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Bet Of The Day: Monday, May 20


Each day the Bettingpro.com team will pick out the bet we consider to be the 'banker' bet for that day. Check our profitability for the week and get our latest Bet of the Day betting tips & predictions.

Back Lazio to beat Bologna

Lazio wrapped up the last piece of Italian silverware on offer last week, albeit in controversial fashion. Coppa Italia Final opponents Atalanta should have been awarded a penalty and Lazio should have had a man sent off with the score at 0-0, but neither of those things happened and the Rome-based club took full advantage with a couple of late goals to win this cup competition for the seventh time.

Now Simone Inzaghi’s men will turn their attention back to the league, but by the time they step out onto the pitch their faint hopes of a top-six finish may have come to an end. However, they will want to finish the season in the best possible fashion in order to go into the summer on a positive note, and that means they will be eager to win their final home outing of the 2018/19 campaign.

Providing the opposition are a Bologna side who’s only real aim now is to finish in the top half of the table, and while that is a possibility it is very difficult to see that happening. The points difference is not huge, but Bologna are going to need at least four points and a few favours, and getting those points means they must avoid defeat in Rome. They have not been great on the road though – in fact, their away record is one of the worst in Serie A with just two wins coming in 18 fixtures on the road. One was a shock success at Inter Milan, but I do not believe we should read too much into it. 

The Stadio Olimpico has not been a fortress for Lazio this season, but they have now won five of their last seven games and they did run out 2-0 winners when they visited Bologna earlier this season. Therefore I am confident about backing them to come out on top when these two clubs meet again on Monday night.

Bet Of The Day: Tuesday, May 21

Back Utrecht -1 to beat Heracles

The Dutch top flight has a different way of determining which teams make the Europa League – they hold a four-team play-off consisting of the clubs that finished between fifth and eighth place. Two semi-finals will be contested over two legs with the winners going on to meet a two-legged final, and following the first round of semi-finals fixtures it is Groningen and Utrecht who have one foot in the final.

Utrecht are the team we are focusing in on for our bet of the day for Tuesday. Managed by legendary coach Dick Advocaat, Utrecht moved within touching distance of a place in the final as they cruised to victory at Heracles last weekend. Simon Gustafson and Cyril Dessers both scored in a four-minute spell just before half-time at the Polman Stadion to put their side firmly in control of this fixture and now that they are back on their own turf for the return meeting I am confident that Utrecht will complete the job.

While their overall form has not been brilliant over the past several weeks – Utrecht have suffered some heavy defeats – the disappointing results did come away from home. Advocaat’s men are unbeaten in their last seven home fixtures and if that does not give you enough confidence to back them then what about their record against Heracles this season. They won 3-1 at home back in December before storming to a 5-1 victory when they two teams met again in February, and they go into this match having won the first leg 2-0.

So with all of those results in mind, I believe everything is pointing towards another comfortable win for Utrecht on Tuesday night. They have overcome a one-goal handicap to win all three of their meetings with Heracles this season and I believe we will see more of the same as Utrecht win the match and edge closer to next season’s Europa League.

Bet Of The Day: Wednesday, May 22

Back Young Boys to beat St Gallen & both teams to score

Young Boys may have the Swiss title already wrapped up, but they do not appear to be taking their foot off the accelerator during the final few weeks of the season. Last weekend’s 6/1 destruction of Grasshopper made it three wins on the bounce for the league leaders and they will now look to make it four-in-a-row when they play host to St Gallen on Wednesday night.

While Young Boys do not have anything of note to play for, this is a massive match for the home side who still have a shot at a top-four finish that would earn them a place in the qualifying rounds for next season’s Europa League. They are just one point behind fourth-place Thun and two behind third-place Lugano heading into this fixture and that means a victory here could propel them into the top-four with only one round of fixtures  to go. So can they get the win they need? I doubt it.

