Sporting Events To Look Forward To In April 2019
April 1, 2019
It’s April 1st! And by now you’re probably already bored of the endless, tedious April Fools jokes. Don’t force these things upon me, ffs.
But anyway, we’re not here for jokes. That’s not we’re about. Ultimate seriousness right here. I’m a humourless git, and that’s what you’ve got to put with up with. So let’s get on with it.
The business end is approaching, and swiftly. April is a monster month in the football world with Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals and semi-finals, and domestic cup semi-finals, while loads of league could be wrapped up by the end of the month too, including the Premier League if something crazy happens; April will take us to within two games of the end of the PL season!
Here are a selection of the best domestic games to look forward to across Europe this month:
- Sporting vs Benfica – 03/04
- Bayern vs Dortmund – 06/04
- Man City vs Brighton – 06/04
- Juventus vs Milan – 06/04
- Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid – 06/04
- Watford vs Wolves – 07/04
- Besiktas vs Basaksehir – 13/04
- Liverpool vs Chelsea – 14/04
- Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray – 14/04
- Man City vs Tottenham – 20/04
- Inter vs Roma – 20/04
- Man Utd vs Man City – 24/04
- Milan vs Lazio – 24/04
- Inter vs Juventus – 27/04
- Man Utd vs Chelsea – 28/04
Some huge, huge games. That United vs City one has to be the pick. If United perform to the level they did away at PSG they really could City a scare, but would their fans want to risk gifting the title to City should they take points off them? It’s going to be a really interesting one, that.
But it’s the Champions League that’s really going to get the blood running this month. There’s some right humdingers to look forward to:
- Liverpool vs FC Porto – 09/04 & 17/04
- Tottenham vs Man City – 09/04 & 17/04
- Ajax vs Juventus – 10/04 & 16/04
- Man Utd vs Barcelona – 10/04 & 16/04
Mouthwatering stuff. I’d have to go with the favourites in all the ties: Liverpool, City, Juve and Barca, I just think they all have too much quality for their opponents.
Porto have done superbly to get this far, but they’re a limited side and though Liverpool have struggled away in Europe this season, their performance last time out at Bayern showed they’re still more than capable of performing outside of England. It’s little wonder they’re 1/5 to qualify with BoyleSports, Porto 7/2.
Man City have won their last three games vs Spurs, and I don’t see any shocks here. Tottenham’s style of play isn’t the type to scare City, and their form over the past couple of months has been patchy at best, plus how will Spurs perform in their new stadium? It’ll only be their second game there which will make it feel even less homely than Wembley. It’s no surprise City are 2/9 to qualify with Coral, Spurs 7/2.
Ajax may have pulled off a wonderful result against Real Madrid, but Juventus are a different animal altogether. Whereas Madrid are on the wane, Juve are very much on the up and their 2nd leg performance vs Atletico Madrid was a joy to behold. And with Ronaldo in their side, how could you bet against them? Juve are 1/4 to qualify with Ladbrokes, Ajax 3/1.
Then it’s United vs Barca. United got shafted by the UEFA fixture reverse, but playing away second didn’t hurt them too much in the last round. Surely they can’t pull it off again though, can they? Barca did bottle it last year at this stage when they went out to Roma, and if United do somehow get through, then we’ll be getting all sorts of Chelsea 2012 flashbacks. United are 23/10 to qualify with Betfair, Barca are 2/7.
Then on top of that we have more with the return of the Europa League. Slavia incredibly knocked out five times winners Sevilla in the last round and as reward for that they’ve been given the unenviable task of facing Chelsea in the quarters. Elsewhere there’s an all Spanish affair with Valencia facing Villarreal, Inter Milan’s conquerers Eintracht Frankfurt play Benfica, and finally, the tie of the round as Napoli face Arsenal. Those games are all on the 11th and 18th April.
Some markets we see value in this month
Well, I said it was a monster month for football, so what does that make boxing? A goliath? A behemoth? Something like that because we have the world’s top two pound-for-pound fighters in action across April. And they’re both up against Brits.
Up first it’s Anthony Crolla who faces the easy task of facing Ring Magazine’s number one Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles on April 12th. Crolla has lost 6 of his 43 fights, though he was a world champion back for a short period back in 2015 after beating Darleys Perez, however, fighting Lomachenko is a monumental step up and one that would be too much for any fighter in the world, that’s why Crolla’s 20/1 to win the title with Betfair in the boxing betting odds, while Lomachenko is 1/100 with Unibet. I don’t envy Crolla heading into this one.
