Betting Shop: Toshack believes that Messi shouldn’t be blamed

John ToshackBetting shops learned that John Toshack, former Real Madrid coach, said that Lionel Messi should not take the blame for Barcelona’s recent troubles.

Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the Catalan giants had a very tough week under coach Gerardo Martino, as they lost three games in a row all competitions, something that disappointed many fans and betting shops.

Atletico Madrid eliminated Barca in the UEFA Champions League’s quarter-finals, and betting shops could see that their hopes for a La Liga title were given a huge blow after a loss to Granada saw them fall seven points adrift of Diego Simeone’s side.

The team’s troubles got even worse after Real Madrid won late on in the Copa del Rey’s final, and now betting shops and pay per head sportsbooks wonder what’s next for Barca after this.

Barca’s fans and many people with a betting site were upset to see that Messi didn’t score during that period, but price per head services learned that Toshack, who in two separate spells took charge of Real, said that criticism of the Argentina international is not fair.

Bookie: Ba says that departure from Chelsea is ‘not definite’

Demba BaDemba Ba, Chelsea striker who’s very famous with bookies for his talent on the pitch, responded to newspaper reports that linked him with a move away by saying that his departure from the club is “not definite”.

UK bookmaker services and pay per head sportsbooks saw that the player found first-team opportunities difficult to come by under Jose Mourinho, but the player was rewarded with a start on Sunday at Swansea City after firing the Blues from the bench into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in midweek, in a performance that impressed bookies everywhere.

And price per head services saw that the Senegal international was again on target as Chelsea clinched a 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium after the hosts saw defender Chico Flores sent off in the 16th minute.

However, pay per head sportsbooks and bookies learned that Ba did not want to commit his future to the Stamford Bridge outfit after the last whistle, telling BBC Sport: “No, it’s (departure) not definite.

Betting Site: Simeone wants Atletico Madrid to focus on La Liga

Atletico MadridDiego Simeone and many betting sites want to see Atletico Madrid concentrate on La Liga following the euphoria of their UEFA Champions League victory over Barcelona.

Pay per head sportsbooks and betting sites saw Atletico make it to their first semi-final of Europe’s premier club competition since 1973-74 with an impressive 1-0 win on Wednesday over Barca at a raucous Vicente Calderon stadium, with Koke’s early volley enough to earn them a 2-1 aggregate win.

Simeone’s players, who later this month will face Chelsea in the Champions League last four in a match that is eagerly anticipated by many people with a betting shop, are still on their way for a double, as they’re sitting one point clear of Barca and three points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with six games pending.

Pay per head sportsbooks know that their next domestic clash will be a trip on Sunday to Getafe, their relegation-threatened neighbours, and may people with a betting shop can’t wait to see the action.

Betting sites can see that Cosmin Contra’s side are on a poor run of form, as they only clinched one win in their last 18 league games to leave them in 18th place. Meanwhile, many fans and pay per head sportsbooks were delighted to see that Atleti reeled off six consecutive league victories, conceding only one time in that sequence.