Last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Lugano was a massive setback for St Gallen and when you look at their previous meetings with Young Boys this season it does not make for good reading. The table-toppers have won all three of their Swiss Super League encounters and I expect them to complete a clean sweep here. However, I would not be shocked to see St Gallen score – they have netted four times against the champions this season and that suggests they could at least give the fans a goal to cheer in this latest meeting.

Bet Of The Day: Thursday, May 23

Back St Mirren Draw No Bet vs. Dundee United

St Mirren left it too late to preserve their Scottish Premiership status and avoid a relegation play-off. The Buddies embarked on a six-match unbeaten run to complete their league campaign and a 2-0 victory over Hamilton Academical meant they went into the final weekend still in with a shot at climbing out of the bottom two. They simply had to win at Dundee and hope that Hamilton came up short against St Johnstone, but while St Mirren did their half of the deal by scoring three second-half goals in a 3-2, it proved to be in vain because Hamilton won their season finale 2-0.

That means St Mirren now face a two-legged relegation play-off with Championship side Dundee United. Robbie Neilson’s side are looking to replace neighbours Dundee in the top flight next season and they took another step towards promotion with a convincing aggregate win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle. United followed up a 1-0 win at Caley with a 3-0 victory on their own patch, but can they now draw first blood in this important showdown with St Mirren? I doubt it.

Winning at home will be vital for United, but they have produced some very poor results over the course of the campaign, with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Ross County and a 5-0 battering against Ayr United immediately springing to mind. Their record over the course of the season is hardly stellar either – they won slightly more than half of their league games, they were not particularly prolific in front of goal and they were not hard to breach at the back at times.

So while St Mirren’s league record was hardly impressive, they were playing at a higher level and they do go into this play-off in good shape thanks to a six-match unbeaten run, with four of those positive outings coming away from home. I do fancy them to leave Dundee with a victory for the second time in less than a week, but I am wary that they have drawn three times during this unbeaten sequence so I am going Draw No Bet for a spot of insurance.

Bet Of The Day: Friday, May 24

Back AIK to beat GIF Sundsvall & over 1.5 total goals

They may not have been flawless through their first 10 games of the season, but Swedish champions AIK have made a strong start to the defence of their crown with six wins and two draws putting them third in the table, just one point behind early pace-setters Malmo. They have responded well to the disappointing 3-0 defeat at IFK Gothenburg last month, reeling off four straight victories, and they will aim to make it five-in-a-row when they pay a visit to GIF Sundsvall on Friday night.

While the visitors are flying, the hosts are in desperate need of a victory as they look to kick-start their campaign. They started strongly by taking four points from their opening two games, but the wheels have come off since then and they have now collected only four points from their last eight outings. Monday night’s 2-0 loss at Norrkoping was their fourth straight in the Swedish top flight and that does not bode well for a meeting with in-form AIK.

I have to recommend backing the visitors to return home with all three points in the bag from this one. There have been a couple of slip-ups already this season, but they are in superb form right now and the goals are flowing. They have scored at least two times in each of their last four wins and only once this season have they won a match while scoring a single goal. Therefore you have to like the look of AIK to win & over 1.5 total goals in this one. GIF Sundsvall could help with the goal tally too – while they are struggling they have netted in all of their home matches so far.

Bet Of The Day: Saturday, May 25

Back Newport County to beat Tranmere Rovers

The 2018/19 campaign has been one to remember for fans of Newport County, but could the best be to come in Saturday’s League Two Play-off Final? Newport grabbed plenty of headlines earlier this season when they sent Premier League side Leicester City tumbling out of the FA Cup in the third round before ousting Championship side Middlesbrough in the fourth round. They then managed to keep out Manchester City for 51 minutes before finally succumbing to a 4-1 defeat, but two of those goals came incredibly late to spare the Premier League champions’ blushes.

So as you can see, this Newport team is one that should not be underestimated and their opponents at Wembley on Saturday certainly will not be overlooking them. Tranmere Rovers, who edged past Forest Green Rovers in the semi-finals, did not manage to score a single goal against the Welsh club in the league this season, losing 1-0 at their Prenton Park home last September before earning a 0-0 draw at Rodney Parade back in early April.

