Champions League on a Friday I hear you ask? Sacrilegious indeed!
Europe's premier club competition returns tonight after a 5 month hiatus. The newly crowned champions of Spain, Real Madrid and Champions of Italy Juventus will both be looking to overcome first leg defeats against Man City and Lyon respectively so expect some drama to kick-off your sporting weekend.
Man City may have had a faltering 2019-20 season but their form at the Ethiad of late has been nothing less than phenomenal. Their home record since the re-start reads
- played: 6
- won: 6
- goals for: 24
- goals against: 1
While Real Madrid will undoubtedly prove sterner opposition than the likes of Burnley, Norwich and Newcastle, Pep's men do tend to play with significantly more freedom on their own turf than they've managed on their travels lately.
Of course the fact that they are up 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid is also crucial with the visitors knowing they will need to breach the City defence twice to have any chance of progressing this could be exactly that kind of open game that will favour the English side.
Over in Turin, Juventus somewhat stumbled to another Serie A title and it's clear that things on the training ground are not all peaches and cream. Still, there is enough quality in their team to believe that they can progress to the semi-finals and with the Italian league having finished only last weekend this Juventus side should be in much better shape than Lyon who haven't played a competitive fixture since March!
An early away goal for Lyon would certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons and from a neutrals point of view light the touch paper for what could be a great evening in Northern Italy.
Almost all the liquidity I offered on yesterday's Europa League was gobbled up pretty quickly and once again those lucky enough to pick up odds better than you will find anywhere else ran out winners. With posting rewards now severely limited, the betting exchange is surely the only way to consistently earn big rewards...