We’re about two thirds through the European football season now, healing and so things are starting to take shape nicely.
Here are five things to look out for this weekend:
#1 – Defensive Dilemma For Bayern
There are very rarely any problems for Bayern Munich as far as Bundesliga action are concerned….but they might just have one this weekend.
Pep Guardiola has FOUR centre backs missing through injury: new loan signing Serdar Tasci joining Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez and Mehdi Benatia on the sidelines. That leaves just Holger Badstuber as their only recognised centre back, and he is likely to be paired with 20-year-old midfielder Joshua Kimmich in the heart of their defence.
They take on a Leverkusen side on Saturday that has scored in each of their last six matches – including ten goals in their last four outings – and averages two goals per game at home (18 in 9). Bayern concede in around half of their away games at full strength, so the best of today’s betting tips from Betadvisor is to back Leverkusen to score over 0.5 Goals at 1.50.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga Dortmund face a tough trip to Berlin to take on Hertha, while Schalke host Wolfsburg in what should be an entertaining encounter.
#2 – Title Showdown as Leicester Take on Man City
It could well be winner takes all in the Premier League this weekend as Leicester City, top of the table on 50 points, travel to take on Manchester City; the second-placed team on 47 points.
Many punters will fancy this to go the way of the home side, but be warned: they looked a shadow of themselves in their last game against Sunderland. Perhaps the loss of Kevin de Bruyne could be a bigger problem than first anticipated.
Leicester, for their part, are decent away from home, and playing away enables them to play some sublime counter attacking football. There will be plenty who take on the Foxes in the Double Chance market at 2.40 as part of their betting tips.
#3 – David vs Goliath in La Liga As Barcelona and Real Face Bottom Two Clubs
Barcelona and Real Madrid, with 118 goals between them in 43 La Liga matches, travel to Granada and Levante this weekend, who have conceded a combined total of 85 goals in 44 outings.
It would be safe to assume that goals will follow given Barca and Real’s hunger for finding the net at the moment, and they are priced at 1.57 and 1.73 accordingly with a -1 handicap.
Priced at just under 3.00 for the double, this is one of those betting tips that simply can’t be ignored.
#4 – Napoli and Juve Seek to Extend Win Streaks
Having won 20 consecutive Serie A matches between them recently, you could forgive both Napoli and Juventus for complacency.
But they both know what’s at stake, and with the Serie A title race starting to hot up – and turn seemingly into a two horse race – they will also know that dropped points are a no no.
This week Napoli host Carpi, a side who occupy the relegation zone but who have lost just once in their last six. But with no clean sheet in five – and Napoli blasting 20 in six – this could be a footballing massacre. At 1.50, the Napoli -1 is just about backable.
There is likely to be a similar story when Juventus travel to Frosinone, another of Serie A’s bottom three clubs. They have the division’s worst defensive record, while Juve have notched 15 goals in six games. For Frosinone fans, it might not be pretty.
#5 – Can Marseille End PSG Run?
French football fans have been asking one recurring question this season – when will PSG lose in Ligue 1? And while it’s still a longshot, Marseille look as well placed as anyone to do just that.
Marseille are unbeaten in their last ten, which is as good a start as any, and while they aren’t prolific winners at home they are certainly tough to beat – as seven draws in twelve testifies.
It’s a brave selection, but Marseille Double Chance at 2.25 is one of those betting tips that, statistically at least, looks viable.