With all of Europe’s biggest leagues in action, football fans are going to be spoilt for choice over the next few days and with that in mind, it is time to dive into the three biggest matches of the weekend.
Top Four Battle In The Bundesliga
With both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund picking up wins in the Bundesliga last weekend, the gap at the top remains at six points and with the latter attempting to hunt down the former, they face a difficult task this Saturday.
One that sees Marco Rose’s men travel to Hoffenheim and with the hosts aiming for a return Champions League return next season, they will be unwilling to roll out the red carpet for Erling Haaland and his teammates.
Going into Saturday’s clash at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Hoffenheim currently find themselves lying fourth in the table and after suffering a defeat to Union Berlin last weekend, the race for fourth has just got a little hotter.
Especially as both Hoffenheim and Union Berlin find themselves tied on 31 points at present and with the side from the German capital going up against Borussia Moenchengladbach, they will hope that results go their way by the end of Matchday 20.
In terms of where the smart money goes on Saturday, goals will likely be the order of the day. Although this time, we do not want so many and if you think this clash will end with under 3.5, you can back this outcome with Betfair at odds of 3/4.
Back From The Middle East
After being edged out by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup Semi-final, Barcelona will now return from Saudi Arabia looking to ignite their fortunes within LaLiga and with a top-four finish far from a given, nothing less than a win will be on their agenda.
Because after being held by Granada during their last league showing, Xavi’s men still have work to do if they are to earn an invite to next season’s Champions League and that work starts with a trip to the Basque Country.
Although it is not Athletic Bilbao who lie in wait, instead it is Deportivo Alaves and with the
Mendizorrotza Stadium outfit struggling near the foot of the table, they will certainly have their work cut out when Barcelona come to town.
Admittedly this is far from what you would consider vintage Barcelona, but they should still have more than enough for Alaves to deal with and if you think that they will win 2-0 on their travels, you can back this outcome at odds of 13/2 with Betfair.
Dropped points were not what many would have anticipated in Serie A and with both Milan outfits failing to pick up a win last weekend, the race for this season’s Scudetto has taken another interesting turn.
One that looked as if AC Milan would end the week at the top of the table and with their San Siro neighbours being held by Atalanta, the red and black half of the city were given the perfect opportunity to move clear.
However, a huge referee mistake would put paid to that and after losing at home to Spezia, it is Inter who now find themselves with a two-point lead over their Milan cousins and perhaps more importantly, a game in hand.
Which means Stefano Pioli’s men will be playing catchup once more and with the visit of Juventus lying in wait this Sunday, both teams will be looking for maximum points – even if it is for slightly differing reasons.
Because Max Allegri’s Turin titans have seemingly got the wind in their top-four sails and after going unbeaten in their last eight league outings, they will look to extend that run to nine by the end of Sunday evening.
With the Old Lady still hunting down a place in the Champions League next season, this has the potential to be an exciting clash and if you think there will be over 2.5 goals at the San Siro, it’s available at 17/20 with Betfair.