:45 – April 13

West Ham United will have the opportunity to reach a European semi-final for the second year running when they get their Europa Conference League quarter final tie KAA Gent underway on Thursday evening.

The Hammers will travel to Belgium having lost just one of their previous six matches, a 5-1 loss at home to Newcastle last week, but they bounced back from that defeat with a 1-0 victory at Fulham over the weekend, moving themselves three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone in the process.

Despite struggling domestically, the East London club have won all ten of their European fixtures this season, including two victories over Belgian side Anderlecht during the group stages of the competition.

Gent finished runners-up to Swedish club Djurgardens during the group stages, with two wins, two draws and two defeats, and have had to overcome both Qarabag and Basaksehir to reach this stage of the competition. They are currently sitting fourth in their domestic league, and have lost just once in their previous ten fixtures in all competitions.

Despite facing a team who have been difficult to beat over the last couple of months, I still feel that there’s a fairly big gulf between the two clubs. West Ham have shown over the last couple of seasons that they are more than capable of producing a decent showing on Thursday nights, and this season’s unblemished record in Europe shows how well they can cope with clubs from outside of the “big five” European leagues.

I would be expecting another strong showing from the Hammers here, and a fairly straight forward victory for David Moyes’ men as a result.

 

Traders’ Tip: West Ham to Win @ 11/10. A £10 bet at these odds could return £21.

 

 

World Snooker Championship 2023 – April 15 to May 1

Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will be one of the four players who get the main draw of the World Snooker Championship underway at the Crucible Theatre on Saturday morning, and he will be one of 32 players hoping to leave Sheffield with a winner’s cheque for £500,000.

Ronnie has not had the best of seasons. Despite winning the Hong Kong Masters and Champion of Champion events towards the end of 2022, the Rocket has failed to make it beyond the Quarter Finals of a ranking event all season, even though he can never be seemingly written off, it may be worth looking outside of the favourite for a better valued option elsewhere.

The inform player at the moment is Shaun Murphy. The Magician will be entering the tournament fresh of his victory over Kyren Wilson in the final of the Tour Championship at the start of the month, having also won the Players Championship at the end of February, and losing to Robert Milkins in the final of the Welsh Open a week prior.

Although I have long been a big fan of Smurph, and I would love to see him take home his second World Championship, I feel he is in a difficult section of the draw, with a potential quarter final showdown against 2019 World Champion, and this season’s Masters Winner Judd Trump and a semi-final meeting with the Rocket a real possibility.

Mark Allen has been the most consistent player over the course of the 2022/23 season, having picked up three Ranking titles, and he looks to have a slightly kinder route to the last four. Allen may have to overcome previous champions in Stuart Bingham and Neil Robertson in order to reach the final four, but it feels like a decent run at the Crucible is long overdue for the man from Belfast, who hasn’t reached the semi-finals since 2009. The Pistol has certainly had his best season to date over the last 12 months, and I fancy his chances of ending it on a high after 16 days of grueling action.

                                                                                               

Traders’ Tip: Mark Allen To Win The 2023 World Snooker Championship @ 12/1. A £10 bet at these odds could return £130.

 

 

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United – Premier League – 16:30 – April 16

Sunday’s late game in the Premier League between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United has huge implications at both ends of the table and it promises to be an enticing affair at the City Ground as a result.

Forest will enter this game following a run of nine games without a victory. They have picked up just three points during this time, leaving them entering this weekend occupying 18th place in the Premier League table.

United looked in danger of surrendering their Champions League spot after a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at the start of the month, however, last week’s victories over both Brentford and Everton looks to have put them right back on track for a top four finish. The Red Devils will start the weekend three points clear of fifth placed Tottenham, but they could begin this fixture level on points with Spurs depending on Saturday’s results.

With the season rapidly drawing to a close, this feels like it could be the perfect time for the visitors to travel to Nottingham. There’s already a growing sense of pressure on Tree’s manager Steve Copper, and that will have only intensified following their 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa. Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has already stated that results must improve immediately, but I can’t see that being the case here.

The two teams have already met three times this season. United have not only come out on top each time, they’ve done so without conceding a goal. Given how they also kept clean sheets in both of their Premier League fixtures last week, I would once again be expecting the visitors to come out of this one with another win to nil.

 

Traders’ Tip: Manchester United To Win To Nil @ 9/5. A £10 bet at these odds could return £28.

 

A £10 5-Fold on the above selections could return £6,153.42

 

*Odds correct at the time of publishing. Available to UK residents (excluding Northern Ireland) aged 18+ only. T&Cs apply. www.begambleaware.org

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