Derby day across the continent
If you like your European football, make sure your eyes are on North Rhine-Westphalia on Saturday afternoon.
Schalke and Borussia Dortmund will both be desperate to emerge victorious in the Revierderby – and not just because of local bragging rights.
The Royal Blues, second-place finishers in 2017/18, have gone so far backwards this season that they are in danger of falling into a new space-time continuum. I reckon Schalke will get on the scoresheet albeit in a defeat to BVB – that bet is available at 3.80.
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Juventus vs Inter (Serie A)
Juventus are both the best supported and most hated club in Italian football; put simply, if they are not the team you follow, you dislike them.
The Bianconeri are therefore involved in more grudge matches than most, and following last weekend’s 3-0 victory over rivals Fiorentina, they are now preparing for another grudge match in the Derby d’Italia against Inter on Friday night.
The Nerazzurri are so inconsistent that Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde would arouse little suspicion in comparison, and Juve will probably prove too strong in front of their own fans. A home win is a solid accumulator option at 1.57.
Chelsea vs Manchester City (Premier League)
It is getting to the stage where the rest of the Premier League could combine their best 11 players into a team of 209 and they would still probably lose to Manchester City.
Yet despite the fact that his side have won 12 of their 14 Premier League fixtures so far this term, Pep Guardiola is as intense as ever on the touchline, flapping his arms about every few seconds (we assume his players understand the gestures, but we cannot be sure).
Chelsea got back on track with a 2-0 victory over Fulham last weekend, but City should have this in the bag – go for an away triumph by a one-goal margin at 4.10.
Huesca vs Real Madrid (La Liga)
Real Madrid may have dominated the Champions League in recent times, but their record in La Liga is rather poor: despite being the biggest club on the planet, los Blancos have won the title just twice in the last 10 years.
Poor Huesca, currently rooted to the foot of the table having collected just seven points so far this season, would probably do anything for that sort of ‘crisis’.
The last-placed side are unlikely to trouble Madrid here, so back an away victory to nil at 2.45.
Leicester vs Tottenham (Premier League)
One of the funniest moments of last season came when Leicester faced Tottenham at the King Power Stadium.
Jamie Vardy scored moments after hearing Spurs fans speculate over what his missus was getting up to in the jungle as a contestant on the reality television show, I’m A Celebrity…Get me out of here!
The former England international has an excellent record against the big-six clubs and could help the Foxes avoid defeat by Spurs this weekend – I fancy a draw at odds of 3.50.
By Greg Lea
After many years of sports writing with an emphasis on football, including a stint at Sky Sports, Greg is here to help you with betting tips. Follow him on Twitter @greglea to get the latest updates before placing your bets.