Welcome to our first edition of the Casino.org weekly sports betting tips. Here, we’ll give you a quick run-down of the major sporting events to keep an eye on this coming week along with our tips for what to bet.
Carabao Cup Final – Chelsea vs Manchester City, Wembley Stadium, London,
4:30pm, Sunday 24 February
The first major trophy of the domestic English football calendar is up for grabs this Sunday when Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City come face-to-face for the Carabao Cup Final. It might seem like a foregone conclusion on paper but do the Blues stand any chance of shocking the Citizens?
Maurizio Sarri has faced his fair share of criticism over the past few weeks. Chelsea’s fans booed their own players off the pitch in their 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup 5th Round on Monday night. Some sections of their support even joined in with the United fan chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning!”. Does it get more humiliating than that?
Pep Guardiola will be looking to take advantage of this discontent and low morale that is creating such a toxic vibe within the Chelsea camp. Winning this game would give him his 25th trophy in club management. To be honest, it’s almost impossible to see anything other than a solid City win.
We’re backing Manchester City to win this game with relative ease. Chelsea have become a disillusioned side with a manager unwilling to show flexibility and relying on the genius of Eden Hazard. A team like City will eat them up for Sunday dinner. Rumour is that Pep has already ordered a side of cauliflower cheese and carrots to go with his Chelsea main course!
Manchester City -1 @ 2.62 with Betfair
Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.82 with Matchbook
2019 Six Nations
The Six Nations enters the midway stage this weekend. Most of the focus may well be on the crucial potential title decider between Wales and England on Saturday but there are three games coming up that need our urgent attention.
France vs Scotland, Stade de France, Saint Denis
2:15pm, Saturday 23 February
This tournament has delivered a classic case of an anti-climax for French rugby once again. The pre-tournament hype was suggesting they could be the biggest threat to England, Ireland, and Wales. Some ludicrous pundits were even hinting at France having their best chance at a Grand Slam since their triumph in 2010.
Unfortunately, under-fire head coach Jacques Brunel clearly didn’t want to meet expectations and proceeded to oversee his side gift Wales victory in their own backyard before getting resoundingly trounced by England in their second game.
In this third round of matches, they look to restore some self-respect against Scotland. Can they win? We think so. It won’t be easy against Gregor Townsend’s men but they’ll probably stumble over the line in front of a patriotic home crowd.
France HT/FT @ 1.91 with Betfair
Wales vs England, Principality Stadium, Cardiff
4:45pm, Saturday 23 February
Do rugby matches get any bigger than this? Well, yes, you could argue matches like the World Cup Final and British and Irish Lions Test matches are more important but let’s not pick bones here. This game is massive.
Wales are on a record-equalling run of 11 successive Test victories. Warren Gatland’s side are hitting form at the right time for this competition but also the World Cup scheduled for later this year. The only problem is that they face an England side that are rejuvenated. Under Eddie Jones, they already have a 2-point lead at the top of the table following their dominant wins over Ireland and France.
Will this match decide the destination of this year’s Six Nations title? You’d be a brave punter to bet against it. It could also open the door for a Grand Slam. Can England go into the dragon’s den of the Principality Stadium and defeat this in-form Welsh side? It’ll be close but we think they can do it.
England to Win by 1-12 Points @ 2.75 with Betfair
Italy vs Ireland, Stadio Olimpico, Rome
3pm, Sunday 24 February
We apologise to our Italian and Irish readers but last in the line of tips is the match between Italy and Ireland on Sunday. Italy are once again sitting bottom of the Six Nations table. In fairness, Conor O’Shea’s team have put up a decent fight against both Scotland and Wales but it just wasn’t to be.
Ireland will want to put a disappointing performance last round behind them. Joe Schmidt’s team know that winning the tournament is looking a long shot after the defeat to England but they can try to build some momentum for the World Cup.
This could very well be another painful loss for Italy. The talk will once again be around whether they should be involved in the Six Nations or not. In their defence, it was only 2013 when they last defeated the Irish. We just can’t see them getting close here.
Ireland -29 Handicap @ 2.00 with BetVictor