All of Europe’s top leagues are in action this weekend and there are plenty of fantastic options for those looking to build up accumulators or get some value on individual bets. Here we run through some of the top games set to take place:
All of Europe's top leagues are in action this weekend and there are plenty of fantastic options for those looking to build up accumulators or get some value on individual bets. Here we run through some of the top games set to take place:
We have been picking RB Leipzig all season and if you have followed this advice you will already have made a lot of money because they are second in the table, unbeaten, with six wins and three draws from nine games. That is a superb return for a newly promoted side, and shows the impact of the Red Bull soft drinks empire, which has heavily bankrolled the club. Mainz are a decent side and are ninth in the league, but given their recent form RB Leipzig can beat them and the odds of 1.73 available look great. They have won their last three in a row and are desperate to keep up the pressure on league leaders Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich are the undisputed kings of Germany and are rightfully top of the table, with seven wins, two draws and no defeats from their nine games. They should win this one, but Hoffenheim are also in sensational form. They are one of three teams, along with Bayern and Leipzig, that are still unbeaten in the Bundesliga and they have won five of their last six games to sit in third. An Asian handicap of Hoffenheim +2.5 will get you 1.71 and that looks a really interesting bet. If Bayern win, it should be a narrow victory given Hoffenheim's form – they recently beat Bayern Leverkusen 3-0 and have a +7 goal difference for the season – and with this bet you win if Hoffenheim win, draw, lose by a single goal or lose by two goals.
Sassuolo v Atalanta
Atalanta are in excellent form and have risen to sixth in the table after winning five and drawing one of their last six games, a run that included victories over top sides Napoli and Inter. Sassuolo have lost six of 11 this season and are 16th, having lost more than half their games. That perhaps makes it surprising that Sassuolo are favourites here. Last season these two drew both times they played. Going Atalanta-draw double chance gets you 1.55, while Atalanta draw no bet is 2.21.
Roma are having a great season and are second in the table, having scored more than any other team. They have been let down by their defence, having conceded more than a goal per game, but they are still doing well and are the great entertainers of Serie A. Bologna have not won in six and Roma should take them apart. Roma have won their last four games and all four have seen over 2.5 goals, and there is no reason why that should change here as Bologna have a leaky defence, so Roma and over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.80 looks good.
Liverpool are the Roma of the Premiership, having scored 24 but conceded 13 in their 10 games. That's an average of 3.7 goals per game and like Roma this is far higher than any other team in the league. They are great going forwards but shocking in defence, yet they keep outscoring teams and have won three in a row, all of which saw over 2.5 goals. So once more Liverpool and over 2.5 goals at 1.80 looks a great bet. Watford's Deeley-Ighalo duo will give the Reds' defence problems, but Liverpool should overwhelm them in attack.
Champions Leicester are 1.80 to beat West Brom at home and that is a sensational price. Leicester have been poor this season and are just 11th in the league. But if you divide it into home and away games an interesting pattern emerges: Leicester are bottom away from home, with just one point from five games, but at home they have taken 11 points from their five games in front of their home fans, which would leave them third in the home table. In their last home game they battered Crystal Palace, and should do a similar job on a West Brom side that has not won in five and looks toothless in attack.
Sevilla are to Leicester what Roma are to Liverpool. At home Sevilla have won all five of their games and are top of the home table. Away they have won just once in five and are tenth in the away table thanks to three draws on the road. This will therefore be a very tough game for an out of sorts Barcelona struggling with injury problems. They lost 3-1 to Man City in midweek – the first time a Pep Guardiola side has beaten Barca since he left them – and have missed Gerard Pique in defence. Sevilla are just a point behind Barcelona in the league and can capitalise here on their impregnable home form to spring a surprise win. Sevilla-draw double chance is 2.40 with Bet365 and that looks a great bet.