Euro Leagues: A Look To The Continent

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This week our focus stretches across Europe, as we take in another trip to Italy, stopover in Spain and we go back to Germany,

What Happens Next?

When Kylian Mbappe put PSG ahead on Wednesday night, it looked as if he and his teammates would soon advance to the last eight of the Champions League at the expense of Real Madrid. Fast forward an hour or so and Parisian glee had turned to Gallic gallows humour.

A sensational treble from Karim Benzema not only turned this Round of 16 tie on its head but it also asks a huge question of Mauricio Pochettino’s managerial status at the club and one that we may already know the answer to.

Because although winning Ligue 1 by a boatload of points will happen at the end of the season, more Champions League despair is too difficult for the club’s Qatari owners to digest and with Zinedine Zidane waiting in the wings, Pochettino’s PSG card looks marked.

Which makes the final third of this Ligue 1 season a rather awkward affair and with a Champions League hangover to deal with, the former Tottenham boss must now find some winning tablets at the weekend.

Thankfully for him, they play host to bottom of the table Bordeaux at the weekend and although backing PSG to win at home will not trouble the bookmakers, a win and under 3.5 goals at 5/4 with bet365 arguably will.

Two Of The Top Four

For those who doubted the capabilities of Bayern Munich in recent times, they were served a rather harsh lesson on Tuesday evening. One that reminded people, never to write off Bayern Munich.

Because after thumping Salzburg at the Allianz Arena by seven goals to one, Julian Nagelsmann’s men made rather safe passage to the last eight of the Champions League and in doing so, fired a warning shot across the bows of the continental counterparts.

Now though, the Bavarian outfit must pivot back to domestic matters and this week the pick of the Bundesliga clashes sees them travelling to the sleepy village of Hoffenheim. A village that could be set to welcome its own brand of Champions League football next season.

With Sebastian Hoeness’ men currently lying fourth in the Bundesliga standings, that is not a position that they will want to give up anytime soon and after winning their last four league outings, they have leapfrogged both RB Leipzig and Freiburg.

Which makes the race for the German Champions League invites so appealing and with Bayer Leverkusen also in touching distance, it looks as if four outfits will be competing for two spots at the European top table next season. 

With that mind, Hoffenheim are in no position to drop points at the weekend and with a considerable head of steam behind them, they will fancy their chances of getting something at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

While it is something that I also fancy and with Hoffenheim priced at 5/4 in bet365’s Double Chance market, backing them to earn a point or more on Saturday should be worth some consideration. 

Where To Choose

Admittedly there is no blockbuster clash in Italy, so instead we are going to have a very quick tour of Serie A and as Genoa are still searching for a win, their run without one now stands at 25 matches.

A run that was extended last week, as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Empoli and with the latter also now failing to win any of their last 11, they could serve as cannon fodder for the two teams that they face this weekend.

For Genoa, they take a trip to Bergamo as Atalanta lie in wait and with Gian Piero Gasperini’s men still harbouring desires of a Champions League return next season, they know that nothing less than maximum points will do.

However, Genoa have drawn each of their last six Serie A outings and for some reason, I think another stalemate will be just around the corner. Which means you can back a seventh successive draw at odds of 17/4 with bet365.

While when it comes to Empoli and their bid to land a first win in 12 attempts, their bid will be a difficult one. That is because they travel to league leaders Milan on Saturday and if you think the San Siro outfit will be winning at both half and full time you can double your money with Bet365.