Therefore recent history suggests that Newport have the edge and recent form suggests that is the case too. While Tranmere may have made it to the final, they have now won just two of their last nine fixtures – a far cry from that red-hot run between mid-February and late March that saw them win seven straight. Newport, meanwhile, have now gone 12 games without defeat and this strong run of form includes a 1-0 victory over champions Lincoln City and a 3-1 win against second-place Bury.

So while the bookmakers have made Tranmere the favourites for Saturday’s clash at Wembley, I am backing Newport to pull off an upset. Their record against Rovers this season, their recent good form and those two big wins over the top two are all factors that I simply cannot ignore.

Bet Of The Day: Sunday, May 26

Back Atalanta to win to nil against Sassuolo

Atalanta suffered heartbreak in the recent Coppa Italia Final as a couple of huge decisions controversially went against them before they were sunk by two late goals. However, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are still on the brink of making this a historic campaign for themselves and one last push on Sunday afternoon should see them over the line.

Atalanta have never finished higher than fourth in Serie A, but that could all change this weekend because they go into the final round of fixtures sat third in the table. Last weekend’s 1-1 draw at champions Juventus ended four-match win streak in the Italian top flight, but it was still a very credible result for them and it did extend their unbeaten league run to a very impressive 12 games.  This excellent sequence has seen them move ahead of Inter Milan on goal difference and move one-point clear of AC Milan, but will they still be in that position when the curtain comes down?

Providing the opposition this weekend are a Sassuolo side who are closing in on only their second ever top-half finish in Serie A. A victory here should see them get the job done, but they have found wins hard to come by this season. They are on course for their worst win total since sealing promotion to the top tier back in 2013 and despite a couple of creditable draws recently, it is difficult to see them reaching double figures for wins by getting the better of Atalanta.

The hosts are in fantastic form right now and they have scored at least twice in each of their last nine victories. That spells trouble for a Sassuolo side who do not score many goals away from home and have struggled mightily when it comes to keeping clean sheets on their travels. I am backing Atalanta to seal a spot in next season’s Champions League with a 20th league win of the campaign, making it only the second time ever that they have won 20 or more Serie A matches in single season.

Bet of the Day: Monday, May 27

Back Tammy Abraham to score anytime in Championship Play-off Final

A place in the Premier League is up for grabs when Aston Villa go head-to-head with Derby County in the Championship Play-off Final. Villa needed penalties to see off West Bromwich Albion in the semi-finals while Derby got some revenge on the team that spied on them earlier this season, Leeds United, by winning a feisty clash 4-3 on aggregate thanks to a 4-2 success at Elland Road. Only one team can now follow Norwich City and Sheffield United into the top flight though, and as you will know from my Championship Play-off Final betting tips I am backing Villa to pull off an upset by beating Frank Lampard’s side at the home of English football. 

And when it comes to potential goalscorers in this huge match, I fully expect to see the excellent Tammy Abraham get on the scoresheet. The forward is clearly a man that just loves scoring goals, and he does not seem to have any gripes about being in the Championship, instead utilising the time to score goals and prove to Chelsea that he deserves a chance to ply his trade in the Premier League next season.

Abraham has netted 25 goals in 37 appearances during the 2018/19 campaign and he goes into the Championship Play-off Final in fine form having scored five goals in his last seven games, including the second goal against West Bromwich Albion in the first leg of their semi-final tie. The 21-year-old also boasts an impressive record against Derby this season, scoring in both of Villa's games against the side in the Championship this campaign, and he could make that a hat-trick of scoring appearances against the Rams by getting on the scoresheet at Wembley.

Bet Of The Day: Wednesday, May 29

Back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime in Europa League Final

As you will know from our Europa League Final betting tips preview, myself and Ben are divided over who will win the all-English clash between London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal. While Ben believes it will be Chelsea that comes out on top in Baku, I am backing Unai Emery to sprinkle some more of his famous Europa League magic on Arsenal in order to win this competition for the fourth time in his managerial career. Emery historically led Sevilla to glory in the Europa League in three consecutive seasons, so if anybody knows how to win this competition it is him and it would be a welcome end to his first season with the Gunners.

