An Increased Focus
This week our focus will be placed firmly on the Italian and German top flights and with that in mind, here are the three biggest matches of the weekend.
The Milan Derby
With the events of a fortnight ago now firmly in the Serie A history books, it is Inter Milan who find themselves with a sizeable advantage at the top of the table – one that sees them four points clear with a game in hand.
An advantage which has put Simone Inzaghi’s men in the driving seat and as far as this season’s title race is concerned, the blue and black half of Milan are now clear favourites to win a second successive Scudetto.
While although the status quo has remained at the very top, it is all change in second and with Napoli now splitting the previous Milanese duopoly, the stakes have been raised going into this weekend.
Because this Saturday evening sees the latest installment of the Milan derby and with Inter pulling clear from their crosstown rivals, a win could all but end the title hopes of Stefano Pioli and his players.
Going into this all-important encounter, Inter are currently unbeaten in their last 14 Serie A outings and if you fancy them to win the local bragging rights on Saturday, you can back them at odds of 3/4 with Betfair.
Best Of The Bundesliga Rest
After Borussia Dortmund got the better of Hoffenheim by three goals to two, it meant our recent Under 3.5 goals punt was blown out of the water. However, as far manager Marco Rose is concerned, he will be delighted with such a vital away win.
One that keeps the pressure on Bayern Munich at the top, as Dortmund still find themselves six points off the pace and if their last outing could be considered difficult, this Saturday could be just as tricky.
Because lying in wait for the famous black and yellow, are none other than Bayer Leverkusen and with them currently lying third in the Bundesliga table, they will be in no mood to simply roll over on their travels.
Admittedly there is a gulf in points between the two sides and because of this, Bayer Leverkusen will perhaps be more concerned at the group of teams that are currently nipping at their heels below.
With that said, one of the ways to eat into the eight-point gap between the two, is by landing a win over Dortmund and if that proves to be the case, it will put a huge dent in Marco Rose’s aspirations for this season.
Which means a big occasion calls for a big game player and if you fancy Erling Haaland to be on hand to score against Bayer Leverkusen, you can back the Norwegian to net anytime at odds of 1/2 and if you are feeling really brave, opening the scoring is priced at 13/5 with bet365.
Although Bayern Munich have been the continual dominant force in German football, RB Leipzig have done their very best to push them close and although they are a team backed by an energy drink, you could say that they have run out of fizz this season.
Because with Julian Nagelsmann being poached by the perennial champions and the pair of Marcel Sabitzer and Dayot Upamecano making the same move last summer, their former employers have been severely weakened.
To the point where Jesse Marsch’s rebuilding operation has not been as successful as first hoped and with RB Leipzig returning from the winter break lying sixth in the Bundesliga table, a return to the Champions League is by no means a certainty.
With both Union Berlin and Freiburg currently standing in their way, there is still some work to be done and with a trip to Bayern Munich on this weekend’s agenda, they are going to have to work incredibly hard to even get a point.
However, RB Leipzig have won each of their last three Bundesliga outings and like Bayern Munich have only lost one of their last six, which means if like me, you fancy them in the double chance market, you can back them to get at least a draw at odds of 13/8 with bet365.