Potential banana skin for BVB
Borussia Dortmund do seem to be labouring in comparison with Bayern Munich, who have been blowing teams away with a minimum of fuss in recent weeks.
A 3-2 victory over Hertha Berlin last time out was massively important, though, and I am backing the Yellow Wall to power BVB past a potential banana skin (see what I did there?) in the form of Wolfsburg this weekend.
Go for a home win and both teams to score at boosted odds of 3.25.
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Fulham vs Manchester City (Premier League)
A parental warning should probably be slapped onto this game because it could get very, very ugly for Fulham.
Manchester City have scored 79 goals in their 30 Premier League matches so far this season, which means they are on course to break the 100 mark for a second year running. Fulham’s defence, meanwhile, has been about as questionable as Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
It’s safe to assume that the Cottagers must be allergic to washing powder given their apparent disdain for clean sheets, while their 70 goals conceded in 2018/19 comfortably the worst record in the division. Back City to score over 3.5 times at 2.25.
Barcelona vs Espanyol (La Liga)
You have to feel for Espanyol – they are like that little brother who, try as they might, hardly ever get one over on their older sibling.
Indeed, whereas Barcelona have fans all across the globe, the city’s second side are finding it increasingly difficult to attract fans a few miles from their stadium.
Espanyol briefly threatened a top-four challenge earlier this campaign, but their form has since resembled someone letting the air out of a balloon.
Now down in 13th place, it is difficult to see the little brother getting anything here – go for a home win to nil at 2.15.
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If your bet on Liverpool – Tottenham loses
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)
The biggest game of the Premier League weekend takes place at Anfield, where table-topping Liverpool take on former title challengers Tottenham.
It already feels like a long time ago that Spurs supporters were vehemently arguing that they were as much a part of the championship race as anyone, but those fans have changed their tune in recent weeks – that is what defeats by relegation candidates Southampton and Burnley can do to you.
Tottenham should score on Sunday, but I’m predicting a Liverpool win and goals for both sides at boosted odds of 3.50.
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Roma vs Napoli (Serie A)
The Derby of the Sun, as this game is known, and we can certainly expect a red-hot atmosphere at the Stadio Olimpico.
Perhaps, though, this should, in fact, be the Derby of the Pizza; Naples may be the birthplace of the food which has taken over the world, but many Romans will argue that their version is superior.
If there are any culinary companies reading this who need someone to launch a full-scale investigation over in Italy, I am only too happy to volunteer my services. On the pitch, back a Napoli success at 2.25.
Manchester United vs Watford (Premier League)
Ole’s at the wheel, but has he lost control of the vehicle? For the first time since his arrival in mid-December, questions are beginning to be asked of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and not just ‘how on earth does he still have a baby face at the age of 46?’
Watford could be tricky opponents this weekend, so United must make sure they take nothing for granted after a poor performance against Wolves before the international break.
This is a really tough one to call and it is certainly possible to see Watford causing an upset, so consider a small flutter on a draw at tempting odds of 4.60.
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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.