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Betting preview for a big week of football

24 February 2015

Chelsea and Spurs will contest Sunday's League Cup Final

The Champions League returns this week and all eyes first will be on the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City take on Barcelona.

The Citizens are priced at 13/5 with Sky Bet to beat their Catalan opponents, while Luis Enrique’s men are favourites for the game at 21/20. A draw is priced at 13/5.

Sergio Aguero to score and City to win in 90 minutes was 3/1 but has now been changed to 5/1, while Lionel to score and Barcelona to win in 90 minutes is priced at 5/2.

Alternatively, both Argentinians are priced at 11/2 to score in 90 minutes, and a bet of City to win 1-0 is a tasty 14/1.

On Wednesday, Arsenal are 1/2 to defeat French side Monaco at the Emirates Stadium, while an away win is unlikely with Sky Bet as they’ve priced Les Rouges et Blancs at 6/1.

Alexis Sanches is prized at 5/1 to score first for the Gunners, while Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is 20/1 to open the scoring.

Next week, Chelsea and PSG will contest the second leg of their tie after the first had finished 1-1 in Paris seven days ago.

The Blues are 2/5 to qualify while Zlatan Ibrahimović & Co, who are certainly in with a chance of progressing, are 7/4 to qualify.

In the Europa League, Liverpool travel to Turkey on Thursday night with a slender 1-0 advantage to their name after last week’s late win.

Former Newcastle United man Demba Ba is 5/1 to be first goalscorer, while Mario Balotelli, who scored last week’s solitary goal, is priced at 6/1 to score first.

Merseyside rivals Everton are also in action at home to Young Boys, and hold a 4-1 lead from the first leg thanks to an impressive performance from Romelu Lukaku.

Everton to win and both sides to score is available for 11/4, while a draw and over 2.5 goals in a match is 14/1.

On Sunday, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will contest the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

Jose Mourinho’s side are favourites for the game at 8/11, but Spurs who will be more than a match for the Blues, are priced at 7/2 to win the competition.

In-form Harry Kane is 6/1 to score first and is priced at 50/1 to score a hat-trick against a Chelsea defence who rarely concede goals.

On the other hand, Diego Costa is a 100/30 to open the scoring at the home of English football, and can be backed at 20/1 to net three goals.

In the Championship this evening, 11 games will be contested as the season begins to near its run in with Derby County top of the pile.

They are 4/9 favourites to beat a resurgent Charlton Athletic at the iPro Stadium. The Addicks are 6/1 to come away with a victory.

There are also five fixtures in League One tonight which will be of interest to Graham Alexander’s Fleetwood Town side.

The fixture of note will be Rochdale’s home game against Sheffield United, with Dale knowing they can move above the Cod Army with a win at 11/5.

On Saturday, Alexander’s men travel to Chesterfield to take on a Spireites side who lost their last four league games.

Town are priced at 12/5 to come add further misery to Chesterfield fans with a win, while the home team are 1/1 to end their barren run. A draw is available at 12/5.

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