This week our focus stretches across Europe, as we take in another trip to Italy, stopover in Spain and we mix it up in Germany.
Surely This Week
For those who have kept a look at the Serie A table this season, they may have been more attracted to issues at the top rather than the bottom and with the race for the title taking many twists and turns, another more extraordinary story has likely been ignored.
One that comes in the shape of Genoa and with them currently embarking on a run of 24 league matches without a win, it has certainly been a campaign to forget. Then again, that statistic does not necessarily tell the full story.
Because although they have won only once in the league this season, they have drawn a rather incredible 14 matches – which is more than 50% of all the fixtures that they have played in the top-flight since August 2021.
Something that suggests a lack of cutting edge at one end, but a considerable amount of defensive steel at the other and with their unwanted run being one that is almost eye watering in length, one wonders if a win is just around the corner.
Especially as the Genoese outfit play host to Empoli at the weekend and with the visitors having failed to win any of their last 10 league outings – the second worst current run in the division behind Genoa, this may end up being the perfect opportunity for Alexander Blessin’s men.
While I am a great believer that the run must end at some point and for Genoa it simply needs to. Which means if you also share my slight leap of faith before the weekend, you can back a home win at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium at odds of 31/20 with bet365.
Top Four Battle
While although Barcelona start this LaLiga weekend lying fourth in the table, one should not forget the head of steam that they are building under current manager Xavi and with the Catalan giants now unbeaten in their last 10 league outings, a third-place finish is a very realistic target.
Something that will put both Real Betis and Atletico Madrid on red alert and with both these clubs likely to be fighting over the final Champions League paying position in Spain, the fixture computer has done us rather proud.
Because the battle of Sevilla’s and Madrid’s second clubs (although do not say that comment in front of either set of supporters) takes place on Sunday night and the result will have ramifications for this season’s fourth-place battle.
One that currently sees Real Betis lying third in LaLiga and with Barcelona travelling to mid-table Elche the day before, there is every chance that the Camp Nou outfit make up further ground before Sunday’s main event.
Should that be the case, then the stakes will only increase when Diego Simeone’s men come to town and although they are one point and two positions behind the team that resides at the Benito Villamarín Stadium, there is nothing to split them in terms of recent form.
Played six, won four and lost two. That is the tale of the tape for both teams going into the weekend and with this pair seeming like they are evenly matched, backing the draw at odds of 11/5 with bet365 comes highly recommended.
Bundesliga Bet Builder
There is no doubt that Bayer Leverkusen’s trip to Bayern Munich on Saturday, is the biggest fixture of this Bundesliga weekend and with Julian Nagelsmann’s men running roughshod in Germany, it is difficult to rephrase the same “Bayern to win” preview each week.
Which is why I am serving up something a little different on the continent this week and it comes in the form of my first Bundesliga Bet Builder – one that offers up odds of almost evens, for something that should likely get over the line.
Step 1 – Bayern to win at home. That itself is not going to bash the bookies, so we will need to add a couple more layers to the equation and especially with the Bavarian outfit priced as short as 2/5 to earn maximum points.
Step 2 – Robert Lewandowski to score anytime. At odds of 1/3 on its own, that will be a welcome addition to any betting construction
Step 3 – Under 13 total corners. Adding this to the mix, fattens up the bet builder to 10/11 and if you think this sounds as appealing as I do, you can back this combination of factors with bet365.