European football weekend preview14th Mar 2018 |
Swansea vs Tottenham (FA Cup)
Following their elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Juventus last week, Tottenham’s only hope of winning silverware this season comes in the FA Cup. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down the importance of the competition in the past, but he will now be determined to go lead this Spurs side all the way to the trophy. A trip to Swansea is not as easy an assignment as it would have been prior to Carlos Carvalhal’s appointment at the end of December, and under 2.5 goals at 19/20 could be worth a look in what promises to be a tight encounter.
Liverpool vs Watford (Premier League)
Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by rivals Manchester United last weekend, a result which damaged their chances of finishing second behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City. A place in the top four is by no means guaranteed at this stage, so Jurgen Klopp’s charges will be desperate to get back to winning ways when Watford come to town on Saturday evening. The Hornets have improved under the leadership of Javi Gracia, but they will probably struggle to cope with the Reds’ firepower. A home win to nil could be worth backing at 9/10.
Sampdoria vs Inter (Serie A)
Inter contested an enjoyable 0-0 draw with Napoli last time out – a creditable result which nonetheless saw them lose another two points in the race for the top four. Luciano Spalletti’s charges have now won only two of their last 12 encounters in Serie A, but they are still just a point outside the final Champions League qualification spot with a game in hand on fourth-placed Lazio. Sampdoria are also not in the best form at present, so it could be worth putting some money on a first away win in seven in all competitions for Inter at a price of 5/4.
Manchester United vs Brighton (FA Cup)
Manchester United have enjoyed an excellent few weeks domestically, taking nine points from nine in the Premier League against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Liverpool, but they will be wounded after being knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla. Brighton have also picked up some positive results of late, although a 2-0 loss to Everton last time out means they are not quite out of the relegation dogfight just yet. Attention turns towards the FA Cup this weekend, and United will be confident of getting the job done – a 2-0 home win could be worth a punt at 19/4.
Leicester vs Chelsea (FA Cup)
Leicester came from a goal down to thrash West Bromwich Albion 4-1 in the Premier League last time out, which keeps them in contention for a top-seven finish. The Foxes may be tempted to prioritise the FA Cup over the top flight, though, with Claude Puel’s men now just two wins away from a first appearance in the final since 1969. Chelsea are understandably considered favourites to come out on top, but Antonio Conte’s side have encountered several problems in recent weeks and it may therefore be worth having a flutter on a Leicester victory at a price of 51/20.
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
The title race in Germany has long been over, but the battle for the Champions League qualification spots is heating up as the finish line comes into sight. RB Leipzig are outside the top four at the time of writing and therefore cannot afford to lose further ground in the race; Bayern, fresh from a 6-0 demolition of Hamburg last weekend, have proved to be head and shoulders above the rest of the division once again this campaign, but odds of 61/20 on a draw are tempting.