talkSPORT betting tips – Best football bets and expert advice for Wednesday 27 March


The men’s game is emerging from the international schedule leaving centre stage to the women and the Champions League quarter-finals second legs.

Chelsea take on Ajax in London with a 3-0 first-leg lead to defend while Lyon are at home to Benfica, who they pipped 2-1 in Lisbon, and we have selections from each of those games.

Bet of the day

Chelsea Women to win to nil – 5/4

Chelsea can ease their way through to the Women’s Champions League semi-finals after winning 3-0 at Ajax last week, though demanding coach Emma Hayes will expect a professional performance from her side.

Ajax didn’t offer enough in front of their own fans to suggest they can spring a miracle at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, judged on how ineffective they were going forward and how strong Chelsea are defensively, Hayes’ side to win to nil at 5/4 looks bet-of-the-day stuff.

In the last two months, Chelsea have enjoyed 10 wins to nil in their last 12 fixtures, culminating in their 2-0 win at West Ham over the weekend.

Ajax score goals for fun domestically but this is an entirely different proposition and Chelsea can get the job done efficiently – without conceding.

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Special of the day

Bet Builder: Olympique Lyonnais to win each half/Over 3.5 Goals/Under 8.5 corners – 11/2

The other Women’s Champions League quarter-final second leg pits Lyon against Benfica in a far more competitive affair.

Lyon, unbeaten at home in over a year, hold a 2-1 lead and with points to prove after making a mess of the first match.

Les Fenottes had 21 shots in the first game and should have won by a landslide – don’t expect any casualness in front of their own fans with the hosts winning each half as the bedrock of a Bet Builder which works out at 11/2.

Over 3.5 goals buys into the fact that Lyon won’t squander chances this time. Twenty-two of their 30 matches this season have produced four goals or more.

There were eight corners in the first game as Lyon chased the game. Under less pressure if they start well, there may not be as many this time.

Long shot of the day 

Jefferson Brenes anytime scorer – 11/1

Even minus Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala, the world champions Argentina are a short price to go in against Costa Rica in a friendly in Los Angeles.

And that means there is plenty of value around for any pro-Ticos bet.

Costa Rica head for LA with spirits high after securing Copa America qualification by beating Honduras 3-1 on Saturday night.

Tidy midfielder Jefferson Brenes was among the scorers in that victory and will be one of Gustavo Alfaro’s go-to support acts for the lone frontman – probably Manfred Ugalde – against the Albiceleste.

Brenes is 11/1 to score at any time which looks a seriously big price with Argentina missing key players.

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