And of course, if Arsenal are to be victorious they will need someone to fire them to victory in the final, and you are spoiled for choice when it comes to potential goalscorers for the Gunners. Alex Lacazette has already helped himself to five goals in Europe to take his overall tally for the 2018/19 season to 19 goals in all competitions, but while that is a decent return from the Frenchman I simply cannot overlook how good team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has looked in his first full season at the Emirates Stadium

The Gabon international finished joint top of the Premier League scoring charts with 22 goals in 36 appearances for Arsenal this season, and that fantastic form has been transferred over to the European scene too with eight goals coming in 11 Europa League appearances. He played a major role in the Gunners advancing from the semi-finals as he scored once in the 3-1 win at home before bagging a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory away to Valencia, and that four-goal European haul has come as part of a lethal run of form for the former Borussia Dortmund hitman.

Aubameyang has now netted nine goals in his last eight appearances for Arsenal and that makes him a very tempting anytime goalscorer bet for the Europa League Final clash with Chelsea. In fact, it is a bet that neither myself nor Ben can turn down!

Bet Of The Day: Friday, May 31

Back Pink Dogwood to win Epsom Oaks

Less than a month after the crowds at Newmarket were wowed by the 1000 Guineas, the second Classic of the campaign for fillies hits our screens at Epsom. The Oaks has been an integral part of the British sporting landscape since its creation in 1779, with many of the sports finest fillies adorning the illustrious roll of honour at this iconic venue.

Last year, Aidan O’Brien saddled his seventh Oaks winner – his fourth in the past six years – and he will have high hopes for an eighth triumph when Pink Dogwood leads the Ballydoyle battalion onto the famous Epsom Downs. 

After impressing over a mile towards the back-end of last year, O’Brien identified the Oaks as this fillies’ target during the off-season. Pink Dogwood needed little encouragement from Ryan Moore to score in her reappearance at Navan, cruising home under a hands-and-heels ride, and it is easy to see why the bookies believe this hardy daughter of Camelot is a top contender.

Some would say a horse rated only 104 should not be winning the Oaks, but this Classic was won by a 99-rated maiden last season and Pink Dogwood has plenty more experience than most of her rivals, many of which were unraced or once-raced as a juvenile. I think Pink Dogwood will blossom on the downs at Epsom.

Bet of the Day: Saturday, June 1

Back Sadio Mane to score anytime in Champions League Final

While myself and Ben were divided over who would win the Europa League Final, we have put forwarded a united front when it comes to European club football’s premier competition, the Champions League. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are going head-to-head in an all-English Final and in Bettingpro’s Champions League Final betting tips preview we are both backing Jurgen Klopp to final overcome his major final hoodoo in order to lead the Reds to another continental crown.

We are also putting on a united front when it comes to who we believe will help fire Liverpool to glory too in the Champions League Final. There is plenty of temptation to back Mohamed Salah to play a goal-scoring role for the Merseyside giants in Madrid, even if he has failed to replicate his sensational scoring rate in 2017/18. A return of 26 goals in all competitions is far from shameful, but we believe the Egyptian ace should be overlooked here because there is a better goal-scoring option for the 2019 Champions League Final in Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese striker shared the Premier League’s Golden Boot with team-mate Salah and Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by netting 22 times in the English top-flight this season – a career-best showing – and he chipped in with a few goals in this competition, with his most notable contribution being his brace in the huge 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second leg of their quarter-final tie. His smart positional sense and lightning quick speed make him a nightmare prospect for defences and on his day teams really do struggle to keep him quiet.

Mane goes into the Champions League Final in good scoring form having netted six times in his last eight appearances for Liverpool, and neither myself nor Ben would be remotely shocked to see him at least make it seven goals in nine outings by scoring in the Champions League Final for the second season running.

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