Aguero leads Ibrahimovic, Kane on odds to win EPL goal scoring title

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Sergio Aguero has been one of the top goal scorers in the English Premier League since 2011, scoring 105 goals in 151 league appearances in that time. The Argentinian superstar is the current favorite to finish the 2016-17 season as the top goal scorer in the EPL.

Aguero is the +225 favorite to be the EPL’s top goal scorer at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Manchester City sniper finished fourth in scoring with 17 goals in 2013-14 despite playing in just 23 league matches that year. Aguero won the league’s scoring title with 26 goals in 2014-15, and finished in second place last season with 24 goals in 30 caps. Through Man City’s first two games this season, Aguero already has three goals.

Tied with Aguero for the current goal scoring lead with three goals is Manchester United’s prized offseason acquisition, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic racked up 113 goals in 122 games with Paris Saint-Germain from 2012 to 2016, and is expected to get Manchester United back into the hunt for a Premier League title this season. The Swedish striker is currently going off at +350 to win the award.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (+1000 on the top goal scorer odds) will almost certainly get himself into the mix to come away with the league’s goal scoring title. The 23-year-old topped the table in 2015-16 with 25 goals, and finished runner up to Aguero in 2014-15. Kane is one of the premier young forwards in the world.

After suffering a down year with the rest of his team in 2015-16, Diego Costa (+1000) has already scored two goals in two games for Chelsea so far this season. Costa scored 20 goals in 26 games two seasons ago, but had just 12 goals in 28 games last year.

Other potential contenders for the top scoring spot in the English Premier League include Michy Batshuayi (+2000), Romelu Lukaku (+2200), Jamie Vardy (+2500), Daniel Sturridge (+2500) and Olivier Giroud (+2500).
Vardy tied Aguero for second in scoring last year with 24 goals, helping lead Leicester City to their dream season and pay off on the English Premier League title odds.

Juventus underdog against Real Madrid in Champions League Final

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While being champions of Europe in back-to-back years would be unprecedented in modern times, Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo will face the toughest backline they have seen all season against Juventus.

Real Madrid is listed a -120 betting favorite against +100 Juventus with a 2.0 total in their Champions League final matchup for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. On the three-way moneyline for Saturday’s match in Cardiff, Wales, Real Madrid is offering +155 to Juventus’ +183 with the draw going off at +101, indicating that most sharps see this being a tight match. Six of the last 16 Champions League finals have required extra time.

Juventus, under Massimiliano Allegri, has been a well-oiled machine throughout the competition with only three goals allowed in 12 matches. The Italian squad, which just won a sixth consecutive league title in Serie A, will likely try to contain Ronaldo with a back four that includes the excellent centre-back combo of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chellini.

Juventus should get a boost at midfield now that Sami Khedira is healthy and can pair with Miralem Pjanic as a passer.

Forward Gonzalo Higuain (+900), who is due to deliver in a final and will be facing his former club, has the highest odds of any Juve player to score two or more goals on the Champions League final betting props. Dybala (+1200) offers a better price, though.

Real Madrid comes in with more a pedigree, having won the Champions League in two of the past three years. With Gareth Bale (ankle) admitting he’s not ready to start, Real manager Zinedine Zidane might have to turn to attacking midfielder Isco to complement Ronaldo up front. Real Madrid’s likelihood of controlling the pace likely hinges on its midfield, where Luka Modric has been excellent during their run.

Ronaldo (+550), not surprisingly, has top odds to score at least two goals. Alvaro Morata (+900) is high on the board, although how much of a factor he’ll be with an off-season transfer upcoming is anyone’s guess.

Real Madrid is listed at +300 to score a goal in each half, with Juventus listed at +350. It’s in Real Madrid’s interest to push for an early tally, lest Juventus be able to settle into a defensive shell.

On the first goal scorer board, Ronaldo (+350) and Higuain (+400) are the usual suspects. Real midfielder Toni Kroos (+2000) has also had a hot boot of late, with two goals in his last three La Liga starts.

There is a -115 yes/no prop on whether both teams will score in the game. Only two of the last 12 finals have ended with a shutout.

UEFA Champions League Semifinals Betting: Second Leg Odds and Analysis

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Lopsided semifinal first legs might make a Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid seem inevitable, but there is ample betting fodder within that reality.

Both  carry big leads into the semifinal second leg this week. Reigning champion Real Madrid is now a -125 favorite on the Champions League futures board, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Juventus is listed at even money, while their respective opponents, Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco, are each darkhorses at +400.

Juventus, which leads 2-0, is a -165 favorite against AS Monaco (+450) with a 2.5 total for their match on Tuesday in Italy. The draw on the three-way moneyline is listed at +295. Juventus, which can lose the match by one goal and still advance, will likely try to pack it in around its goal, something its done well in European play (two goals allowed in 11 matches).

Juventus also comes in healthy and relatively rested, having rotated their lineup during a league match against Torino last Saturday.

Monaco should have everyone fresh, including teen phenom Kylian Mbappe, but the odds of pushing two away goals past Juventus would seem to be remote. The draw seems like a cagey play.

With the former carrying over a 3-0 lead from the first leg, Real Madrid (+155) and host Atletico Madrid (+160) are in a toss-up game with a 2.5 total in their betting matchup on Wednesday. The draw pays +245 on the three-way moneyline.

Real, led on the pitch by Cristiano Ronaldo, has not been shut out in more than a year. Scoring an away goal would all but seal the win on aggregate (road goals are the first tiebreaker). Atletico, which needs to win by at least three goals, has also had a collective struggle with creating opportunities that forwards Kévin Gamiero and Antoine Grieznmann can put away.

This could be a good match for in-game bettors to track, since Real knows an early goal would force Atletico into a desperate style of game to which it is unaccustomed.

The Champions League final – which is a one-game showdown – will take place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on June 3.