European weekend football preview1st Mar 2018 |
RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
Neither RB Leipzig nor Borussia Dortmund can catch Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at the summit of the standings, but the two clubs are battling it out for the runners-up spot. BVB have been inconsistent all season long and predicting the outcome of their games is, therefore, a difficult business, while Leipzig has now lost three on the bounce in all competitions – including a shock reverse at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Koln last weekend. With that in mind, a draw – offered at 53/20 – could be the best choice here.
Liverpool vs Newcastle (Premier League)
Liverpool temporarily climbed to second spot in the Premier League standings following their impressive 4-1 triumph over West Ham United last time out. Jurgen Klopp’s men were brilliant at Anfield, and although they slipped back down to third after Manchester United beat Chelsea a day later, the Reds are looking good value for a top-four finish this season. Newcastle, meanwhile, threw away a two-goal lead against Bournemouth to draw 2-2 at the Vitality Stadium, with just two points separating them from the bottom three. It’s hard to look past a home win with over 2.5 goals scored in total here – that wager is offered at 1/2.
Napoli vs Roma (Serie A)
Napoli moved four points clear of defending champions Juventus last weekend, when the Bianconeri’s meeting with Atalanta was called off due to snow. Roma’s game went ahead but the club’s supporters must have wished it had not: Eusebio Di Francesco’s charges were comprehensively outplayed by Milan, who ran out 2-0 winners at the Stadio Olimpico. The capital club have now lost two games in a row in all competitions and that figure is likely to rise to three when they face Napoli, who are worth backing to win both halves at 29/10.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
Atletico Madrid have managed to keep the heat on Barcelona at the top of the table in the last few weeks, but they surely must beat the Catalan club this weekend if they are to stand any chance of winning the title this campaign. Diego Simeone’s men are a match for any team in Europe on their day, but it is difficult to see them becoming the first side to inflict defeat upon Barcelona in 2017/18. Rather than betting on the outcome, I quite like the look of _ odds on Antoine Griezmann to find the net anytime.
Manchester City vs Chelsea (Premier League)
Manchester City already have the Premier League title in the bag, but reigning champions Chelsea still have plenty to play for in the final two-and-a-half months of the campaign. Antonio Conte’s side was hugely disappointing in the second half of their 2-1 defeat by Manchester United last Sunday and will be keen to make amends here, but it is hard to envisage a repeat of the 3-1 win they pulled off at the Etihad Stadium in 2016/17. I fancy City to score either side of half-time, a bet which is available at 13/10.
Milan vs Inter (Serie A)
The second Milan derby of the 2017/18 season takes place this weekend, with the two teams in vastly contrasting form ahead of Sunday’s San Siro showdown. While Milan has taken 19 points from the last 21 available to keep their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive, Inter has emerged victorious from only two of their last 11 Serie A outings – and the latest of those, a 2-0 defeat of last-placed Benevento, was extremely unconvincing. In that context, the 7/5 odds available on a Milan win look generous.