Man City to Move Closer to Title With Win Over Struggling Burnley

Alex Campean

Thursday, February 1, 2018 2:25 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 2:25 PM UTC

There might be a whole fixture list in the European soccer leagues this weekend, but let's look at the most interesting matches and find the best value bets.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]European Soccer: Betting Predictions and TipsBurnley vs. Manchester City (Premier League, Round 26)

Best pick for the match: Manchester City to win with -1.5 AH at -112 with BetVictor

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The Citizens cannot stop winning and are a few rounds from wrapping up the Premier League title. In the English top-flight league there are just 13 rounds to go until the end of the season, and Manchester City is 15 points clear at the top of the table, losing just one match this term and earning 68 points from possible 75. They have the best attack with 73 goals scored and the joint best defense with 18 goals conceded in 25 rounds. They are scoring goals for fun, and despite being without some important players for the next period (Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Fabian Delph, Benjamin Mendy) we expect them to continue their amazing run and beat Burnley on Saturday. Burnley is winless in its last nine matches in all competitions, losing five in the process, and is likely to extend this poor run with another defeat when hosting leaders Man City. The Citizens destroyed Burnley in their last two head-to-heads, beating them by three goals each time, and they should have enough to cover the -1.5 Asian handicap line.

Espanyol vs. Barcelona (La Liga, Round 22)

Best pick for the match: Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals at -109 with Coral

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Leaders Barcelona is the only unbeaten team in the top five European leagues. They are 11 points clear at the top of the table and it’s only a matter of time until they win another title. The hosts haven’t beaten their city rivals in La Liga since 2009. The two sides met last week in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, with Barcelona qualifying into the semis after winning 2-1 on aggregate. Espanyol enters this match on the back of three defeats in a row in all competitions, conceding eight goals in the process, and is likely to have the same fate when hosting Barcelona on Sunday. They are struggling to find the back of the net, scoring just 18 goals in 21 rounds this term. Leo Messi scored more goals on his own, leading the La Liga top scorers chart with 20 goals. Barcelona’s excellent run points toward another easy win and we are backing them to return home with the three points, but at the same time we expect a goal-fest with at least three goals in the match.

FC Koln vs. Dortmund (Bundesliga, Round 21)

Best pick for the match: Over 2.5 goals at -138 with Betfair

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Without their main striker Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund has experienced a poor start to 2018, being winless in their last three Bundesliga fixtures. It’s time for them to bounce back and return to winning ways, as they are fighting for a top-four finish that offers them the chance to play in Champions League next season. They've moved fast to replace Aubameyang by signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan until the end of the season. He is a quality player with skills to score, and will surely help his new team climb the standings. FC Koln is last in the standings with just 13 points earned, and the pressure is immense. They have nothing to lose and will enter Friday's match full of confidence and ready to pull off another upset. We expect a thrilling encounter full of scoring opportunities and at least three goals in the game.

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