We’re past the halfway mark in league football and results are starting to come with many implications. With cup competitions also coming in full swing as well, the top guns will be aiming to hit full stride and build early momentum to kickstart the second half of the season on a high.
While the Africa Cup of nations remains ongoing, we bring you the best betting tips and predictions to go with from all of the action across Europe’s top five leagues.
Fresh off the back of a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, Man Utd go head-to-head with Aston Villa in the Premier League, but this time they don’t have the home advantage. Steven Gerrard started life at Aston Villa really positively but his side’s last three games have all ended in defeat. Manchester United hasn’t been that impressive under their new manager but they have still won three of their last five matches in all competitions and are the slight favorites with the bookmakers to win on Saturday. Aston Villa has lost four of their last six in league and cup and Steven Gerrard faces a fourth straight defeat this weekend. Of their last six competitive encounters, Manchester United have beaten Aston Villa four times, losing and drawing once. Bet9ja has 2.42 odds, Paripesa has 2.47 odds and 1xBet has 2.47 odds.
PSG have been on top form of late, winning eight and drawing one of their previous nine top-flight fixtures, not to mention outscoring their opponents. Brest, on the other hand, have found the going tough on the road of late, losing four of their last five trips, including one at this venue. PSG sure have a chance of winning today’s encounter and a win looks likely today with their preferred starting lineup returning to the squad. Bet9ja has 1.19 odds, Paripesa has 1.24 odds and 1xBet has 1.24 odds.
Bayern Munich will look to bounce back from their defeat to Monchengladbach last week when they welcome Cologne to their home stadium in the Bundesliga today. This defeat was the third one this campaign and this reduced the gap between second-place Dortmund to 6 points. The last five encounters between these two sides have seen Bayern come out in top. There is no better game this weekend for Bayern Munich to bounce back as they know how to beat their visitors today. We expect a very fiery contest but with the home side taking all three points. Bet9ja has 1.36 odds, Paripesa has 1.38 odds and 1xBet has 1.38 odds
Salernitana and Lazio go head-to-head for three points in Serie A on Saturday. This is surely going to be an easy contest for this Lazio side as their opponent share today currently sits bottom of the table due to their poor form this season. Salernitana gave their survival hopes a shot in the arm with a 2-1 win at Verona in their last outing, though Serie A’s bottom club holds the division’s worst home record this season and they should find facing Lazio a much tougher task. There shouldn’t be much change in the outcomes of the match but an easy three points for Lazio. Bet9ja has 1.46 odds, Paripesa has 1.48 odds and 1xBet has 1.48 odds.
Juventus will be looking to build on a come-from-behind win over Roma when they take on Udinese at Allianz Stadium on matchday 22. The Bianconeri proved their worth in the Stadio Olimpico clash, with the team keeping their Scudetto hopes alive. Juve are brimming with confidence ahead of their clash with Udinese. On the other hand, the visitors experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-2 loss to Atalanta, and seeing that Juve has been showing signs of improvement of late, they are unlikely to grab something from the match. This is why we have Juventus chosen here today. Bet9ja has 1.38 odds, Paripesa has 1.41 odds and 1xBet has 1.41 odds.
Over 2.5 Goals
All eyes will be on Etihad Stadium when Manchester City and Chelsea face each other in the Premier League derby. A win over Chelsea will see Man City move one step closer to defending their title and anything but a loss would be the right outcome for Pep in this fixture. Chelsea, on the other hand, look to have bounced back into magnificent form with qualification to the league cup final emphatically this week. Both sides aren’t shy to goal scoring and with the stakes really high here today, we should expect lots of goals. Bet9ja has 1.75 odds, Paripesa has 1.86 odds and 1xBet has 1.86 odds.
Bayern vs Cologne have their fixture back here once again because both sides have been impressive going forward in their recent games. This game that we have on our hands appears to be extremely lopsided. We feel that the home team will not be able to withstand the barrage of attacks coming from the side of the visiting team. Both teams have a habit of making this game a high-scoring affair and with their previous six encounters producing over 2.5 goals we this happening here again today. Bet9ja has 1.27 odds, Paripesa has 1.29 odds and 1xBet has 1.29 odds.
Newcastle and Watford are both struggling at the wrong end of the table and this weekend’s clash in the Premier League feels very much like a relegation 6-pointer. Both sides desperately need the three points to start their charge away from the relegation zones. We’re backing over 2.5 goals to be scored in this game as both defenses have struggled to keep clean sheets of late and we fully expect the attackers to come out on top at St James’s Park. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Newcastle’s last five outings, while five of Watford’s last six fixtures have witnessed at least three goals scored and the visitors haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of those matches. Bet9ja has 1.75 odds, Paripesa has 1.85 odds and 1xBet has 1.85 odds.
Juventus have won three of their last four games in Serie A ahead of their latest Italian top-flight test against Udinese on Saturday. Contests between Juventus and Udinese have routinely been exciting affairs in recent seasons and we expect Saturday’s tussle between the clubs to follow suit. Remarkably, 100% of the last seven scuffles between the sides have produced over 2.5 goals, while it’s also worth noting that five of Udinese’s last six matches in league and cup this term have also seen three or more goals. Juve will back themselves to cut through La Zebrette in Turin, and we recommend sticking to the over 2.5 goals market with that in mind. Bet9ja has 1.82 odds, Paripesa has 1.94 odds and 1xBet has 1.94 odds.
After ending last Saturday sitting above the relegation playoff berth only via goal difference, Stuttgart know that they must find a win soon. RB Leipzig also have now won just once at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena since the October international break (D2, L3). Both sides presently have a lot to play for as they both need the win to boost their confidence going into the second half of the season. The reverse fixture this season saw Leipzig come out winners with four goals to nothing, smashing the over 2.5 selection. Today might be tougher for both teams but goals are sure to come. Bet9ja has 1.85 odds, Paripesa has 1.64 odds and 1xBet has 1.64 odds.
The Polish striker is currently the top scorer with 20 goals in the Bundesliga. He has been one of our consistent choices this season with his ability to score for his side at any moment. Today, we expect him to extend his goal-scoring run against Cologne. With four goals in his last three matches, he is sure to score today. Bet9ja has 1.40 odds while Paripesa has 1.33 odds.
Reliable front-man Ciro Immobile opened the scoring when Lazio beat Salernitana earlier in the campaign and the prolific center-forward will be aiming to repeat that trick against the same opponents on Saturday. The 31-year-old is Lazio’s leading marksman with 15 Serie A goals this term and Immobile takes strong current form into the weekend with five goals in his last five appearances in the division. Bet9ja has 1.75 odds while Paripesa has 1.668 odds.
Just coming back from his suspension, the young Frenchman would surely be looking to get back on the score sheet here against Brest. He is the clubs’ top goal scorer in the French Ligue 1 this season and in all competitions, he has today to prove his manager’s faith in him and provide his team with the goals when leading the line. He can do this which is why we are counting on him to score today. Bet9ja has 1.60 odds while Paripesa has 1.44 odds.
A pretty much rested Ronaldo would be a menace to Villa and their fans as he would be included in the squad to face them here today. He wasn’t in the team that got the 1-0 win in the FA cup. But with him on board, we are sure to see goals today. He would be surely gutted to not have been on the score sheet in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and he would be hoping to make amends with a goal or two here today. Bet9ja has 2.40 odds while Paripesa has 2.10 odds.
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