Games continue to come in thick and fast and we continue with tips from all of the action as usual. After starting this year on a good note, we aim to do keep that positive run with our tips and there is a feel-good factor of optimism as we bring you the likely betting tips and predictions to go with from today’s action.
Manchester City have opened an 11point lead at the top of the Premier League table and the title appears to be theirs to lose once again this season. The Citizens have won five of their last seven encounters with Southampton. Manchester City arrive on the back of eight straight wins in all competitions. With the stakes high today for Pep’s men, we are backing them to take home the win once again. Southampton have the home advantage this weekend and will be hoping they can put in the kind of performance that earned them a point at the Etihad when these two teams last met. Bet9ja have 1.28 odds, Paripesa have 1.29 odds and 1xBet has 1.29 odds.
The Serie A leaders take on relegation battling Venezia at the San Siro on Saturday for a match that the odds suggest will end in an Inter Milan victory. The hosts are looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to 5pts. The opponents here today are very close to the relegation zone, a loss here would see them sink further down. Inter Milan claimed a 2-0 win when they made the trip to Venezia back in November, and we’re backing the title challengers to secure all 3pts. Inter have won four of their last five matches in all competitions and this should be an easy win for them as Venezia on the other hand has experienced a string of four losses in five games. Bet9ja has 1.11 odds, Paripesa has 1.13 odds and 1xBet has 1.13 odds.
Borussia Dortmund travel to the PreZero Arena to earn their lost pride. They will lock horns with a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim outfit. This would be an interesting match-up between the two sides but we see Dortmund coming out on top. St Pauli did not give any respect to Borussia Dortmund as they thrashed them at home to earn a place in the DFB Pokal semi-finals. Hoffenheim faced similar treatment from Freiburg as they too lumbered out of the cup competition. The state of affairs at PreZero Arena look dim as the Vultures had been dismissed by Der BVB 5-1 last weekend. With Die Kraichgauer struggling and Dortmund earning a win on their last trip to Hoffenheim, we are backing them to earn another away win. Bet9ja has 2.13 odds, Paripesa has 2.16 odds and 1xBet has 2.16 odds.
One of the more interesting matches in La Liga this weekend is the Sevilla vs Celta Vigo duel. Four points are all that separates Sevilla from Real Madrid and first place in La Liga, so the team is certainly eager to get three points against Celta and keep the pressure on. And while Celta Vigo is in good form with three wins in the last five league matches, we have to back Sevilla in this game. After all, Sevilla beat Celta Vigo in their last three h2h duels. Our prediction is for Sevilla to win this game. Bet9ja has 1.76 odds, Paripesa has 1.83 odds and 1xBet has 1.83 odds.
Bayer Leverkusen face off against Augsburg in Round 20 of Bundesliga action. Both sides are at the opposite poles of the points table and have fierce competition from their respective rivals. Gerardo Seoane have revitalized Bayer Leverkusen and they are not looking back. Borussia Monchengladbach were their latest victims and Augsburg should be joining the list. The visitors have never tasted victory against the Company’s men, the run stretching to 23 competitive encounters. With the Fuggerstadters coming into this fixture on the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim, the run looks likely to increase. Bet9ja has 1.45 odds, Paripesa has 1.46 odds and 1xBet has 1.46 odds.
Over 2.5 Goals
Goals have been the main course for visitors to the PreZero Arena. The last two fixtures at the venue saw nine goals combined and we believe the trend will continue as free-scoring Bayer Leverkusen pay them a visit. The last five matches involving Der BVB have concluded with over 2.5 total goals, with three finishing with at least four goals on the night. Given the fact that Hoffenheim have conceded five goals in their last two outings, we expect Erling Haaland and co. to give us a high-scoring result. Bet9ja has 1.36 odds, Paripesa has 1.37 odds and 1xBet has 1.37 odds.
Atletico and Valencia face off in the last encounter of the day of La Liga games and here is our prediction. Three of the last five meetings between Atletico Madrid and Valencia have gone over 2.5 total goals and we can see that happening again on Saturday. After all, Atletico Madrid averaged 2.85 goals per game in the league so far, while Valencia averaged 3.14 goals per game in La Liga this season, which is the highest average in the league. Bet9ja has 1.92 odds, Paripesa has 2.05 odds and 1xBet has 2.05 odds.
