Today’s Sports Betting Preview & BONUS Tips – By Rick Elliott

Posted on 1st May 2019 @ 10:38 am

Ajax Could Clean Up In The Champions League 

The prospect of all-Premier League final of the Champions League was significantly reduced last night when Tottenham lost at home to Ajax in the first leg of the semi-final. The Dutch side were 100/1 to lift the trophy at the start of the knockout stages but are now the third favourites to be the champions of Europe for the fifth time. Tottenham huffed and puffed but created few chances and were well off the pace. The losing margin could have been bigger because Ajax hit the post in the second half. The Amsterdam outfit have won all three away legs in the knockout stages and AJAX are now 23/10 with Betfair to win the 2018-19 Champions League. 

If they get the job done back in Holland Ajax will meet Barcelona or Liverpool in the final in Madrid on June 1st. The match is being played at Atletico’s new stadium so Barcelona will be playing in Spain. The Catalans welcome Liverpool to the country this evening for the first leg of the other last four tie. There has never been a Champions League of European Cup final between Liverpool or Barcelona and Ajax and Tottenham have never gone all the way. Liverpool have not lost in 19 matches and avoiding defeat would be huge tonight. Even a narrow loss would set up a massive night at Anfield and LIVERPOOL are 23/20 with Paddy Power to qualify.  

It’s the second day of the Punchestown Festival and there are plenty of betting opportunities. You know its time to have a break from backing horses when your each way selection is disqualified from third place because the jockey weighed in too light. It’s been a long season and some runners have left their best form at Cheltenham or Aintree. That is the conundrum with the Punchestown Gold Cup at 6.05 which brings together impressive winners at those meetings. Al Boum Photo won the Gold Cup and Kemboy won the Melling Chase but from left field BELLSHILL looks a big price at 11/2  with Betfair to beat them both and the rest of the field.   

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