On the Rizk Radar: Who can hold their nerve?
Get set for another rip-roaring weekend of sporting action here at Rizk Sportsbook.
The finish line is almost in sight as teams from across Europe make their final adjustments ready for the run-in. Who will wither, and who will hold their nerve?
The Big 6 in the Premier League look on-course to secure another season of European football for next term, with the gap down to seventh-place Wolves (who play Chelsea on Sunday afternoon) now stretched to 13 points.
Man City and Liverpool both have winnable home games against Watford and Burnley respectively, while Spurs make the trip to the British south coast to play a spluttering Southampton.
Arsenal and Manchester United partake in this weekend’s headline act – a Champions League place six-pointer – with fourth-place United a single point ahead of the Gunners in the table.
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Boosted Odds on the Premier League
ARSENAL – MAN UNITED
Boosted to 4.40
CHELSEA – WOLVES
Boosted to 3.55
LIVERPOOL – BURNLEY
Boosted to 3.85
It’s been a week to forget for the Bundesliga leaders; losing to Augsburg last weekend and being ousted from the Champions League with not so much as a whimper.
Dortmund entertains Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon and will need to hold their nerve if they are to avoid even more disappointment – Bayern have managed to close what once looked like an impossible gap and now sit level on points with BVB.
The Bavarians host Wolfsburg this weekend and you’d expect them to navigate their way past the seventh-placed side with relative ease.
If you’re thinking of having a punt on this match, however, be mindful that Bayern may have one eye on their Champions League second-leg clash against Liverpool the following Wednesday.
Boosted Odds on the Bundesliga
W. BREMEN – SCHALKE
Boosted to 3.20
DORTMUND – STUTTGART
Boosted to 3.00
ST PAULI – HAMBURG (BUNDESLIGA 2)
Boosted to 4.90
It’s a weekend of two halves in La Liga this round, literally. The fixture list pretty much sees teams from the top half playing teams from the bottom, which makes picking winners relatively straight-forward, at least that’s what one might think.
Weekends like this can hold some real potential to stack the perfect acca, that is, though, until one favourite crashes and burns along with your hopes of a mega win. So where’s the risk?
We’d be reluctant to endorse Real Madrid after being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in such fashion, and in order to get any value on Barca, you’ll need to start adding goals to the tune of four or five.
Look for the games that are a little more closely matched such as Sevilla vs Real Sociedad and Levante vs Villarreal to give your lop-sided acca a healthy boost.
The race for promotion to the Premier League is hotting up as the Championship playoff picture begins to take shape. Norwich and Leeds look set to clinch the two automatic promotion places – they play Swansea and Bristol City respectively.
As for the playoff contenders, some 15 teams could fancy themselves in with a chance should they be able to string a good run together.
There’s a full schedule this weekend, with the pick of the bunch surely the second city derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.
BIRMINGHAM – VILLA
Boosted to 5.30