On The Continent This Weekend

All Systems Go

Although LaLiga has given nearly all their clubs a week off, there is still plenty of action to digest across the continent and with that in mind, here are the biggest three matches of this upcoming weekend.

All Eyes On Bergamo

With the race for this season’s Scudetto intensifying in recent weeks, Atalanta will feel that they still have an outside chance of success and at very worst, will be able to dictate just who gets their hands on the trophy in May.

While they could even dictate their own terms this weekend, as the Bergamo outfit prepare for the visit of league leaders Inter Milan and with Simone Inzaghi’s men currently keeping their crosstown rivals at bay, they will look to extend their lead at the top.

As AC Milan must wait until Monday to host Spezia, it gives the blue and black half of the city an opportunity to go four points clear at the top and although a trip to the Gewiss Stadium is never easy, this is a side which has won its last eight matches in Serie A.

Which means they will be confident of making it nine wins in a row this weekend and if you share that same confidence, backing the defending champions to win at odds of 13/10 at Betfair comes highly recommended.

The German Juggernaut Breaks Down

Although our Robert Lewandowski first goalscorer bet was correct last week, our take on Bayern Munich’s ruthlessness was perhaps misplaced and with the nine-time and defending champions suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Borussia Moenchengladbach, it is once again all to play for in Germany.

Especially as the drama did not stop there and with Eintracht Frankfurt racing into a 2-0 lead at home to Borussia Dortmund, it looked as if Marco Rose’s men would fail to take advantage of a slip up elsewhere.

However, a sensational turnaround at Deutsche Bank Park saw Borussia Dortmund snatch a late win for themselves and in doing so, they are now six points adrift of Bayern Munich in second.

While this weekend, they will look to make further inroads on the league leaders and with fourth-placed Freiburg travelling to Signal Iduna Park this Friday, this has all the hallmarks of a highly entertaining encounter.

Which means goals will likely be the order of the day and with a total of over 3.5 currently priced at 11/8 with Betfair, this could provide some profitability before Saturday’s fixtures have even got underway.

Entering Second Gear 

After correctly plumping for Marseille to be leading at both half-time and full-time against Bordeaux last weekend, the Stade Velodrome outfit still find themselves level pegging with Nice in the race for second.

A packed Ligue 1 schedule gets underway this Friday night as second placed Nice play host to Nantes and with three successive league wins under their belt, Christophe Galtier’s men are currently the best of the rest in France.

Of course, it was Galtier who cracked the Ligue 1 code last season and led Lille to the title at the expense of PSG and although a repeat of that feat is somewhat unlikely, Champions League qualification with his new employers is certainly not.

While Nice will look to ask further questions of Marseille this weekend and if the team from the Côte d’Azur can follow the formbook, it will be over to Jorge Sampaoli’s men to deliver at home to mid-table Lille.

At the same time, Nice will be in for a test when it comes to breaking down Nantes and with the visitors having kept three clean sheets in their last four league outings, backing under 2.5 goals at odds of 4/5 with William Hill seems to be the way forward.