Mourinho is back at the bridge!
Chelsea fans know as well as anyone that there is never a dull moment when Jose Mourinho is around, and we can expect fireworks aplenty when he returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United this weekend.
Reports emerged before the international break that the Portuguese would be sacked regardless of the outcome of the Red Devils’ meeting with Newcastle, but he remains in his post at the time of writing.
Chelsea are more attack-minded under Maurizio Sarri this season and United are still playing Chris Smalling at centre-back, so choose over 2.5 goals at 1.75.
Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich
A 3-0 home loss to Borussia Monchengladbach means Bayern Munich have now failed to win in three Bundesliga matches. The champions’ barren run has seen them fall to sixth in the standings, which can only mean the apocalypse is near.
Wolfsburg have also been inconsistent at the start of the season and are currently on a stretch of five league games without a victory. As each side looks to end their recent winless runs, so opt for them both to find the back of the net at 1.80.
Barcelona vs Sevilla
Lionel Messi’s Barcelona’s recent 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League gave a false impression of their start to the season, which has been anything but smooth.
It is Sevilla who top the table in Spain right now, and the visitors to the Camp Nou will be full of confidence heading into this one.
Still, Barcelona should have enough about them to emerge victorious in front of their own fans, even if it is likely to be by a slender margin – go for a draw with a -1 handicap at 4.2.
Arsenal vs Leicester
Arsenal resurgence, following back-to-back August defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea, is a real statement of intent, going on to win six games on the spin.
With Unai Emery sporting a spookily resemblance to Count Dracula, the Gunners form is unlikely to slow down as Halloween approaches.Meanwhile, the difference between Good Leicester and Bad Leicester is so vast that Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde would have aroused little suspicion in comparison.
After much deliberation, I’m leaning towards an Arsenal win and both teams to score at 2.70.
Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid have already dropped nine points this term, but they remain in the title race thanks to the incompetence of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Sinking the Yellow Submarine of Villarreal is their ambition this weekend, but Diego Simeone’s men are not the type of team who will look to launch a decisive blow and disable the watercraft in an instant.
Instead, they will seek to gradually wear it down through a combination of physical and technical tactics, the former of which will be spearheaded by rugged captain Diego Godin. Anyway, back Atletico Madrid to triumph at 2.20.
Inter vs Milan
Both San Siro dwelling sides have improved of late, even if the latter remain in 10th spot in the table.
Milan have a game in hand over the majority of the league due to a postponed match at the beginning of the season. If we were to convert that game into three-points at the time of writing, then this would be a third vs fourth scenario.
The two rivals retain an uncanny knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, though, so we are sitting on the fence – put some money on a draw at 3.30.
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 at Rizk Sportsbook.