Following the excitement and thrills of matchday five in the UEFA Champions League, focus returns to domestic action in the leagues across Europe.
With almost a quarter of matches played across the different leagues, the race is starting to take shape. Liverpool are currently the runaway leader in the Premier League while Barcelona and Real Madrid are currently joint top in La Liga.
Juventus and Inter are embroiled in a two-horse race in the Serie A, Borussia Monchengladbach are the surprising leaders in the Bundesliga, while PSG leads the way in Ligue 1.
Expect more twist and turns this weekend. Fans will also be hoping to make money from bets, and that’s why Soccernet.ng in its usual tradition has selected games that you should consider placing bets on.
Liverpool vs Brighton Hove Albion (Premier League): The league leaders will be hoping to maintain their eight point lead at the top when they welcome the Seagulls to Anfield on Saturday. The Reds left it late to secure the three points in the clash against Crystal Palace last time out, but they drew against Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Aside from the draw at Old Trafford, the Reds have won the all their games in the league this season. Brighton meanwhile have lost their last two games, but have four wins this season- same with Manchester United.
Liverpool are without Fabinho who was taken off in the draw against Napoli and is also suspended, while Lewis Dunk should return for Brighton.
Liverpool have won their last 6 matches against Brighton in all competitions.
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 44 home matches (Premier League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Liverpool‘s last 13 games (Premier League).
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 home matches against Brighton in all competitions.
Betting Tips: Although Fabinho will be a big miss for Klopp’s side, the Reds should not have any problems seeing off a Brighton side that 12th in the table. Salah also got the winner last time Reds played Graham Potter’s side at Anfield. (Liverpool to win/Salah to score).
Newcastle vs Man City: The champions are currently nine points behind Liverpool, but will be hoping to build on last week’s win against Chelsea. After going down at Liverpool before the international break, City bounced back with a come from behind victory over the Blues last week.
They take on Newcastle this weekend- a side they have found success against in recent seasons. The Magpies lost 2-1 to Aston Villa last time out, but are undefeated in their last five home games.
Sergio Aguero will miss City’s trip to the North East, but Bernado Silva is back from a one-match ban. Sean Longstaff is also back from suspension for Newcastle.
Man City have won 23 of their last 27 matches (Premier League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of Man City’s last 14 games (Premier League).
Newcastle have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Man City in all competitions.
Betting Tips: Newcastle may be undefeated in their last five home games, but they have not faced a team of City’s quality at St James Park this season. With Pep Guardiola knowing his side can’t afford to drop points anymore, everything points to a City win. (Man City win)
Juventus Vs Sassuolo (Serie A): After securing top spot in their Champions League group with a win against Atletico Madrid, Juventus attention turns to the Serie A where they lead Inter by just a single point.
In what is turning out to be a two-horse race, the Old Lady can’t afford to drop points with the Nerazzuri’s breathing down on their necks.
Sarri’s side takes on Sassuolo this Sunday and will be hoping to consolidate on their lead at the top. The Old Lady are yet to lose a game this season and will be confident of maintaining their unbeaten run against a Sassuolo side that sits in 14th position.
Juventus are undefeated in their last 27 home matches (Serie A).
Juventus have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 7 matches against Sassuolo in all competitions
Juventus have won their last 7 matches against Sassuolo in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Sassuolo‘s last 7 games (Serie A).
Juventus have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Sassuolo in all competitions.
Betting Tips: Knowing there’s no room for error, Juventus will be fired up for this one especially after their impressive win over Atletico Madrid in the mid-week. (Juventus win/over2.5)
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen(Bundesliga): Both teams secured impressive wins away from home in the champions league during the week. Bayern put six past Red Star in Belgrade while Leverkusen earned a win at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Bayern could go top with a win depending on Monchegladbach’s result on Sunday. Leverkusen meanwhile could move into the top four with a win over the Champions.
Bayern have won 15 of their last 17 home matches (Bundesliga).
Bayern have won their last 6 home matches against Leverkusen in all competitions.
Bayern have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 home matches against Leverkusen in all competitions.
Betting Tips: Bayern are at home so should get the three points on paper. But Leverkusen will be confident after that victory in Russia. Expect both teams to have a goa at each other. (Over 2.5)
Inter vs Spal: The Nerazzurri go into the game on the back of an impressive win against Slavia Prague in the Champions League during the week. Conte’s side are just a point behind Juventus but knows anything other than a win against the 19th placed team will not be acceptable.
Inter have won 12 of their last 14 matches (Serie A).
SPAL 2013 have failed to score in their last 6 away matches (Serie A).
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in SPAL 2013‘s last 8 games (Serie A).
Betting Tips: It is hard to look past Inter this season especially when you look at their record at home. The Nerazzuri have only lost just once at home this season and that was against leaders, Juventus. (Inter Win)