I'VE heard it said Atletico Madrid are the best available outright Champions League bet at 18-1 with Coral and I know what they mean.

On their day they've proved they can beat Spanish rivals Real and Barcelona who are one and two in the betting and should certainly take care of Bayer Leverkusen to reach the last eight.

I'm pretty convinced the Champions League trophy is staying in Spain and on the anteposts tipped Real to make history by retaining their crown.

But when you consider probably only five teams have a chance of going all the way – Bayern Munich and maybe Chelsea being the others – then 18-1 is big for a side who finished runners-up last time out and who no longer have an inferiority complex when facing city rivals Real.

Bayer have won just one out of six – and one of their last seven at home – and while a draw would be fine for Atletico tonight I'm on them to win at 6-4 with McBookie, BetVictor and William Hill and they are 4-11 at Paddy Power and Coral to qualify.

Arsene Wenger loves playing French sides so must have jumped for joy when his men were paired with Monaco in the Champions League last 16.

Wenger won a title with the principality in 1998 and at Arsenal has lost just two of 16 matches against clubs from his homeland.
He has come out on top in all four two-legged ties versus French clubs and the Gunners are massive favourites at 4-11 with sportingbet tonight.

To take a first-leg lead to Monaco it's 8-15 with BetVictor and William Hill. Arsenal have recovered well from their late loss at Spurs to win three in a row while Monaco's form is patchy and they've fallen 11 points off the pace in the league.

They've been hit hard by the loss of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao last summer and top scorer Dimitar Berbatov has just six league goals and none in Europe.

Monaco kept five clean sheets in the group stage but first-choice centre-backs Ricardo Carvalho and Andrea Raggi are out along with defensive midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.

Deputy centre-backs Wallace and Aymen Abdennour are likely to start and Abdennour looked a nervous wreck as he was sent off in last Friday's 1-0 win at Nice.

I can see a win to nil for the home men and that pays 6-5 at BetVictor and McBookie.

Unlike Monaco the Gunners have two class hitmen in the shape of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud. Sanchez is 9-2 with Coral to break the deadlock but Frenchman Giroud will be keen to impress and I'm on him at 9-2 with Paddy Power.

Recommended Bets

Atletico Madrid
(6-4, Paddy Power, Coral)

Arsenal to win to nil
(6-5, BetVictor, McBookie)

Giroud to score first
(9-2, Paddy Power)

Arsenal/Atletico Madrid to qualify
(4-5, Coral)

  1. Kyle B 4 years ago

    Wednesday Bets:


    Arsenal Win
    Atletico Win
    Nottingham Forest vs Bournemouth BTTS

    5.96 BetVictor


    Arsenal to win to Nil

    23/20 BetVictor

  2. craigyboy 4 years ago

    Arsenal/Athletico to qualify looks like printing money

  3. nclsn 4 years ago

    Giroud to score first with a header @ 10/1

    I imagine the first goal could come from a set piece as Monaco solid defensively.

    Could be one for the long shot punts Mr F ;)

  4. riQlme 4 years ago

    Barca + Juve singles came in yesterday. Going to do the same today. Athletico and Arsenal singles. Also might lump quite a bit on the Arsenal and Athletico to qualify. Seem’s a decent day to make some $$$

  5. Neil H 4 years ago

    For anyone liking the look of Mr F tips above then Skybet enhanced double tonight is Arsenal/Ath Madrid Double at 4/1. Hoping it lands again after 5/1 double they did on Juventus/ Barca !

  6. dmc 4 years ago

    a. Madrid
    Nottingham bts

    this looks really solid

  7. Kane 4 years ago

    Mr F, have you seen that Skybet have an enhanced double for Athletico and Arsenal at 4/1?

    I was on their enhanced 5/1 double last night for Barca and Juve from which sailed in

  8. nexus 4 years ago

    ARSENAL Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck, Giroud
    SUBS Szczesny, Gabriel, Monreal, Chambers, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott

  9. Kyle B 4 years ago

    01 Subasic
    38 Touré
    13 Fortuna dos Santos
    05 Abdennour
    21 Echiéjilé
    08 João Moutinho
    02 Tavares
    22 Kondogbia
    07 Dirar
    09 Berbatov
    23 Martial
    03 Kurzawa
    12 de Carvalho
    15 Silva
    16 Stekelenburg
    17 Ferreira-Carrasco
    25 Traoré
    34 Diallo

  10. Calmly g 4 years ago

    Can anyone say europol

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