Then the following week we see Terence Crawford in action defending his WBO Welterweight Title against the forgotten man of British boxing Amir Khan. Khan’s boxing career has been something of a mixed bag so far, and though he can be a truly magnificent boxer on his day, his chin is made of more glass than your bedroom window, so it’s going to take something extraordinary for him to get past Ring Magazine’s number two in Crawford. Khan is 7/1 to win with SportNation, Crawford is 1/8 with Black Type.
Away from the Brits, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defends his lineal Super Fly title against Juan Estrada. The pair fought just last year with Rungvisai winning by split decision and the rematch is expected to be as tight again, though the Thai champ is still the favourite.
There’s plenty more too with Jaime Munguia defending his junior WBO Middleweight title against Dennis Hogan, one of the Khan’s former conquerers Danny Garcia takes on Adrian Granados, Dereck Chisora is back in the ring for the first time since being sparked by Dillion Whyte fighting Senad Gashi, and the unbeaten Daniel Dubois takes on Richard Lartey.
What a month!
Some markets we see value in this month
As I don’t know about horse racing, I’ll leave you in the capable hands of our expert Luke Parkinson:
“The Cheltenham Festival took racing’s focus in March, but there’s plenty more to talk about in April with top class action over the jumps and on the flat.
A good starting point is the Grand National at Aintree on the 6th April. That is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, events in the racing calendar with many of the general public using the race for their one bet of the year.
It’s often considered a lottery, with 30 fences to jump and over 4 miles to run, it certainly isn’t a race for the faint-hearted. Last year’s winner and recent Cheltenham Festival champ, Tiger Roll, is the hot favourite to defend his crown, but at a general price of 7/2 with SportNation, there are plenty of reasons to think he’s a little short in the betting.
Instead, the Willie Mullins-trained Rathvinden could be the one to follow. He won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last year and warmed-up for his National target by winning the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February. He’s every inch a stayer and looks to be going off a competitive handicap mark.
A week after Aintree, Scotland gets its chance to a host a big one with the latest renewal of the Scottish Grand National at Ayr. Less testing than Aintree, you often get horses targeting this race with the aim of getting their hands on a huge pot before the season is done.
Trainer Paul Nicholls has taken two of the last three Scottish Nationals and looks to have a big chance again if Give Me A Copper is given the run. He was sent off as a hot favourite for the Ultimate Handicap at Cheltenham, but didn’t quite take to Prestbury Park when falling at the last when out of contention. The flatter track at Ayr should suit him a lot better.
Away from the jumps for just a moment as the flat turf season is back and rolling towards the Guineas weekend at the start of May. First though, the all-weather campaign comes to an end on Good Friday with All Weather Championship Finals Day. With a total prize fund of £1 million on offer, it’s the single richest all-weather card staged in Europe and one of the richest race days in the UK.
Fast forward to the end of the month and Saturday 27th April will signal the end of the jumps season in the UK with the Jumps Finale meeting at Sandown. Champion trainer, jockey and conditional jockey will all be crowned on the day, so it could be worth keeping your eye on who’s in the mix for all three. It will certainly twist and turn over the next few weeks with plenty of prize money and big races to go for.”
Then there’s loads more. In the Golf, it’s April so that means it’s time for The Masters! We have a full Masters preview for you to read through if that’s your kind of thing. Then on the 4th there’s also the first women’s major of the year with the ANA Inspiration from California.
Staying in North America, it’s playoff season with the NHL and NBA both beginning this month. In terms of the betting, it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning who are currently favourites at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to win the Stanley Cup while the Golden State Warriors (shock!) are massive odds on favourites at 4/9 with Karamba.
And on top of that, there’s the Snooker World Championships from the 20th; there’s four weeks of the Premier League Darts; plenty of UFC with UFC 236, UFC Fight Night 149, and UFC on ESPN 3; Formula 1 Grand Prix’s from China and Azerbaijan; The Boat Race on the 7th; Champions Cup semi-finals in the Rugby Union; the Table Tennis World Championships from the 21st; the start of the English country season in the cricket plus the IPL; and the London Marathon on the 28th.
The Voice is back for two more weeks, and because I have no idea what’s happening over there, I’ll point you to Laura Waldron who does. Here’s her latest – The Knockouts: Who Made it out of The Voice Brutalities unscathed? And also you can find The Voice betting odds too.
That is definitely going to make my April a whole lot better.
Have a lovely month!
Author: Tom Mortimer
Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.