Incredible April: Prepare yourself for three unbelievable weeks of sporting action

Messi's Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League

After a freezing cold March, April is set to warm the appetite of sports fans with some fantastic events, all covered in great depth through the Betfair markets and betting.betfair's excellent team of contributors...

"Betfair’s football Ambassador Lee Dixon will be previewing the key games, and our man is currently showing a huge profit on all his recommended bets this football season."

The month of March might have been one of the coldest on record, the winter weather causing havoc to football and horse racing in particular, but April promises to be the sporting month of the year with a plethora of stunning events to be staged.

Whether it's fast and furious action you prefer, or an afternoon of sedate armchair viewing, then April has it covered with these super six events taking centre stage.

Champions League: Quarter-Finals April 2 & 3

With no English participants amongst the eight clubs remaining you'd be forgiven for thinking that this season's Champions League has lost a bit of sparkle. Well think again.

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid head the Winner market at 2.767/4 and 3.613/5 respectively, and with superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading their attacks then few would argue that the trophy is destined for Spain. But throw German duo Bayern Munich (6.411/2) and Borussia Dortmund (9.617/2) into the mix, along with Italian giants Juventus (15.014/1), and David Beckham's PSG (40.039/1), then suddenly a mouth-watering competition is set to play out.

Betfair's football Ambassador Lee Dixon will be previewing the key games, and our man is currently showing a huge profit on all his recommended bets this football season.

Aintree Grand National Festival: April 4-6

It doesn't matter whether you're a regular punter or an occasional one, the Grand National is arguably the one sporting event that, year on year, stops the nation.

But for regular racing fans the action starts on Thursday with the Aintree Bowl taking centre stage, and on Friday national hunt equine sensation Sprinter Sacre is set to put his unbeaten chase record on the line against the likes of Flemenstar and Cue Card in the Melling Chase.

But Saturday is the day everyone is looking forward to with the Grand National itself set to commence at 16:15.

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls won the race last year with Neptune Collognes, and this year he has another live chance with 20.019/1 shot Join Together. Irish-trained duo On His Own and Seabass currently head the market at 9.28/1 and 12.5 respectively.

Premier League: Man Utd v Man City April 8

It's not over until it's over will be the call from both camps ahead of this huge Manchester derby, but with United 15 points clear at the top of the table, defending champions City may as well bring the Premier League trophy to Old Trafford and hand it to their arch rivals and neighbours themselves.

In fact defeat for Roberto Mancini's men here will have the Citizen's looking over their shoulders as they attempt to secure the runner-up position. Man City are 1.121/8 to record a Top 2 Finish, with Chelsea (12.011/1) and Tottenham (20.019/1) hot on their heels.

US Masters Golf: April 11-14

Tiger Woods is the name on everyone's lips ahead of next week's first golf Major of the season. The four-time Masters champion has been in terrific form in 2013, winning three tournaments on the PGA Tour resulting in a return to the number one ranking in the world.

But it's been nearly five years since Woods last won a Major, and he last won at the stunningly picturesque Augusta National in 2005. He's sure to give you an excellent run for you money however with his incredible putting ability undoubtedly allowing him to gain strokes on the field.

Woods is 4.67/2 favourite to don his fifth Green Jacket, but if you want to oppose him then you've got former world number one Rory McIlroy (13.012/1), three-time winner Phil Mickelson (14.013/1), and European Tour stalwart Lee Westwood (28.027/1) to choose from, amongst about 150 others!

FA Cup: Semi-Finals April 13 & 14

Manchester United were knocked out in their quarter-final replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, so we now have our full FA Cup semi-final line up for the world's oldest cup competition in place. Man City (2.26/5) have been installed as favourites, closely followed by the team they'll play in their semi on the 14th, United-conquering Chelsea (2.789/5). In the other final being played the day before, Millwall (available at a massive 32.031/1) face Wigan (5.24/1). We'll of course have plenty of coverage and previews ahead of FA Cup weekend.

World Snooker Championship: Commences April 20

So you've got your Champions League and FA Cup selections through to the latter stages, you've backed the winner of the Grand National, and your US Masters pick won by five strokes. At this point you can either retreat to Barbados, or sit back and enjoy a bit of green baize action.

After a year away from the table four-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is back to defend his crown. The Rocket is 7.87/1 favourite to do so too, just ahead of the 'Wonder from Down Under' Neil Robertson (8.07/1), the 'Jester from Leicester' Mark Selby (8.07/1), and Judd 'The Ace in the Pack' Trump (8.27/1).

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