Lazio sit four places and 7pts behind Atalanta in the Serie A table and really needs to make the most of their home advantage this weekend to close the gap on some of their European competitors. Atalanta can’t move any higher than their current placing of 4th this weekend but could reduce the gap between themselves and Napoli to just 1pt with a win against Lazio. With both sides now edging for the win, we can mostly see a lot of goals here. This is a fixture that so often produces goals and we’re expecting more of the same on Saturday. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in each of the last six meetings between these two clubs in league and cup. Five of Lazio’s last six matches have also witnessed at least three goals being scored, while two of Atalanta’s last four league games have produced over 4.5 goals. Bet9ja has 1.52 odds, Paripesa has 1.56 odds and 1xBet has 1.56 odds.
Union Berlin arrive at Borussia Park to take on the challenge of Borussia Monchengladbach. Despite not getting the desired results, Adi Hutter’s charges have seen their last three competitive fixtures conclude with an Over 2.5 total goals score-line. It is a similar story for Union but the Iron Ones have remained unbeaten in this period while a single victory for the Colts in this period. When these outfits met early in the season, the scoreboard read 2-1 in favor of the capital club and a similar score-line should be witnessed at the end of this meeting. While Union are not prolific scorers, this meeting should be one given their rivals’ poor defensive record. Bet9ja has 1.80 odds, Paripesa has 1.90 odds and 1xBet has 1.90 odds.
With Rafa Benitez gone and Ducan Ferguson leading the Everton players this weekend, Aston Villa will be expecting a tough 90-minutes at Goodison Park. Just 4pts separate the two clubs ahead of kick-off. At least three goals have been scored in four of the last seven head-to-heads between Everton and Aston Villa, and we’re expecting more of the same this weekend. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in five of Everton’s last six matches as well as in three of Villa’s last four games, so you can see why we’re backing goals in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. Bet9ja has 1.98 odds, Paripesa has 2.04 odds and 1xBet has 2.04 odds.
Cristiano Ronaldo remains Man United’s top goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 8-goals and we’re backing the 36-year-old Portuguese star to find the back of the net against West Ham this weekend. Ronaldo hasn’t scored in his last two league games for United but rarely goes more than two games without getting on the scoreboard. Three of the forward’s last four goals have arrived at Old Trafford. Bet9ja has 2.10 odds while Paripesa has 1.90 odds.
Lautaro Martinez is Inter Milan’s top scorer in Serie A this season with 11-goals and we’re backing the Argentine striker to find the back of the net against Venezia this weekend. Martinez has scored five goals in his last 10 appearances for the hosts and is due to a goal on Saturday after failing to find the back of the net against either Atalanta in Serie A or Empoli in the Coppa Italia. Bet9ja has 1.85 odds while Paripesa has 1.65 odds.
Immobile has been in fantastic form for Lazio this season, netting 17-goals in Serie A, just three of which have arrived in the form of penalties, and we’re backing the Italian international to score against Atalanta on Saturday. He was used as a sub in the midweek cup win over Udinese in which he scored the only goal of the game in stoppage-time which is one of the major reasons why we are backing him to score here today. Bet9ja has 2.30 odds while Paripesa has 2.00 odds.
Raheem Sterling started the season slowly and even looked at one point like he might end up leaving the club in the January transfer window. However, the England star has found his form and his goalscoring touch and is currently the top scorer for the visitors with 7 league goals. Sterling has scored 5-goals in his last nine appearances for Man City and we’re backing him to score again on Saturday against Southampton. Bet9ja has 2.00 odds while Paripesa has 1.95 odds
The Norwegian has been impressive with back-to-back goals for him after his two-game goal drought. He has shown the world that he can’t stop scoring and now, he has scored the most goals for his team this season which makes him an ideal choice here today if Dortmund is to win and score that many goals. With three goals in three games this year he seems unstoppable. Bet9ja has 2.35 odds while Paripesa has 2.05 odds.
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