Man City Hopeful of Turning Bad Week into Something Good

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Martin Green

Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:40 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 8:40 PM GMT

Soccer fans can look forward to exciting action in all of Europe’s top five leagues this weekend. Let's check out some of the most intriguing games from a betting perspective.

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Tottenham vs. Manchester City

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It has been a dreadful week for Man City, which crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool and lost to rival Manchester United in the Premiership. It does not get any easier on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s men have to go to London and face an in-form Tottenham side. Harry Kane and his Tottenham teammates need points as they bid to nail down a top-four place, so they will give the Citizens a tough game. Many experts believe Man City can still overcome its recent woes and win this game, and if you agree you can get +158 at BetOnline with your soccer picks. A better option might be to skip the moneyline and go for "both teams to score" and "over" 2.5 goals at -133 with William Hill or -112 with smaller sportsbooks.

Malaga vs. Real Madrid

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Real Madrid just made it through to the Champions League semifinals after a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty saw it past Juventus in dramatic fashion.

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Now Real Madrid heads to Malaga for Sunday's game against the bottom team in the Spanish league table, and it should prove to be a mismatch in terms of ability. Real Madrid’s stars might be a little fatigued after Wednesday’s exertions, and manager Zinedine Zidane is likely to rest players, but even a second-string Real side should be able to crush Malaga. On the soccer odds board, Los Blancos are priced at just -350 with some sportsbooks, but Real Madrid and "under" 4.5 goals is tempting at -142, or you could try Real -1.5 Asian handicap at -116 with Pinnacle.

Crystal Palace vs. Brighton

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In a massive relegation six-pointer Saturday, Crystal Palace takes on fierce local rival Brighton at Selhurst Park, and the fans should create an electric atmosphere. The Eagles hope star player Wilfried Zaha can inspire them to survive relegation, and they should have enough quality to beat the drop. Brighton is in poor form, having taken just one point from its last two games, and Chris Hughton’s men already have lost nine times on the road this season. A Crystal Palace win looks appealing at -105 with Bet365.

Schalke vs. Borussia Dortmund

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The big game in Germany this weekend features huge rivals doing battle, and this time it is at the other end of the table. Schalke is second, but a shock defeat against Hamburg last weekend allowed Dortmund to move within a point of it. Dortmund thrashed Stuttgart 3-0 and is in fine form, so it should sense an opportunity to leapfrog Schalke in the table and take a grip on second place. The last four games between these teams ended in a draw, and you can get +246 with Pinnacle on that outcome for Sunday's match. Most of the action is going on Dortmund to win, and that is +174 with Pinnacle. Going Dortmund "draw no bet" at -105 with Ladbrokes and +100 with smaller sportsbooks would cover you well. But both of these teams are in excellent goal-scoring form and "over" 2.5 goals looks like the best bet in this game at -115 with Bet365.

Atletico Madrid vs. Levante

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Atletico Madrid has a remarkable home record this season; in 15 games it has conceded just four goals. It has the best defensive record in any of Europe’s top five leagues, as Diego Simeone has his backline extremely well drilled. Atletico has won its last nine home games in a row to nil, and Levante does not exactly have the world’s most exciting attack, so Atletico "win to nil" looks great in Sunday's game at -133 with various sportsbooks.

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