What to bet on today - bookies odds for 18th April

Chelsea take on Barcelona today, and while everyone thinks Barcelona are the best side in the world, I’m a little bored of them. Yeah, Messi’s a God, yadiyadiya, but get round the back of them (Mascherano at centre half?) and they’re there for the taking. Surely. The draw is the best value bet at 14/5, but you can get almost evens against Barcelona if that’s your bag. Chelsea, if you’re interested, are 7/2 with most bookmakers.

Paddy Power are offering money back if Ronaldo or Messi score the last goals in their respective matches this week.

And this came in from Blue Square - forgive the caps: IF MESSI SCORES 2 OR MORE GOALS, BLUE SQUARE WILL REFUND ALL LOSING 1st GOALSCORER, CORRECT SCORE, HT/FT & PLAYER SPECIAL BETS AS FREE BETS FOR THE 2nd LEG!

In Major League Baseball, two fixtures stand out - the excellent Texas Rangers travel to the disorganised Boston Red Sox in a match that anyone can win (but Boston might not), while the bet of the day appears to be on the Cubs, who travel to the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark with their star man Matt Garza pitching. The Marlins are still a developing team, as are the Cubs, and you’ll get at least 6/4 against the Cubs. Cliff Lee is owed a win, and the Phillies are still in San Francisco - Matt Cain will be pitching for the Giants, but the legend that is Lee is good value for the visiting side.

Cricket, and nobody cares about the Indian Premier League, so let’s not talk about it. So, onto the Monte Carlo Masters Tennis in, you’ve guessed it, Monte Carlo, and the obvious double of the day is Nadal and Djokovic both to win their matches. However, they’re both 1/100 so it’s not worth your time. There’s better value in Tsonga, who is 4/7 to win his game. Tennis gets on my nerves cos frankly, it’s all about a handful of players, and most matches are walkovers. They shouldn’t even bother with the walkover matches, which are embarrassing. Everyone should fight for the right to play Nadal, Djokovic or Federer. Including Andy Murray, as he annoys us.

Betting news - there’s a £5 free bet no deposit - Totesport have joined the no deposit revolution and they’re giving away a free fiver. Ace.

published: 17th April 2012 by Free Bet Bookmaker

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