JD's Betting Blog: Backing Hull City and Almeria to avoid defeat this weekend

JD explains his views on the draw for the Champions League knockout stages and which teams he expects to outperfom their quotes from the bookmakers this weekend
It has been another busy week in the football markets. Some of the top European leagues take a break after this weekend but England has a packed festive period with football and will provide us with plenty of opportunities in  the market place. There have also been managerial changes at West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur over the past week.  

The next Tottenham Hotspur manager market has been interesting and the biggest mover has been Frank De Boer who was backed from 16/1 (17.0) to a current price of around 3/1 (4.0) with Bet365.

He appears to be in no rush to leave Ajax and Daniel Levy will need to be at his persuasive best to lure the Dutchman to White Harte Lane.

Champions League draw

The Champions League last 16 draw took place on Monday. We have some fantastic matches to look forward too including Manchester City v Barcelona.  

Arsenal have been  paired with current champions Bayern Munich again and the Bavarians will be confident of prevailing.  

Manchester City wont fear Barcelona and they have all the attributes and ability to cause plenty of problems for the Spanish champions.

I would prefer them in the "to qualify" market and at 7/4 (2.75) are an attractive price. Most of the other ties look straight forward for the group winners.

Perhaps the most potential for a surprise is Galatasary v Chelsea. The Turkish side are 3/1 (4.0) with bet365 to qualify and this contest is sure to be closer than the odds suggest.

Roberto Mancini will know Chelsea very well and they have the quality and experience in the form of Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder and Burak Yilmaz to make life uncomfortable for the 2012 winners.

Weekend tips

Looking ahead to the weekend, it could pay to lay a couple of sides who are struggling of late.
Managerless West Brom host Hull City in the English Premier League.

Hull have proven to be difficult to beat for most teams and they are very well organised under Steve Bruce. They are evens (2.0) with Bet365 to win or draw and that looks a solid option.  

In Spain, Real Betis have not won a league game since September.

They sacked popular manager Pepe Mel hoping for an upturn in fortunes but it has not materialised yet. They host Almeria this weekend and the away side can be backed at 23/20 (2.15) with bet365 to avoid defeat.

Hull City and Draw (Double Chance) at Evens (2.0) with bet365 Almeria and Draw (Double Chance) at 23/20 (2.15) with bet365

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