FOOTBALL - The Easter weekend of football kicks off on Friday night in England with Newcastle (85/40) making the 700 mile round trip to Swansea (7/5). Both teams have impressed this season and have surpassed all expectations which has resulted in an off-field battle between the two managers for LMA Manager of the Year.
Swans on song
The Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is currently 6/5 favourite and the Magpies manager Alan Pardew 4/1, a home win must surely see Rodgers picking up the award a done deal. Back on the pitch, the stand out fixture comes on Sunday are the Emirates where Manchester City (19/10) are the visitors.
Big guns silenced?
Arsenal (6/4) have just one win in 7 games and have failed to score in 5 of the last 6 meetings with City and despite a recent run of 6 straight wins, they went down 2-1 at relegation candidates QPR last weekend. Roberto Mancini’s men may go into the game 8 points behind Manchester United (2/11) who face in form QPR (18/1) in the Super Sunday early kick off.
Oddschanger Best Bet in England – Theo Walcott ANYTIME GOALSCORER 5/2
The main attraction in La Liga is Real Madrid (2/9) attempting to extend their 12 game unbeaten La Liga run against a Valencia (14/1) team with just 1 win in their last 7 games. Jose Mourinho’s men scored another 5 goals against APOEL to qualify for a Champions League semi-final tie with Bayern Munich, which took their recent goalscoring record to 18 goals in just 4 games. Elsewhere in Spain, Barcelona (2/13) overcame AC Milan in their Champions League quarter final tie during the week and are away at 18th place Real Zaragoza as they look to close the gap between themselves and La Liga rivals Real Madrid.
Oddschanger Best Bet in Spain – Karim Benzema and Alexis Sanchez anytime scorers 3.4/1
The best meeting in Germany comes between third place Schalke (8/11) and fifth place Hannover (4/1) on Sunday. Huub Stevens’ Schalke play the second leg of their Europa League quarter final tonight and are 4-2 down following their first leg. Therefore fatigue may play a part for their weekend fixture. League leaders Borussia Dortmund (8/13) played out an astonishing 4-4 draw last weekend against Stuttgart in a game which Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring. This Saturday they face Wolfsburg who are on a 5 game unbeaten Bundesliga run and currently sit in 9th place.
Oddschanger Best Bet in Germany – Shinji Kagawa anytime scorer 7/4
The two horse race continues at the top of Serie A with Juventus claiming all 3 points in an excellent 3-0 victory over an in form Napoli and AC Milan drawing with Catania last weekend. League leaders AC Milan (2/7) face Fiorentina (12/1) on Saturday with second place Juventus (3/5) heading to a Palermo (11/2) side that has beaten them four times out of the last five games for the later kick off. AC Milan wide man Antonio Nocerino scored their only goal at Barcelona and looks a big price to score anytime this weekend.
Oddschanger Best Bet in Italy – Antonio Nocerino ANYTIME SCORER 5/2
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