Coming off the back of another mixed European week for the English teams, two of those will do battle in one of the best managerial rivalries of recent times at Stamford Bridge. Beyond that, Mario Balotelli makes his home debut (of sorts) for AC Milan and, after Mourinho vs Wenger, Louis van Gaal goes up against Ronald Koeman – another pair of managers who don’t get on!
Given Arsenal’s recent luck at Stamford Bridge – and against Chelsea in general – surely something is about to change. Arsenal are in Arsenal kind of form, nothing spectacular, scraping a few wins, dropping a few points, frustrating their own fans on a regular basis.
Chelsea are in freefall and look hopeless, so what chance of a Petr Cech clean sheet on his homecoming? You’ll get odds of 3/1 at the moment, but that could change come the weeken. Do you fancy Arsenal to keep out what so far has looked a rather toothless Chelsea attack?
Best Odds: 3/1 (Bet365)
Mario Balotelli to score first
Balotelli returned to AC Milan at the weekend with a promising cameo appearance in the Milan derby (he wasn’t sent off at least). This weekend, he makes his second home debut, which is odd given the ‘away’ game at the weekend was also at the San Siro.
Milan have looked a better prospect so far this season and you’ll get good odds with certain bookies if you fancy Mario to open the scoring against Palermo.
Best Odds: 5/1 (Betfair)
Crystal Palace to win and BTTS
A tasty looking bet if ever we saw one. Crystal Palace’s away form under Alan Pardew has been nothing short of sensational, whilst Spurs have once again failed to set the world alight this season.
Spurs look weak up front, Harry Kane is yet to score, while the Eagles look strong in every department and you could easily see them walking away with all three points to take back across London come Saturday night.
Best Odds: 13/2 (Bet365)
Southampton vs Manchester United under 2.5 goals
Whilst there could be a few goals at White Hart Lane, you’ll be hard pushed to find many punters who expect a deluge of them at St. Mary’s on Sunday.
Southampton have struggled to find the net on a regular basis, while Saturday was the first time United have scored more than once in the league this season. They’ll be eager to bounce back after losing a Champions League game and their left-back to a devastating injury, but don’t expect many goals.
Best Odds: 4/6 (SkyBet)
Dortmund, Bayern, Barcelona & Real Madrid all -1
I’m always loathed to throw accumulators in here, but this one looks too good to be true. Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all facing relative minnows given the quality they all have in their ranks, plus Dortmund are potentially the ‘hot property’ of Europe right now.
If all four turn it on and find the back of the net as we know they can, this could be a good accumulator to look at this weekend.
Best Odds: Odds to come
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