What to bet on today - bookies odds for 19th April

On Thursday, our attention turns to the Europa League, which is more interesting for the absence of the two Manchester clubs. Atletico Madrid take on Valencia and Sporting Lisbon take on the conquerors of Manchester United, Atletico Bilbao.

It’s a mark of how much of a mystery this tournament is that the bookmakers are giving you odds against all four sides. They don’t know, and to be honest, neither do we, really. It’s hard to separate them and draws could be on the cards as all four sides tighten up a little. 9/4 is about right for both, and you’ll get that with Paddy Power and Bet365.

If we cross over to the Americas, there’s absolutely no chance (surely) that The Strongest will beat Santos - and while Santos are 1/6, it’s a banker and a half. We love The Strongest, though. If we were going to start our own football team, we’d probably call ourselves The Best or something like that. Eventually we’d have to live up to our name. On a more serious note, DC United are at home to Montreal Impact - another stupid team name, there. Impact have been shit away from home, having lost all five games, so it pays to back the home side, wherever they go. Yes, that will turn around at some point, but you’d expect DC United to put them away.

In the MLB, the Angels have CJ Wilson pitching at home to the Oakland Athletics, and you’d take him to stretch his winning run to three. The Angels have had a tricky start to the season but they’re showing signs of getting it together, especially when CJ Wilson is on the mound. You’re likely not to get fantastic odds, but 8/15 is about right for this one. The A’s are a team in transition - permanent transition - and are not fancied at the Angels.

Darts is on today, and you’re looking at relatively long odds for Phil Taylor - he takes on Adrian Lewis, who is a tasty 4/1 to beat The Power. Simon Whitlock is also an excellent 13/10 against the erratic Raymond Van Barneveld. Barnie gets a lot of support, but he’s not one you can trust with your money.

Oh, and don’t bother betting on the county cricket as it’s just going to rain forever. Drought, my arse.

published: 18th April 2012 by Free Bet Bookmaker


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Hi Les - cheers for the comment. Great tip about the Argentinian league, I’ll follow that a bit closer from now on!
All the best,

Leslie Gallagher


Good, informative news, with good insight and a touch of humour, makes good reading. For some reason, and I can’t quite explain why, I have a great interest in the Argentinian Premier League. I like the way it’s split into two parts, The Apertura(opening) and The Clausera(closing). On studying the form and the stats for this league, the teams are fairly predictable but for some reason, the bookies generally price them up incorrectly and there is usually some value to be had, particularly with draws. Just my opinion, but I’d thought I’d share it with you.