Not even Marty McFly could predict a Roma result
Solving global warming, the Middle East peace process and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in one evening would be easier than accurately predicting a Roma result.
The Giallorossi are more inconsistent than Paul Pogba’s hairdos, with last weekend’s trip to Udinese resulting in a shock 1-0 defeat.
Inter are beginning to become a little more reliable under Luciano Spalletti, which is why an away win looks good value at 2.65.
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Real Madrid vs Valencia (La Liga)
Just when it looked like Real Madrid were finally getting their act together, they go and lose 3-0 to Eibar – a club with an operating budget which is not in the same galaxy as los Blancos’, never mind the same league.
It is such a shame to see the likes of Sergio Ramos suffering like this. Not. Things could get even worse this weekend when Madrid host a Valencia side who finally seemed to have realised that it is not illegal for football matches to end with one team having scored more goals than the other.
Los Che have now won their last two following a 1-0 defeat by Girona at the start of the month, a welcome break from their previous record of eight draws in 10 games. Back both teams to score at 1.61.
Liverpool vs Everton (Premier League)
The first Merseyside derby of 2018/19 takes place on Sunday, with Marco Silva’s side making the short trip across Stanley Park to Anfield.
Everton have drawn three of their last six away games against Liverpool in the league, one of which was sealed thanks to an incredible Phil Jagielka (yes, that one) half-volley which we are still trying to wrap our heads around.
Jordan Henderson will miss out through suspension following his sending-off last weekend (although Everton are considering an appeal), but the Reds should get by without their banned captain, with the Toffees likely to come unstuck – go for a home win with a -1 handicap at 1.98.
RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga)
It looks like being another one-horse race in the Bundesliga this season, with Bayern Mu… sorry, what’s that? Check the table? Wow, would you look at that!
For the first time in seven years, it looks like I can’t just copy and paste the same sentence into my previews for Germany’s top flight. Why not, I hear you cry?
Because Borussia Dortmund, not Bayern Munich, are seven points clear at the summit of the standings! Exciting times, right? Ooh yes sorry, back to RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach – I’m betting on the home team to prevail at 1.95.
Celtic vs Aberdeen (Scottish League Cup Final)
They do things differently in Scotland, from deep-fried Mars bars to cup finals in December. Celtic have won this tournament 17 times in the past, including in 2015, 2017 and 2018, while Aberdeen have gotten their hands on the trophy on six occasions.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have rediscovered their mojo (rumours that it was hiding behind the self-portrait of the Northern Irishman which hangs in his living room are unconfirmed) and should get the job done here – back Celtic to win both halves at 2.30.
Arsenal vs Tottenham (Premier League)
Despite being fifth in the table and just one point outside the Champions League places, Arsenal are yet to lead a Premier League game at half-time this season.
That, combined with the quality of Tottenham’s attacking play in their 3-1 victory over Chelsea, means it could be worthwhile putting some money on the visitors to the Emirates Stadium scoring over 0.5 goals in the first half on Sunday – that bet is available at 1.84.
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.