One of the most ferocious derbies in European football
There are few more ferocious derbies in European football than the one which divides the Eternal City into two.
Even the sight of pineapple on pizza does not spark the same sort of emotion in Rome as Lazio vs Roma, a match which often resembles war more than football – although rumours that Giallorossi captain Daniele De Rossi is planning to bring a sword and a spear onto the pitch are hitherto unfounded.
Roma are playing much better than Lazio at present, and although we are often told the form book goes out of the window when it comes to derbies (whose window, by the way?), back the ‘away’ team to win at 2.75.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal (Premier League)
One of several derby games taking place this weekend, Tottenham vs Arsenal is a fixture which rarely disappoints.
The reverse fixture featured a touchline bust-up after a Spurs goal, the type of incident which commentators routinely say “we don’t like to see” when nothing could be further from the truth.
After all, what is the point of a football rivalry if players from both teams cannot have a tussle on the side of the pitch? Goals are rarely at a premium when these two lock horns, so go for a total of over 2.5 and both to score at 1.90.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)
In recent weeks, Bayern Munich seem to have woken up and remembered that they are not automatically named Bundesliga champions by default.
The Bavarians have in effect won the title with their eyes closed in recent seasons, but Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund have forced them to exert a little bit of effort this term.
Now just three points off the top following a sequence of three wins in a row in the top flight, Bayern should edge out Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend – go for an away victory and under 3.5 goals at 2.75.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona (La Liga)
The two Spanish giants go head-to-head on Saturday evening to determine which set of supporters can spend the next few months bragging about their success – although, even if Madrid come out on top here, they are unlikely to prevent Barcelona winning the La Liga title.
Los Blancos have proven in recent years that they are a team for the big occasion, though, so it could be worth putting some loose change on a home win at odds of 2.75.
Everton vs Liverpool (Premier League)
Liverpool have been stuttering in recent weeks, drawing three of their last four Premier League games at the time of writing to allow Manchester City back into the title race.
The reverse fixture against Everton featured a bizarre last-minute goal which prompted Jurgen Klopp to spring onto the pitch in celebration, something he would be advised to avoid at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Marco Silva remains under pressure and will be desperate for all three points, but a Liverpool triumph and under 2.5 goals looks the best bet at 4.00.
Napoli vs Juventus (Serie A)
It has been a bad few weeks for Juventus, who lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital.
The fact that the mood in Turin is despondent even though Max Allegri’s men remain 13 points clear in Serie A shows how routine their domestic dominance has become.
Napoli are an excellent team and could easily cut Juve’s lead at the top. Go for a home victory by a one-goal margin at 4.10.
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.