April 2017 - Latest Sports Betting News
April is a really exciting month for sports betting fans, with the football season reaching it's important stages in all competitions and some other great events in horse racing, golf and boxing.
Grand National, Aintree
The biggest one-off event in the UK horse racing calendar takes place on Saturday 8th April, with every man and his granny taking an interest and having a bet.
The Grand National offers a fun way of betting to beginner and once a year punters as the horses take on the challenging Aintree fences - we'll have a full preview of the big race nearer the time.
Champions League Quarter Final Stages
With Man City being knocked out by Monaco, the last British involvement comes from last season's champions Leicester City who surprisingly beat Sevilla in the last round to book a tie against another strong Spanish team in Atletico Madrid. The draw for the Quarters is as follows:
Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco
Juventus vs Barcelona
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid
Ties take place on 11-12 April (1st legs) and 18-19 April (2nd legs).
There are some really mouthwatering ties, with Juve vs Barcelona and Bayern vs Real Madrid being the two standout ties of the round. Barcelona shocked everyone with their stunning 6-1 home win against PSG to turn around a 4-0 first leg deficit.
The latest Champions League outright odds are as follows:
Barcelona 11/4 (Bet365)
Bayern Munich 10/3 (Betfred)
Real Madrid 11/2 (Bet365)
Atletico Madrid 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Borussia Dortmund 10/1 (Bet365)
Juventus 12/1 (Sportingbet)
Monaco 16/1 (SkyBet)
Leicester 33/1 (Bet365)
Barcelona have gone back down to favourites after that stunning comeback win at PSG. They were available at a massive 50/1 before the second leg began! Who could really argue with Barca now, they've shown they can come back from real adversity with a little help from the ref of course! Leciester are the rank outsiders in the last 8, still available at 33/1 at most bookies.
Europa League Quarter Finals
Man Utd got through the last round without much fanfare with a steady win over two legs against Russian side Rostov. That was a tricky tie but United didn't look particularly great in the two legs, so Anderlecht may prove another tricky tie for them in the Quarter Final stages. The outright odds are as follows:
Man Utd 6/4 (Bet365)
Lyon 10/3 (Skybet)
Celta Vigo 7/1 (Ladbrokes)
Schalke 04 8/1 (Bet365)
Ajax 14/1 (William Hill)
Besiktas 16/1 (Bet365)
Anderlecht 33/1 (Bet365)
Genk 40/1 (Bet365)
Man United are the hot favourites to win the Europa League and this may be the best route for them to get back in the Champions League for next season, with a top 4 spot definitely not guaranteed for Jose Mourinho's men in the Premier League.
Lyon look the other dangerous side in the competition, with some classy players in their lineup including French league 2nd top goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette who has been linked with Arsenal and a few other Premier League clubs.
Boxing - Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko
Anthony Joshua gets the biggest fight of his career when he fights for the WBA, IBF and IBO World Heavyweight titles at Wembley against former champion Wladimir Klitschko, who dominated the heavyweight scene for so many years.
This is a big step up for Joshua in his level of opposition, so should tell us a lot about whether Joshua is the real deal or not. Klitschko is now 41 and lost his last fight to Tyson Fury on points in Germany in November 2015, so if ever there was a time for Joshua to catch him, then it is now. The outright odds for the fight are currently:
Anthony Joshua 2/5 (Bet365)
Wladimir Klitschko 2/1 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 40/1 (Sportingbet)
We expect Joshua to just have too much for Klitschko at this stage in his career however the odds are interesting and may offer value for those predicting a Wlad win. We'll have a full big fight preview nearer the time.